2017 recap


This is the Japanese character for "voyage" or "travel." When I was visiting my grandmother in Japan in the fall of 2016, she gave me this script. She's 93, and is basically bedridden, but she still has amazing calligraphy skills.

The Japanese believe that these words, or characters, have some kind of mystical power. I never took that superstition seriously, but after receiving this script from her and having the year I had in 2017, it makes me think twice.

2017 really was an year of travel for me. Between touring with Postmodern Jukebox, the Semer Ensemble, Aubrey Logan, Cristina Gatti, and Nancy Harms, I got to perform in around 20 countries. I'm thankful for the opportunity, and I'm hoping that 2018 will be another year of travel and great music making.

Also, I learned my lesson, and the next time I visit Japan, I should probably have my grandmother write "a pot of gold" or something as well...

Steven Whipple