The idea that musical advancement must progress in the direction of greater freedom, dissonance, angularity or abstraction is fundamentally flawed. Every individual musician must define for herself that which represents the frontier. For me, musical maturity means simplicity, authenticity and soulful sincerity. My Holy Grail is the elusive True Melodic Line. Whether composed or improvised, a strong, compelling melodic statement is one which is rendered without artifice and is experienced by the listener as both unexpected and inevitable. Melody comes first and matters most.