My wife and I became Bruce Hornsby fans soon after we were married. What I like about Bruce is that he has great piano chops and can demonstrate stunning hand independence. At the same time, Bruce is a grand story teller. His lyrics evoke longing and nostalgia, tapping deep human memories and core experiences.
In an interview with Marian McPartland on Piano Jazz, Bruce described how he studied jazz in school and loved the music of Bill Evans. However, Bruce realized that his friends didn’t find Bill Evans cool. Evans’ music was too difficult to listen too. Thus, Bruce endeavored to make Bill Evans relevant, again, by arranging Bill’s music in a style that his friends would like.
Isn’t this what we need for the New Evangelization? Disciples who study and love the Truths of the Catholic faith and who endeavor to find new ways to share this Treasure with their friends.