Friday Happiness

Fudenji – Tempio Zen
Do not care for happiness
nor escape unhappiness

– G. Leopardi

I misread the quote and thought it read like this:

Do not care for happiness
nor escape happiness

Hm, I do like that better. The meaning gains a spark, a lift by removing the negation. It becomes instantly brighter. Don’t run after it, but don’t run away from it either. I think I’ll claim that:

Do not care for happiness
nor escape happiness


Tuesday in Milan

String Quartet In Blue
Drinks at Bond, dinner at Officina 12 on the Canal. Same as in 2005 and just as good. A beautiful ending to my stay in Milan. Ciao…
Crossing Over

Monday in Milan

We are all connected
The Connected House… Above photo was taken yesterday en route to lunch.

This morning I went to a nearby park, which looked timeless…
Timeless Park
And then moved to a different hotel in the center of Milan. A familiar room in my favorite hotel.

Monte Carlo Nights : Monte Carlo Nights
Last night at the Blue Note I did an interview with Nick, the Nightfly between my sets. We met for the first time in 1994, I believe. He mentioned that next year his program will be twenty years old and I answered that I recorded “Nouveau Flamenco” twenty years ago next year… Time is like climbing a mountain. We take one little breathless step at a time, but at intervals we look back and are amazed at the view back down the valley… Twenty years – almost half of my life. A long time or not time at all… :)

The first set was recorded for broadcast.

I wish I’d speak Italian.

Is Analog for the Birds?

Mural on the wall of a small neighborhood bar.
Bird + Cassette Tape
Here is a side view of the Blue Note’s stage. Larger than the New York club.
Blue Note Milan Stage
The second performance at 11PM was, shall we say “not crowded”? I set myself a new challenge: can I play for an hour (duration of a set at the Blue Note Milan) without stopping? So I played an hour-long medley of my music. My back hurt a little afterward, because I did not stop to stretch, but I liked how the music developed. I hope that it felt like a movie, when experienced with the slideshow.