Summer Burnout: It’s time to R-E-L-A-X

Hello, Jazz lovers! I hope you are all well. This week, I am feeling burned out and fatigued. I am tired. I also feel self-critical and immensely privileged to even talk about this, given the fact that a war still rages in Ukraine. Civil unrest continues in Sudan. Homelessness abounds, rampant in my own city. July will go on record as one of the hottest months in the history of the world. Global warming in the form a painful cry from Mother Earth.

And yet I come back to the fact that it’s OK to feel tired, burned out, or overwhelmed. It is OK. When I feel depleted, I often turn to meditation and prayer, and of course, jazz. I hope you will come and join me. May we all feel relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. I know I need it!

Sometimes we just need to chill out

Jazz Therapy Meditation: Combating Summer Burnout

Jazz Therapy Playlist and Musical Commentary: Combating Summer Burnour via the music of jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell

Emotional Galvanization (To feel inspired)

“Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You,” Kenny Burrell, Midnight Blue, 1963

Emotional Elevation (To feel better)

“Midnight Blue,” Kenny Burrell, Midnight Blue, 1963

Jazz Birthdays Each week, we will highlight birthdays of jazz performers around the world.  We are grateful they exist!

Kenny Burrell (born July 31, 1931)

This legendary jazz guitarist combines the sounds of blues and jazz effortlessly, making him one of the most preeminent jazz guitarists of the 20th century.  I wish I would have had the chance to hear him play live.  Mr.Burrell is turning 91 on July 31st and resides in Los Angeles.  Happy Birthday, Mr. Burrell!

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May Jazz Therapy soothe your soul.


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