“A beautifully sunlit morning and a brief moment of clarity has helped me to put the whirlwind that it is my life into a wholly new perspective today.
I’ve experienced a lot of changes in the past several months, almost none of which can be planned for. These changes have sent me headlong into a new life with new goals, and have also resulted in my crossing paths with several people; some acquaintances and some who were strangers to me.
Through it all I’ve tried to keep a good head on my shoulders and take things as they came to me; all the while reminding myself to appreciate these experiences for what they are — a shaping of the heart, mind and soul. Every excursion and every interaction is meant for my own personal growth, whether I recognize that for what it is in that moment or not.
But I regret nothing — not that I have loved or been loved, or that I have crafted and created music, challenged myself in new ways, made new friends, helped people who were unable to help themselves, or that I wake up every morning to realize that I’ve come a long way. If we are all truly alone in the universe, then I’m glad to say that I’ve done and seen all that I have with some amazing people in my time. And now I’m ready to do it all over again, starting now.”
The preceding passage is a note I wrote for myself precisely a year prior to the writing of this week’s column.
It’s certainly amazing to me just how much growth and experience one may accrue for him or herself over the course of 365 days. But even more astounding to me is how I could feel like I’m in almost the exact same place mentally, in spite of all I’ve seen and done since Feb. 22, 2016. Reading this passage was practically the first thing I did upon waking up Wednesday morning, and I felt that it was just as applicable as it was when I first penned it.
I certainly never could have foreseen certain circumstances or occurrences that would take place over the ensuing 12 months; but I’ve come to realize that, with the proper mindset, one can certainly prepare themselves to handle practically anything that comes their way with grace and acceptance.
All the same, we take our chances — laughed at by time, and tricked by circumstances.
I guess this is my own personal discovery of an old adage to be true: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
And now, here’s some of what you can expect to find in the area this week.
‘Rolling Hills Radio’ To Host Wells, Healing Committee Tonight: WRFA-LP 107.9 FM’s “Rolling Hills Radio” will host its 61st episode this evening with a live taping at the Robert H. Jackson Center’s Carl Kappa Theater beginning at 6:30 p.m. The program will feature music by singer-songwriters Annie Wells and Alan “ADub” Whitney, the latter of whom will perform in a trio called “The Healing Committee.”
Wells will be performing songs from her soon-to-be-released sixth CD, “Lonely Hearts Club.” She has been lauded for her voice by area music critics, but program host Ken Hardley said her compositions are just as deserving of praise as her vocal talents. Whitney is a Western New York-based singer-songwriter, guitarist and recording artist who is also a familiar face to longtime “Rolling Hills Radio” audience members. Early on, he worked as a singer-songwriter in Los Angeles and Nashville, developing his music in legendary venues like The Troubadour and The Palomino on bills with such luminary Americana artists as Alison Krauss, Jim Lauderdale, Lucinda Williams and Dave Alvin. Whitney will perform alongside guitarists Tim Pitcher and Kathryn Koch as The Healing Committee.
There are still tickets remaining to the show at $10 each, which can be purchased by calling 484-7070 or visiting reglenna.com. The Robert H. Jackson Center is located at 305 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown. Doors to the live show will open at 5:30 p.m., when a pre-show reception known as “Rolling Happy Hour” will commence. The program’s live taping will begin at 6:30 p.m., and a meet-and-greet will immediately follow.
Infinity Jazz Series To Feature Karl Lydell Friday: Infinity Visual and Performing Arts will host vocalist-guitarist Karl Lydell at the Infinity Arts Cafe at 7 p.m. on Friday for the Jazz at Infinity series. The evening will feature Lydell, along with area saxophonist, John Cross, performing a variety of blues and standard jazz repertoire. The event is free and open to the public, and audience members of all ages are welcome.
Lakewood Rod And Gun To Host Mardi Gras Party Friday: The Lakewood Rod and Gun is inviting members and their guests to a Mardi Gras Party on Friday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The event will feature entertainment by DJs Unlimited for the duration of the evening, a Masquerade Brigade at 11 p.m., and will also include prizes and giveaways. For more information, call 763-3955.
Seneca Allegany Announces Additions To May Entertainment Lineup: The Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino announced additions to its entertainment lineup in May. The Seneca Allegany Events Center will play host to “Seneca Fight Night: King of the Cage MMA” for the first time on Saturday, May 5, at 7 p.m. Additionally, Paul Anka will perform Sunday, May 14, at 5 p.m.
For more information, call 1-877-873-6322 or visit senecaalleganycasino.com/entertainment/events-center/.
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Sean Lander: 5 p.m., The Q, 104 W. Second St. in Jamestown
The Karl-Marks Duo (it’s revolutionary!): 7 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
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
Jamie Smith: 6 p.m., The Wine Cellar, 309 N. Main St. in Jamestown
“Moana” screening: 7 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Steve Strickland Duo with Barbara Jean and Smokehouse: 8 p.m., Frewsburg American Legion, 9 Derby Lane in Frewsburg
Alex Kates: 9 p.m., Yesterday’s, 103 Chautauqua Ave. in Lakewood
Acoustic Jukebox: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Strange Kind of Sunshine: 9 p.m., Murdocks, 100 E. Main St. in Sherman
Gasoline Genes with Trip the Deuce: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Take 5: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Karaoke with Felony Entertainment: 10 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown
“Moana” screening: 2 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown
Crossfire: 8:30 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown
Jules-R-Us Karaoke featuring Tami T: 9 p.m., Good Time Saloon, 590 Fairmount Ave. in Jamestown
Steve Strickland Duo: 9 p.m., Steener’s Pub, 3022 Route 430 in Greenhurst
Trip the Deuce: 10 p.m., Shawbucks, 212 W. Second St. in Jamestown
St. Vith: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Highway Lines: 10 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Open Jam: 9 p.m., Bullfrog Hotel, 1414 E. Second St. in Jamestown
Bryan Moore: 5 p.m., The Q, 104 W. Second St. in Jamestown
Singer-Songwriter Open Mic: 7 p.m., Phoenix Rising Wellness Studio, 212 Pine St. in Jamestown
Open Jam: 10 p.m., Mojo’s Music Bar, 104 E. Second St. in Jamestown
“Angel and the Badman” screening: 7 p.m., Chapel Theater, 316 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown
Brian Hanna: 5 p.m., The Q, 104 W. Second St. in Jamestown
“Manchester by the Sea” screening: 7 p.m., Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown.