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rediculous

I hate it when I get excited about an audition, and then I discover I can’t take it. For instance, I just found out about a second/Eb audition in Boise, ID. I was like sweet! Time to get back in to the audition game. But then I discovered a plane ticket to Boise would cost […]

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Update and a possible opportunity…

Lately its been hard to motivate myself to practice clarinet. Its not that I don’t want to play, its that I have so many other things that I have to do. Like work…I’ve been working about 50 hours a week lately and it doesn’t leave much time to do anything else. Unfortunately, I really don’t […]

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Dying sucks

This post doesn’t have anything to do with clarinet…or music on the other hand. This morning I waltzed into work, excited that my boss was off today (not that I plan on doing anything different, ha). I open up my email, and open up the university bulletin that we get every day (which I always […]

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I haven’t been very good about posting lately….obviously. The last month or so since my last post has been somewhat unproductive. Maybe not unproductive, per say, but I’m definitely feeling lost. I am discovering that I need clear cut goals to progress at anything. Like auditions, ha! Right now, I’m sort of practicing for the […]

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Post Marine audition thoughts…

So today I played the last audition that I will probably do for awhile. It seems weird, my brain is asking, “ok, what’s next?”, but then I realize that there is no next thing. I think I’m ready to play clarinet for myself for awhile. I’m just so tired of the mental bashing that I […]

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Thinking positively

I just came back from a lesson with my teacher, Kenneth Grant. I think it was the shortest lesson I’ve had all year! We went through the excerpts for the audition much faster than I was anticipating…I hope that is a good thing that he didn’t have much to say. I’m glad I’m home earlier […]

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Busy busy

Obviously it has been awhile since I’ve written. Not that nothing has happened, actually, pretty much everything has happened. I’ve basically been working on Marine band music since I last wrote. Most of December was pretty much uneventful, except for the fact that my husband was extremely sick for most of the month. That was […]

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new reeds

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a Vandoren reed person. And for the last few years, specifically the V-12 variety. But I have always been open to other things. I’ve been known to play on Gonzalez reeds from time to time…they are pretty good, but I don’t think that I would ever […]

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a day of realizations

Maybe this will be the last time I will ever take an audition on Friday the 13th. I am writing this from my hotel room in Charleston, West Virginia after a horrible day. The audition today is making me question whether or not this is all worth it, which is the first time I have […]

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something that made me smile.

Yesterday, I taught a lesson to this really cute little 10 year old girl. She is very enthusiastic about playing clarinet, but often gets distracted because she is enthusiastic about everything! So most of the time I spend trying to get her re-focused on clarinet. But overall she is a good student. We usually play […]