This post should have seen the light of day on 15 August 2016.
“Last year was tough, let’s make this a great year.” So wrote Art Owens about this 2011 release. And 2016 is really flipping tough, just in terms of the number of good people who’ve been dying, let alone the economy, the stark raving bonkers election cycle, and so much more.
So here, an all-too-brief bit of jazzy comfort food and encouragement.
I’ve shared Owens’s work three times before — with Simple One, About Life, and Space Rhythm — and while I freely admit he sometimes veers too close to smooth jazz for my tastes, he’s very, very good, as you can quickly learn listening to this album.
Beyond that, I’m not quite sure what to say about Keep Going. It’s only a bit over twenty minutes long, and yet, it is a complete experience. Owens’s trumpet and guitar skills are front and center, and the overall mood is, as you might expect from the motivation for and title of the album, upbeat and encouraging.
This year, I think we could all use a little of that feeling.
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Art Owens has appeared once before on Writing Music Monday, with Space Rhythm back in 2013. He is, or was, a jazz composer and trumpeter working (I believe) mostly with synthesizers on his own. (Except, of course, for his distinctive trumpet work, which is what keeps drawing me back to him.)
And a lot of his work he pulled from Jamendo when they “redesigned” the site and “improved” it by removing features and disabling things that people liked. He left up six albums, but this is not one of them. And so far as I know, he retired from making music all together.
However, because he released all his work to the Creative Commons, all it took was somebody caring enough to post his work elsewhere, with proper attribution and sharing alike, and this album, and many others, remain “out there” for anyone to enjoy.
Sometimes his stuff is right up my alley, other times I’m not in the mood at all. But when I am in the mood, it’s great to write to, even when, as in this album, there are tracks that include lyrics.
Great stuff to write to, and that’s what I should be doing. So, back to the novel.
You can download About Life by Art Owens from the Internet Archive.
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