A special week awaits for our first show in July, resuming after a small break for the holidays, with the introduction of Jake Fleming and
The Tao Collection.
Maybe one of the best known and loved philosophical writings, written by ancient Chinese sage Laozi or Lao Tzu (who may or may not have existed), it has been named ‘THE Book’. In fact, many have deemed it THE book including Eckhart Tolle who describes it as
Whatever its mythical status, it has been and likely will continue to be an endless source of inspiration for poets, artists, writers, philosophers and as always, musicians.
As it was for Bozeman musician Jake Fleming.
Years ago I gifted Jake the Stephen Mitchell translation of the TAO TE CHING. For those of you who have read this, you’ll know it isn’t the kind of book you devour on a beach with a mai tai in one hand, nor the kind you pass the time with in the lavatory. And yet, it is. The TAO TE CHING is wise, poetic, enigmatic and enlightening, and also vague, frustrating, weird, and confusing. What better material could you ask for when it comes to music?
And so, in December 2009 Jake began setting each of the 81 teachings to music with a goal of writing one song a day. After 18 straight days the pattern was broken and disappointment ensued in knowing that the goal of one per day would not be achieved. Then the Tao’s teachings kicked in
“Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.”
and Jake let go of the disappointment realizing the project was beyond him. Around the halfway point he became attached to the project, never wanting it to end. Again the Tao’s teachings settled the score,
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.
So it went over the months, guitar and pencil in hand, meditating on the ancient text while channeling the music to sing it by. Letting the music, for lack of a better term, write itself, is no small task when a musician offers their work to the world for evaluation. And yet, this was Jake’s task.
Having completed all 81 pieces of music, now comes the 2nd part of said task: sharing the body of work with the community. To do so Jake has enlisted the help of fellow musicians for 2 separate performances.
• Monday, July 12, Bozeman Public Library – 7:00 Jazz and More with Kelly Roberti
Jake will discuss his process and thoughts on the project as well as perform a few selections. This performance/discussion is free
and open to the public.
• Wednesday, July 14, Jazz at the Story Mansion - 7:30 - Admission - $20
Jake and friends will perform 20 pieces from the Tao Collection. Reservations are available by contacting email@example.com
Jake Fleming, guitar and vocals
Kelly Roberti, bass
Chris Cundy, piano
Jeni Fleming, vocals
Jacob Koelzer, vocals
Eden Atwood, vocals
Lang Termes, vocals
Krista Arledge, vocals
Jazz and More is sponsored by Montana Ale Works.