Daily Archives: January 27, 2011

OPEN YOUR HEART

In THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE
https://jazzlives.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/therell-be-some-changes-made/
I wrote from my heart.

I hope that people who love this music, who watch the videos I post, will give something back to the men and women who so inspire us. 

Someone dubbed my idea “the JAZZ LIVES cyber-tip-jar.”

It is an experiment in making it easy to send love and appreciation. 

I have created a PayPal account to collect whatever people can give.  Whatever I collect will go to the musicians.  I know my readers will make PayPal swing!

Don’t worry: JAZZ LIVES will never become public radio or public television.  No pledge drives, marathons, tote bags, exhortations. 

But I hope that the PayPal DONATE button inspires everyone to send something tangible to the musicians who so inspire us.

PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW: ALL MONEY COLLECTED GOES TO THE MUSICIANS!

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VBURVAWDMWQAS

And what would a JAZZ LIVES announcement be without the appropriate music?   

On January 20, 2011, the Beloved and I went to Smalls (138 West 10th Street) and delighted in the duets of Jon-Erik Kellso and Ehud Asherie.  One of the lovely songs they played — and I didn’t recognized it until Ehud announced it — was James P. Johnson’s OPEN YOUR HEART. 

Open yours.  Let it grow!

P.S.  It’s the morning of January 28th: the PayPal account is working splendidly; people have sent money; it will go to the musicians.  “Yeah, man!”

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ONE MORE TIME! THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE

I am doing the unusual thing of sending this blogpost out again because it seems to have stalled somewhere in cyberspace. 

It is a very important posting for me and perhaps for the music.  I hope you understand my earnestness. 

Thank you for reading it and following JAZZ LIVES! 

P.S.  I have indeed started the process with a new PayPal account.  It’s working!  People have sent money: the money will go to the musicians.  Hotter than that!   

Michael Steinman

“You gotta pay the band,” according to Abbey Lincoln.  

This isn’t a post about putting more than a dollar bill in the tip jar: that’s for another time.  

This post is about responding with open hearts to the marvels the musicians create for us.   

Because of JAZZ LIVES, I have been having the time of my life recording live jazz performances and sharing them in cyberspace for free.  I am so happy that people who can’t get to a New York club or Chautauqua or Whitley Bay can now enjoy what the musicians do so brilliantly.  And my readers tell me regularly how these videos enrich their lives.    

Without intending to take advantage of a soul, I have made it possible for people to see hours and hours of live music for free.  But the last two words of that sentence have come to seem an unfairness.   

Have no fear: I do not plan to stop videorecording jazz performances.  To do so would break my heart.

People have told me, “You are acting as an unpaid publicist.  These musicians are getting great publicity and exposure!”  Maybe that is true, but I think that even politely asking musicians to work for nothing isn’t right. 

When some New York City listeners tell me, “I don’t have to go to ____ club because I can watch the performances on your blog,” that’s not right, either.   

So, THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE.  You know the song.

want to make JAZZ LIVES a medium for generosity and appreciation so that people all over the world can send the musicians tangible recompense for their creativity.  

A few musicians I’ve spoken with have dissuaded me from the iTunes model (putting a set price one must pay to view each video). 

I like the idea of a PayPal DONATE button.  People could donate what they choose as the spirit moves them.  I know that my readers would be generous!   

Let us give back to those who give us so much joy.  It’s only fair!

UPDATE: HERE’S THE LINK!  TRY IT OUT!  ONE CLICK MOVES MOUNTAINS (as the musicians move us!)

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VBURVAWDMWQAS