”Of course it’s nice that we’ve managed to gather virtually. But I don’t know, it’s just not the same.“
Sandy Boynton

Even Dr. Zoom agrees!

Yesterday, the third Thursday of April, was the second National High Five Day in a row during which I, self-proclaimed Chief High-Five Officer, gave zero high-fives!

Why are high fives important to me? Here’s a bit of brilliance from one of my esteemed former colleagues:

“As Bill and I ‘High-Fived’ at the end of our meeting today, it occurred to me that you can’t really effectively High Five by yourself. It takes more than one person. It is a shared validation of a positive outcome or success (which can be any step achieved along the way), agreement of ideas, vision, or action plans. And, it feels good, brings inspiration, acknowledges, carries momentum and gives positive reinforcement. Have you ever experienced a negative High Five?”

So, I started high-fiving everyone, becoming a high-fiving fool.

I can’t wait for this pandemic to be over!!!

Dot Stories: Go to the Training First

Early in my career, a colleague suggested I send a “brilliant, yet difficult” employee to an American Management Association training program formally called Executive Effectiveness, and euphemistically referred to as “charm school.” I reached out to the AMA instructor, who assured me that the class was appropriate. However, he also suggested I first take the workshop myself, so I’d be better nable to support my direct report. He told me, “no one ever takes this advice.” Challenge accepted!

Not only did I learn a lot, but his advice also set a pattern for me. I go first. It helps me help you. If I’m open, it also just helps me. I wouldn’t be where and who I am without following this idea of taking the training first!

P.S. Charm school taught me that I should be less charming, that I should speak what’s on my mind because the team needs to hear it. Still #workingonit!!!

Message on the way to dinner this perfect day!

It’s 3:45 PM PDT. It’s also 79° where I sit. Not exactly because, well, I’ve got it made in the shade! :-)

This is my last day of extended PTO. I still have a weekend in front of me before I have to start thinking about fixing to get ready to possibly maybe go back to work on Monday.

In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy it! Great weather! Best of the year so far!!

Unfortunately (not really), I have to go inside and get ready for dinner! I’ll put on real clothes for a change. Looking forward to Primo Grill!

Great quotes on writing from James Baldwin.

“Write a Sentence as Clean as a Bone” and Other Advice From James Baldwin

Travel.

The story of what can happen to an American Negro writer in Europe simply illustrates, in some relief, what can happen to any American writer there. It is not meant, of course, to imply that it happens to them all, for Europe can be very crippling, too; and, anyway, a writer, when he has made his first breakthrough, has simply won a crucial skirmish in a dangerous, unending and unpredictable battle. Still, the breakthrough is important, and the point is that an American writer, in order to achieve it, very often has to leave this country.

-from “The Discovery of What It Means To Be an American”

Don’t be too ironic.

You are speaking to an old rat. I find much of so‐called avant‐garde writing utterly trivial. If there is no moral question, there is no reason to write. I’m an old‐fashioned writer and, despite the odds, I want to change the world. What I hope to convey? Well, joy, love, the passion to feel how our choices affect the world … that’s all.

-from a 1979 interview published in The New York Times

Remember why you write.

The bottom line is this: You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world. In some way, your aspirations and concern for a single man in fact do begin to change the world. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way a person looks or people look at reality, then you can change it.

-from a 1979 interview published in The New York Times

Yes, I know. I shouldn’t be reading this. Dilly-dallying. Lollygagging. I should be writing!

#2021RoadSigns…

Police Told to Hold Back on Capitol Riot Response, Report Finds - The New York Times

The Capitol Police had clearer advance warnings about the Jan. 6 attack than were previously known, including the potential for violence in which “Congress itself is the target.” But officers were instructed by their leaders not to use their most aggressive tactics to hold off the mob, according to a scathing new report by the agency’s internal investigator.

In a 104-page document, the inspector general, Michael A. Bolton, criticized the way the Capitol Police prepared for and responded to the mob violence on Jan. 6. The report was reviewed by The New York Times and will be the subject of a Capitol Hill hearing on Thursday.

“Be ready to fight. Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in, and blood from their BLM and Pantifa slave soldiers being spilled,” the message read. “Get violent … stop calling this a march, or rally, or a protest. Go there ready for war. We get our President or we die. NOTHING else will achieve this goal.”

Civil War

#JazzChurch 50

bbebop · #JazzChurch 50 - Sunday, April 11, 2021

#jazzchurch 50 – Sunday, April 11, 2021 – featured music by Ahmad Jamal, Betty Carter, Christian McBride, Damian Erskine, Dr. Buzzard’s “Original Savannah Band”, LaBelle, Luther Vandross, Sam & Dave, Tom Harrell, Wes Montgomery, and the Yellowjackets, among others shown below:

  1. Downtown (Yellowjackets & WDR Big Band)
  2. Island Life (Dana Landry & Gary Burton)
  3. A Day in the Life (Wes Montgomery)
  4. VA (Tom Harrell)
  5. But Beautiful (Gregory Porter)
  6. Everybody Loves the Sunshine (Kan Sano)
  7. 3 Secrets (Three views of a secret) (Sashird Lao feat. Ferruccio Spinetti)
  8. To the Rest (Damian Erskine feat. George Colligan, Tom Guarna & Reinhardt Melz)
  9. Day Dream (Betty Carter)
  10. Biencavo (Ahmad Jamal)
  11. Blackbird Fantasy (Bria Skonberg)
  12. Klact-Oveeseds-Tene (Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove & Stephen Scott)
  13. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby (Sam & Dave)
  14. Don’t Know Why (Pat Metheny)
  15. I’ll Play The Fool (Dr. Buzzard’s)
  16. Boogie Oogie Oogie (A Taste of Honey)
  17. Cherchez La Femme/Se Si Bon (Dr. Buzzard’s)
  18. Who By Now (Damian Erskine feat. George Colligan, Reinhardt Melz & Tom Guarna)
  19. Bruca Maniguá (Buena Vista Social Club feat. Ibrahim Ferrer)
  20. That’s All (Orrin Evans)
  21. Old Bill (Ranky Tanky)
  22. All for You (Ranky Tanky)
  23. Afro Blue (Harold Mabern feat. Gregory Porter)
  24. Like Elvin (Yellowjackets)
  25. A House Is Not a Home (Luther Vandross)
  26. Edith and the Kingpin (Herbie Hancock feat. Tina Turner)
  27. Going Down Makes Me Shiver (LaBelle)
  28. Gypsy Moths (LaBelle)
  29. The Sound of Sunshine (Michael Franti & Spearhead)
  30. Treat ‘Em Right (Unwrapped)
  31. All My Troubles (Demuja)
Apple Music Playlist

Here’s an Apple Music Playlist containing songs from this episode of #JazzChurch:

Next week’s #jazzchurch livestream can be found at postbop.com/jazzchurch Streaming live from 1-4ish PM PDT. Past episodes are available here as well.

Where else can I find #JazzChurch?
  • Postbop.com: Livestream plus audio archives and information for all past shows
  • Twitch Livestream: 1-3pm-ish PDT on Sundays plus audio/video of recent shows
  • Soundcloud: Listen to past shows and subscribe to receive notifications and listen to future shows

Here’s a great podcast episode about The Real Book and the impact it has had on jazz. There’s a really cool backstory as well!

The Real Book - 99% Invisible

Since the mid-1970s, almost every jazz musician has owned a copy of the same book. It has a peach-colored cover, a chunky, 1970s-style logo, and a black plastic binding. It’s delightfully homemade-looking—like it was printed by a bunch of teenagers at a Kinkos. And inside is the sheet music for hundreds of common jazz tunes—also known as jazz “standards”—all meticulously notated by hand. It’s called the Real Book.

But if you were going to music school in the 1970s, you couldn’t just buy a copy of the Real Book at the campus bookstore. Because the Real Book… was illegal. The world’s most popular collection of Jazz music was a totally unlicensed publication. It was a self-published book created without permission from music publishers or songwriters. It was duplicated at photocopy shops and sold on street corners, out of the trunks of cars, and under the table at music stores where people used secret code words to make the exchange. The full story of how the Real Book came to be this bootleg bible of jazz is a complicated one. It’s a story about what happens when an insurgent, improvisational art form like Jazz gets codified and becomes something that you can learn from a book.

I have an iPad app called the unrealBook filled with every song from at least 15 fake or real books. It’s a good starting place, but the very idea of jazz music is to invent new ways of playing songs.

I love this cartoon by Brian King.

It reminded me of this song by Joe Williams👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾

I noticed these signs while taking a walk along the Cushman Trail…

Alas, a couple of days later, the signs were missing.

I found one though…

Not everyone buys-in to the dream!

#JazzChurch 49 – Sunday, April 4, 2021

bbebop · #JazzChurch 49 - Sunday, April 4, 2021

#jazzchurch 49 – Sunday, April 4, 2021 – featured music by Wynton Marsalis, Joe Williams, Tom Harrell, Robert Hurst, Andy Bey, Martin Luther King, Jr., Marcus Miller, Darrell Grant, Richie Havens, Richie Havens, Rickie Lee Jones, Norah Jones, and Jessica Williams, among others shown below:

  1. I’ll Remember April (Wynton Marsalis Septet)
  2. April in Paris (Joe Williams)
  3. April (Dick Oatts, Don Braden & Vincent Herring)
  4. April Mist (Tom Harrell)
  5. April Foolproof (Robert Hurst)
  6. I’ll Remember April (Andy Bey)
  7. I’ve Been to the Mountaintop (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
  8. The Geography of Hope (I Am Music) (Darrell Grant)
  9. Goin’ Home (Archie Shepp & Horace Parlan)
  10. Things Are Getting Better (Cannonball Adderley & Milt Jackson)
  11. So What (Marcus Miller)
  12. Here Comes the Sun (Live) (Richie Havens)
  13. I Can See Clearly Now (Richie Havens)
  14. The Black Angel (Freddie Hubbard)
  15. Dual Force (Freddie Hubbard)
  16. Chuck E’s in Love (Rickie Lee Jones)
  17. Trouble Man (Joni Mitchell & Kyle Eastwood)
  18. Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones)
  19. Say It Over and Over Again (Jessica Williams)
  20. Bang Bang (Dizzy Gillespie)
  21. Preacher’s Kid (feat. Take 6, Kirk Whalum & Alex Han) (Marcus Miller)
  22. Trip Trap (Marcus Miller)
  23. Blast (Marcus Miller)
  24. Soul Vaccination (Tower Of Power)
  25. This Is the Movie (Jon Balke)
  26. Tomorrow Land (John Scofield)
  27. Old Folks (Lou Rawls)
  28. Lost My Love (DJ Amir & Re.Decay Jazz Re.Imagined Remix) (Kenny Cox)
  29. Flash Light (Parliament)
Apple Music Playlist

Here’s an Apple Music Playlist containing songs from this episode of #JazzChurch:

Next week’s #jazzchurch livestream can be found at postbop.com/jazzchurch Streaming live from 1-4ish PM PDT. Past episodes are available here as well.

Where else can I find #JazzChurch?
  • Postbop.com: Livestream plus audio archives and information for all past shows
  • Twitch Livestream: 1-3pm-ish PDT on Sundays plus audio/video of recent shows
  • Soundcloud: Listen to past shows and subscribe to receive notifications and listen to future shows

Why is there no April Fool’s Day this year? This is incredibly disappointing. #AprilFoolsDay
Sandy Boynton

A. Nothing seems funny (COVID-19, deaths, Jan. 6 insurrection, mass murders, political division, etc). We feel guilty if we even smile?

”I’m not the only one on-screen right now who has been falsely accused of a terrible sex act…“
– Rep. Matt Gaetz

#JazzChurch – Sunday, March 28, 2021

John Coltrane Gets Us In The Spirit!!
bbebop · #JazzChurch 48 - Sunday, March 28, 2021

#jazzchurch 48 – Sunday, March 28, 2021 – featured music by John Coltrane, Hugh Masekela, Cedar Walton, Stevie Wonder, Donald Byrd, Oregon, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Talking Heads, and James Brown, among others shown below:

  1. A Little This, A Little That (Charles Fambrough)
  2. Mojo Highway (Marc Johnson)
  3. Dear Lord (John Coltrane Quartet)
  4. Wise One (John Coltrane)
  5. Tunji (John Coltrane Quartet)
  6. Spiritual – Live at Village Vanguard 1961 (John Coltrane Quartet)
  7. Across The Crystal Sea (Danilo Perez)
  8. Dr. Schacher Seppli (Bänz Öster & The Rainmakers)
  9. Riot (Hugh Masekela)
  10. U-Dwi (Hugh Masekela)
  11. Impressions (John Coltrane)
  12. Martha’s Prize (Cedar Walton)
  13. Minor Controversy (Cedar Walton)
  14. You Haven’t Done Nothin’ (Stevie Wonder)
  15. Flight Time (Donald Byrd)
  16. Amaryllis (Oregon)
  17. Dolphin Dance(Herbie Hancock)
  18. Psalm (Chick Corea)
  19. Burning Down the House (Talking Heads)
  20. (Fallin’ Like) Dominoes (Donald Byrd)
  21. It’s A New Day (James Brown)
Apple Music Playlist

Here’s an Apple Music Playlist containing songs from this episode of #JazzChurch:

Next week’s #jazzchurch livestream can be found at postbop.com/jazzchurch Streaming live from 1-4ish PM PDT. Past episodes are available here as well.

Where else can I find #JazzChurch?
  • Postbop.com: Livestream plus audio archives and information for all past shows
  • Twitch Livestream: 1-3pm-ish PDT on Sundays plus audio/video of recent shows
  • Soundcloud: Listen to past shows and subscribe to receive notifications and listen to future shows

True?

Cabin in the Woods! Free yoga classes in the morning, followed by awesome coffee (or tea) and all the bacon you can eat!!! #Winning!!!!

“You’ve stumped me!” Not the best way to respond to a question, perhaps, but certainly truthful and human! #cantpossiblyknowitall!!

On the other hand, we received approval for debt-related transactions that saved our customers over $140 million since 2015.

“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The next best time is right now!”
– Chinese Proverb
– as told by Victor Wooten

Bill E. Bob’s very first #EveryDayPhoto, taken March 24, 2011, #10YearsAgoToday!

“yes! nerds don’t love everything. nerds love what they love! to the extent I’m a nerd, I’m loving different stuff than I thought I would’ve loved a long time ago. and I’m okay with that!”
– Bill E. Bob, 3/24/2013

“Love is always the goal,
but pain is what connects all of us.”
– Woody Shaw

Photo: Tom Marcello, 1978

Meanderings – The Accidental Magazine

Once upon a time, 27 years ago, this guy I know accidentally created an internet magazine called Meanderings, beginning with this article:

The Female Touch:

Before I begin, I should tell you a little story. I was born of the Colored/Negro/Afro American/Black/African-American persuasion (although I’m still, 42 years later, trying to figure out exactly what that means!). However, in 1984 while attending a finance seminar at the University of Michigan, I, along with my seminar mates, filled out a “lifestyles survey,” designed to tell us the risk of various aspects in our lifestyle, like smoking and drinking, killing us before the age of 50. Being only 32 at the time, I was really interested. When I got the survey results back, I was shocked. I didn’t smoke, rarely drank, was an avid runner and tennis player, so I was in excellent shape. Nevertheless, it seems I had a very high risk of dying young. The reason: I was black! We’ve all heard the statistics about young black men having a high risk of violent death at a young age. Well, there you go.

Most of the others attending the class had no such risk, but they were all white. When I asked aloud about the results, the surveyor explained that the sample upon which the survey’s predictions were based contained very few blacks. He also said not to worry: given my occupation, income, lifestyle, excellent health, etc., the survey results really didn’t apply to me. For purposes of reading the results and determining my risk of early death, I was “white.” So, in the future, if I write something you don’t like, please don’t call me an uncle tom, because, I’m really white!

There’s more to the story, so read on.

I chatted with the author recently. He told me he wishes he had better editing back then. Go figure!

some of my best ideas started out as miss-takes…

#OutwardImprovisation!!!

“The best thing about facilitating is not what you prepared for. It’s what is called (or pulled) out of you by the need in the room at the time.”
– Jim Ferrell