That it’s an honor and a privilege to exchange smiles, soul, and heart directly with the people in front of you. ……. and apply your trade humbly (or not so!) as a piece of a long spirited chain you’re thankful to be a small link in. From Bruce Springsteen’s Autobiography, Born to Run
I just caught my breath today and reflected on the past month. For the love of music! Music, a celebration of humanity, links us to the past and gives hope for the future. I’m grateful to my students, teachers, and family for a life in music. In reviewing music events of February, I’m reminded that from Brahms to bluegrass, from opera to classical sonatas, music explores the spectrum of human emotions including love, loss, joy, yearning, hope, despair, frustration, and excitement. It’s all there, no matter what the genre.
This is what February looked like:
- taught 120 private lessons in my studio
- taught 6 preschool music classes
- taught a group class in my studio for students playing for Washington State Music Teacher’s Adjudications
- spent a day in Shorecrest High School as a guest artist teaching students to dance the Salsa and sing Cuban songs
- participated in a voice adjudication with one of my students
- saw my daughter, Ruby, make her Benaroya Hall debut with the Roosevelt Orchestra
- attended Angelo Rondello’s inspiring concert of contemporary piano music at the Benaroya Recital Hall as part of the Seattle Music Exchange Project
- traveled to Mount Vernon to attend a concert of Leider of Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, and Johannes Brahms
- attended Seattle Opera’s production of Katya Kabanova By Leoš Janáček
- attended Wintergrass in Bellevue- a premier Bluegrass Festival where I saw Flatt Lonesome, The Turtle Island String Quartet and so much more! (They played an arrangement of Bob Dylan’s Along the Watchtower, it floored me)
- read Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run
The highlight of the month, of course, was seeing the Bynum, Montana School featured in a CBS news story. I grew up in Choteau which is down the road a few miles . In 2010, I spent a day at this school as a visiting musician.
Indeed, we all should start the day with a little singing and a little dancing. If you need some inspiration, here’s Bruce!