Location, location, location. Who knew that my relocating to New Mexico would have such perks? I sure didn’t. If you’d told me even 3 months ago that I would be a published writer AND music critic (really?) for Smooth Jazz magazine, I would have called you crazy. But here I am today: Tracey Whitney, journalist.
This summer I had the distinct honor and pleasure of meeting, interviewing and reviewing the concerts of some of the greats of jazz/smooth jazz: the Earl Klugh Trio with special guest Eric Marienthal http://www.smoothjazzmag.com/information.php?information_id=418
The Yellowjackets http://www.smoothjazzmag.com/information.php?information_id=421
And the Terence Blanchard Quintet, with opening act the Lionel Loueke Trio http://www.smoothjazzmag.com/information.php?information_id=428.
And its just August…
The thing is, if I were still living in L.A., I would not have even been considered for this opportunity. In fact, writers there are so entrenched that there’d have to be some bloodletting to get in (LOL). But living in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe region of NM – which just so happens to be a hotbed of jazz, and therefore, a stop on major artist’s tour schedules – uniquely positioned me. I’m the only one here! Add to that my 9-year background of actually working for a major magazine publisher (plus this here little blog of mine), and I had the foundation to even consider taking on — and ultimately succeeding, at the challenge.
Although I may have never considered an actual career as a “music journalist” before Smooth Jazz offered me this job, one of my dreams has always been to teach kids jazz and blues appreciation and performance, and this week I completed my Higher Certificate in Contemporary Vocal Teaching, Children & Adolescents through The Vocal Academy (www.VIDLA.org). YAY.
I’m a SINGER first and foremost, but I’m always expanding my universe. If you have other talents within the industry that aren’t necessarily “performance” related, please, please, please take advantage of them! Think of other experiences that you’ve had that can possibly be applied, and begin thinking of ways that you can build your own little multi-tiered music empire. Spread your wings into the cosmos. You’d be amazed how high you can fly…
Let me know how you’re making it in the music industry. I’d love to hear your story!
Until next time,
Much love… Tracey Whitney