I arrived in Washington, DC a little over a week ago for a two-month fellowship at the Wilson Center and it has been an amazing experience thus far. I have several friends in the area, and tonight made a few new friends. I was lucky enough to get a ticket to the Ron Carter concert at Bohemian Caverns. It had been a long time since I had been in such an intimate venue to see such a high-profile band. It was almost like going to church – in so many ways jazz really touches the soul and speaks to the heart. I was by myself, which doesn’t bother me, but it’s nice to meet new people. I struck gold tonight, the woman sitting to the right of me works at the National Endowment for the Arts, right across the street from the Wilson Center, and she’s German, so we had a lot to talk about. Another woman I met at the bar just happened to live right behind me on Capitol Hill. We exchanged contact info, and after the show I hitched a ride with them back to our neighborhood and grabbed a drink at a local bar. Turns out we have a lot in common, and she works just a couple of block from me.
I have a firm belief that the universe is always speaking to us. Today’s events are a lot like jazz — melodies blend together, move apart, and the solos are key to holding a piece together. My love of jazz led to meeting new friends. I also have to thank my mother, who taught me the gift of gab, and to be open to meeting new people and having new experiences…it’s a gift that never stops giving.
See me on the PBS show, To the Contrary: http://www.pbs.org/ttc/episode_2112.html
and I have updated my web page, particularly the pictures at http://www.terrigivens.com