Page one of the program for the Lindy Focus 2016 swing festival is a welcome letter from the organizers Michael and Jaya to the participants. Most people I'm sure skipped right through it to get to the schedule and other logistical information. That would be a mistake. I was reading it on the plane ride home from Focus and started tearing up.
I have reproduced it in full below because it's just so perfect and amazing. I recommend that at the gateway to the new year that you read this and take it to heart. I know I will be revisiting this text time and time again all through the year, and beyond:
Amen. Let's decorate time and space with art, people. I'm all in for 2017.