You won’t find 326 Spring Street, Soho, New York City, on any ecclesiastical register of shrines, but that’s their omission, one I am working to correct. On Sunday nights, from about 8-11 PM, joy reigns when the EarRegulars are in their sacred space. I am not being impious: many nights at The Ear Inn have left me deeply reassured, even consoled, with the feeling that beauty is possible and within our reach if we can only pay attention to it. For me, it’s about ninety minutes away; for those of you in close connection to computers and phones, it’s even easier to find.
On August 6, 2017, the EarRegulars were Danny Tobias, trumpet; Scott Robinson, taragoto, alto clarinet, baritone saxophone; James Chirillo, guitar; Frank Tate, string bass.
Here are two swinging benedictions for us all.
Irving Berlin’s ALL BY MYSELF:
And a song often turned in to vaudeville patter but with a big swinging heart, BLUES MY NAUGHTY SWEETIE GIVES TO ME:
and it was late in this evening when James Chirillo created this beautiful interlude, if you haven’t already delighted in it:
The moral of all of this, which you are free to accept or reject, is that if each of us felt free to spread joy as generously and without pretension as the EarRegulars do, we would be living in a paradise of our own making now.
May your happiness increase!