Tonight’s meal: tomatoes, shrimp, basil, olive oil, white wine, butter and pasta
During my lecture at Dickinson State University on Thursday, I said “music is part of the human experience and that beyond the formal study of music, music is part of our every day lives. For example, we have a great day at work; we listen to a song. We have a bad day at work; we listen to a song. At every ceremony from graduation to funerals to weddings, music is part of the event.”
Today, I’m performing at my friend Jason Bordeaux’s wedding. I’m very happy to be a part of the ceremony.
Being at Dickinson State University yesterday confirmed something for me: I miss teaching. I don’t miss the bullshit of being an adjunct professor but I miss teaching. I want to do more master classes: maybe one or two a year. This trip also got me thinking about future career moves. I think my next venture will be in Arts Administration. I want to take everything I’ve learned as a performer, teacher and retail manager and give back to the community.
The last time I was in North Dakota, it was 1995. I was on tour with Voodoo Groove (Peter Lewis, Phil Kester, Pete Reimer and John Kuegler). We were on our way to Big Sky, Montana. It was the first of many performances there. I was young, ignorant and armed with foolish optimism. It was a great time. I’ve matured. North Dakota is still beautiful.