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As I stand in the grocery line at 1:50 AM, I glance down at the bag of vegetable chips and the power-fu sandwich in my hand.     Perhaps I could half-consciously ask myself whether I could afford this, or tell myself it is simply too late to eat anything.  I could glance at an over-lit isle shelf, or wander lazily around the store.   I could find myself unable to make a simple choice due to a sneaky-crept up feeling of general overwhelm with life’s various insanities, only perceived as such because of a desperate trust-less feeling of a need to control everything.   Thankfully, though, standing in that grocery line, I felt grounded.  I felt gratitude.  I had just come from a Tuesday night master class session, six hours of hardcore musical training near the Lincoln Center with Barry Harris.     At 81 years young, Barry wasn’t taking any punches.  Expectations were presented as perfection.  There was no room given for soft feelings and fear-drizzled pats-of-backs, those co-dependent illusionary partnerships almost automatically endorsed in politicized society.   At the class, there was a song distributed to everyone to sing together, and then those who felt ready, could sing at the

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I’ve moved these from the i-phone notes section to a website blog screen.  Next step, brain.   1) Listen all the time.  Almost always.  And listen to music a lot.  Any music.  Don’t seek something specific from it; hear what it is. 2) Remember that music is a worthy path.  It is a beautiful and natural gift to share with others! 3) If you wish you could do more with your music, the answer is two part: a) First: remember that music is primarily driven by one’s spiritual state / state-of-mind and the remainder is technical.  Let’s say for example you are feeling bad about something.  Rather than pushing away the uncomfort of that feeling, acknowledge it is there, that it has a source, and take the chance to grow from it by being present with that feeling through the music in that moment.   b) Second: practice, and love the practice as an expression forward.  Practice is your work.  You can form a routine and practice but practice will be much more effective as long as you are aware of what you are doing, then you have a chance to learn from any kind of practice.  The more you

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