Good morning from New Orleans :) The sun has been shining here recently and we have had 75 degree days with 55 degree nights. Winter is such a bitch, eh? (I can say that because I spent 22 winters in South Dakota and one in Winnipeg, Manitoba)
This website is still under construction..and some of you know that I have been saying that for sometime. At the moment I am making an honest effort to get content onto the site while making it aesthetically pleasing for me to look at. If you have any comments, PLEASE share!
As for the blog…
Like all of us, I have many thoughts running around my head non-stop. My trip to Iceland was in part to help calm my thoughts and focus on the next few years, while being aware and mindful enough to notice and recognize the simple inspirations around me AND within me.
My residency in Stodvarfjordur, like many adventures, went by quickly. While I hiked mountains, sat by the sea, perused multiple recycling centers looking for simple electronics and a souveneir or two (or three…I believe the best souveniers are the ones you don’t have to purchase), and sat writing and practicing in my studio, I was also reflecting on my life. Mainly, my life in New Orleans. I often would break out of meditation snaps or come out from under a dark cloud in my mind and realize that I was in goll dang ICELAND, surrounded by a heavenly landscape and brilliant artists, who were also there to dive into themselves and their surrounding world. It really was a sight to see and experience.
Anyway… I haven’t really had much of a chance to tell some of my stories, and I have yet to go through my notes and recordings and reflect upon what I created there and what that means for my future, and the future of those around me.
The next few months will be busy for me, as Jon Roniger & The Good For Nothin’ Band will be at work rehearsing, writing, and heavily gigging; I will be in a large scale Reebok sponsored event; Mardi Gras(!!!); my lady-partner moving to New Orleans; many improvised shows with my trio (Alexander’s not-so-ragtime Band) and an extremely special March 12th performance with wizard keyboardist Brian Haas, the funkiest drummer Nikki Glaspie, out-of-this-world cellist Helen Gillet, and master saxophonist Rex Gregory.
After all of THAT…I will be headed back home to Rapid City, South Dakota to hit the road with Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Randy McAllister, as we head to Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Calgary, somewhere in Oregon, and Seattle. A few days before that tour takes off, young pianist Andrew Huot and myself will be playing an intimate show at the speakeasy below Murphy’s in Rapid City.
Next week, we see if the notoriously bad-at-keeping-his-word-about-blogging Alexander writes another blog.
Close your eyes, take three deep breaths, thank the universe you are alive, and smile.