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~UPCOMING SHOWS~

 

Friday, October 13th, approx 8 PM
The Listening Room Presents!
Julian Hartwell Solo Piano
w/ Bob & Del and Bill O’Sullivan
Upstairs at Germantown Espresso Bar
26 Maplewood Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19144
$8 suggested donation at the door

 

Sunday, October 22nd 8 PM-12 AM
The Julian Hartwell Project
Live at Twins Jazz Club! (FB Event)
1344 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
$10-12 at the door, Ticket Link Here

 

Friday, November 3rd 7-10 PM
First Friday Jazz at Crime and Punishment
w/ the Tom Cullen Trio
Crime & Punishment Brewing Co.
2711 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
No cover w/ food or drink purchase

 

Saturday, November 18th 6-9 PM
Piano trio w/ Erik Marley
Willow Creek Winery
160-168 Stevens Street, West Cape May, New Jersey 08204
No cover w/ food or drink purchase

 

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Why I’m over “Resist”

July 27th, 2017

 

I’m over “Resist.” As an end-all, be-all credo for this current historical moment. Let me explain.
To me, it feels limiting. It smacks of fear, immaturity, and a lack of imagination.
Even physics teaches us that Resistance Makes Stronger.

I think we can do better.
I propose we step up to the plate, that we choose a word (or words) that empowers..inspires..that actually helps create the kind of world we DO want to see, not the one where our only default choice is to merely “resist.”

So I’m going to offer some different words.

Let’s Redefine:

The Terms themselves! Are we, the masses of everyday citizens, just passive bystanders of history, watching as “they” stay corrupt and continue to pillage what’s left of this country? Are ALL we allowed to do is merely “resist?” We have to redefine just who is running the show here. And in my book, We Are! Ultimately, I think we are subject to the will of a higher power, yes. But I think that higher power handed down to us, its creation, a major aspect of itself, its image, too. Namely – Creation, dummy! We ALL decide individually and collectively the shape of things to come. If we redefine ourselves as co-creators of this reality we lift the burden off of those “in charge”..and also take on the responsibility which we know deep down is ours alone, anyway. The inability to properly define oneself, in a way that serves ones highest good, is probably one of the greatest tools of the oppressor used throughout history. When people are in “resistance” mode only, lacking awareness of their true creative edge, THAT is where the real danger lies.

 

Let’s Reclaim:

The aspects of ourselves that we still deeply resist. You know, the things that lie deeply buried in our subconscious and barely see the light of day. Those aspects of our “shadow” that we more often project unto others through judgement, ridicule, scape-goating, etc. Let’s embrace the dark within us by shining an honest light on the ‘wild and untamed nature’ we all have, in order to become whole, fully integrated. So much “resistance” to me seems a denial of reckoning with the enemy within just as much as the one without. The irony is that when we fully reclaim and accept our shadow as a part of US, we then reclaim our power, and ultimately, our peace, from the hard work of self-transformation.

 

Let’s Revise:

Our framework for governance, if it’s failing so bad. If the “powers that be” are so miserable, why do we keep giving them our power in the form of attention, mental energy, so much loud ‘resistance?’ Let’s revise and rewrite our rules, our standards of conduct, taking a proactive approach instead of decrying what’s not working.

 

Let’s Restore:

The Biosphere, the Creation. Restore our broken, severed relationship with this planet and its creatures that have both been so abused in these past centuries of industrial civilization. Restore our ego and elevated views of ourselves from ‘over and above’ the Eco-sphere to deeply embedded WITHIN it, the way Nature intends. We might learn to see this period as a “return home” to a more natural state of living and being…with much sacrificing and (some chaos) in the short term to our lifestyles, our identities, our expectations and entitlements depending on our level of attachment to same. Perhaps “resist” is the collective reflex of well, resistance, to the inevitable (and incredible) transformation of Self involved in the restoration of not only nature but ourselves in the process. After all it’s generally easier to stay in a familiar and ‘comfortable’ level of being when the other option is the complete unknown, the path one has never taken before. Which in our case looks alot like acting on the realization that unlimited growth can’t continue on a finite planet. The times call for a massive downsizing and scaling of everything we do and need to the local level. The future demands conscious building. Which obviously takes…

 

Let’s Retool:

Ourselves and our communities, for skills, strength, health, resilience, strong networks. So much anger and resistance stems from dependency on massive (and failing) systems. Healthcare, welfare, government assistance, cheap energy – all depend on massively inflated and elaborate systems that are out of scale, and thus, unsustainable for the communities they ‘serve.’ Instead of staying servants to systems that don’t serve us, imagine the empowerment that might result if we re-tooled ourselves with local agriculture, small health co-ops, community networks of care, trade, and barter.  If we equipped ourselves with the skills and know-how to make a large amount of the things we need or extend the life-cycle of things in general. And if we took rightful ownership of our health as OUR priority, not anyone else’s (imagine that) ! Acquainting ourselves again with preventive lifestyle choices, natural and herbal medicines, emotional and spiritual IQ, ancient spiritual wisdom. No short order, but the possibilities for asserting more control and ownership into our lives are much more appealing than a constant hand out. Which means we’ll definitely have to…

 

Let’s Revisit:

The Truth of Who We Are. And the wisdom found in countless ancient (and many modern) teachings that help us form that picture, however unique and particular for each individual. I hate to break it you, but ignorance isn’t bliss, especially anymore. That’s a commonly mis-attributed quote (“If ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be Wise“). It leads to confusion, suffering, hurt people who are generally unaware of why they’re even hurting. That’s why the ancient dictum Know Thyself is the great mandate to continually bump humanity up to the next operating system. In truly knowing one’s innermost Self one knows the Universe and one’s place in it. We might not even just want to re-‘visit.’ We might wanna stick around this place for all the guidance, direction, wisdom we’ll ever need at every moment in the Journey.

 

Let’s Re-imagine:

The whole Game itself – the players, the puppeteers, even the damn stage we’re standing on. The possibility that we are influencing and creating this reality to a much more literal degree than we’ve quite realized up to this point. We’re only gonna bring about the world we don’t have to “resist” all the time by boldly Imagining what that’s really gonna look like. After all everything we see now before us exists because somebody or something, somewhere, Imagined It first. Maybe we thought we’d be at the pinnacle of history by now, at some grand victory of the success of industrial civilization. But the surroundings are looking quite different at the moment and we can’t afford to have yet another outsider Imagine our Reality for us. We’ve gotten here because we let Country, Religion, Party, Leader, Guru, etc take the reigns for so long..probably important stepping stones in our evolution. But I think the reason alot of these things feel like they’re not working anymore is because we’ve stepped into a vacuum of sorts, an open space. One where the Universe is asking us “But…what do you want ? How much of our current life is spent fulfilling the wishes and desires of others? Not acting on our most deep rooted convictions and visions of what could be ?? As they say, a problem can’t be fixed with the same thinking that created it. Thinking is great, and we need plenty of it, but we need to give ourselves full permission to all-out Imagine right now! Choosing to Re-imagine over ‘resist’ is asserting a definite ideal, drawing a distinct picture, having a sure hand. At the end of the day, if being continually upset by the antics of uncaring politicians is preventing you from doing anything constructive, that’s a serious problem.

It’s all about growing up and asserting our place at the driver’s seat of our lives and collective fates.

And it’s just better than “resisting” all the time.

#thoughtsonthursday #resist #overit #newwordsneeded #reimagineyourlife #bethesolution #bethechange

The Process

July 18th, 2017

Some recent reflections after my last show brought me to fill a whole page in a fresh journal.
In a way this was a reminder, if you will, from myself to myself.
Some much needed encouragement from a “higher” view of my journey, to the here and now moment of said journey.
Now that I’ve had a moment to breathe with it a bit…consider this also some advice/encouragement to you as well, dear reader. Apply it however you see fit, to any and all areas of your Life that feel like it can relate.

So from the journal to the blogosphere, here goes:

Remember – This is a PROCESS !!!

This Process is a Gift, and every moment in the Present (Presence) of this Process is a Gift, too.
Not only is it a Gift, it’s all a Lesson.
In fact, all the Lessons I’m learning, in and through the Process, are precisely the Lessons I’m meant to Learn.
The Goal is actually not the end of the Process…
The Goal is the Process itself.
To be fully rooted in, grateful for, joyful in –
the beautiful, messy, arduous, strengthening, exhausting, contradicting, unpredictable, exciting, long, fun –
Process. And no more.
The “destination” is just another Step. Another Plateau.
“Failure” doesn’t really exist. There are only Outcomes. (not my original idea but I like it)
There are only Actions, and Consequences.
And non-action also has its Consequences.
Can I be so caught up in the doing of the work, the manifesting of the Process, the Creative Journey –
that all else becomes irrelevant?
That all the thoughts, fears, worries, anxieties…even the larger hopes, wishes, desires..
become secondary to the Immersion in the Process itself?
This Immersion in the Process must lead to…
Purpose.
So I leave with you with this –

“Find Your Purpose in the Process”.

On ‘The Mission’ – H.U.R.I.

November 10th, 2016

The time is ripe for another blog post from Julian Hartwell Music.

This has been a week to remember, to say the least. Our country continues to reel from Tuesday’s election results and everything that those results represent.
However, I’m not here to talk about that. You can get plenty of that elsewhere!

You see, I look at my role as an Artist as a very sacred role. I love sharing my gift, creating and crafting my discipline, and communicating through the universal language that is Music.

However, there are times when it goes BEYOND THE MUSIC.

This is one of those time…when I feel compelled to let you, my fan/visitor/listener, in on the less obvious part of what I do.
Something beyond the day-to-day news, shows, latest releases and the rest.

So let’s dive in 😉

The author Andrew Simonet points out in his short but powerful book Making Your Life As An Artist that more often than not the greatest and most ‘successful’ artists in the long run are not merely ‘Career Driven’ but fundamentally ‘Mission Driven.’

They look at the career milestones they achieve as avenues and channels through which to tirelessly pursue their Vision, AKA their Mission: A distilled Core Belief or set of beliefs, a Principle, a Message.

All Great Art has this. The Mission transcends technique, status, material, mode; even historical epoch or limiting circumstances. It is the Engine that drives everything else, the Heart and Soul of the Artistic Path, and the Commitment that prods the aspiring creator to again and again get back into the studio, the canvas, the pen, the script, the stage.

This long-winded preamble is not to say that I am one of these ‘Great Artists.’ I’m definitely a work in progress and surely have a ways to go before I can say I’ve crystallized my vision to any real, tangible extent in the real world just yet.

But it’s a process and there’s time for that.

I do feel I have honed to some degree my ‘Mission’ and it is that which I am willing to share with you today. Thus,

My Mission is to H.U.R.I – To Heal, Uplift, Remind and Inspire.

Through any and every aspect of the work I do – performance, composition, arrangement, band-leading, production, collaboration, accompaniment, education – I aim to:

1.) HEAL: There should be no doubt by this point that our World is in serious need of some Healing right now. Physical, Mental, Spiritual on an Individual level; Social, Cultural, Ecological, Planetary healing on the Collective level. Two sides of the same coin. The dis-ease at root of most of our current problems stems in so many ways from the separation between these two viewpoints or co-existing realities. And it seems on all fronts that before we can truly move forward in our evolution as a species we must find ways to Heal, in ourselves and in community, the combined and lasting traumas of so much greed, violence, abuse, racism, hate, malevolence, egotism, and division that plague the collective psyche.
In these times especially, any form of Healing is a sacred and immensely valuable tool to transform our social wounds into the elixirs of forgiveness, compassion, empathy, love. Masters of both Science and Spirit tell us that Vibration is at the heart of all matter – the Cosmic Sound, the Word, the all-pervading “Harmony of the Spheres,” the Energy that creates and destroys worlds. With Sound and Vibration as my medium I know I can harness and send Healing power to my audience, and thus to net-effect the wider culture or people at large. In speaking the Universal Language I believe Musicians have a special role in Healing ourselves and others, communicating on subtler dimensions where words will always fail.

“By linking art and healing, we gather up fragments of our psyche and form a new whole. Art becomes a healing force to the degree that the artist can embrace and integrate the pathological shadow aspects of our collective being and still clearly point to the source of transcendent wellness and radiance that is our constant potential.” – Alex Grey

2.) UPLIFT: As I was walking outside today on the daily grind, I was struck by a thought to send my fellow passers-by – “Stay Lifted, Ya’ll!” There is definitely a palpable sense of trepidation, anxiety, worry, and fear in the air right now. And rightfully so. But at some point it takes me back to the “U” of my mission statement – I just want to uplift the people and communities around me. The problems facing us can sometimes feel overbearing to the point that only those qualities take over; the joy we once knew or smile we once wore is lost. That is a sad place to be for humanity, no matter what we’re going through. In today’s day and age we have to daily, consciously, choose and maintain a tranquil, positive equilibrium to our emotions, thoughts, and actions to not sink any further down. I know it’s tough sometimes. But as the “U” of Uplift suggests, we all need YOU, AKA Each Other, to Lift Ourselves Up and carry the burden together, and Share in the simple Joy that is being alive, the small things to be appreciated, the countless and often obscured acts of kindness that happen everyday while we’re too busy looking down at the mud beneath our feet. If I leave a listener just ever so slightly in a better mood than when they arrived, I will have succeeded in this aspect of my Mission. When we are (up)Lifted we can see the world from a higher perspective – we can be grateful for both the blessings and the trials of our lives, we can notice the beauty of a flower somehow growing out of the same mud. Besides, the view is ALWAYS better the higher UP we go! I’ll take the window seat ; ) Which brings me to #3…

3.) REMIND: Ahh yes, this is probably the most contentious point of them all, but I’ll be as succinct as I can. The “Remind” I’m going for can take on many levels, but in a nutshell, it’s to Remind You of Who You Really Are! I can’t profess to have all the answers, but from what I can tell, You are a Mighty and Divine being! A Spiritual Being having a Human Experience, not the other way around. Or “both and.” You Are…A Great Mystery…the Question and the Answer.
So much of our current problems I see stemming from ignorance, plain and simple. Ignorance of our true nature, of the Self within, of the reality and dignity of every single unique and individualized strain of Universal Consciousness/Spirit/God/Energy I call “Me” and you call “You.” From the Illusion of Separation that creates an “Us” and a “Them.” A “me/mine” and an “Other.” And ignorance, like the mud from #2, clouds, distorts, dirties, detracts and distracts from the “Big Picture.” It always has.
But there’s a remedy! And every legitimate religious or mystical path on the planet has sought That Remedy in some sort or another, even while continuously getting clouded up again and again by those same old human weaknesses, sins, etc a lot of the time. That remedy is Wisdom – Knowledge of our True Nature and the Nature of the Cosmos in which we live. Some call it Truth, The Logos. Many call it God, but often get a little too obsessed and fighting over the details. The Remind I’m going for with my Music and my Art is something like the great exhortation to “Know Thyself!” at the heart of the Path(s) that we have taken since time immemorial to figure out just exactly what that is. I think we still have a long way to go, but we also have an amazing array of wisdom traditions and teachers at our disposal from which to choose depending on the particular point of our search and the needs of our Soul. The Reminder is that for every perspective in this Universe, there is still a higher perspective, and another still, and another. And that the expressions and circumstances of your life have a meaning, a reason for being, and that we ARE all here for a Reason, after all. I hope to somehow serve that great Reminder through the narratives and story I craft into Music, my particular expression of that Self at this point in time and space.

“Our whole business in this life is to restore to health the eye of the heart whereby God may be seen.”
– Saint Augustine

4.) INSPIRE: And lastly, the final cornerstone that ties all points together and brings it all home. My Art and my Life can never exist in a vacuum, and it’s never really “Art” anyway until it can go Out into the World and interact with a real audience/observer/viewer and the current paradigm. This is where most of the fun is and also most of the challenge. My role is not only to express the visions, voices, and vibrations swimming around my own head, but to Inspire and Motivate others to use and share their own unique talents and gifts, artistic and otherwise. It’s the beautiful shared exchange of Art making that I don’t do this just for “me” – I do this to help kindle the fire of Inspiration in some way or another for your own creative life, to Remind you once again that You too are a Creator at your core and your Life is a work of Art in itself that I’M INSPIRED BY, for goodness sakes! We are all Artists. And in a world of budget cuts to art and music programs I need to make sure I’m somehow sharing to the younger generation especially a love and a spark for imagination and the creative arts that will help guide them along their own artistic journeys. I know the World is stronger for it.
And after all, there’s two I’s in Inspire…you and me! ; )

“The word ‘Inspire’ refers to the breath, which has always been associated with Life and Spirit. To breathe means that our bodies are alive. To in-spire is to be in-spirit. Spirit brings vision to the artist via the imagination, the multidimensional media center of our minds. The masterful artist transcends the limited sense of self and becomes an active channel of universal creative spirit.” –Alex Grey

“Aspire to Inspire before you Expire.” – Unknown

“H.U.R.I!” – Julian Hartwell

Thanks for making it this far! You rock AND you have a really great attention span! I hope this helps.
I know it helped me…I feel like I just underwent legit Artist/Mission Statement therapy and it feels great.

Cheers. And don’t forget to keep honing YOUR Mission, too.

-JH

#thoughtsonthursday #likealotofthoughts #missionstatement #artvision #findyourmission #tellyourvision

Fall Updates!

Happy Fall, all!

It’s been a bit since writing one of these eh?….too busy writing, playing, and performing my music! (duh)

Fall is a great time to get back in touch with oneself..moving inward once again as the Earth does the same..cracking open a good book or two..and of course listening to soothing piano music..heavy, thoughtful, creative original music..live, funky music….all by ME, of course. *gotta talk it up*

So, here’s whatsup!

I’m excited because I have what’s shaping up to be a nice lil’ season of special shows coming up!

It’s a veritable sprinkling of literally EVERYTHING JULIAN HARTWELL MUSIC! Quality, not quantity 😉

For instance, there’s the Pastorius Community Garden Fall Festival, where TWO of my bands will be playing, THE JHP with some fresh new music and members, and French St Gumbo doin’ it’s THANG! What a gift to perform on the stage that I helped build, in the garden I helped found, to the community I’ve come to know over the past year + which continues to grow bringing neighbors, farmers, thinkers, dreamers, together around the one thing we can all agree on these days it seems – access to delicious, local, thoughtful FOOD and the simple joy that brings.

Then, the JHP gets back down and dirty at the ‘ole Philly jazz watering hole Chris’ Jazz Cafe.
I’m unveiling some brand new compositions, arrangements, even members…A night not to be missed if you like jazz that makes you wonder “what even is this ‘jazz’ thing anyway, is this ‘jazz’?…and why i am i wanting to stand up and dance right now?…and why does Julian banter so much?” You get my drift. *gotta talk it up*

In November I’m positively hyped to have a SOLO PIANO PERFORMANCE (I gotta do more of those..huh?) at the incredible Rittenhouse Soundworks in Germantown!!! If you haven’t heard of this place, well I’m not surprised. It’s truly a hidden gem of a recording/performance/multi-media arts Powerhouse in a beautiful space! Their monthly “Musician’s Gatherings” bring together amazing multi-genre talent and just simply have to be experienced for oneself. And I’m honored to be on the bill premiering several of my original solo piano compositions in this intimate setting…which brings me to…

I have a solo piano single getting ready to be released! Well, calling it a “single” just doesn’t do it justice.
It’s actually a suite, honestly, in three movements. “Land of Lotus” is probably one of my more extensive piano compositions and it feels GREAT to be FINALLY putting the finishing touches and recording it in my home studio. Let’s just say it’s been in the workshop for far too long and it’s ready to see the light of day.
It’s coming out within a few weeks so LOOK OUT FOR THAT!
And this will of course spur me to record many more that have been awaiting to see that light, ever helping me realize my artist-identity as a solo pianist/composer/performer in its own right. (oo i just rhymed too, yo.)

And lastly, (atleast at the moment) I’m a FEATURED ARTIST with Jazz Bridge in their Neighborhood Concert Series 2016-’17 Season!!! This is a great organization that raises money to support jazz and blues musicians in crisis, as well as producing performances all around the tri-state area and featuring some fantastic local talent and beyond. I’ll be performing with my trio at Fellowship Hall, the Roxborough edition of the neighborhood concerts. Since I don’t trio all that much (guess I just like them horns and beefy arrangements..after all I am a Horner remember) this is a great opportunity to catch me stretching out as a pianist on a few of my more ‘heavy’ tunes…we’re talkin 5-6 pages+, people. Some most folks haven’t even heard before. And also featuring the jazz trio interplay that happens with my brother on bass and our dynamic drummer Matt Jernigan which I’m excited to present as just yet another expression of this thing called ‘Julian Hartwell Music.’

So these are all the wonderful things going on in the world of Julian Hartwell Music this Fall!
I always like to full you in on just a lil’ more than the who, what, where, what times…with the backstory and the trackstory and the reason why YOU need to listen, Be There, Support..cuz’ you really do. *gotta talk it up*

Since you made it to the end of all this talking (typing), you get rewarded with more of me talking! (actually talking)
Check out this video produced by Jason Fifield and Jazz Bridge to promote the series and me!

Thanks all, and again, Happy Fall!

#fallupdates #julianhartwellmusic #goodstuff #gottatalkitup

What’s new with JHM!???

July, 2016:

Whatsup World! Well…happy to reach out to you again! If you’ve ever paid my site a visit before, you might’ve noticed how I’ve neglected to update this blog for a MiNuTe here! But…owing to the urgency of our times..the role of artists to speak + live their truth..the respect for keeping my fans in the loop..I promise from now on to change this not-so-great habit for the better!!! Sooo let’s get to it ~ what IS up in the world of Julian Hartwell Music lately!?

In short – This Summer is shaping to be quite a hot one, what with all these irons in the fire right now!
I’ve been steadily thickening The JHP BOOK with its 25+ song repertoire, AKA writing + arranging…cleaning + tweaking…Not to many shows this Summer with The JHP at the moment because keeping 6 bandmates all in one place is proving tricky, but I have some big plans come Fall in terms of recording and releasing new material.
So stay tuned for that!

I recently gave my SoundCloud music page a ‘Summer Makeover’, putting up some exclusive live tracks and samples from past gigs with the JHP, in addition to a few from the album of course. With this I’ve begun a new tradition that will accompany any new music I release — {THe TrackStory} — This is the back story, the narrative/inspiration/spirit of the song you hear. Not only does it give you something to read while you listen (a multi-sensory experience!) but consider it my way of bringing you into my World as a composer a bit more — what makes me tick…a little bit of my philosophy/worldview…a way to share the inner message of a song that no matter how effectively composed and executed, still might need some explaining. So, when you go to listen to a particular song on my page, be sure to open each track individually and read the accompanying {TrackStory} behind each one! You can do all that here — https://soundcloud.com/julian-hartwell

P.S. — Look out for some NEW Solo Piano Material coming soon to that page, as well!

As far as other projects — French Street Gumbo is going Back in the Studio hard this August to wrap up our first Single!!!
I can’t share too much more at this moment, but I can promise you, it’s gonna be our first BIG splash and Music Launch, so needless to say we can’t wait to show the World just what we’ve been sitting on for a while now….and all this as the Live Set continues to be crafted and mastered with our New Drummer too, btw…

And in August I’ll also be going in the studio with talented singer/multi-instrumentalist The Derek Anthony AKA Palatine on a new track of his coming up!

Lastly, I finally joined the TwitterVerse recently (about time!) so as you can see at the top of this page, follow me @jewelz_hartwell for occasional quotes/thoughts and in-depth insights into the mind and inspirations of JHM!

With everything currently going on in the world and in our country right now…I’m taking a positive approach to it all by going harder than ever and Accepting My Sacred Role As An Artist ~ By creating Music that Uplifts, that Heals, that Inspires, that Reminds us of our transcendent Unity and Power to Create the Life We Desire …. YOU and the World deserve It! And I can’t THANK YOU ENOUGH for being a part of the Journey with me!

Until Next Time ~

-Julian

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