Welcome to 2012! Well, if we are to believe the Mayans (or at least their ancient calendar) this is the year it all ends. Solar flare? Pole-Flip? As yet unreported asteroid? Alien invasion (I personally would like to see that one, I mean “First Contact” could mean a whole new audience for jazz: you dig? I especially like the concept of the rouge planet Nibiru. Great place for a Blue Note club I’d say.) Well, NASA says that none of these events are scientifically lurking in the queue (check out the NASA article here)

Then there is this take from Dan Piraro of the hip comic panel Bizarro (check out his site…great stuff! Dan also has a killin’ blog, check it out here great bizarre writing…is it any wonder that I dig it so?)

So, what does all this mean for jazz? what does all this mean for The One O’Clock? Can I tie this thread together? But of course….

How would one define the end of the world? The Cubs in the World Series? (a boy can dream can’t I?) The rebirth of the theme song for tv shows? Less commercials and more content on tv? Jazz bursts out of the 1% portion of the “market” share and becomes more popular? If it is the latter, then I say, bring it on! In fact, we will be having fun with this concept throughout the Spring semester in a number of ways:

1. Work is now underway in making the first combined animation-music concept video for Lab 2012. We are working with the College of Visual Arts and Design to put this exciting project together, and you guessed it, its theme will be based on the end of the world 2012 concept.

2. Flying boldly into the face of dire predictions, the Lab 2012 cover art will also incorporate the 2012 doomsday theme (in some kind of satirically hip jazz kind of way)

3. As this will indeed be the last time the math allows us to do so for awhile, we will have some kind of CD party on 12/12/12

Well, you heard it here first friends, the world will not end in 2012. There is simply too much for The One O’Clock to do. And much of it takes place this semester. We have an action-packed schedule (watch our website for the complete update coming this week) as we spread the good word far and wide. And whether or not it is one of the last CDs ever made (the 2012 thread…kind of weak, but hey its the title of this post, so I’ve got to milk it) Lab 2012 promises to be a great project. We have a whole new group of student writers involved who are also members of the band (nothing against our incredible team of student writers from last year, but HEY…the current crop is always the best one!), and the band itself is ROARING! You all will certainly be kept in the loop as this one develops, it is likely to be quite special.

So, as the new year and new semester begins I look forward to the ever-thrilling mission of standing in front of this world-class one-of-a-kind ensemble-deluxe and making sure that the world gets to enjoy it as well.

2012 is not the end…it is just another great year of swinging delights brought to you by The One O’Clock Lab Band. And, as as Shakespeare once said:

“If music be the food of love…play on!”


About swiest2

Steve Wiest is a Trombonist-Composer-Cartoonist-Author and Coordinator of The 21st Century Music Initiative at The Lamont School of Music: The University of Denver

5 responses »

  1. Jeff Martin says:

    Great job Steve- You’re making all of us alumni proud!

  2. vmaldonado says:

    Love the article! Very entertaining! Especially the “First Contact”. (hahaha) I can’t wait to see the cover artwork and the 12/12/12 CD party is an awesome idea! Looking forward to it!

    • swiest2 says:

      Thanks vmaldonado. You KNOW that if aliens are intelligent enough to travel light years, then they MUST dig jazz! 12/12/12 will be BIG fun. The CD will be epic…stay tuned!

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