For about a week now, I have been officially on my sabbatical. I have been working on papers and other research, but life hasn't been that straightforward. We are moving out of our house this Friday and will be nomadic until we depart on the 25th. We are grateful to my cousins in town housing us during this time. For now, I have been spending much of the days cleaning, calling, preparing for departure from the house and the country.
Music has been a great outlet (along with reading) from the looming pressure in Casa de Kneitel.One of my goals has been to play more guitar during the sabbatical. I have picked up the guitar a little more and since my son is home schooling for now, we've been playing music together too. I have a mandolin that I've been messing with on and off for a couple of years and I will be bringing it along to Israel. One thing I've noticed is that I've also been turing to comfort music. We all know about comfort food, but I've been finding some music has filled that role (and less calories, eh?).
Here are some of the albums I've been turning to during this tumultuous time, my comfort music: 1. Rumours, Fleetwood Mac 2. Havest, Neil Young 3. Any Grateful Dead show 4. Songs for Ellen, Joe Pass (anything by him) 5. I'm All For You, Joe Lovano 6. Anything Django Reinhardt 7. Simple Things, Zero 7 8. On the Sunny Side of the Street, Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie 9. Further In, Greg Brown 10. Piano trios: Kenny Barron, Bill Evans, Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, etc...
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