I was deployed in mid-2011. This was my dog’s very first reaction upon seeing me over Skype.
Minoru—post berry eating.
I felt a lot of stigma like that in high school as well in a different way. Being from a small school of about 500 people from a town of just under 8,000, I heard a lot from those kids who go to the bigger schools in bigger cities in the surrounding areas or at summer camps I would go to. No one ever really bashed on us other than our marching scores, but you could tell right away who had the advantages. They got invited to more things being from bigger schools, their schools had more funding, they almost certainly had lessons, and there were more ensembles in the area to play from. Hell, they had multiple bands you had to audition for within the high school, and I still don’t comprehend how that works as I’m finishing up my music education degree in the next year and a half. And now, being in college, I still feel a lot of what you’re feeling.
So what I’ll tell you is to just keep plugging along. Keep trying at it, you’re super young in the horn world and there is still a lot to unfold. Horn is a difficult beast to take on and what you need to do is just keep evaluating where you’re at and what you can do to make YOU better. Look into multiple music degree options outside of just performance. The performance world is rough and not for everyone. You can look into music education, music business, music therapy, music composition, and some schools—which is silly if you ask me—have an undergraduate music history degree. Just keep evaluating where you’re at, what you value out of horn and music, and where you think those things together will benefit you the most.
sometimes she licks my soda can and becomes very confused
fun drinking game: take a shot of water every couple hours to make sure you’re healthy and hydrated
Stephen Sondheim having a drink with Leonard Bernstein.
And man, does Sondheim look mighty thirsty.
Being a 20+ yr old on tumblr
MUSIC FOR YOUR PLANTS
I want them all
John Cage smoking a cigarette while playing chess with Marcel Duchamp.