What will 2014 bring?

concert 2014

Picture courtesy of www.gratefulmusic.com

(this photo speaks to my 2014 aspirations)

Be Happy Today

It has taken me a long time to realize how important it is to be happy with the current moment and be grateful for what I do have.  I am always striving to be better and to have more musical experiences in my life.  I have goals I want to reach and items on a bucket list I want to check off.

All that being said, the saying “enjoy the journey” has been used so often that for some people, it has lost its’ meaning.  It is hard to know there are so many things you want to accomplish with your life and at the same time, stay focused on the present moment and enjoy what you have.

Are You In The Present Moment?

I happen to be a very impatient person when it comes to accomplishments and goals in life.  I want it all and I want it yesterday.  As I mature and realize how short life is, I’m learning to appreciate each and every day and realize my daily accomplishments as a musician and a person and with that, some peace comes over me.

My daily schedule of booking my bands, teaching lessons, holding rehearsals, looking for new venus to perform at, is hectic.  At the same time, I often stop to recognize that I should be grateful for being busy and I receive a lot of comfort knowing that I am a busy working musician doing what I love.  Trust me, there is a lot to be thankful for in that last sentence.

2014 Is Gonna Rock!!

Even though I am grateful, thankful and full of joy with my current musical life, I still have goals, aspirations and unwavering focus on wanting to tour the world with the likes of John Mayer, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Bruni Mars, etc.  I will accomplish this touring aspiration in 2014 and you can say you read it here first.

If I don’t have time to write one more time in 2013, I wish you all the best.  Be grateful for what you do have today, the universe will recognize that your are appreciative and bring you more.

All the best!!

Joe

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Joe was born in New York State and moved to The Big Apple after graduating college with a music performance degree. During the early years of Joe’s career in NYC, he performed in various groups with some of the best jazz musicians in the world. He has performed with bassist Ben Wolfe, trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, saxophonist Jerry Weldon, trumpeter Tom Harrell and pianist Joel Weiskopf to name a few. When not touring, Harry Connick Jr. and musicians from his band would sit in with Joe’s jazz quartet. In addition to Joe’s jazz chops, he is an accomplished rock, blues, funk and pop drummer who spent many years recording and touring the east coast music scene and regularly performed at national festivals. In 2004, Joe left NY for the southwest in search of warmer weather, new industry connections and more opportunities to tour and record. His pocket groove, stylistic approach and the depth & breadth of his musical knowledge, was greeted with open arms. Joe stays busy with a heavy regional live performance schedule, touring to other parts of the country, recording drum/percussion tracks for various artists and giving back through his clinics. In addition to his time spent behind the kit, Joe runs JC Productions, which books music for a variety of venues and bands. When in Arizona, Joe often performs with well-known organist Papa John DeFrancesco. Joe has also performed with Joey DeFrancesco, Johnny DeFrancesco and Francine Reed.

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