Isn’t it better for creative talent to be independent from everyone else’s, and not tethered to what’s around it?
Maybe I’m biased, but playing for kids is one of my favorite things to do as a musician.
This is a tough topic to write about without sounding whiny, but I’m going to anyways.
Here’s what I do if I have to play with sinusitis.
Lent is the season in the Christian Liturgical Calendar where we honor the self-discovery of Jesus. Most of us associate this with fasting or some level of self-denial.
The last three months have been pretty slow in terms of work, but the days go by pretty quickly.
Hello again! I hope the dust has settled and you’re all getting a minute to rest and take a nap after the busy holiday season. Now that we’re starting the slow winter creep, here are some things I do every year to help get my year started on the right foot.
Take a walk!
I’m always thrown for a loop when the New Year jobs are over and the social vibe is gone. When I’m working a lot, I’m also socializing a lot, and losing both at the same time can be depressing. I take one long walk a day, no matter how cold it is. It gives me something to look forward to every day, and the fresh air does wonders for warding off the seasonal depression that comes with the dark days. It also helps burn off those holiday cookies and cocktails that were oh-so-fun going down the hatch!
Start something new!
Even if it’s just a new routine on the horn, I force myself to try something I’ve always wanted to do. An iPhone game, a new language, a new recipe: there’s probably already an app for it. It helps me transition from a busy calendar to a bleak one with minimal depression. This year, I’m taking on some new baking ventures that I didn’t have time for in December!
Is there a park you’ve wanted to see? A movie you missed? A museum that you should have visited long ago? A new store that had a grand opening in October and you never made it? January is a great time for eventing because the crowds have died down and you can enjoy these things with a little space. I definitely have some new playgrounds on my list to run around in with my crew.
And if all else fails...
Seasonal depression is a real thing. Post-busy-season hangover can be a real bummer. If I find myself wallowing in the middle of the day and I can’t pick myself up enough to see the positive, I force myself to text a friend. A “Happy Belated New Year” can snap me out of a spiral, and sometimes I pull together a hang of my own. Musicians are trained by themselves, but there’s no reason we have to stay that way.
Best wishes for good winter months! ❤️ What do you do to beat the blues? Comment below.
I think it’s time for a new year with less posting and scrolling, more concerts and plays (watching, not working!), more practicing, shorter blog posts, and more happiness. ❤️
Today, I’m talking about a very important change that has happened to me, and I’m feeling pumped for the new year!
I’m trying to shed some light on what I consider to be the upper-middle class of musicians here in NYC.
In Part II, I’m going to take a look at three reasons I would turn work away, regardless of how badly I needed the money.
I’ve put together a two-part blog post about what young musicians face today, and why we should never forget where we come from, or at least acknowledge the place they’re coming from.
This production of Man of La Mancha, at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, CT, is touching and incredibly well-staged. Here are a few things that make this special production work from an inside view!
It’s officially fall! With this new season often comes that wave of dread when the black ink layers upon itself and you wonder “how am I going to play THIS much music?” If it doesn’t come in these crucial months, it can get extremely depressing and frustrating, and it seems like there’s no way to ever just be happy. Is there ever a state of being a musician where there’s no reason to complain?
Democratic primaries for state elections have just happened in New York and, while politics are very much on everyone’s minds these days, it turns out that the musicians’ union here, Local 802, is having elections of its own. As a non-employed musician pondering the candidates, I ask myself “What should I be getting from the union?”
I can't pick and choose when I'll get called to play on someone else's show or be given the opportunity to learn someone else's book, so I make do with what I have. And yes, sometimes that means playing through extreme pain that ISN'T a muscle injury that occurred from overuse of my embouchure.
Most of my summer was spent wrestling with the new Patterson Triple I got at the beginning of May. One thing I've learned is that trying horns always works in three phases for me.
If someone asked me what I knew about Aretha Franklin, I could rattle off the top five hits, just like anyone else, but I knew very little about her life. What I read was both shocking and inspiring. I'm honoring her legacy by sharing some of the things about her that moved me.
One of the most gratifying projects I've been a part of this summer was working in the pit of An American Hero: A World War II Musical as a part of the New York Musical Festival, or NYMF Kenneth L. Stilson did a great job writing a book that makes you feel like you're hanging out in a time from long ago, and Cody Cole wrote music that is funny, dramatic, and haunting at times. He pulls from many sources of inspiration, and melds them together pretty seamlessly.