MUSINGS IN Cb: May 6, 2013 - we have a hole …
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www.BurnettFamilyUS.org | Our new family “home place” is the realization of a major promise we hoped to fulfill when we became one in 1979.
And, today it is one of the tangible results of our family team work since leaving the Missouri Ozarks in 2001 and returning home to my native Kansas City metro to live.
Nose to the grindstone for the better part of the last dozen years.
We began giving serious consideration to this in 2009, had everything in place. Lots more life events took priority though.
Four years later and here we are with an even better situation than the original plan. More inclusive of our entire family too. Cool.
“FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY AND STING LIKE A BEE”
Lots of cool stuff coming up for us this month, including:
Stay in touch …
MUSINGS IN Cb: Digital Jazz Crusader …
I had a really cool experience yesterday morning while at work at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City.
The day started as usual with social media marketing and other routine tasks, then we had our monthly Management Council meeting. I had to leave the MC meeting for about 30 minutes to give a music clinic to a music class of 5th graders at one of the local Kansas City schools.
I answered by connecting the video and the clinic was underway.
I played my alto saxophone for them, lectured about jazz improvisation, demonstrated chord progression using the piano and fielded several very thoughtful questions from the students. It was a very cool clinic.
Jazz music and the American Jazz Museum have about 40 new fans.
I invited the class to come to the upcoming Jammin’ at the Gem performance series season finale concert, visit the Museums at 18th & Vine, and come listen to great jazz music in the Blue Room.
I think their teacher and some of them will take me up on the offer.
The entire clinic took 20 minutes and the walk back to my next meeting only took 45 seconds. That’s cool too.
I am going to offer this as an alternative to those who want me to give lectures or clinics in the future. I have done private on-to-one lessons using Skype for quite a while, but never considered using Skype to give clinics to entire classes until asked to do so by this particular teacher.
MUSINGS IN Cb: The Natural Order of Things …
He had a temper and passion that were working in tandem, from that very day I first met him when our parents brought him home from the hospital as a newborn.
I must admit that I never understood how much so, until now.
He had a challenging road from the beginning of life, but learned how to deflect disappointment and adversity with a wink and a determined smile. However, I understood that particular subterfuge tactic, because most people do this same type of dance in self defense each day.
I must admit that I never knew how bad he was feeling inside himself at the end.
He was impulsive and had several other faults, as we all do. And, no matter how sophisticated he wanted his cool to be considered, he really was just that guy whom you thought couldn’t be genuine in his naïvety of most things we deal with in adult life - but, he truly was.
I must admit that I never understood why schools don’t teach household management and budgeting skills in every grade, since we use these skills all our lives.
He was my youngest brother and by the natural order of things, I should have gone on before him. But, he was one to never honor the natural order of things.
I must admit that I never realized his discernment would betray him.
In our family, not very many of us know each other intimately into adulthood. It is just the way it is. There are nine of us. He was nine of nine. I am five of nine. We are pictured in this post with our oldest brother - one of nine.
Three, of the four sisters and five brothers who lived beyond birth, are shown here.
We siblings were all raised to be leaders, and inherently have found our own spaces as adults. He was my brother who made a point to know me beyond our mother’s home. Circumstances of our childhood put me in a significant position in his life.
Just like one of our sisters, no matter where I was in the world, he too, made a point to keep in contact. They both truly knew my wife, our children and even our grandchildren as family.
So, I was admittedly pissed at him for a while. I was very sad too, but I did what I had to do because I know he would have done the same for me.
He will always be with me and I will always love him.
I must admit that I never realized it is okay to not understand why.
And, it is okay that there is no such thing as the natural order of things …
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THIS IS THE FINAL REMIX OF TRACK 02 ”Whenever We Cry” - By Christopher Burnett, BMI
- Engineered by Don Miller of Airborne Audio Productions.
- Final Mastering will be on Thursday.
- The CD will be released on November 2nd, 2013!
Updated March 30, 2013
It takes courage to be an artist because an artist is someone who creates new and unique things that require active engagement by audiences. This does not always align with popular cultural fads and must be reconciled at some point. As an artist, to create new work is our highest inherent calling. All else is secondary to this mandate. I remain unapologetic about the fact that I am an artist. I have entertained and performed, but I am an artist. It takes a certain discipline to be a performer because a performer is always considerate of the audience being present during the production of the art. It takes the ultimate degree of professionalism to be an entertainer because an entertainer has the primary goal of presenting a program that has the purpose of reaching the sentiments of a specific audience. Again, I have entertained and performed, but I am an artist.
All of these points are related to the act of being an artist at some level. All take courage and commitment to engage and realize. All of these are continually developed over the artistic lifetime of a career.When I embarked upon the path of life as a professional performing artist, back when I was a young saxophone player from Paola, Kansas nearly forty years ago, there were several personal tenants I held that remain to this day. Among these primary goals and objectives was to grow the obvious talent and musical aptitude I was born with and to always further utilize my professional artistry in a context with service to my community at large.
//Professional Military Bands// I became a well-rounded professional instrumentalist, composer, arranger, company manager and qualified leader of a diverse demographic of personnel after many years of formal schooling, technical training and applied practice of the art of musical performance during the two decades of active military service I did in the Regular US Army. At the time I served, there were only 2,300 musicians total serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. It was very competitive to be among that relatively small number of saxophone players. You had to be able to do the diverse and difficult job of a military musician. You had to be a professional performer. You had to be a professional entertainer. And, you had to meet a diverse and professional level of musical proficiency as well. Many of the greatest names in jazz music also served in US military bands at some point at the beginnings of their careers. John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Grover Washington, Jr. are only some of the saxophonist alumni who come to mind. It was a great place to start my artistic career and also establish my life as a human being.
//Kansas City Jazz// I come to the Kansas City Jazz Scene naturally. I am a native and a legacy of sorts. I come from a very large and talented family. My oldest brother is a musician whose resume is second to none. So, I understand that level of the music industry outside of the military service bands too, from having seen it reflected through him all of my adult life. Therefore, I came back home to the Kansas City scene a dozen years ago with an entirely different perspective than someone who is just at the beginning stages of their musical life and career as a professional artist. My purpose at this wonderful stage in my life and career is much different than it was when I first began this incredible journey. I have paid my artistic and personal “dues” to be here. It always takes courage to be yourself as an artist. I am now on a mission to present my original music through recordings and concert performances. This type of mandate involves engaging my audience beyond the cursory by inviting listeners to actively experience the works I have written and the artistry of the musicians who are bringing the art to life during performance. Listeners are more sophisticated than they are often assumed to be. Any “jazz” music is an acquired taste for most any listener, regardless the tunes selected. It’s about sounds. Either you like them or you don’t. You don’t have to be a musician or promoter to make that type decision.
~ Chris Burnett
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Selmer (Paris) Saxophone Artist; Marketing and Communications Manager at American Jazz Museum; Professional Jazz Recording Artist; Composer; Educator; Entrepreneur; and, Businessman
BLACK HOUSE COLLECTIVE RECORDING SESSION
MARCH 10, 2013 AT BRC AUDIO PRODUCTIONS IN KANSAS CITY, KS
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ERIC CHAPMAN, PRODUCER | BILL CRAIN, ENGINEER
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iPhone photos by Chris Burnett
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BLACK HOUSE COLLECTIVE
2013 WINTER WORKSHOP RESIDENCY
HUNTER LONG, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
In this workshop we’ll be collaborating with the Nelson-Aktins Museum of Art’s “Innovation Project.” Our first meeting was at the museum to view the exhibit of ancient art, Egyptian through Greek time periods, and those participants who will be composing will select art pieces to serve as inspiration for their compositions.
Rehearsals were on Sunday afternoons from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
January 6, 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 17, 24
We ended the workshop with two performances, the first at the Nelson-Aktins and the second as part of Charlotte Street’s Urban Culture Project open studios.
Nelson-Aktins performance was Sunday, March 3rd 3:00pm
UCP performance was Friday, March 8th 8:00pm
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Residents of the 2013 Winter Workshop were:
clarinet-Teri Quinn (composition)
bass clarinet, bari sax-Russell Thorpe (composition)
alto sax/flute-Chris Burnett (composition)
alto/soprano sax-Allie Burik
tenor sax- Cody Kauhl (composition)
tenor sax/computer- Hunter Long (composition)
trumpet- Ryan Thielman
trumpet- Nick Howell
trumpet- Ben Forshee
euphonium/trombone- Ashley Hirt (composition)
trombone- John Chittum
trombone-Eric Chapman (composition)
bass trombone- Erik Augereau
piano/keyboard- Alyssa Murray
bass- Brian Padavic (composition)
drums- Matt Leifer
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The next workshop will be this summer. Thanks to everyone who expressed interest.
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