I have a perfectionist complex-thingy and live with a detailed and (at times) quite prolific blogger. When I started this blog she was my role model and the standard for my posts. I soon began putting off posting, thinking I had nothing worthwhile to say or that if I couldn't put out something entertaining and filled with photos & links, I should just wait until I could. Look at the dates of my last ten posts (do I even have ten?) to see how well that worked out.
So I have decided to treat my blog much as Garrison Keillor once described his letters to friends: as a gift, to be composed and sent when one has something to say regardless of its importance or length. Now that I am (I hope) over this little mental block, I'll post more often. Maybe some of the posts will even be worth reading.
And now for the update:
- Sang at my cousin Bethany's wedding in Washington State in August. Cannonball run late-night drive up & back in a weekend (1200+ miles), flat tire at 4 am in the middle of nowhere, MBW's first speeding ticket since her teens, and lots of new relatives (Bethany is number two of seven siblings ages 7 to 25). Her older sister Kathryn will marry Bethany's husband's older brother in May 2006. Can you say "double first cousins?" Stay tuned for more of that...
- Started my new job as a middle school music teacher - in my neighborhood, no less. In five years of teaching before this I never thought that I'd like teaching 11-14-year-olds, but it has turned into my favorite job ever. We just had our winter concert (with 190 kids - band, choir, and orchestra - all out in full view of the audience) and received lots of parent compliments. Many of my colleagues observed that the kids and I have a good rapport and that they like playing for me. As long as it keeps them exploring music, I'll take it.
- Had a birthday in September, same day as my sister Sarah (no we're not twins). 31.
-Married Nathania Apple in October. I could gush, but her blog has a much more detailed description and Juanita has even more pics. Let's just say I'm happy again.
-Started my pilot session of The Music Playhouse, an early-childhood music program. I'm the City Director for the Bay Area and plan for continued expansion in the next few years.
-MBW and I have been devoting lots of time to The Choral Project, she as Event Director and Volunteer Coordinator, I as Singer/Board Liaison, and both as singers. We recorded a new album, Winter (you can buy it here), and performed a highly successful three-concert series with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra.
"I have no ending for this, so I take a small bow." -George Carlin