It’s been awhile eh?

November 2, 2008

Despite numerous warnings, I fell for it.  Why am I up at 5:51am? Daylight Savings Time.

I’m playing at Lake Ave this morning, and I usually get up at 6:30 to do so.  I set my alarm clock to go off as well as my phone.  My phone woke me up at what I thought was 6:30, I showered and began to get ready and looked at the clock again.  Apparently the auto time feature on my phone somehow threw my alarm off.

Well, I could either go to sleep for another 45 minutes and battle having to wake up again, or I could stay up.  So, here’s some thoughts.

School is a lot right now. Time-wise, work-wise, and other-wise.  I am incredibly busy.  It’s all really great stuff, I can’t complain about that, but I have literally zero downtime. This is by far my busiest semester of school.  I have to turn in “intent to graduate” forms soon, which weirds me out a little.  In order to graduate, I have to pass the CLEP test and get out of spanish.  I know if I put the time in and really dedicate myself for a few weeks, I can pass it.  But the problem is, I don’t have that kind of time.  I’m worried what will happen if I don’t pass it.  Obviously, I won’t graduate, but what then?

To throw another factor in the mix, I’m considering grad school.  I’ll have to talk to some people and gather some info, but I’m thinking about it for sure, and that’s kinda weird.

I want to play the bass for a living see, and in order to do that, I have to be stinkin’ good.  Not just good, but great.  I play a fair amount now, but I don’t think I’ll be able to fully support myself after graduation with just gigs.  I don’t think I’m up to that level anyway.  So, part of me thinks, yeah, grad school is the answer.

My throat kinda feels funny, I hope I’m not getting sick.

A lot of bass players play a variety of styles, but once they get out of school, or especially in grad school, they begin to focus on one and hone their skills in one area.  I have 3 main areas.  Classical Upright, Jazz Upright, and Electric (I realize that Electric encompasses quite a few styles but I’m lumping them in as one).  My classical teacher used to play jazz, but gave it up to focus on classical.  He now plays with the LA Opera.  I have several other bass player friends who are quite intense classical players who used to play jazz, but no longer.  And it seems most serious jazz guys I know don’t care for classical much at all.  For me, last weekend I played Haydn Symphony no. 8 and Grieg’s Holberg Suite.  That was a blast.  Friday night I played straight funk for a Halloween party with 2 friends of mine, electric only.  That was definitely one of the most fun gigs I’ve ever done (including a funk Thriller/Ghostbusters medley).  Last night I played with the big band from school, also a blast.

I could list a dozen other things, but I won’t. My point is, I’m not happy getting rid of one of them.  But part of me does feel like in order to master one, I need to fully devote my time to it and drop everything else.  But which one…?

I recently discovered that Narwhals are in fact real creatures and not just mythological beasts.  And it’s blowing my mind.  I still don’t fully believe it.

Now I’m off.

The Jazz Effect

February 29, 2008

It is a strange phenomenon. This semester I typically run very long days. Classes begin around 9:30, and 3 days out of the week end around 9:30 or 10. I very frequently find myself exhausted at the end of the day, and understandably so. However, I absolutely love it.

I am in school studying music. I love music. I LOVE music. I enjoy all of my music classes, and even my 1 academic class. I particularly enjoy the performing groups I am in. Some more than others. I am in a jazz combo that meets once a week from 8pm until 10. Immediately preceding that, I have symphony orchestra rehearsal from 4:45 to 7:45. Earlier in the day I have a jazz band rehearsal from 1-2:30. I also have 2 other classes that day. Bottom line is, it’s a long day. But it seems no matter how long or rough of a day I have had, I thoroughly enjoy jazz combo. I have energy all of a sudden and the 2 hours seems like nothing at all.

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