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. ❤️
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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.
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?
Today's snow day couldn't have come at a better time, because I was running on fumes by the end of last week. Here's a snapshot from a day that made me think "Whew, it's good to be a horn player!".
We are the bulk of the people working in the industry, and I think we deserved to be celebrated in our own time, not after we embark on a path that redefines who we are. We are directly in touch with our audiences and we have the power to shape the way people see classical music in a hands-on way, on a daily basis. We're working, we're living, and sometimes we're freaking out: we're the Musicians of Now. And we're awesome.
Nowadays, if you judge people by the face they put up on social media, everyone is working and having a great time...why is it so hard for me to be honest about where I'm truly coming from?