Jazz from a Dying Planet?

In my capacity as publisher of The Syncopated Times, one of the duties I must fulfill is that of cheerleader for the music. It’s necessary that I harness any of my sporadic bursts of enthusiasm toward brightening the prospect for fans, musicians, event promoters, and venue owners. I knew that when I signed up for the job, though I cannot think of any less qualified candidate for the role of Professor Harold Hill than I am. Some days I can hardly bear to look at a trombone, let alone seventy-six of them. Even so, I’ve managed to push along with something not unlike optimism even as I sensed the enormity of the task. (The negative connotation of the word “enormity” is apt.) Since March 2020, I’ve kept the lights on in hopes that things would return to normal(ish) after the worst of the COVID pandemic was over. The prospect was favorable in June and July for such a turn of events. Then the Delta variant emerged—and people were getting sick again. A few scheduled 2021 festivals have been postponed, the directors promising to try again next year. It turns out that this is not the end but the middle. I still feel compelled to find the bright side to this situation. The good news is that I can keep the paper
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Andy Senior is the Publisher of The Syncopated Times and on occasion he still gets out a Radiola! podcast for our listening pleasure.

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