Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The new job is amazing!! The youth services division is incredible and the level of progressiveness that these people are displaying is freakin' sweet! Needless to say that I'm really enjoying what I'm doing and it's a job that is going to be productive and positive. The changes that we are making are going to be astounding and the newly revamped "hang-out" for the kids is going to be intense.
This post is going to be short, but there will definitely be more after the break! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! Safe travels and see you all after the food induced coma wears off!!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Yes, they won, and there'll be no gloating or gross celebrations...(ok, maybe just a tiny bit). It was a great series and both teams are deserved of much praise for their superior athleticism and prowess. I had a great time watching each game. Viewing the game in HD was especially cool! Never seen a series like that before, so it was definitely a treat.
The week has been fairly steady with work. I've been working with some students at a local junior high here in town. The afternoons spent at the club have been mildly productive and the students in the tech-lab are making progress. The gig I played Thursday night was freakin' sweet! The trio played for a benefit dinner. The music sounded great in the house and the event couldn't have gone smoother. It truly was the ideal gig laced with great pay, exquisite food, and a gracious audience and host organization. If only the music "business" world could operate in that fashion all the time...*sigh*...
My week ended this evening after attending the senior recital of a friend and colleague. Her musicality was truly present this evening as she entertained an over packed recital hall filled with friends, family, and fellow musicians. I was very pleased with her performance and was so happy that she had a great time performing. Too often I see, or experience, a musician's performance suffer due to some type of apprehension, or lacking in confidence. They cease to have any enjoyment from the music and in turn, their ability to simply have a good time playing said music becomes lost. Tonight was anything but a prime example. She was poised, calm, confident, and musical! I wish her the best in her career endeavors and her progress as a musician. Thanks to her for providing such a wonderfully musical evening for us all.
I hope wherever you are there are musicians who enjoy sharing and living the music. Give them your love, your attention, and your ears...we all love it when we know someone is enjoying the ideas, emotions, and notes we are expressing.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Halloween weekend 2009 passed quietly, which was a pleasant surprise when compared to years passed. Spent most of the evening watching game three of the series and loving the fact that NY took the lead 2 - 1 and kept the fire burning in Philadelphia. Both teams are incredible and all the players are fired up to make a run for the championship. Needless to say, it is a great game this year. (Go Yankees!!!)
In the job market, within the last 3 days, there have been a couple of new developments. My current job, the office assistant, is going to take a turn and, ultimately, end. After only a week behind the desk I'm taking my leave and making my way towards the town of Ignacio to work for SUCAP. The South Ute Community Action Program was in need of a teen coordinator and I just happened to fit the bill. I'm really excited to be a part of this team. Everyone that is associated with this organization is progressive, positive thinking, and dedicated. Just like the Boys & Girls club, the teen program in Ignacio is the next step to making progress in my educational career. The benefits are great as well. This job is salaried, has health insurance, is paying mileage and, upon completion of the job's term, will provide an educational stipend which I can use towards my master's degree. I simply can't turn it down and it is definitely the job for which I've been searching. Starting Tuesday it's a whole new ball game...so to speak. The week should be interesting and can't wait to see where the new opportunity takes me.
Musically, I was sounding fairly decent playing Thursday afternoon. Lead with the big band is a unique experience and it's definitely taking it's toll. I'm finding that I have to work twice as hard to keep my solo chair chops in shape and keeping that dark sound that I love is even harder since I started playing lead. For those of you out there who want to play lead but love that dark solo sound, remember that lead playing is bright, and it takes lots of practicing in both facets to keep them alive and healthy...and in balance. Lots of long tones and warm downs to keep that darker sound is what it's taking to keep my sound dark when I need it to be. Damn, who knew it would be long tones and flexibility studies that keep my playing the way I want to play.
Loving every minute of it and making the most of each day is where I am right now. Just have to stay positive and stay consistent. Making music one note at a time and taking it one day at a time. We'll see what happens next...
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
So, that being said, I've been working at this office downtown for the last three days. It's pretty cool when there isn't a mountain of paper work to overcome. Being someone's office assistant is way too overrated and trying to keep up with their monotony on a daily basis is already driving me crazy. At it's core, the company is just a wholesale distributor for goods from around the country. The only catch is that they help to design, refine, and print logos on everything from apparel to coffee mugs and pens. The cool thing: we get everything at cost. (Totally sweet!) I've already been eying some choice apparel for the fall/winter season. Hopefully it will come through and I'll have some sweet threads at low low costs. (Always a good thing!)
There is one last interview to which I'm going on Thursday. This one is for a position that truly is right up my alley. Its for a teen center in a town about 45 minutes away and it sounds like something for which I'd be perfect. Working with teens is something with which I've had years of experience. Though I'm not sure about the hours at this point, if they prove to be flexible with my rehearsal schedule I may end up taking that job. I just hope that everything works out one way or the other. Keep your fingers crossed...
The first snow happened today and it was pretty cool. Even though I could care less for it, I suppose it's time for it to hit here in our little mountain town. I'm sure there's nothing I can do about it and that there is plenty more to come...uuugghhh....
Oh ya, one last item. Game 1 of the world series tonight in NYC. Go Yankees!!!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Life is strange sometimes. The universe certainly has an interesting way of indicating things to me. Pointing them out and dropping those subtle hints has always been one of it's stronger suits. Sometimes I need a reminder or two in my life. Yesterday I got one and was reminded that I certainly shouldn't sweat the small things. (And yes Dad, it's all small stuff...ha ha ha) Balance is required, finding it is the difficult part, but I think that once I'm there things will be incredible.
Rehearsals are slow, but steady. I find myself in the odd position of having much more playing experience than everyone else. It is frustrating time after time to watch the younger kids struggle with the simplest of concepts. Patience is required, keeping it all in check is the difficult part. I know I should be somewhat empathetic to their playing, but I also know that all it takes it a couple of hours in the practice room. (C'mon folks get it together...)
It's time for breakfast. I'm heading out with someone special and we're going to enjoy a nice morning together. Maybe next time we'll cook breakfast together...maybe...ha ha ha.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The new job is quickly getting old. Today was the first time I was able to open up and start the day. It's the same old thing with jobs like this. Get into the rut early and then stay there because nothing ever changes and nothing really is a challenge. (Except those damned cappuccinos...) Needless to day there's always something about which to nit-pick. The person in charge seems to think that having an opinion is grounds for insubordination. I feel kind of sorry for this person due to the fact that this job has kind of become a lifestyle and they have, generally speaking, become institutionalized. My career in education has led me to some wonderful days filled with excitement and quick thinking at every turn. This job is definitely all I'm doing to pay the bills, and it's not paced like my career. I wish, along the way, the two could merge and share like qualities but I don't foresee that happening in the near or distant future. Oh well, 5:45am isn't so bad once you get used to it, but it's definitely not a perk. (Not at all...) Keeping my fingers crossed that something along the lines of my career choices will come knocking, but until then I'm going to continue to sling these coffee beans out the door...
Rehearsals have given way to sectionals and I'm finding it a little challenging to keep pace with the rest of the players. Meaning that I don't want to regress and slow myself down to join those that have chosen not to practice the music in the last week and a half. I know at some point I'm going to go crazy in trying to work with them. I just wish that they'd wake up and understand how important things like this really are in their musical lives. Especially those that claim to be "majors". Needless to say, most of them are still being held back by their notes and basic rhythms. Keep your fingers crossed that maybe they'll take an hour or two between now and Thursday to work on some of this stuff and make the effort for the group.
I hope everyone is having a great week so far and that life is great where you are. Ciao!!!!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Other than that, not too much else is happening. I'm still debating whether or not to go and see Wynton and the LCJO in Santa Fe on Monday. I've never missed it before and I'm not sure I want to this time. Just seems to be issues with time, gas, $$$, and the like. Hopefully things will pan out tomorrow and I'll get some extra loot from the "fam" and I'll be able to head down to attend the show. Keeping my fingers crossed...
All for now and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Overnight was an evening spent with family and I returned to host the last day of the festival. Sunday might have been even more gorgeous than the day prior, but then again I am just a bit biased having spent time at the winery every year since the festival's inception. Finally home in Durango Sunday evening I spent time with my new niece and her family. They are such a special group of people and I am truly blessed to spend time with them. The new baby is amazing and I'm posting pictures this time around to share her beauty with the world!
The week started off busy and today has been full of surprises. New jobs, new events to plan for the club, and possibly new gigging venues. More to come for sure from the blog, so keep reading and have some fun this week.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Today was fairly productive. Any day that I get to hold my new niece is a good one. Today just happened to be one of those days. Every time I get her in my arms and she's looking up at me, or staring off into the void which I always misinterpret as her being interested in what I'm doing with my face, I feel like I'm on cloud nine-hundred! She's so perfect and beautiful I just want to hi-five my sister and brother-in-law for making such a wonderful little girl!
Rehearsals for the show in November and the gig this weekend were really good today. The big band is making some progress. I'm excited to see where the Schneider music will go and how it will develop over the next couple of months. The charts for the gig this weekend are sounding pretty good. I just hope that tomorrow night's rehearsal will be as productive, if not more so, than tonight. Keep you fingers crossed...
That's all for now, more to come, sooner rather than later...
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
- I'm a new uncle!!!!!
- My sister had her baby!
- I'm currently seeking a new line of work...
- Up coming gig this weekend at a local winery...
- New Jazz band music is extremely challenging and rehearsals are really great...
- My roommate, who just moved in a month ago is thinking about moving out to get a house...
- I'm finished with my degree and trying to get things moving towards the masters...
Musically, the world is moving a little slower than I would like, but things are in motion to alleviate that situation. With a great gig this weekend, we shall see what types of things come from playing a great show. Hopefully more and more gigs...just have to keep my fingers crossed with this new ensemble.
I wish everyone a great week and luckily the posts will be a bit more frequent.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
The Labor Day weekend has brought some wonderful quality time spent with family and friends. With the immanent arrival of my sister's baby, we are all still operating at DEFCON 2, so the tension is high but it's that good kind of tenseness that makes life exciting!
The rain in the afternoons has been wonderful and it poured freely during and epic storm last night! The weather was cool and calm and I've always been in love with the aroma of fresh rain off the mountain blowing gently on the cool night air...intoxicating. Needless to say the evenings have been getting cooler and it feels wonderful. Last night during the storm some friends, my sister, her husband, and I watched a film from New Zealand. The film was entitled "Black Sheep". This quite possibly could have been the best horror/comedy I have ever seen. The effects were perfect for the setting and the story was so absurd that the entire evening reeked of sheep and horror gore. Great Saturday night activity for a group of friends. Check this one out everyone, it's definitely worth wasting a few hours!
Monday is coming and we'll see how far along she is with contractions. Practice time is upon me and I must heed the call of what Wayne Bergeron referred to as a "coil of torture". Ciao!
She's due any time now...keeping our fingers crossed for a safe and successful delivery!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
The world can be a cold and lonely place. At many times it is just that, very cold and very lonely. It is when we are among those with which we can identify, being open minded and truly accepting of all others, will we be close to understanding about what it is to be human in a world that still has a lot of room to grow. It is that progress that we must make together, gay/straight/bi/lesbian/transgendered/and anything else I may have left out. We must unite to ensure that selfish acts of hate, crimes against humanity, crimes against humans, do not prosper. We must join and celebrate our differences, educate those younger than us to be open minded and to be truly accepting of everyone. We must make progress together to co-exist, to thrive, to ensure our very survival as humans who need, most dire, to live together. A murder, especially of someone so young, is one of the most horrifying things that can take place in this world. There is no good to be found in that specific situation as it carries everything bad, evil, twisted, and inhumane found inside we as humans. The good, the resonating and inherent goodness inside all of us, can be sparked from a “wake up call” such as this. Did it have to come to a senseless murder for we as a people to open our eyes, ears, and hearts to a situation that, when put into perspective, is truly an asinine thing to fight about? No. But it did happen. It did take place and we have to live with the fact that part of the continent did wash away and all of Europe as a whole will forever be affected. Sad? Yes. Tragic? Yes. In need of our attention to educate those who need help in making progress towards co-existing? YES.
My love and wishes for a happier world to everyone. I hope we can make progress together. I hope we can become more open minded and accepting than we have been. I hope…
I know that things happen, life happens, and we must be accepting of it all and make due with the cards we've been dealt. Making due, and being accepting is the challenge. Let me know what you think...I'm doing my best to be the most open minded and accepting person I can be.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
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Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
That was two days ago....now, that I'm finally starting to get over it I'm thinking that I don't ever want a cough like that again. It really was a pain in the ass...
Finally, the world is right, whole, complete, and back to normal. Today was a new day, tomorrow will be new again, and the day after will start once more a fresh beginning.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
It's already Wednesday and I feel like I didn't even get a chance to breathe between Monday and Tuesday. Hope it continues, it feels great to have this kind of rush keeping me occupied...
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The first week is shaping up to predict how the rest of the term will flow. There is a definite air of "fast and furious" surrounding my schedule. Though, I do feel it necessary to mention that I absolutely could not accomplish anything without the irreplaceable guidance, mentoring and friendship from my advising professor. He has been the rock, the foundation, the anchor, the lighthouse, and any other metaphor that has helped me through my time in this school. He is one in several billion and I can't think of ways to thank him enough.
It's a great start to a great year and the best of times here in the mountains. Making music and enjoying life...I can't think of anything better. Even the beach sounds a little boring compared to all of this...
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I'm now convinced that the strongest relationships are built upon those things, events, conversations, stories, and "one-liners" that we can't just recreate for anyone. It has to be for those friends, those best and closest to us. Those who know us and can relate. The relationships we build with those people, they last and last beyond all others. I know this because it is easy to return to those moments and easier still to make sure that those moments carry on in our lives. The fun, the total lack of control while laughing, the love that comes as a result of keeping it alive in our memories is the best of results.
Family and friends: Thank you for keeping my love alive with yours. I hope that we can share more and more of the same in this new year!