Good Morning. The school year has started, and my schedule is, well, odd, to say the least. I'm not going to bitch about it cause it's not gonna change a thing, and really, that's not what this blog is all about.
I got in touch with a former student recently, and this morning I got an e-mail from him. He is probably the most musically gifted kid I've ever had, or will have the chance to work with. His name is Matt, and you can find his myspace page here, with a couple of clips of his music. He has a band he performs with, and I think (hope) he'll actually makes it big someday - he's a gem. He composes and sings, and is an amazing pianist, and I'm just so very proud of him. I'm not sure what credit I can take other than I gave him what I could, and gave him opportunities to perform. He moved to Boston after high school, and studied at the Berklee School of Music. And he's still performing, which is pretty awesome.
So back to my original thought, in reflecting on what I have done here and what I could do instead and what I need to be looking for for myself, I get this from Matt:
I didn't know you still existed! Seriously. I'm fucking thrilled to hear from you. (I'm grown up, I can say that now right?)
I just got a job as Music Director for some big budget, piece of shit musical that's opening next month. Rehearsals are eating my life!! It's the first job I've ever had that makes me want to die - I'd rather eat a bowl of vomit than show up each morning. To make matters worse, I've still seen no pay check ...
I just miss when musicals meant everything.
It's the last line that really smacked me in the head. I guess we don't always think about the lasting effects of what we say or do or give, huh?
(Oh, and the "I'd rather eat a bowl of vomit..." phrase? I guess I really do say that with some frequency... ;-) I guess I've always had a "colorful" vocabulary... There are other phrases I use with the kids, and I know that I use them too often when they can finish them for me or in unison with me. LOL!)
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I'm off to a little fiber festival in Pa. today, not too far from my Mom's place. It's only their 4th year, so I'm not sure that it will be that big, but that's ok. I think it'll be fun. I'll take the camera and get some pics. See ya.