I want to create a happy atmosphere and at the same time keep things intimate when certain songs call for that feeling. My job is to take people away for a couple of hours and I want them to have a great night.
I'm hoping Tiger Woods is contending for I can't wait to see his reaction when I duck under the gallery ropes and say, "Mr. Woods (or Tiger; I haven't decided yet), I'm a big fan and I have a great short game. Would you mind if I hit your shot for you?"
The Bass Brothers discovered him, Eminem took him under his wing. Marlee Matlin is a huge fan and friend. So what's all this about? Dude's name is Sean Forbes. He's a deaf rapper, and the man has something to say about his latest, "Mood Swings."
"My mother is Irish-American and my father is Afro-Panamanian, so it's kind of been the story of my life to be a bridge between different cultures and different styles, and musically, that's between jazz and R&B."
If hot music means more to you than heated politics, the place to be this past Tuesday wasn't Charlotte, North Carolina but New York City where Michael Feinstein and Marilyn Maye were -- as the title of their tandem show has it -- "Swingin' the Night Away."
"There is tons of dead time where you're sitting on your ass and the business stinks and you're pissed. The record business is uncertain. Everyone's getting fired, you don't know when your next tour is going to be, you're between labels and a year goes by, there's all that."
Where's the new music for grownups? Until now, we have been relegated to oldies concerts with perpetual re-releases of the same songs we already know -- not that there's anything wrong with that. It's just that it's not enough.