Wednesday, May 04, 2005


so i am sick. man it's a drag. it seems to be going around. and for the same reason for many people.

i tried to blame the weather but i think the truth is i have been running myself ragged.

working and playing are adding up to less sleep, more indulgence and not enough sustainence. so the body is telling me to cool it.

so this week i sleep in. eat more. and drink lots of water and tea. i hope to nip it in the bud by the end of the week. the weekend already looks like it'll be a busy one.

i am trying to get another job right now. something i have always wanted to do. teach art. i do have art degree afterall!?

so i am taking on this part time after school course that this lady has set up with several schools around the city.

the other day for my training i sat in with a class at my old elementary school, Meadowbrook Elementary, in Golden Valley. it was a very surreal experience. i didn't recognize anything except for the big sinks. the ones you step on the pedal and the water comes out in little streams.

the hallways looked familiar, but with the massive updates and expansion to the building i didn't recognize much.

the class is a very basic "you follow what i do on the chalk board and i walk around and tell you if yours looks right" kind of instruction. i am really skeptical about it. but i figure in due time i can put my own spin on things. as much class or instruction as i have had in art or music i have always been self taught and feel it's basic human inuition that guides the best results for what i do and for what inspires someone's imagination. especially these really young children. it was amazing to see how differnt each kid's piece was and to watch them draw and see how their mind works i think in the end can teach me a thing or too.

tomorrow night i have my first gig with a new group i have joined. this an outift my new roommat, Brian, has put together. it is actually quite a large ensemble with horns and backup singers. the impetus was for a cover band night these guys played in the entry a few months ago. they since decided to do a show later this month where we are performing the Stone's "Exile on Main Street". it is a bit of a challenge with the arrangements and just trying to get everyone together at one time. but overall it is sounding great! and has given me a chance to play with more musicians. i have been having a hard time trying to play with different people for some reason. it is really typical in the TC's that people, particularily musicians, tend to stay within the same little cliques of players. i seem to remember a time there was a bit more cross-pollinization with players. maybe i am just with the wrong crowd. but regardless, this a great group of people and the spirit is definately right on. i think the Cinco De Mayo set we are doing tomorrow night should be a good spark for what's to come with some of these players and this band. if only because i get to sing "La Bamba"!


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