It is now August- the beginning of harvest time. For once, I am NOT doing a whole bunch of summer gigs. (although there is one in September) It has been a time to write new music, organize my recordings, and make larger plans. One thing I am polishing is a work for Jazz Big Band , ‘ The trouble with Paradise’, which had a reading back in March by the Twin Cities Jazz Composers’ Workshop. It’s a real thrill to take an idea and expand on it carefully. This June came, with a third Musical Ecology tour with Jun Miyake. We had three concerts, and a long recording session. I am going through these recordings to find the best combination of works to release to the public. Although I love to create individual art for CD’s, I have too much material to release !