The dog days of summer shine a bright light on the power of introspection.
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Our Take: So You Thought You Knew
I lost a bet last weekend. I was sure that the "dog days of summer" was a reference to those overly hot days when dogs would find a cool surface upon which to rest and just lay there. I was dead wrong.

The phrase has an astronomical origin twisted by erroneous facts. Sirius is the brightest star visible from Earth and part of the constellation Canis Major (the Greater Dog), which is why Sirius is sometimes called the Dog Star. Evidently from July 3 to August 11, Sirius and the Sun rise and set at the same time. Because Sirius is so bright during that span, the Romans attributed the period's unusual heat to the Dog Star. Those days were dubbed "dies caniculares" or Dog Days. Now you know what you thought you knew.

How many times a day or a week do we learn something "new" about something we "knew"? More often than we care to admit. Though being wrong is not one of the 7 Deadly Sins, pride most certainly is and those who stubbornly hold on to ideas and stories that are simply untrue or refuse to try to learn more are making a serious mistake.
“Though being wrong is not one of the 7 Deadly Sins, pride most certainly is and those who stubbornly hold on to ideas and stories that are simply untrue or refuse to try to learn more are making a serious mistake.”
The result of refusing to explore and test what you think is correct can be humorous. In my case, this scenario leads to my new outdoor grill. It has more elements than I need and, from what you will read, more than I know how to use. The grill comes with an instruction manual. Evidently, simply owning the manual is not enough. You have to read it for it to be of assistance.

At the close of a recent grilling session, a soft alarm went off and persisted. Paula, my wife, dug out the manual and I followed the instructions to the "T" as to turning off the alarm. It did not work. For nearly an hour, I tried everything. I even thought about turning off the "main switch" or unplugging the power. Naturally, I could not figure out how to do either. At this point, my choices were to live with the sound until I could call the vendor the next day or electrocute myself. After careful consideration, I chose to keep the noise.

Mind you, the entire span of time during which the alarm was sounding, I was insisting that it was not coming from the grill. Sure enough, Paula went out after me and adjusted the beverage center that is adjacent to the grill and the alarm stopped. I never thought about testing the beverage center or reading how that feature operated. After all, I "know" how a refrigerator works! Right!

The sad side of thinking that you "know" something is everywhere — from self-diagnosing an illness that proves to be serious to refusing to consider a better way to do something. Too often we refuse to explore, to investigate and to question. Perhaps, out of fear of the unknown we cling to what we "know" to be true. Or perhaps it is laziness, just like that dog who is lying on the cool tile floor trying to avoid the heat during the "dog days of summer."

So you thought you knew. Now you do know. Doesn't that feel better?

Our Take is written by Michael Lazaroff, Executive Director – Jazz of Entertainment Cruise Productions. Feel free to express your views or pose questions to him at michael@ecpcruises.com.
 
What's New and What's Next?
We have a number of exciting Cruise Programs and Music Events on the calendar, so here's an update as to the availability of staterooms and tickets.

2019 MUSIC EVENTS:
 

2020 CRUISE PROGRAMS:
 
  • The Smooth Jazz Cruise '20.1 – Departing from Miami from January 18 – 25, 2020 – Celebrity Infinity – SOLD OUT
     
  • Blue Note at Sea '20 – Departing from Miami from January 25 – February 1, 2020 – Celebrity Infinity – Suites, Front Room Staterooms, C1 – Concierge Class Staterooms, 4/5 Ocean View Staterooms  (SOLD OUT); Various Inside, Ocean View, Veranda, Aqua Class and Concierge Class Staterooms are AVAILABLE
     
  • The Jazz Cruise '20 – Departing from Miami from February 1 – February 8, 2020 – Celebrity Infinity – Fewer than 40 Staterooms (combination of Veranda and Concierge Class Staterooms) are AVAILABLE 
     
  • The Smooth Jazz Cruise '20.2 – Departing from Miami from March 14 - 21, 2020 – Celebrity Infinity – SOLD OUT
 
2021 CRUISE PROGRAMS:

 
  • The Smooth Jazz Cruise '21.1 & '21.2 – Departing from Miami from January 30 – February 6, 2021, and February 6 – 13, 2021 – Celebrity Infinity – Guests on either The Smooth Jazz Cruise '20.1 or '20.2 may rebook their current stateroom through September 5. All others wishing to sail in 2021 may complete a Pre-Sale Reservation, which gives you priority access when staterooms may be selected starting around September 10, 2019
     
  • The Jazz Cruise '21 – Departing from Miami from January 16 – 23, 2021 – Celebrity Infinity – Sales Information To Be Announced
     
  • Blue Note at Sea '21 – Departing from Miami from January 23 – 30, 2021 – Celebrity Infinity – Sales Information To Be Announced

No matter what Music Event or Cruise Program you may select, we promise you that it will be a great experience.
 
Listen: Jazz Cruise Conversations!
Podcast 12: Steve Tyrell with Dick Golden
Get to know Steve Tyrell:
In this week's installment of Jazz Cruise Conversations, the podcast series from Entertainment Cruise Productions, we present to you Steve Tyrell with Dick Golden, an interview recorded on The Jazz Cruise '19.

Coming out of his hometown of Houston as a young singer, Steve had an auspicious introduction to the music business as a producer working with Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and as an A&R man with Scepter Records. He eventually turned to singing full-time and has had several hit albums. His performance of "The Way You Look Tonight" in the film "Father of the Bride" brought him to a wider audience. During The Jazz Cruise '19, Tyrell sat down with jazz author and radio host Dick Golden to talk about his career and his affinity for the Great American Songbook.

Every Jazz Cruise Conversations podcast is available on our website at: bluenoteatsea.com/podcast and thejazzcruise.com/podcast. You can also find Jazz Cruise Conversations on your preferred podcast platform, including iTunes and Spotify.
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