live music and growing

I am currently reveling in some live music put on at a local venue. I used to turn my nose up at live local shows—now I see them as the heartbeat of the town in which I live. So many of the performers tonight have been touched and influenced by my current music professor atContinue reading “live music and growing”

The Ride, Not the Result

Well, another inspiring day in class. We talked about chordophones today, beginning in ancient Persia (so we think) roughly 3,300 years ago. We talked at length about how, as instruments traveled along the Silk Road, they were invariably influenced by the new environments they found themselves in—various iterations would be built with different “ingredients,” soContinue reading “The Ride, Not the Result”

N’est pas la France ici, Malheureusement

I am sitting on an uncomfortable couch waiting for class to start. I’ve been a little lax with the blogging lately, as I’ve been getting into too much fun! It’s not raining today, and I couldn’t be happier about that fact. I ordered a chocolate croissant from the cafe and am pretending I’m in FranceContinue reading “N’est pas la France ici, Malheureusement”

Devendra Does Seattle

I got to see Devendra Banhart in concert tonight in Seattle at the Moore Theatre. He is an exquisitely goofy individual whose live performance is simultaneously precise and erratic. I loved watching his band explore the stage and explore sound together. Even when they performed old hits like “Baby,” it was clear there was aContinue reading “Devendra Does Seattle”

Bustin’ Outta Ruts and I Feel Fine

Again it’s raining, but my thoughts are on music now. I’ve been playing guitar and singing all day. My fingers are numb. My vocal cords are shot. I am so freakin’ happy.  In class today, something clicked: I burst out of a musical plateau I’d been in for years. I’ve still got a long wayContinue reading “Bustin’ Outta Ruts and I Feel Fine”

Art, Music, and “Reality”

Woo-hoo-hoo-hoo! I just got done writing a six page paper on consensual reality as it relates to music and myth and I am WIPED. Boy howdy, I had fun though! I lingered after class today to debate the time signature of a song I love and to discuss the potentiality of foreign life, whether thatContinue reading “Art, Music, and “Reality””

Breathwork Bombshell

Another day of music down as I edge towards the finality of my college career! We sang in a cappella groups today, working on music intervals, rhythm, and articulation in bringing a piece to life. Somewhat surprisingly, when it came time to share with the class, the hardest part was beginning the piece in unison.Continue reading “Breathwork Bombshell”

Stories Eat Faith

Like many mornings, the sun came up faithful today. The sky was clear most of the day; truly beautiful—a golden autumn.  I spent hours reading about social entrepreneurship and profit versus nonprofit business. In the back of my mind as I read was a constant stream of music, anxiety, and magic.  One of the entrepreneursContinue reading “Stories Eat Faith”