Freelance Notebook: Positive Edition!

Amid all of the worry, panic, and 'social distancing' we find ourselves in, I thought it was perhaps a good idea to begin to focus on all of the positive things that can happen during the week or two (or three) we freelancers have off of work. I think I've wallowed in my own self-pity... Continue Reading →

Freelance Notebook (supplemental)

Well, it happened. Everything I have for the rest of March has been canceled. Let me say that this is a good thing from the perspective of dealing with a public health emergency. I am totally in agreement with all of these decisions. Stopping the spread of this is a priority. Holding public events is... Continue Reading →

Freelance Notebook 3.12.2020

I've been very fortunate that most months I've scheduled enough work to cover all my financial responsibilities for our household. There are months that are better than others, but eventually it all balances out...usually. This week, I've lost a couple very high profile (and high paying) engagements due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) scare. I am... Continue Reading →

Stay At Home Dad: Part 2

A year ago, heck, 4 months ago, I would have no answer to the question: "How do you entertain a baby?" Maybe I would have answered, 'Why do babies need to be entertained? Do they lead such stressful lives that entertainment is needed so they can relax?' Now I know that Yes, babies need to... Continue Reading →

Resolutions: Professional Edition 2015

Okay, I know I kind of poo-pooed the idea of resolutions, but in the spirit of trying to make 2015 better than 2014 (I don't know HOW that could happen), here are a few resolutions I could improve upon in my professional musical life: 1. Figure out how to SELL and WORK the great duo... Continue Reading →

30 days of Freelance Trombone

I often meet new people. Hey, I'm a sociable guy! One of the first questions people naturally ask each other when they first meet is, "What do you do for a living?" Pretty standard question. Whenever I respond with, "I'm a musician, I play trombone", people look puzzled. I don't blame them! How many trombone... Continue Reading →

Taper Week + Fun Gigs!

Well, here we are. The week before my first half-marathon and I gotta say that I'm pretty excited about it! This week is the second of two taper weeks, meaning that the milage is less than previous weeks. It kind of feels weird only running a few miles instead of 7-10, but it all leads... Continue Reading →

What Really Matters, Re: Indianapolis Symphony, Part 3

To catch up on my rant please read Part 1, and Part 2. Part 3 is just a continuation of my absolute frustration with what is happening with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. This blog will tackle only one question: What can be done? In the previous blog, I was hoping to cover more topics in... Continue Reading →

What Really Matters, Re: Indianapolis Symphony, Part 2

This is a continuation of my blog post from yesterday, What Really Matters, Re: Indianapolis Symphony, Part 1. After writing and reading yesterdays post, I still felt like more needs to be said, and questions need to be asked! How did the ISO get to this point? How many people will this lockout really effect?... Continue Reading →

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