It's been a while since I've been here, so I figured I'd give a little update.
So... here we go. Symphony started up for me again last week. I'm now principal bass and second bassoon for the Murray Symphony, and will be joining the Taylorsville Symphony within the next couple weeks (not sure what I'm playing there yet...)
I started playing (bass) in a little folk band in March. It was suppossed to be just a one time gig for the county library's anniversary, but we were approached by several people while we were playing there asking us to come play for their events. To make a long story short(er), we went from a non-band playing just to play, to a very sought-after real band, now making pretty decent money. (Decent money for being folk musicians, anyway.) In early August, we started recording a CD. We did the make-it-yourself route, burning 100 copies, putting those inkjet labels on, with photo paper cut out for the case cover. Those 100 copies sold out within 4 days! We made a huge profit on that, and are using that money to have 1000 more discs professionally produced for us.
The band consists of our star player, truly a fine musician and one of my best friends, playing the hammered dulcimer, guitar, bouzouki, and (sometimes) bodhran, we have a fantastic vocalist/fiddle/tin whistle/recorder player, who happens to be my ex girlfriend (long story there, but we won't get into that for now...), a fine vocalist/guitar player who is the local MS choir teacher, a mandolin/flute player, who is the one who started the band and is our 'manager' and then there's me, who can play more instruments than the rest of the band combined, playing only bass (kind of odd for me NOT to be doubling, but every band needs a dedicated bass player.)
The band has gone so far in the past few months, it absolutely amazes me. We are now playing at nearly every local public event, fundraisers for church groups/civic organizations, private parties, etc... very very busy.
And it all started out with a bunch of classical musicians who also happened to play folk-ish instruments and decided to give it a shot.
We have some tracks from the CD up on our webpage, but I'm not sure if it's ok to link, so I'll give you a hint. We are "The Bear River Band" and remember, google is your friend. And no, we're not a Canadian Native organization.
Anyway, that's my musical life now, a lot of bass(oon) playing, not much opportunity to play oboe anymore, but that doesn't mean I don't do it!
As far as other stuff... well, I just started a new job making decent money - not really that much in the grand scheme of things, but given the cost of living here, it's quite sufficient. My living conditions are not all that great right now, I"m in a borrowed motorhome with no electricity (writing to you from the office) but that will hopefully change with my next paycheck. I'm planning on getting into an apartment ASAP. It snowed here today, so I suppose winter is officially here now, and living without electricity will not be tolerable for too much longer... but where I am now is definately better than living in my car, which I did for a while last winter. Trying to find a place to camp without the local PD kicking me out was a challenge.
But, things are looking up for me now. As long as I can stick with this job and not let my depression get the best of me again (so far successful living without meds for 5+ months now!) I should be fine very soon.
A couple other things.
I recently bought my very first bass guitar. It's a beautiful 5 string, nice transparent green finish that shows off the underlying woodgrain very nicely, and gold plated hardware. I can only find the 4 string version of it for sale now, for around $2000. Mine is a few years old, but still in excellent condition, and I picked it up at the local pawn shop for 1/10th of current retail. (I feel bad for whoever pawned it for so little money, or for whoever it was stolen from... but... well, what can I say, who could pass up a deal like that?)
Annnd... I have an outstandingly awesome girlfriend as of a couple months ago. Yeah, it's one of those internet things, but both of us seem to be happy so far. She's a nursing student at San Jose state, which should say a lot about her... she's one of the absolutely most kind, loving people I've ever known. A real sweetheart in every aspect. (And extremely good looking to boot...)
So... anyway. That's the little (big) update. Life is good, in general.
I will try to get back into the swing of things and become a presence on the board once more. I'll have to see if I have access at my day job, where I generally have not a whole lot to do most of my shift. Plenty of time for BBBing, if the proxy server will allow it.
More details about anything here upon request. I'll see about getting some pics up of my beautiful new bass and beautiful new girlfriend soon...
(To those of you who are asking "who is this, and why is he blabbing about personal junk on the board?" - I've been around for quite a while, was a daily visitor to the board when I first joined, but have kind of settled into random spurts of posting for a while, then disappearing for months at a time over the last couple years. There are many people on here that have been tremendous supporters of me with my struggles over the last few years. The whole BBB community is like another family to me, and I feel perfectly comfortable sharing all of this with you. I know there are certian people here that genuinely care about me, and have probably been wondering what I've been up to, so, this is for them. If you've read this far, you're probably one of those people....)
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on Sat Sep 16, 2006 5:51 am, edited 1 time in total.
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