There is little hope for Aaron Novik. In the world of mainstream professional musicians, "hope" means only one thing: bucks. As euphemized by "charting," "getting signed," and "touring with someone famouser than yourself," "success" has a horribly narrow definition. None of that stuff is even a glimmer in local clarinet virtuoso Novik's eye, so there you go. He'll never "make it." But in the real world, where most people live, coins of the realm include fulfilling the harsh demands of a genuine vision, thinking deeply, and having fun, for example. In the real world, Aaron Novik is a deeply desired man-about-town and a raging success who sets weird poetry to music, plays in a bass clarinet quartet, and studies ancient Jewish mysticism. That a popular one of his... More >>>