As I mentioned in my last post, after close to a year of planning and execution my new CD with the Jason Parker Quartet is now complete. And as happy as I am about that, it leaves me in a new position – or rather a position that has come back around. I am now left once again at the beginning.
The beginning is exciting. The possibilities are endless. My next record could be anything. It could be another straight-ahead jazz session with my current band. It could be a recording of my latest project, Clave Nagila. It could be a polka album with me singing and playing accordion. Ok, probably not that last one, but you never know!
So how do I choose? Which way should I go?
The Big Questions
All of this has lead me to ask the big questions. What do I want to say? Who do I want to be? It’s these questions that keep artists up at night…maybe you’ve asked yourself these questions at 3am too?
But this is the nature of the artist’s life. Just like all life, it is a cycle of beginnings and endings. As soon as one project is completed, we must start a new one. Sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down in the possibilities, but I try to keep in mind that every beginning is an opportunity. It’s a chance to dig deeper into past themes or try new things. A chance to further expand upon my persona or completely reinvent myself. Isn’t that exciting? Isn’t that why we create art in the first place?
I have no answers about what my next project will look and sound like. But I’m excited to be at the beginning of the cycle again with that great tabula rasa stretched out in front of me. Here’s to possibility!