Week #13: What I’ve learned so far

You can find live music pretty much anywhere, anytime: Case in point, last Monday night when i was in CT for work and found myself downtown Hartford enjoying the 16-piece big band Hartford Jazz Orchestra – in a sports bar & grill, with a bunch of old people. I love it.

Whoever books the Cake Shop has a great ear: I’ve seen numerous shows at Cake Shop over the course of this project, including the very first one. I’ve gone into every show virtually blind, not knowing the bands at all. And I’ve always left very pleased. I guess what I’m saying is, if you find yourself on Ludlow St, and want to spontaneously want to listen to music, pop into Cake Shop.

Finishing strong doesn’t mean seeing big named bands: I was all concerned with “finishing strong” in the last 10 days of the project. At the time I thought that meant seeing the big name bands, headlining shows at Bower Ballroom and the like. Then I found myself in downtown Hartford, CT on Monday. Working late on Tues, Wed and Thurs, rushing to see something, anything on the Lower East Side. And you know what? Those unknown bands were just as good, if not better, than some of the bigger names I’ve seen. So am I finishing strong? I think so.

I’m tired: I have loved this project. It’s been one of the coolest (if not, the coolest) creative endeavors I’ve ever done. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I’ve seen some amazing music. Met some incredible people. And I’ll look back on this forever. But I’m tired. Oh so tired. I need some sleep, and couch time, and not drinking time, and gym time and Nick time. Soon, I will have all of those things again. And I can’t wait.

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