Tag Archives: music

Time Flies

The last time I posted was almost 3 months ago. So many things happened over the summer.

I took a hiatus from technology, deleting a few social media apps from my phone (keeping facebook to stay in contact with my family), and only checking my phone maybe twice a day.

I house sat and babysat a lot. Along with the summer band I did in June, I was away from home a lot, which helped me from getting into fights with my family. It helped me stay away from my dogs and helped my allergies. It also helped me not get tired of home in like 2 days and hate summer.

On July 5th, I turned 20. Some of my family came in from out of state for vacation and we celebrated (I had no clue they were going to have a birthday cake for me). That same day, the US women won the world cup of soccer (USUSUSUSUS)

On July 16th, the Lord saved my soul. I joined the church on July 18th, and was baptized on July 19th. Part of this blog was about me trying to find out where I fit in with religion. After attending BCM for two years and learning what being a Christian means, I was able to accept the Lord as my savior.

On July 19th, I was also offered a job as a woodwind instructor for my alma mater.

I started that job on July 27th. That week gave me the opportunity to learn how to teach high school students in a small group setting.

On August 13th, I started back to college with leadership training before my band camp started. As section leader, I had those two extra days and had a lot more responsibility for band camp week.

I auditioned for symphonic band and got 11th chair. 5 better than last semester’s auditon. 10 more people to beat.

I’ve had a week of classes now. It’s all going well, but it will be a lot of hard work throughout the semester.

Advertisements

212% Music

My lessons professor wanted me to learn two pieces this summer.

8 movements.

I also promised a friend this semester that we would perform a duet together.

+4 movements.

I’m also working on another (extremely hard) duet with another friend.

+4 movements.

I’m also working on another piece that is a possible jury piece for next semester.

+4 movements.

Plus marching band audition music.

Plus symphonic band audition music.

This summer is made up of 212% music, and I’m okay with that. I sometimes loathe getting to my room to practice. Then I start… and I never ever want to stop. My practice sessions are an hour at the minimum because I love playing. All I want to do is get better and I can only do that by researching and practicing and being my own lesson’s professor this semester.

I’m currently sectioning off the Saint-Saëns Clarinet Sonata over pizza rolls and Netflix. I want to come back after the summer and audition and make my professors stop and go “What the hell happened to her over the summer?”

I want to be the best, but there will always be someone better than me. Being the best starts at my university, where I have to be better than my best friend. I have 15 people to beat right now. I will do it.

Five.

Five weeks until summer.

The California trip was amazing to say the least. I felt like it was a dream until the girls lost the game at the last second. Here’s a few pictures from the trip!

20150318_100036

The flight there!

edit20150319_134620_Richtone(HDR)_edited

Golden Gate

edit20150319_134656_edited

More Golden Gate

edit20150319_135112_edited

Obligatory Red Towel picture

edit20150319_140156_edited

TOPS

edit20150319_140242_edited

Other side of Golden Gate park thingy

edit20150319_143314_Richtone(HDR)_edited

The BEACH

edit20150319_143624_Richtone(HDR)_edited

PACIFIC OCEAN

edit20150319_155107_Richtone(HDR)_edited

The Full House house

Edit20150318_125137_editedEdit20150318_145625_Richtone(HDR)_edited

Flight there

Edit20150318_160724_Richtone(HDR)_edited

Alcatraz! (And shoes)

Edit20150318_162901_edited

First day Red Towel picture from far away

Edit20150318_192038_edited

Sunset and Golden Gate and bay picture

Edit20150318_192236_edited

TOPS!

1522025_10100434003306404_4009545858979843370_n

Big Red Pep Band at the Golden Gate!!

Every week since then has consisted of me trying to catch up since our schedule is so whacky with all of our snow days.

I have 3 concerts, a football game performance, two papers, a presentation, two discussion days, finals, and a jury left.

Holy. Cow. Please. Send. Help.

California Girl

This is going to be a quick post (it’s 1 am and I have to wake up in 5 hours).

Last night I received word that I was selected to go on a trip to California (leaving at 10 am… 9 hours) to play in the pep band for the NCAA tournament. This includes a free flight, admission to the game, and payment. I am ecstatic.

Today has been hectic. I’ve been doing homework for the rest of the week, emailing professors to let them know (and some sent a “congrats, safe travels” back!), and packing (going home to grab summer clothes because winter hasn’t fully left KY yet). I haven’t flown in 7 years and so I’ve spent the better part of the day freaking out about TSA and forgetting to pack something. I think I have it done now. All of my electronics are charging currently and I am fixing to head to bed for a few hours before I embark on an once in a lifetime opportunity that my college has offered me.

I’ll post pictures when I’m back, y’all.

Two Months

Since my last post, I kinda forgot that I had a blog. So much has happened since Midwest!

On January 16th, my dad and I drove up to Louisville and we returned with one piece of heaven, my brand spanking new R13. I’ve finally came up with a name for it, Enoch Amour (dedication, love, and passion), to remind me that I worked so hard to get it and to keep working. I’m going to spend the rest of the year broke while I pay my parents off, but it is well worth it.

I moved back to campus the Wednesday before classes started and helped with our university’s high school honor band. Watching the guest conductor for my band work with the high school students and get them concert ready in one and a half days of rehearsal time was such a gift. I took so many good things from it that I plan on using when I finally get to teach my own class (including 15 of my 200 required observation hours!).

I decided to stress myself out this semester and take 19 hours including 5 ensembles, but I am calling this my diversity semester. I am taking Islam and Rock & Roll, and am in Choral Society, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band, and a clarinet quartet. My music life has expanded so much and I’ve found a love for so many different music styles than I had last semester.

I’m also playing with the orchestra at a church a few streets down from campus, and that makes me so happy. I am getting my name out there and getting gigs and that is how I will be able to survive. I am so excited to play with them Sunday!

One last thing, I actually have a somewhat budding romance going on, and that is just the icing on the top of two months worth of delicious life cake. He is so sweet and kind and is the absolute best.

I promise to write more often (somehow)

Midwest Mania

It has been forever since a post. It was the end of the year push with auditions, finals week, and juries. This is the first semester I’ve had all A’s since I went to college, and I’m pretty excited.

The week after finals week, some friends and I went to Chicago for Midwest Clinic, which is the world’s largest instrumental music education conference. While there, I attended clinics, listened to ensembles, and got to know my friends even more.

I cannot express with words how attending that clinic made my love for music grow. Or maybe it didn’t grow. Maybe I just found what I already had. My passion has been renewed and I will never forget all of the once in a lifetime opportunities I had while up there. Since coming back, I have practiced every single day for two hours or so. And they have been focused practices. I want to get better for the future. I absolutely positively love music and making music and listening to music and teaching music.

That feeling of being surrounded by everyone, young and old, that loves music, is one that I want to get back. It was simply remarkable.

Until next year, when I plan to return, I am trying to save up to finally by the R13 that I have been wanting for over a year now, and I badly need an upgrade. My poor little Rutherford is hanging on, but it’s giving me a bad tone in the lower registers and other things that are just due to age and quality.

I fell in love with one R13 at Midwest, and my friends took to calling it Baefett.

My plan is to go up to a music store and try them out next week, but I sadly still will not have any money to even start paying for it.

Until next time!

11 Days of Life

Alot has happened in the past 11 days (well not really but I’m tired and I couldn’t come up with another title soooooo….)

On Saturday we drove down to MTSU for the football game. We lost in triple overtime. (It’s such a drag to lose and then to have to drive home for two hours). And then I got sick and by Monday, I had no voice. My Mom and Mamaw brought me meds Tuesday and now I’m feeling a ton better and have gotten my voice back… some.

On Monday, my cousin had her daughter! I still haven’t visited (it’s kinda hard to do), but I’m so excited and enjoy seeing her posts on Facebook.

This morning, at 5 am, we had a campus wide fire drill. I drank so much coffee today. So. Much. It’s not even 10:30 and I’m ready for bed. I’m so exhausted.

Now that you’re caught up:

Music is the right major for me. It’s a lot of hard work, but I am eager to learn it and am willing to do the homework and practice time that is needed. I never dread the classes (even my  8am… just the fact that it’s early). And I don’t mind the long hours because I’m always with my friends. It’s nice.

I don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but I hope that I can get a job when I graduate.

 

I’ve also, as one of my last posts mentioned, have been struggling with my religion this semester and in giving my life to God. It’s not that I don’t want to, but that I feel like I don’t deserve it. It’s just a lot of emotionally challenging parts put all together and when I think about it, I just want to cry and be hugged, and I think I’ve pulled away from my closest friends because of this. I’m scared to admit it to them and they know something’s wrong and I’m just not sure what to do. Just writing this makes my heart heavy and makes me mentally exhausted.

 

Until next time.