- Watch TV
- Go for a long walk on the beach
- The Tauranga National Jazz Festival
- Rotary's Easter Book Sale.
- A Kokomo concert
OK. That's five options. There's been lots of talk swirling around about what to do concerning the upcoming Easter Jazz Festival and I may have spurred on some of it by asking about interest in option number 5.
It was intended so people could enjoy BOTH the Jazz Festival and a Kokomo show since I know a lot of people coming to town for Easter are hoping to see us play at some point (along with all the other fine music).
But after a lot of thought I don't reckon, ultimately, it would be a good idea. As a life member and (obviously) big supporter of the Jazz Society I'd hate to do anything that might damage the festival and doing something in opposition, though initially attractive, is a bit counter-productive for all parties.
So, option 5 is out. And, seriously, over Easter the stuff on TV is crap. So option 1 is out.
So what I'd suggest is a mixture of 2, 3 and 4. Walking on the beach is always a pleasure and the book sale is for a worthwhile cause and has not only books but LPs 78s and all that stuff – I got a pile of things last year!
And of course go to the Jazz Festival. There are good acts there despite many baffling bits of programming. (2 full days of a stage given over the the Hamilton Blues Society? Seriously? It's The TAURANGA Jazz Festival. Of course you could go and see our mates in the DeSotos whose headline quote on their website is “Wide-screen country-rock which owes much to the Petty /Springsteen/Neil Young axis”.)
So, as you can tell, I do think that quite a lot needs to be sorted out about the direction and philosophy of the festival, and the whole structure of its organisation too, but let's look at the big picture: it's been going for over 50 years so the odd blip is to be expected now and then. Sorting that stuff can come later.
Over the years Kokomo has had the pleasure and privilege to play at the festival many times and I hope we will again in the future. In the meantime there's great music to be made and the foolishness of a few people is neither here nor there.
With the studio back up and running we're recording again and will have a new song or two for you well before Easter. And we're looking at a couple of very exciting events in Tauranga that are in the works. We've all been inspired by the obvious passion out there for music – and Tauranga music in particular – but the plans are tightly under wraps at the moment behind a plethora of meetings and phone calls.
In the meantime, enjoy the music, walk on the beach, and watch this space...