The musician's life...reflections

I am feeling reflective today and having the need to look back over this year now, rather than around New Years, when most people might do so. Maybe it's because the third Friday of the month, which would usually be Showcase day (if it weren't for Christmas being right around the corner) has just passed and I am only now realizing how much my body has gotten into that rhythm. Maybe it's all the talk of 12/12/12, or 12/21/12 and the Mayan calendar. Or perhaps it is just my own simple need to assess.

Back in February of this year, when talk of putting together an open mic for original music came about, it was, at that time, mostly a way of helping the Creative Center's director Sue Sassman bring live music into the fold of other creative talents housed there. It was also a chance to give something back to the community and therefore important and intriguing to me on a personal level. I went into it with exuberance and passion believing it could be something very good, but without being sure just how. There has been a lot of experimenting and adapting along the way. It has improved consistently this year thanks to a team of dedicated people who all hold their own belief in the possibilities. Being part of the collective process has been a

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