Some people just don’t get why it’s a big deal…
On the eve of the fourth annual Jazz Walk I am reflecting on two conversations that I just had with two patrons of Boxleys while at Pioneer Coffee – the local morning hang.
Within 5 minutes, 2 people came up to me.
The first person had some suggestions to help us compete with the Bar & Grill down the street. His suggestion was about expanding the bar area – more space away from the music so it can be in the background, “…but people can talk.” Obviously they want Boxleys to be successful. They were focusing on the ambiance.
Hmmm. This is not the first time that this idea has come up, and it’s not that I haven’t thought it myself. How do we “compete” with other places? “How do we make everyone happy?”
As I sat in my chair thinking about these suggestions, the the next person came up to me and said, “…thank you so much for last night. We loved watching those students perform. Watching them point at eachother for solo’s, learning how to lead the band. Developing their confidence…” they continued, “… I think I would rather see that than the professionals.”
That’s it. Right there. That’s the magic of Boxleys.
It’s about the music people. It’s about the students. It’s about the community.
Not that we don’t want people to have a place to talk. But is that what we want to “compete for?” I think we want to focus on the music. Focus on the students. Keep lifting them up. Keep encouraging them.
Everybody is different. But what makes Boxleys different and most special is not the food. It’s the music. It’s making it accessible for young students to play. And also be mentored and encouraged by musicians with decades more experience.
You can get better food. You can get better service. You can’t get Boxleys anywhere else.
Middle School student Jason Berquist playing with Legends Ray Price and Michael Barnett