I love it when I speak too soon.

So you know that when I wrote about Mindi Abair’s Spirit Cruises show, I was alluding to the fact that it was my last of the season? Ken Levinson and Marquee Concerts proved me wrong. I will be aboard Jonathan Butler’s late show tonight, to really kiss goodbye the Spirit Season of NY. In earnest this time.

And, atop that, on Friday I shall be in attendance when Paul Weimar, known to jazz lovers as the one and only Shilts, will come to NYC. Shiltsy – welcome home!

Work has been working me, so to speak, but I’m keeping steady. The Index is picking up steam as well, as I have been plugging away at Chapters 4 and 5 of Book 3. It is slow going; I’ve long abandoned any semblance of a deadline in the approach to this book. I would much rather take the time and make it enjoyable – truly enjoyable – than bum-rush it and make crucial errors. I got away without major plot holes in Books 1 and 2, but I am not so sure I can do that with this one. It’s way too complex.

I will also now give a shout-out to two of my regular readers. Miss Rhonda, you have cross-country hugs whenever you want them. And another particular reader, who knows who he is – I will have something for you that I think you’ll appreciate. My Photoshoppin’ hands were busy. :)

Finally, I will leave off in wishing my favorite saxophonist, “Boney” James Oppenheim, a very happy and healthy 49th birthday. May you keep on groovin’, keep on smiling, and have many more birthdays to celebrate. And may you also get to NYC already. Cheesecake provided.

K.G.

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