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This week is a community talk,
the subject is: Meditation
the location: a small town in Italy near the sea

I'm on vacation now in beautiful Italy, No jazz in this town but it's totally fine. When I woke up today I asked myself, if there is a Jazz standard called Meditation? Was it Charlie Parker or Carlos Jobim? Google reminds me that Jobim is the correct answer.

In my loneliness
When you're gone and I'm all by myself
And I need your caress
I just think of you
And the thought of you holding me near
Makes my loneliness soon disappear

A year ago, I was in the hospital, all came as a surprise a normal check and then I got a message that I need to go immediately into a very simple surgery. Simple for the body but not for the soul and mind. 

Back then, I hated the Doctor who told me, just flip the coin, Avi, look at it in a positive way, you are safe now. but he was right, suddenly the will to play a Jazz standard perfectly or the dream to be the best bass player in the world, was narrowed down to saving myself from my thoughts and fears. I could do that by understanding first the basic, love and family. I then was asking to ease my thoughts. I found meditation. 

Though you're far away
I have only to close my eyes
And you are back to stay
I just think of you
And the sadness that missing you brings
Soon is gone and this heart of mine sings
Yes I love you so

I think Meditation saved my life, and this, even if we 
are all about Jazz here, why I like to share it with you. 
Meditation, apart from eating good, made me more happy also on stage, made me understand that being the best player is not the thing, making the listener feel something is what one needs to practice. And so for the first time in my life, I learned to listen, and to enjoy listening to other people voice. Meditation. 

And that for me is all I need to know
I will wait for you
Til the sun falls from out of the sky
For what else can I do
I will wait for you meditating
How sweet life will be


by Jobim


Avi Albers Ben Chamo 
Jazzy Berlin
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