April went by with many days that were so beautiful, I wondered whether I had walked onto a shoot for Aspen Magazine. Spring is one of my favourite seasons. Actually, it’s my second-favourite season. Fall is my favourite season: I like the mild weather, changing colours of leaves, the smell of wood and fires — and the fact that all the mosquitoes are dying very convenient deaths. But Spring is great, too. Especially this one.
I saw the beauty of New York City’s skyline as we played in the Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center before flying to an almost paradisiacal Bay Area, California to teach and perform all over the campus of Stanford University. Vancouver was also beautiful, as was the acoustically brilliant Orpheum Theatre (pictured on the left), and then Toronto was drenched in an unusual sunny disposition. It seemed the sun followed everywhere I went, even to Virginia, before coming back to New York. Some of you will remember Todd Fox, who I visited as I was so close to DC: He remarked every time I’ve come to DC for various concerts the past three years, DC has had unconventionally good weather.
Though DC is one of my favourite cities, I have to visit it during a rainstorm. It seems to me visiting a city when it’s nice out is not unlike going to a restaurant when you’re hungry: You’re never sure if the restaurant is really that good or if you’re just in a zone where the table cloth would be just as tasty.
But I digress from my realization. The first is this: Nothing kills the productivity of blogging like announcing that you will be blogging regularly. So from now on, no more of that. Second: Did you realize that “snuck” is not a word? In my most recent blog posting, I used the word and realize that for the past 30 or 40 years, it would have been wrong to do so. Now, it’s accepted into common usage. My third, and final realization: If you do something long enough and with confidence, even if it’s wrong, the Dictionary may just come by and say, “You know what? You’re so wrong, you’re now right. Thanks for helping us keep our jobs as we keep publishing these hard-covered New Editions.”