Today following a meeting with my new publicist I decided to spend some time in a hip Queen Street book shop looking for magazines that might help me with my publicity copy. It's a very strange thing to start viewing yourself as a commodity and to develop your brand. It requires a different kind of creativity and sometimes you wonder to yourself "Is this really what a musician is supposed to be doing with her time?" But the truth is in order to open the space and opportunity to share your art with the public you have to constantly be "takin' care of business."
Anyway, the purpose of my post this evening is not to lecture you on the trials of self management but to share with you this jazz issue of Stop Smiling, The Magazine for High-Minded Lowlifes, I discovered during my browsing. It has great articles on Ornette Coleman, classic album artwork, reflections on Eric Dolphy by a host of legendary musicians and a photo essay on William Claxton. It's definitely worth picking up.