A Kind Of Hush
There are two things that I always try to strive for every day.
The first is to remind myself that I’m good enough. True, my definitions of “good” and “enough” vary from day to day and circumstance to circumstance, but the outcome remains the same: I’m good enough for whatever and whoever I choose to devote my energy to at any given time, even if I’m the only one who knows it.
The second is to spend some time in leisure to embrace the first thing in moments of solitude. And although it sounds pretty straightforward and easily attainable, that’s not always so. At least, not for me.
Generally, at least throughout the last couple years in which I’ve made a concerted effort to associate myself with the local community and be a part of downtown activity, I thrive on being busy. Sometimes it’s fulfilling obligations, other times it’s doing things that I genuinely enjoying doing (ie. making music) and occasionally it’s a matter of doing things for the sake of doing things.
The latter of those scenarios, however, is where I believe I became the engineer of my own doldrums in the form of a deep-seeded loneliness. If you’re keeping busy out on the town and not sitting at home, you’re not dealing with inner demons. But obviously that distraction is a temporary solution to a more persistent problem.
What it boiled down to was that I became so accustomed to just being on the run that being alone with myself was uncomfortable. I didn’t know how to associate with myself, strangely enough, and often I’d find myself reaching out to anyone I could think of to talk to or do anything with. Anything that would keep me from having to face my mind alone.
I don’t really feel that way so much anymore. Maybe it has something to do with that old adage about time healing wounds. I’d be lying if I said that being further removed from certain circumstances has alleviated some of the stressful burdens I’d been carrying around with me.
But I’ve also found that the constant reinforcement of the first thing, the thing I mentioned back at the top of this article, has had a direct influence over my mental and physical well-being. Just being present, rather than dictating my actions and emotions from past occurrences or future attachments, has made all the difference in the world.
So much so that the quiet moments aren’t always the scary moments anymore. It’s true that we get by with a little help from our friends, and I’ve never appreciated that as much as I do now.
Because now that I’m in love with who I am, I feel I have all the power I need to manifest the reality that I want for myself. And I see that happening in the small things that happen around and to me each and every day.
I’ve found contentment in a society that rewards risk-takers and favors the bold. I’ve found blessings in the recognition I’ve received for the work I’ve done, and the resulting opportunities to arise from that recognition. Inertia is a beautiful thing when it’s being driven by momentum that was self-ignited.
So, in a nutshell, and to take a page from the gospel according to Herman’s Hermits, something tells me I’m into something good.
And now, here’s some of what you can expect to find in the area this week.
‘Belle Bash’ Summer Concert Series To Feature Eric Lindell This Weekend: Eric Lindell returns to the Belle Bash Summer Concert Series for the first time since 2015 for back-to-back nights on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Enjoy a rare opportunity to see lifelong roots music extraordinaire Lindell, the blue-eyed soul-funk purveyor, accomplished multi-instrumentalist, acclaimed songwriter and captivating live performer in the intimate confines of the Chautauqua Belle steamboat on Chautauqua Lake. The California native has called New Orleans home since the late ’90s, and has been making records since his debut release, “Bring It Back,” in 1996. Backed by The Grand Nationals on his national tour dates, Lindell continues to win more devoted fans, and his annual appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival have become legendary peaks of this prestigious event. When not on tour with his own band, Lindell can be seen and heard with New Orleans super group Dragon Smoke, featuring Ivan Neville, Robert Mercurio and Stanton Moore.
Tickets to Lindell’s Friday and Saturday shows aboard the Chautauqua Belle are $59 each. For more information, or to purchase tickets, find “Eric Lindell & the Grand Nationals” on Facebook.
Jazz Saturdays At The Labyrinth To Feature Ian Liedke Saturday: Enjoy classic jazz standards with local jazz man, John Cross, as he hosts Jazz Saturdays with John Cross and invites his friends to share the stage with him at the Labyrinth Press Company. This month’s installation will feature top-notch pianist Ian Liedke from Buffalo from 7-10 p.m.
The Labyrinth Press Company is located at 12 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 708-2471, visit labpressco.com or find “Jazz Saturdays with John Cross August Edition” on Facebook.
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Marty’s BubbleGum Machine with Jeff Bach: 7 p.m., Richard O. Hartley Park in Lakewood
Key West Express Lite: 7 p.m., Ellicottville Brewing on Chautauqua, 57 Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point
Comedy open mic: 8 p.m., The Q, 104 W. Second St. in Jamestown
Jules-R-Us Karaoke: 8 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: 8:15 p.m., Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater, 1 Ames Ave. in Chautauqua
Karaoke with DJ Xcite: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Karaoke with Felony Entertainment: 10 p.m., Forte, 114 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Bill Ward: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
Whiskey For Three: 7 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow
Steve Strickland Duo: 8 p.m., Lakewood Legion, 174 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Michael Hullett: 8 p.m., Vikings Lake Lodge, 4923 Route 430 in Maple Springs
DJ Karaoke: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy
Karaoke with Felony Entertainment: 9 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown
Storms Within with Joe Nameless and The Staff: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Screamin’ Lou: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Dan Vogan: 2 p.m., Long Point State Park, 4459 Route 430 in Bemus Point
Smackdab: 6 p.m., Southern Tier Brewing Company, 2072 Stoneman Circle in Lakewood
Sean Patrick McGraw: 7 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow
Jules-R-Us Karaoke featuring Tami T: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Steel Horse: 9 p.m., Big Shots, 674 Route 394 in Kennedy
Goran Ivanovic Trio (from Chicago): 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Sabrina White and Company: 10 p.m., Jamestown Moose, 405 E. Fifth St. in Jamestown
Strange Kind of Sunshine: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
DJs Unlimited: 1 p.m., Vikings Lake Lodge, 4923 Route 430 in Maple Springs
Iron Eyes: 2 p.m., The Vegas Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy
Bill Ward: 4 p.m., Hadley House, 3328 Hadley Bay Road in Stow
Open Jam: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Bill Ward: 6 p.m., Andriaccio’s, 4837 W. Lake Road in Mayville
Bluegrass Jam: 7 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown
“Baby Driver” screening: 7 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown