Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Time For Some R & R...

The life a musician never slows and the concept of a "break" is extremely alien...

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

No. 27 And A Night Of Sweet Suites...

...and the Yankees led the way, through game six and beyond...

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

New And Exciting...Everyday...

This cocoa is really yummy.  Kicking back in the la-z-boy, watching game four of the world series, rooting for the Yankees, and enjoying a quiet weekend at could it get any better...

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 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

The New Job, An Interview, Snow, and Baseball...

The coffee job has gone by the wayside and given way to the new "office job".  I'm not sure which was more constricting.  For a musician and educator who just wants to get to grad school, these "straight" gigs are way too claustrophobic.  I'm not sure how other people survive in a tight one room environment, but it's definitely not how I want to spend the rest of my working life.  I guess I just need excess room to wave my arms and blow my horn.  It will come soon...just have to be patient and put in the time...

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

More Life....sheesh!

If only life were than simple...sometimes it is...

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

Back To Basics and Please Practice This Stuff....

"Take what you can and leave the rest..."  - My Grandmother

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

Steady Jobs and Concert Wishes...

The weekend finds me working on the apartment.  Cleaning, organizing, and trying to get a few things in order before it really starts to get cold.  The new job is kind of cool.  I'm just not sure that coffee is where it's at...hopefully this other admin job will come through and I'll be able to sleep until 7 or 8 in the morning.  Needless to say this 5:45am stuff is already getting old.  Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful to have a job.  I'm definitely one of the lucky ones.

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

The weekend was amazing!  Saturday was a beautiful late summer day in New Mexico and the harvest festival was even more welcoming and inviting than in years past.  The band performed extremely well and I was very lucky to be hosting the event and performing with the opening ensemble.  A bit of blues, jazz, and even a couple of pop covers kept the audience dancing and enjoying their time at the winery.  There was this older Spanish couple who really tore up the dance floor.  They were amazing to watch and even at their age (which I assumed to be somewhere in their 60's) they moved with a delicate grace together.  It was inspiring to play for people who danced and enjoyed our group's music.

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!

Needless to say she's incredible and I love her dearly.  (Can't wait to spoil her rotten when I get to baby sit!!)  After that I attended one of the most musical recitals I've been to in quite some time.  The woodwind professor at our university played the hell out of the flute and saxophone (tenor/alto)!  He was brilliant and exuded musicality and emotion with great command of the literature and finesse of his own performing abilities.  I was blown away and extremely happy that I attended.  Please make sure that you get out and support your local music scene as well as music in general.  So many great performers go unheard and just need a willing audience to listen to what they have to say musically.  Your ears will tell you when it's wonderful and when it needs some work.  (lol)

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

Productive Days, Baby Visits, and Rehearsals...

Job hunting Sucks...with a capital SUCK!  Okay, so now that I've gotten that off my chest the rest of the blog can continue.

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

News, News, News...

In the time that has elapsed between the last post and now, so much has happened!  I guess the simplest way to put it would be to have a small list to bring everyone up to speed.  It is as follows:

  • 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...
So, in a quick and itemized "nutshell" that is what's been happening in my neck of the woods.  The most wonderful part of it all is the new baby girl.  Her name is Charlotte and she's incredible!  My whole life changed and I was amazed seeing my sister in a completely new light, as a new mommy!  Needless to say everyday that I get to spend time with my sister and her new family makes my life that much more meaningful and special.

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 Baby, The Black Sheep, and Some Quality Time...

I'm sure of one thing, that being an uncle for the first time is going to be awesome!

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!

Pitter Patter...

So the big news is that my sister is getting closer to having her first baby!!! Everyone is on pins and needles waiting for the "little bundle of joy" to arrive.  I have to say that the anticipation of becoming an uncle is driving me a little bonkers, but its going to be awesome when it all happens.

She's due any time now...keeping our fingers crossed for a safe and successful delivery!


Sunday, August 30, 2009

The End, The Beginning, And The Next Chapter...

Today was a great day. The chapter in my life dedicated to obtaining my under-grad is now closing and I find myself eager to move on to the next. Finishing (and more importantly, passing!!!) a final test for credit course was what made the day exciting. I can't wait to receive my degree and have it hanging there on the nice, finely wrapped receipt for a job well done!! Woo-hoo!!!

The school term will find me playing lead with our big band and that's about it. I'm not quite sure what to expect from the performing aspect of it, but do know where I'm comfortable and that place is center spot in the big band! I'm pretty sure that the semester will find me performing on some student recitals as well as a few duets and combo settings. Should be a good time, and this year is definitely dedicated to making quite a bit of progress in arranging and writing.

All is quiet on this Sunday night and the condo-community is settled in for some sleep before starting another week. School tomorrow, but not for me...I'm going to try and not sleep in, but I may just treat myself to an extra hour or two for all the hard work this summer and the last five years...

Sweet dreams...Ciao!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Gigs and Pictures...

As I walk through my new apartment the atmosphere is transformed into something resembling home...for a while anyways...

The hanging of pictures, and the like, really does make a difference to the way a place feels. The new apartment, now moving towards the end of my first month here seems more and more like home. With less to organize than when I first started, the process of unpacking is shortly coming to a close. I feel like I'm settling in and that this place is going to feel nice and cozy before too long.

The gig yesterday afternoon was great. With a large audience of students, their families, and the faculty in attendance, the brief shuffling of notes and air was well received. I was glad to get back into performance mode and it is pretty safe to say that, even with this dreadful cast on my arm, it sounded nice and they all enjoyed the show. Kudos to my fellow musicians for coming in and reading down the gig, bravo!

The weekend has been spent, thus far, hanging pictures and fiddling with the newly moved TV and DVR/HDMI options on our cable box...receiver...thing. For not having a TV for the last year or so it's been a change to have one in the house. I'm not sure how much use I'll get out of it but I think it's safe to say that my roommate will.

All for now as I hear my soft bed and covers calling out to me....


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Lips Slurs and Technology...

With another Wednesday fading into the distance I take a brief moment to pause and reflect...

School begins next Monday for the fall trimester and, alas, I am committed to a life of "fruitful" exile amongst the working class. Graduating college and moving forward is going to be interesting to say the least. I am excited to still be a part of the big band and help keep the jazz movement progressing forward at my Alma mater. The best part is never having to go back again!!! (At least for a year...then it's off to grad school...woo-hoo!!!)

The day was filled with computer and network updates. Working in our club's tech-lab is proving to be a bit more sterile than I had anticipated. I'm not sure that the technology side of life is something that I'd want to do forever. It is good to know that I'm working to help ensure a better after school education for the community youth. They do love their Internet and games after school. (Ungrateful little yuppie larvae...ha ha ha...just kidding...)

So, the freshman convocation gig is this Friday and the lip slurs have really paid off. Another extended round of long tones this evening felt great! I love getting my chops worked up for a gig. Makes them feel very relaxed and ready for a great afternoon of playing and performing to show just what our music department has to offer. That and the fact that I'll now be performing as an alumnus of the college! Sweet!!!

All for now as I hear the soft pillows and warm bedding calling my name gently in the breeze...


Monday, August 24, 2009

Rainy Afternoons...

The rain today came from out of nowhere and was extremely voracious! (Not quite sure I used that last word correctly...???) Any who, it was quite a change from the sunshine and blue skies we've been seeing for the past week. Needless to say it will probably get a bit chilly this evening and I'll have to close the window around 3am....blasted weather patters...ha ha ha.

The cast has already been on for over a week and time is racing by. Though, on this chilly evening, for this broken right arm, time has slowed to a crawl. There has been a bit of aching and frustration during my practice time as slow and steady are the steps that make up the road to recovery. "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming swimming swimming..."

On a more musical note (ha...ha...ha) - playing long tones these last couple of days have proven to be extremely therapeutic. I've always enjoyed playing them for warm ups/downs, but in my time of physical duress the long and slow buzzing has really relaxed my arm and my mind. I get lost in the internal resonating and feel humbled, taken away from the mundane stress of my day. If feels great and I'm definitely going to allow more time for long tones in my practice regiment.

I hope that the day was great for everyone and that the week has started off with music, love and laughter!


Sunday, August 23, 2009

The In's and Out's of Nesting...?

Boxes of books, boxes of music, boxes of....well boxes! Today was the day for moving into the new apartment. With the afternoon spent meandering through the seemingly endless piles of stuff I now find myself taking a break from arranging and situating my "things" to resemble, hopefully, some logical order.

I'm definitely not going to blog about the necessity of "stuff" or the needlessness of it all. I think that I'm reaching an equilibrium with my accoutrement, and, after thinning some of it out, the world feels less cluttered. Needless to say there were some odds and ends that I simply don't need any longer...bye bye!

The weekend has been excellent so far and the coming week should fair well under easy going conditions. I practiced for about an hour yesterday and it was a bit of a chore with this cast mucking up the process. I'm going to head to head with this thing! Hopefully the run of buzzing and warm ups today won't leave me as sore as yesterday did.

Here's to a bright and sunny Sunday and I hope everyone is enjoying their weekends!


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Spinney Rooms And Long Tones...

The last day and a half have been the most trying with the cast on my arm. Yesterday was the first time it felt like the cast was weighing my arm down to the floor. Keeping it elevated has been the best piece of advice so far. It really relieves the stress and helps with the "end of the day" soreness that has been creeping in around the break point and my upper forearm. Needless to say Tylenol has been a lifesaver as I'm not too keen on medicating with the percocet that the doc prescribed. So far I've only taken two of the prescription pills. Each time the effects are strange, spinney, woozy, sleepy...and I never really like feeling that way. So, I guess I'll stick with the Tylenol endure some of the throbbing.

Practicing has been a little slower than I would have liked but, as the trumpet is such a visceral instrument, I'm having to remember to take baby steps when trying to finger through some of the faster technical studies. Jazz is my love and I'm already chomping at the bit to get back on the horse...for lack of better cliche

Anyways, just buzzing tonight and going to work through some long tone studies. Always a relaxing process are long tones and, with the upcoming gig next week, it will prove a great resistance measure taken.

The first run today down the highway was a unique experience as well. Running with this cast makes my arm tingle. It feels weird and I can only assume it's the increased blood flow that is causing the arm to feel that way. After a while I became used to it, but let me say that it feels very strange and other worldly.

The music is coming and I'm hopeful that the gig next week will be bright and successful. Until next time...


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My World With A Pink Cast...

The world, one-handed, is one with which I am quickly becoming acquainted. Yesterday I visited a very highly renowned orthopedist who applied a cast to my arm and told me that things are going to heal up as they should. The cast is bright neon pink! (Hell ya!) Needless to say it was a great relief when I was able to move at the elbow once again. That splint was on for five days and it was a real downer to not pivot at the elbow. My upper arm is a bit sore, but another added bonus of the short arm cast is that my fingers are free to move.

Practice room here I come!

Thankfully I'm getting through the healing process relatively unscathed and surgery has pretty much been eliminated as an option. (Thank goodness!) So, with an upcoming gig on the 28th, the practicing issue will be fun no doubt.

Wish mew luck and hope for the best. More to come...


Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Bit Of News...

So this bit of news comes directly from the ER. As of Wednesday evening I now have a broken radius of the right arm.

Homo say what?!?!

Yes...unfortunately my decision to switch up my cardio for that day resulted in a nice little bicycle crash on beautiful 3rd avenue. The ensuing injury has left me listing in the wind with the use of only one hand. Though I'll be the first to admit that things could be a lot worse. I'm truly grateful that it is only a minor break and that I'm not in a hospital bed somewhere resembling a modern day mummy...

Sooooo....I guess I'll be posting with one hand for a while. The time spent typing with one hand is already creating a resentment against the layout of a standard keyboard...damn you years of practice with two equal appendages!!! lol

In unrelated injury news...

The gig at the winery last weekend, prior to the now infamous "crash", was a blast! Jack, the regular pianist for my quartet, and I played a three hour gig in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable. The weather was calm and warm. It invited the music to waft among the tall cotton trees and flow into the hearts of the people in attendance. The jazz standards were paired nicely with with the crowd's consumption of Blanco Rojo and Malvasia Bianca while fruit and various cheeses added great support to the structure and the people had a wonderful time. Needless to say we had a wonderful time as well.

Orthopedic appointment to come on Monday afternoon. Keep at least one set of fingers crossed that surgery won't be necessary. Hoping for a standard cast and healing process here.

Until tomorrow...


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Longing For Summers Gone By...

The concept of time as a fluid thing is beyond me....

I can't believe that July is gone and the calendar says it's August. The first week literally flew by! (I know because I waived at it as it passed...) Summer is leaning into the end month(s) and it's hard to imagine that fall is on it's way. (No...say it isn't so!) I feel kind of lost during the summer as I've let so many pass by me, not taking the opportunity to let go and do something fun. I've always worked or gone to school during the summer. Maybe its because of where I grew up geographically, or maybe its because I never seized the moment to do something during the summer. I'm not really sure why there has to be an "off season", but I don't think I've ever taken one of those.

Being a musician, and among a group that really doesn't understand what taking an extended break really means, we find ourselves cooped up in a practice room, or working to pay the bills year round, or gigging (which in all practices is the only break we truly get, performing for an audience...definitely the most fun!). I guess if I had to take the last 10 years of summers, I would definitely do things differently. Maybe not the life thing, but try and toss in a few trips to the coast, or camping more, or tanning even...ha ha ha.

Anyways, the month of August is holding some golden opportunities for gigs and performances and I'm ready to make some more music with my friends.

To all the musicians out there: Take a break, even a short one, and step outside the practice room for a while. It's worth me!


Friday, July 31, 2009

Coming Back To Writing And Sharing...

Wow, it has been a long time since I've written. I'm definitely going to rectify this situation.

Recently I was reading another blog and the subject of "why bad things happen to good people" came up. The blog buddy set forth the idea that our perceptions of "good" and "bad" are thrust upon situations that occur in our lives and we make the determination of what is "good" and "bad" by how we perceive what happens.

A blog comment came forth regarding the murder of a young member of the gay community. This person asked what about that situation, was it good or bad? As I read through the comments, my human side came to bear and I wrote the following:

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

Of Thursdays, Ankles, and Remedial Teaching...

After rolling my ankle I feel like an invalid. I hate the fact that I can't run full force like I have for the last few weeks. It's getting better, but I still want it to heal immediately so I can get back out there. (Auuuggghhh....frustrating as hell!) That coupled with this asinine MME course for this second summer session is truly making the 230 - 430 hours of my life a real drag. I'm beginning to get the feeling that the professor really needs a month vacation, and a progressive education workshop. It would truly make all the difference in the world regarding her teaching style.

The days are warmer this week as the rain has finally subsided. The last couple of weeks were classic weather here in our little mountain town, beautiful mornings followed by warm/rainy afternoons and even better evenings. Today was exceptionally warm. I thought I was going to cook inside my car. (Of course, having all black interior on a black car doesn't help the situation any...) This weekend is going to be really welcome in my life. The week has seemed to drag on FOREVER. The bookmaking class is awesome. I've probably already mentioned it, but the prof. for that class is freaking sweet! Most certainly she is a great model to emulate for teaching styles. (Even her lecture days are interesting...)

Thursdays are the lost days between the middle of the week and the end of the week. I always like to think of them as the forgotten stepchild on the road to a great weekend. I'll have to find something to make Thursdays a bit more special. Any ideas???


Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Next Session And Lots of Walking...

The chemistry class was a complete waste of time. Yes, I did attend every single day, and I did end up loathing Tuesdays (good God those labs were long!!), but in the end it was a pretty good class. I think in most part it was due to the professor. He was the kind of teacher that I really respect and he was extremely dedicated to his could tell he has a great time educating others about his field of study!

So, with that first summer session over, I'm now moving into the second of three. The current classes are extremely polarized in terms of their "appeal". The book making class is kick ass!!! The prof is incredible, fun, and extremely intelligent. We've already made three books thus far and I can't wait to get to the Coptic stitch! Needless to say we're all having a great time in this class. (Even the lectures are fun...) On the other hand, this media ethics course I'm taking is about as dry as Dick Cheney's ass after he applies the Gold Bond butt powder. The professor is way too into all the "media theories", and honestly, I think she's lost a little bit of what it's like to enjoy life without the media telling her every little thing to worry about. Not sure what it is, but this class is going to swiftly become the new "chemistry". Oh well, only four more weeks to go and it will be over.

Last night and early this morning, I participated in our annual American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life". It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The people, walking to support, remember, and honor everyone that has had their lives touched by cancer. The turn-out included local businesses, non-profits, individuals in support, even the local gay and lesbian association walked in support of the cause. It was a truly beautiful event, with a flame that burned all night long, during the entire event, music and live performances to keep the walkers motivated and going through the night, and a memorial luminaria lighting. The luminaria vigil, followed by a long moment of silence and then Sara McLaughlin's "I Will Remember You" ensured that there wasn't a dry eye on the entire football field/track. It was incredible and I was among those that were truly touched. I walked for our local non-profit and in memory of my late aunt. It really made me feel great to participate and enjoy some like company during the event.

Don't ever hesitate if you get the chance to walk in a "Relay For Life" event. It is one of the most genuine and rewarding affairs of which a person can be a part.


Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Today was a long day....for school...

Chemistry in the summer, yay!  (Blah!!)  I think that Tuesdays will be the day of loathing for the first 5 weeks of summer class this year.  With a two hour lecture followed by five hours of lab work every Tuesday for five weeks, I think that I'll eventually go insane and leave a few people buried under the Chemistry building.  (ha ha ha)

I haven't taken this kind of class in a very long time and as such, its definitely going to take a while to get used to.  After class ended this afternoon, I can honestly say that I was extremely frustrated.  Somehow the realization of spend a full day in one building, especially on a perfect day like today, made me crazy envious of the rest of the world who were able to get out and enjoy the day.  That coupled with the fact that I really didn't get much accomplished outside of class made me feel even worse.  But, in the end I realized that it was important to get this class done and out of the way.  Dinner at my sis' place really helped and it was just what I needed to get me out of my frustrated self.  Thanks Sis!!!

The days are getting longer and our mountain town is blossoming into full swing weather wise.  It was hot today and I get a feeling that they are only going to get hotter.  The trees are blossoming and it smells wonderful around town and all over campus.  The mountains are picturesque and the skies are extremely blue...needless to say its a little slice of heaven here in CO.

My "Uber 80's" mix is coming along and now is up to 100 titles.  I can't wait to see what my prof thinks about his copy of it.  We've been talking about it since the Reno trip.  (oh...totally have to post about the trip sometime soon.  It was awesome!!)


Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Brief Summary...

A month has gone by and so much has happened, the world has been world anyways.

The relationship has come and gone, and the denouement was sweet and mutual.  I know that things went as far as they could and that there really was nothing else to say except goodbye.  I'm glad that we're both on good terms and that he's OK with everything.  I miss him very much, but I know that we weren't cut out to be together in a serious relationship.  They were good times with him and I'm glad to have gotten to know him as I did, so, now we're on to the good friends stage and I'm glad to have made one and kept one, instead of leaving one behind.

The world of music is ever growing, every changing and I'm moving along with it.  We are headed to Reno in two days and I'm on pins and needles.  The anticipation is literally driving me crazy.  I can't wait to get out on tour with the big band, with the rest of my fellow troubadours to make music and share it with the rest of the world.  We are slated to tour through Salt Lake City, then off to Reno for the international jazz festival and competition.  Then it's off to sunny Las Vegas for a day and night of fun and entertainment before coming home.  Reno and Vegas are going to legendary!!  The band is psyched and every, especially me and the director, and ready for a break from all this college monotony.

In other news, the world of laundry got a boost as I attained a new dryer to go with my washer.  I'm totally stoked to be able to run through all my laundry and take care of it in-house, instead of heading off to the local "mat" to get things done.  It's very gratifying to be able to do things at home and save on the cost of living every now and then.  (Thanks Grandpa, you're the best!)

As for the end of school, the undergrad is slowly coming to a close as graduation approaches swiftly.  It will have been a long time coming and the next two weeks will be the most gratifying yet.  The stage is waiting, the cap and gown are on their way, and I'm quickly approaching the light at the end of the tunnel!  Woo-hoo!!

Until tomorrow,


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Of Art, Furniture, and PEOPLE...

The world of visual art is, most certainly, a force with which to be reckoned.  The meshing of creative minds is always something of a challenge, but when you manage the theater in which the art will be housed, that meshing becomes incredible static.  I thought that I had been doing fairly well, negotiating with groups and individuals, using my "people" skills to their best.  Little did I know that I would be in for a challenge with the folks from our local radio station, who, by the way, are hosting the little art show in question.

People are different, unique, and at times, fickle.  I'm learning that, even after years of experience of "dealing" with people, I can still learn some new tricks and tips from meeting and greeting the new ones.  Negotiating with people about individual issues is something at which I've always been very strong.  I'm now being educated, first hand, on how to retain and maintain peoples faith and good graces, while arbitrating multiple variables concerning a theater.  Lighting, sound, tech crews, seating and floor space, bar management, etc., etc., etc...

I guess you could say that my "good natured" side has become stronger and being able to stay firm while trying to "kill them with kindness" is something that is being honed as a skill.  Needless to say, thanks to hard work and numerous meetings, phone calls, and assertive discussions, the event tonight will be a hit.

So, here's to the folks from our local radio stations and the artists who are participating in the event.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Over...And Starting Again...

Spring break is finally coming to a close and the last one for my undergrad went fairly well.  I was pleased that I got to spend most of it with my guy and didn't have to venture far from home.  In fact, spending time here at home, working and taking it extremely easy was a nice change from worrying about some place to which I might travel.  Making a little extra money and not spending much is certainly better for me and makes me feel good for the rest of the month to come.

There are roughly six weeks of school left and not much time for anything else except that and work.  The final push towards the finish line will be cumbersome, and yet I can't help but feel gratified knowing that all the work is finally going to pay off.  (And yes, even some of the mistakes...)  The world will awaken anew in that time and hopefully more opportunities will open themselves up for me once the degree is complete.

Monday morning here I come, I hope you're ready world!!!


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Oh How I Loathe People Who THINK They Know What They Are Doing...

Those that know the least about it say it the loudest....

Today was supposed to have been a day off, with work starting later in the day, around 3:45 actually.  Instead, I was called in at 9:30 this morning for a full day of stupidity and work that really could have been left to a later time.  The DIFF set up crew was brilliant, the hard work of those ladies truly made the event a huge success.  Their so called "tech" crew, on the other hand, was a bunch of fuck-ups...

(From an email posted to our executive director regarding the "tech" events today...)

"I would however, like to express my concern for our equipment concerning their tech crew.  From the outset of our day, concerning tech and set up, the entire sequence of events was one blunder after another.  From misusing the sound system, causing audio system spikes and feedback that was unnecessary - to clipping our system, twice in one day - to the wasted effort of returning equipment [sound board and projector] to its prior (and theater standard) settings, Kurt and his other, so called “tech”, were nothing but a burden and superfluous set of hands that had no business being involved in the theater set up for tonight’s event, nor should they have been allowed to run anything regarding our systems technology.  His attitude was as much audacious as it was arrogant about being in control of the “tech” set up.  It wouldn’t hurt my feelings in the slightest if he was never to be invited back to work in our theater again."

Needless to say that the "main" guy created nothing but problems for me.  Now, tomorrow morning, I have to go into the theater and readjust our board, and rehang the projector as well as return it to it's theater settings for our lecture series as well as any film screenings that we might have in the future.  A needless waste of my time and effort, that could be dedicated to something else more deserving, is now going to be committed to fixing all of the aforementioned "blunders" that he created today and this evening.

I don't mean to sound bitchy about these types of things, but if you don't know what you are doing in a situation that involves technology that is over your head, then don't f*^&ing mess with anything!!!  Humble yourself and ask for help, it's really an OK thing to do.  It certainly is more well received than playing a guessing game and screwing everything up to the point of making someone else have to clean up after your mess.  Please, for the love GOD, if you need help ask, it's really going to be OK to find support in those types of situations, that's why those people are there.

So, there's my rant, I'm going to go lay down for a while and hope that my back gets better soon.


Friday, March 6, 2009

The Best Days Are Made...

Last night was incredible!!! The concert was a huge success, the guest artists were phenomenal, the crowd was loving it, and the band...the band was in the pocket!  I had such a wonderful time performing.  It's been a while since a jazz band concert made me feel that good about performing.  It felt great, the rush, the life, the music...that's truly what it's all about.  Sharing our music and love of music with the kids who came to participate and displaying what it possible when you work hard and enjoy what you do.

They [the high school and jr high students] had a great time, they all performed well throughout the day and the winning band was very deserved of the top prize.  For a group of high school students to sound as good as they did was incredible special.  They worked hard and it showed!  Congrats to them and all their tireless efforts to come and swing as a band!

The day was long, with 19 bands and long hours of running around, announcing bands, setting up chairs and stands, taking care of judges, and making sure that we were prepared for our own concert...whew!!!  The day ended in quite possibly the best way one can end a day.  Dinner with friends, wonderful guest artists, new acquaintances, lots of laughs and meaningful conversations, great food, and then fall asleep next to someone that means a lot.  Ya, he's pretty awesome!

So, Friday is here, Gershwin awaits us at the lunch hour and Rhapsody knows no stops for the faint of heart.  Music truly is the best thing on this planet.  Synonymous with love and a language all its own, I have been reinspired to progress to the next level.  What is that???  RENO!!!!  Hell ya!!!


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Trying Times And Moving Forward...

The world isn't perfect.  It's such a simple statement, yet it truly is profound if one sits and really absorbs it...

The week started off at a running pace once again.  I suppose with the push towards the upcoming spring break next week everything feels like it's traveling at light speed.  Rehearsal Monday was something unique.  (In that it sucked ass!!!)  I'm not sure if people understand the idea of being a musician.  Even if one does it on the side, or as part of an extra-curricular activity it still presents a time involving hobby that takes work to succeed.  For those of us that have chosen to make it a life career, it may seem easy, but realize that the time we have invested is just that, a lifetime (so far...)

I suppose the greatest challenge is working with people (playing with people) who want to perform, who feel like they are making the cut, but they just aren't.  (And they don't know it....)  As someone who wants to educate for the rest of his life, I have to stay as positive and supportive as possible, but on days like Monday....*sigh* really is the hardest thing to do.  Trying as it was, we seemed to make it through unscathed and realized that there still is quite a bit of work to be done.

On the brighter side, rehearsals for our upcoming Jazz Festival are going well.  The guest artists are really cool and ready for action!  I can't wait for the show, it's going to be a good one.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Making More Time....*sigh*...

The week has flown by.  It truly was a blur.  I don't even think I remember existing within the week.  With so much going on between school and work and rehearsals and practicing, it seems as though the days are starting to run together.  Even finding time to spend with David is becoming more and more of a challenge.

Making time for things that are important seems to be the challenge and with all the tools I have at my disposal one would think it an easy task.  Initiative, initiative, initiative...that and some more motivation.  I never wanted to find myself in a repetitive rut, but the last few weeks have been leading to that shape of time, carbon copy...

Time with David is wonderful though.  He's a great guy and I'm finding that we are getting along very well.  I know that there are things I'll have to get past in my own mind to keep the relationship healthy, but for now it's a great thing.

Jazz Fest next week and its going to be legendary!!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Beginning....of the week...

The beginning of the week started off with a very early morning.  Needless to say the day flew by and I am completely worn down.  Working all day is something I have to look forward too, I just know that it will be easier than going to school, working, rehearsing, practicing, working, managing a bar and theater, practicing, rehearsing, and keeping up a nice apartment.  (long drawn out sigh)

I love it when it's busy, life just seems full, fast, furious, and fabulous.  The down time...uck...blah...wretchedly slow, boring, how I loathe the denouement of the day.  Winding down always seems to take forever, and then the new day begins...aaauuuggghhh!!!  Though, I wouldn't have it any other way.  Life is still good, very good.  My new horn stand came today and I'm really excited to add it to my gear.  It's going to be nice to have one in the bag again and not have to worry about carrying around the tri-fold.  The big one is going to be great for gigs, the small one, very handy for my personal practice and rehearsal sessions.

Blessed, yes, and still going strong.  Stay positive, and maintain the work, progress!


Sunday, February 15, 2009

V'Day - Excellence...

Valentine's Day weekend has passed and it was the best ever......yah, it was that good.  My boo made me dinner and came to my gig.  The quartet played amazingly well, they always do.  It seems that whenever we get together to play a gig, magic just seems to happen.  Having a good time and sharing music with other people is truly an amazing experience.  This time, I got to share it with my guy...and it made the entire day/weekend, better than any prior.

Just being able to share time with him has been a wonderful experience.  I'm very lucky, very is very good.

Very good...


Friday, February 13, 2009

The week has flown by at a speed that I cannot comprehend.  I was present for every moment, yet, I somehow wish it would have gone by a little slower.  I guess when the days are filled with plenty to do, plenty to accomplish, they do pass quickly.  Now, Friday is here and already I find myself at work with the kids.  They are so full of energy, ready to tackle the world, the universe, and never thinking once about our perception of "real life".

I wish I was as ready as they are...maybe this


Saturday, February 7, 2009

New Day...Old Cough....Life Is Still Amazing...

I hate this cough!!!! It truly is driving me insane. It has been such a long time since I've had a major cough like this and it's getting a little scary.

That was two days, 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


If they, whoever "they" might be, came to take me away, I would go willingly.  I would be happy in the knowledge that the world is full of love, the potential for change, and the power to make progress.

I'm living the dream, right now, living my life the way I want to and I'm extremely happy.  I can't think of another time in my life when I've been happier, or wanted for nothing.

It is truly amazing how life can come at a person so fast that it passes them by.  I never want mine to move along without me.

It's all about living the dream, living in the here and now, living for today!


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Moving At The Speed Of Sound...

Falling back into "the routine" is something that usually comes easily for me. After the conference and a nice relaxing drive back home, the usual events of the week started off without missing a beat. As musicians we are conditioned to mass amounts of repetition and practice. Our schedules are fairly regimented and life moves quickly when we are working our hardest. The schedule this week is one that entails quite a great deal of work, practice time, classes, and yes, etc, etc, etc...

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

Very Lucky...

Day two of the conference was excellent.  The knowledge and musical ideas flowing throughout the event has been superfluous.  A teacher, with a long and illustrious career, was inducted into the MENC hall of fame.  His acceptance speech was extremely touching and brought tears to the eyes of everyone in the room.  His key point was, "...we are very lucky, you and I", to be here, to be musicians, to be educators, to work with kids and have a job that makes a difference.  It was heartfelt and his sentiment was empathetic as he was in very close company amongst the numerous educators in attendance.

I would have to agree that I am among the very lucky.  To be where I am at this point in my life, to be who I am, to know that I am progressing into something more.  That constant progress is what we strive for and there is always something more into which we can evolve.  Music is love, we share it with each other, with the world, with our students, with ourselves.  It is something that is very special to me, very close to my heart, and being here among other musicians who not only possess that passion, but try to instill it in others always "recharges my batteries".

I hope that much love and music finds a place into your heart and does the same for your "batteries".


Thursday, January 22, 2009

It's All About The Music!!!

So, the musicians are off to Colorado Springs!!!

The drive was really nice. Leaving later in the afternoon than I had anticipated, but it was a great idea.  It gave me time to have lunch with Nick, which was awesome.  That coupled with the fact that I got a chance to lay down for about an hour before the drive made it that much better.  Kelly is a great driver and he really enjoys making that car go fast.  We listened to some great music and had some snacks....road trip...hells yah!

I'm looking forward to the conference and the clinics.  Working the booth will be easy this year with so many people from the school in attendance, but....I miss my BAMF and really wish she was here.  I had hoped that it would have been possible for her to come, but I know that there will be another great opportunity for fun and excitement as the time for Reno approaches.  (Party....hells yah!!!)

Making time for sleep now and going to have some fun in the Springs tomorrow...


Saturday, January 17, 2009


The words on the screen don't mean least I didn't think they did....

Sometimes things get to us...even me.  I suppose we wouldn't be human if we didn't say something out of turn, or make comments and then end up taking it the wrong way.  I've always felt that if necessary something should be said and I've done my fair share of "speaking".  Sometimes it's been pretty bad...other times its been extremely good.  Trying to find that balance is difficult.  Learning how to deal with it is also hard.

Growing up was hard to do and there are times when I feel like I should never have done it.  Up to a certain point its inevitable that change occurs and people evolve.  I find myself looking back and wondering how I've evolved into who I am now.  I remember that each time I've made a mistake, or worked successfully through something (big problems and small) it has affected me in a positive way.  Each change, each new avenue for learning has helped me grow and become a better person.  Making the climb and moving forward, making progress, is what I know how to do these days.  Working hard and remembering to try and keep that balance is the goal.  The results speak for themselves.  The end result is yet to come, as it is always an uphill motion to make progress.

I can only pass on what I have learned.  I can only deal with what's in front of me right now.  I can only be the best that I can be and expect others to do their best.  My standards are for me and me alone.  My caring comes from the heart and it is expressed in what I say and do, not from my job, or my schooling, or my playing.  My love of music is endless, yes, and I know that it is what I'll be doing forever.  It shouldn't be something from which to shy away, but should be embraced, shared with care, and, at times, taken with a grain of salt.  The world isn't perfect, life isn't always the way we want it to be.  People are human and we do make mistakes...I'll be the first one to raise my hand and say, "Yep, that was me...".

Wherever you are, whatever you might be doing, remember that it's all a progression.  Life is just that, progress for each of us in our own way.  Done with caring and love and some fun, it can be great, but we have to balance that with hard work and determination to be happy.  Happy at what we do, who we are, and with whom we become close.

I hope that we can all share it, together, forever.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Busy Bees and Sandy Beaches...

Day three and already I feel like my brain is melting down! Actually I love it and I have really missed school. I suppose its safe to say that I'm going to be doing the school thing for life! There's definitely something to be said for being busy all the time and this is definitely the term for being busy. I thought that my last term here would a little easier but they are going to make it as difficult as possible. (They being everyone...including myself) I wouldn't have it any other way. I love the fact that every day is packed full of things to do. Practicing, rehearsals, work, bar tending, concerts, sectionals, inventory, gigs, private lessons, teaching lessons....I simple cannot imagine my life without these things. Granted that a nice relaxing vacation on a white sandy beach with clear blue waters does sound appealing, I don't think I could go on one without my horn and a bag full of charts.

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

First Day Back!

The first day back after break has traditionally been long and tiring.  Today was no exception.  It seems that in our absence the department has seen fit to make sure that the first day back will always be long and tiring.  (Good times...good times...)

The day was great.  I was really glad to get back into the swing of things.  Getting up early this morning was better than I thought it would be and practicing first rattle out of the box was awesome.  I'm definitely going to make a habit of taking the mornings to practice and get some extra time in the practice rooms.  It was quiet, there were plenty of rooms available, and some how the department felt just a bit more cozy at 8am.

Rehearsals was pretty good for a session of sight reading.  The pieces are low grade difficulty and I see them coming together fairly easily.  Honor band should be fun and I can't wait to play some great music for the kids this year.

Work was good as always and I think this new quarter will promise good things for everyone, staff and kids.

All for now...Ciao!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Clean Clothes and Awesome Kiddos...

Laundry day is definitely a nice long day of quiet.  Nothing but the sound of the washing machine's low swish swash and my thoughts.  That and some music in the background...God bless iTunes.  The best part...clean clothes at the end of the day, lots and lots of clean clothes.  I think I like the fact that I can just relax while the clothes are doing their thing in the machine, especially while drying.  Those contraptions are freakin' magical, and, at times, almost hypnotic.  
Listening to music and watching them tumble on medium-high heat, wow, that's enough to send me into a coma like repose.  (Ha ha ha)

The compliment of people at the place where I normally dry my clothes was fairly scarce this afternoon/evening.  A few rando's and then a mom with her two kids.  Those kids were awesome, playing and laughing together.  It reminded me of my sister and I when we were little like that.  All the world was a playground and everything was funny, to the point of laughing out loud at even the littlest things.  I wish every environment could be like that.  Maybe it is and I've just grown out of seeing the world in that way.  I love working with kids, but lately I seem to be losing my interest in their world.  It's a great world, and I love to visit every now and then, but I'm feeling more and more like my visits should be short and to the point.  I need to get back into the groove of my music and enjoy life as that playground.  To see things the way they do and try not to lose that perspective in my life.  Those kids at the laundry-mat were a real eye opener.  I miss the days when I would run everywhere, even if it was only 10 feet away, just running and enjoying each moment of the quick trip.

Maybe I'll try running all over the place and see if I can catch them off guard this week...


Thursday, January 8, 2009

Trio Reunited...

The return to school is going to be legendary.

Hanging out with good friends last night was definitely something I had been missing and I was so very grateful that they were there.  We had dinner and watched a movie, the latter to be described as unique for sure.  The dinner was great, not because the food was anything spectacular, but because we were together.  It just seemed to taste better, the night was a little warmer, the environment was that much more friendly.  I felt whole again....

The remaining days of "vacation" are winding to a close and already I'm moving into high gear to try and get as much accomplished as I can before the term begins.  I just hope it will be enough to make light work of the road ahead...

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

...Of Work And Awkwardness

Tuesday, yet another productive day.  I even managed to get in some practice time - woo hoo!  More program planning for the kids, some work for the theatre, and even some stuff for the school.  Wow, I'm on a roll.  Just have to keep it going.  I think that the more sleep I get, well, I know it's all about the sleep, but I'm just glad to have these days to get things accomplished.

I had breakfast with my sister this morning, it was really nice to just sit and talk.  Working from home is truly a blessing.  I know that with my chosen profession I doubt there will be much time for it, but I really like the feeling of coming downstairs to my office and getting work done on my own terms and in my own time.  I'd like to find some facet of my career that will allow me to do something like that.  Other than directing a really kick ass jazz ensemble!

Other than that, I ended up working at the bar this evening for the theater, and then I went over to a friends house to play some cards...oh, wait, scratch that.  First I parked in the wrong place, walked right into someone else's house.......(awkward).......and theeennnn I went to a friends house to play cards.  Needless to say I felt really silly being at the wrong place, but it all worked out and we had a great time.

Tuesdays are definitely working their way up the ladder for best day of the week.

Much love on this cold chilly night from the mountains.


Monday, January 5, 2009

Productivity is the word of the day!

Monday was great!  It was probably the most productive Monday I've had in a while.  And while it sounds kind of mundane, those days when I'm really constructive seem to be the best!  I paid bills, made sure that things are in order for my last term in school, did some program planning, and even managed to reconstruct the lesson book for work.  It was great!  It was nice to get some shopping done and then clean my apartment.  I was glad to just spend some time with myself, getting things accomplished and enjoying the quiet of home.  I think that it's important to not only make time for yourself, but to really enjoy that time and center yourself in any way you can.

I think I'll go and read, or practice, or organize some of my music library....yah!


Sunday, January 4, 2009

Wakey Wakey...



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!


Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Dawn of 2009...

Too long has it been since I've posted.  The new year has come and it started off with a bang!  (Literally)  Being sick for the last couple of days hasn't helped, but my spirits are high and the first couple of days during 2009 have been enjoyable thus far.  The skies have been filled with sunshine and clear blue and the snow only started falling this morning.  My work at the club is taking a new direction and the arts program is going to soar above the rest.  I can't wait to dig in and get the ball rolling on the new and improved arts dept. at our humble little club.  I just want a picture of all the smiles in the next couple of months as it is going to be incredible!

The New Year's celebration at the arts center was a success thanks to an incredible effort of hard work (as well as a labor of love) from two of the best guys I know.  My deepest gratitude and many thanks go out to them for putting so much of themselves into the theater and the organization.  The new year promises great things for the Arts Center as well as our 'theatre'.

As I watch the snow fall gently this morning I'm reminded that there is a time to slow down and take a short break from all the chaos of life.  For me that time is today.  I think I'll read for a while, and then maybe a nice long movie at home.

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year's and that you are all well!