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Thursday, October 25, 2007
Ok, so while maybe not quite as scattered as the picture indicates, it's still a bit odd to have my flute Master's Exams over and done with.

It's also amazing to me how much you forget when you're panicked.....for instance: the ability to transpose completely goes away from me......also, the ability to remember the language associated with the troubadours......also gone. But they're over and done with, so rock on to that.

Still tons to do: I'm competing in a young artist thing in two weeks, and as I have been studying like crazy I'm woefully unprepared. Still working on the thesis (obviously), have a performance project for Dharmonia's class on Aucassin et Nicolette with my roommate and dear friend, a recital to schedule and play, and have a paper for my History of Theory class on Arabic music theory and it's influence on Western music theory in Medieval Spain. All very fun things, but all requiring serious time.

Speaking of time, I'm off to make my checklist a little smaller.

Peace, Love, and Tunes,



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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Passed my Master's exams yesterday afternoon. Feels INCREDIBLE! More to come later.

Peace, Love, and Tunes,

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007
We have reached a stress saturation point.
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Monday, October 08, 2007
In the line of WTF
So, evidently some guys grew a diamond around Beethoven's hair, and now they're selling it on ebay. Rabid consumerism is not necessarily a good thing.

Had a great concert on Saturday night because of two great guest artists. My roommate and I were joking that we want to get bitten by the same radioactive spider that they were evidently attacked by. This weekend is shaping up to be major flute weekend. I'm playing in a baroque masterclass Sunday morning for an awesome ensemble, and then I get to watch former London SO's principal flute player give a masterclass. He's always great, and always seems to suggest what Monty Python teaching flute would be like.

And we get a Fall break this year......the only problem is that it's one day. Yes that's right.....one lousy day. Don't get me wrong, I'll be able to get some work done, and it's an extra study day that I won't get on Sunday because guest artists abound, but one day? It's actually a travel day for a big rival football game.....they just can't call it that. And all of the poor unfortunates in the marching band? Yeah......"Fall Break".....riiiiiight.

Anyway.....practice then study.
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Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Delurk.....or not.

The Great Mofo Delurk 2007

Feel free to delurk if you so wish!
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Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Why do we do what we do?
When I was about to go off to college I had no clue what I wanted to major in.....or at least I thought that was true. I knew what I was good at. I could do the verbal thing pretty well. I was good at picking up foreign languages, my english scores were right at the top of the pile, I was great at history......and oh yeah, there's this music thing. Let's forget the fact that I was conflicted about choosing music because my music teach at the time basically told me I couldn't hack it.....my academic teachers didn't get the music thing. I mean, I had options, so why would I want to throw my life in with the artistic people of the world. The question was always, "Why would you want to do that?"

Have you ever asked yourself that? As musicians, we have extraordinary demands placed on us day after day after day. Little chance of steady work, incredible competition, always pushing for a "perfect" performance, practicing 5-8 hours a day, getting the amount of sleep in a week that most people get in a night, alienation from the rest of society (hey.....we live in liminal space)......I mean, what really drives us to do it?

Most musicians I know, can't live doing anything else. That doesn't mean to say that they aren't capable of doing something else (probably the most common fallacy about those in our profession is that we don't have any other skills......stupid biology majors), instead it means that they can't live with the thought of spending less than a lifetime plugged into this art form. Personally I think we're wired differently. Most people like music, but I can't always explain to my friends in other fields that there's a sense of profound joy and ultimate connection when you create music. Even though without recording equipment ours is the most impermanent of all of the art forms, there's a indefinable (possibly emotional) permanence about making music that I can't describe. I don't understand it when people talk about their job not being who they are. I am a musician. I create an experience for people that moves them, and that affect stays with them (if I've done my job correctly) and makes an impact on their lives, even if they can't express that impact in words. From Dharmonia's post, Gary Snyder write, "Art takes nothing from the world; it is a gift and an exchange. It leaves the world nourished." O'Shaughnessy writes:
We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
As often as I can, I tell my students that they are important and powerful, that they have the ability and responsibility to affect responsible change in the world through our art. What we do matters, even if Western culture doesn't always recognize it.

We put up with the insanity that is a musician's life, because that's what we have to do in order to make music.

"Let the beauty we love be what we do."

Peace, Love, and Tunes,


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Monday, October 01, 2007
Keeping it in perspective
Crazy day trying to get off proposals for a conference more than 10 months away, and trying to coordinate said proposals with Flute Prof from undergrad (who's more than a little last minute).....computer meltdown that has forced me to redo a midterm presentation that I had done...luckily I still have all the info and it's got an extended deadline........personal issues abound.....

Any day we get to make music is a good day.

Peace, love, and tunes,



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