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I guess it’s time to blog again

I’ve been reading some blogs lately… new friends, old friends, family continue to use blogs in creative ways.

When I started blogging, I was in a rut at work. I loved the people I worked with but wasn’t feeling particularly fulfilled. I had my church gig and I was still conducting an orchestra for a high school theater program but I longed for more creativity. Oddly enough, I lost my job and immediately felt like I’d lost my identity. Even though I cried and prayed on the way to work that morning, getting laid off wasn’t the answer to the prayer “Please let something happen. I can’t stand this stress anymore.”

Since that fateful day (almost 5 years ago to the day), I’ve been fortunate to be working where I’ve dreamed of working for a  long time. It is stressful, being one of two people responsible for 700 computers, several servers and networking, is always a challenge but it is fulfilling.

And it leaves me time to be involved in other projects that I love. I just directed a musical at our community theater. First time I directed a community theater project.  Presently, I am music directing Pippin, a show that I’ve always loved. I am also working on A Festival of Lessons and Carols at our church. There are so many cool people involved – people from my current job, people from my church and other churches in the area, people from the theater, people of other faiths, children as young as second grade, adults as old as, well, me.

The other night, I facilitated a group of alumni who had participated in marching band at our high school. We cleaned out the room that holds all of the instruments that could be played by band members… if we had a band. These alumni are committed to help grow the instrumental music program at our alma mater.

It was during this alumni meeting that I injured my left hand. Musicians know how devastating a small nick, cut or squish of an appendage can be. When I began my freshman year in college as a music major, one of the sophomore trumpet players was recovering from a car accident. He hadn’t been badly hurt, but he split his lip, requiring stitches. The lack of practice over the summer, set him back in his studies. The scar tissue caused him to have to redesign his embouchure.

So, when my fingers got caught in the wooden hinge of an aging xylophone, I tried to jerk my hand back but it was getting crushed. The person on the end of the crushing realized what was going on and folded the hinge the other way, apologizing profusely adding that he saw the stars I was still seeing. Three days later, they’re stil tender, even while typing. Not sure how I played guitar last night at church. I think sang more than played.

But heck, I’m doing what I love – providing opportunites for others to be creative. Makes this fortune all the more sweet!

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30 Days of Music – Day 21 – A Song That You Listen To When You’re Happy

Oh really, come on now. Are you serious? The whole James Taylor collection. Anything by the Beatles or Little Feat or Crosby, Stills, Nash and/or Young. I can’t break it down to one song. Gaaah. You’re killing me.

I’m partial to this Little Feat Tune for a number of reasons. It speaks to me about hope and happiness. All That You Dream:

This is a crazy cover!

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30 Days of Music – Day 20 – A Song That You Listen To When You’re Angry

Waiting for the Light to Shine – Roger Williams from Big River

Sometimes I get angry. Then I get angry that I’m angry. Oh, please, don’t ever think that I could just get angry and enjoy it!

This song really calms me down. It gives me hope. It soothes my ruffled feathers and reminds me that there is a better use of that negative energy. It makes me cry. It makes me smile again.

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30 Days of Music – Day 18 – A Song That You Wish You Heard On The Radio

Freddy Jones Band – Take the Time

This song kicks musical ass. This band plays kick-ass music. I don’t ever get to hear it on the radio. It’s on my IPod and in my CD collection. Love it. You should love it too.

I credit my brother-in-law, Jerry, and my son for turning me onto great music. This one was a Jerry-find!

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30 Days of Music- Day 17 – A Song That You Hear Often On The Radio

The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You

On the IPOD too. Can’t get enough of these guys and this song is awesome!

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