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Wynton Marsalis–Green Chimneys

Wynton Marsalis’ Green Chimneys on his album, "Live at the House of Tribes," is one of my all time favorite performances.  Sometimes it is the only song I’ll listen to for days at a time.  Every time you try to turn it off there’s something new happening.  I just found it on youtube.

Part I (9:15) & Part 2 (8:03)

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Rebecca Schaefer

posted June 5, 2007 at 11:16 am

Here is what I saw through the “Eye gate” as I was listening via the “Ear gate”:
Men delighting in their musical gift. As they enjoyed executing their talent, they would look over and delight in a neighbor utilizing his/her gift. The passion each one offered ignited the musician standing beside – like coals on a grill gradually firing up! Some of the artists would “step it up” and then another would chime in, others enjoyed keeping the reference point consistently. The crescendo was enjoyed by all and with all contributing…the celebration continued gaining fever & fervor until the reluctant wrap up. What I didn’t see was competition or envy – instead mutual respect was obvious in each smile and nod of head. It appears that when you spend your creativity, there is a satisfied peace in the end…right up until you start wondering about the next jam session. Made me wonder what gift I was holding on to and who I was holding back from.

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Rebecca Schaefer

posted June 5, 2007 at 11:23 am

How can we tie “All that Jazz” Wednesday summer night series to 2020 Vision for Colorado Community: 5 FULLY FUNCTIONAL Base Camps by the year 2020? Is each campus (or each person) an instrument to be played or an artist to be listened to (savored)? How will the 5 Base camps feed into one another’s passion for the Great Commission? Do we form a Jazz Band, with Christ as the conductor?

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posted June 7, 2007 at 2:18 pm

Just saw him live in Charlotte this week performing a fundraising concert for a local city council member. Amazing artist. Phenomenal human being. And funny too.

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posted June 9, 2007 at 8:44 am

As always it’s good to hear from you and I wish I could say that I had heard him live and in person. May be someday.
Are you working on any projects (writing)?

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