Joe Holt's Notes
Joe Holt's Notes Newsletter
August, 2007
vol 3, no 8 
Getting warm, gearing up. August is typically a month, in my business, where things step down somewhat. That is barely the case for me, though, as the pace stays nearly level (keeping in mind that most of my gigs are off of the public calander, so you'll just have to take my word for it). This is a good thing, and points ahead to more opportunity. I hope this letter finds you well, and likewise sensing the opportunity ahead. Speaking of opportunity...
Featured Performances 
SUNDAY 8/19: 6pm
Joe performs in concert at the
Melwood Church of the Nazarene, Upper Marlboro, Md
A unique solo piano concert featuring Christian hymns and songs, as well as jazz and popular standards
THURSDAY 9/6: 7pm
Solo piano entertainment concert - featuring jazz and popular standards, at the Philadelphia Protestant Home , Philadelphia, Pa for info (215)697-8564
I have performed in concert for the Phila. Protestant Home retirement residents and surrounding community every other month since 1994 (75 performances)! This event is like one big family, where I share personal and family stories, and present a solo piano concert. Unique among my "venues", this program is an opportunity to enjoy a warm and friendly evening.
FRIDAY 10/26 - SUNDAY 10/28:
Joe performs with the Midiri Brothers Sextet and Trio at the Jubilee By the Sea, Pismo Beach, Ca.
Pismo is a unique little beach town, and a neat setting for a festival. Makes for a pleasant, swinging weekend.
Other Opportunities
This month, in addition to the concert at Melwood, features a variety of "sideman" settings, all - with the exception of the festival in Costa Mesa  - in my local area. Check the schedule to find August dates with Vessa, Bryan Clark, Holly Lane, and more. 
Gearing up certainly applies here. The new Christmas CD; "Do You See What I See", is on schedule. If it stays that way, the recording will be available by early November. I'll keep you posted. The views on my you tube channel are picking up a little steam; over 2000 now (and 2 months in!). Am making new friends already, and gaining a wider audience. If you'd like to catch the new videos, as soon as they are posted (avg 2-3/week) you can subscribe to my videos. You'll have to join youtube; however, it's no sweat, money, or obligation when you do. You don't have to post videos either. Many keep a youtube account just to save their favorites for easy retrieval. Once you join, you can hit the "subscribe" button on any of my video pages. Finally, the radio show continues. If you haven't listened for awhile then check it out. You'll (hopefully) enjoy the changes.
From the Journal
Just after midnight now (Pacific time) on Sunday; taking a break from packing . We will leave (relatively) early in the morning. These festivals are a "mixed bag" for me, and I have a lot of jumbled emotions (at times) concerning this. I often say about the MB crew; to a person - at some level - it's about the art. This is the foundation upon which we build our performances (even in the "high shtick" zones). I can't say that I find much of this in some of the bands on this circuit. The bands/musicians that are artistically driven are why I'm here (at this point on the path). Although I shared a "build a ???" set tonight with some fine musicians, I can't say that the event was presented (by the "leader" of our set) as "about the art". It was, at times, frustrating, at least, on stage. I "needed" to watch my favorite Keith Jarrett video upon returning to the condo to regain some "perspective". There, now I've vented. The festival is officially over, and God will continue to do his work. I do feel good about the continuing application of "performance spirituality" (just made up that phrase) that allows me to connect in a performance where I'm as mad as **** about some of what's going on onstage. On that level, tonight was a success.
Featured Article
Hymn and Christian Song improvisations
The original, and first "Joe Holt's Notes" CD. The cover art reflects my understanding of; not just hymns and "Christian" songs, but all (essential) music, art, beauty, nature: God's revelation. In the past year this has taken on even an deeper meaning to me. I have always understood, however, at some level, that God is (often) at work as the music plays. This recording is a solo piano collection of a broad range of Christian hymns and songs; from the "old chestnuts" (e.g. This is My Father's World) to the more contemporary (e.g. Awesome God).
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