Bookended Bassoon Blogging for 2014

Bookended Bassoon Blogging for 2014

Bookended Bassoon Blogging for 2014

Ok, so, it’s been a long time since I last posted.  I made some promises I couldn’t keep. And worst of all, I’ve neglected this blog.

But, I had a really good reason. I swear!

Last December my buddy Xander died, and, in the chaos of his fight to survive a dog attack, he bit me.

Xander

Turns out, cat bites are the worst for guaranteeing that the recipient on the other end of those teeth will receive a nasty infection. So I had to have emergency finger surgery where two of my index finger phalanges had to be fused together. YIKES! So, I was out of commission on all things bassoon, clarinet, and piano for several months. I honestly didn’t even know if I would be able to continue being a musician. If I could ever play again.

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As luck would having it, my determination to continue playing won over (my ukulele playing days have ended, sadly), and I was able to make it to some concerts in late spring.  I was getting a ton of students, and even more gigs.

With the exception of  the trauma of the start of the year, it’s really been quite amazing! I’ve never had so many professional engagements in one year in my life.  And, as a matter of fact, every single weekend in April and May I was booked!  I was able to borrow a contra over the summer, play with some amazing groups like the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Philharmonic, Durham Symphony Orchestra, and Tar River Band. I’ve developed some relationships with church musical directors who call me regularly, and have some really amazing students.

So, as 2014 comes to a close, all  I can do is think back to where I was when it began. Literally Jan. 2, in surgery, never knowing if I would ever be able to play again. And I think of where I am know. I feel immensely lucky.  I feel relieved. And most of all, I’m grateful for all of the support and opportunities that I’ve been offered in the past 12 months.

Here’s to an amazing 2015!

And, If I don’t happen to post much, it’s because I’m out there, making music.

Oh, and I very nearly forgot.  My husband and I are starting up a handmade soap company. Be sure to check us out over at Oak City Soap Co.  Our site is still a work in progress, but, if you’re interested in ordering our awesome soap products, be sure you check us out over on Etsy as well.

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