I’m writing this post in response to a one-word prompt generated on the WordPress homepage. The word is “Bubble.”
Sometimes I feel that I live just on the edge of a bubble, maybe with part of me outside the bubble and part of me inside of it. What I mean by this is that sometimes I feel like I’m in touch with things that are going on in the world, in the news, in pop culture and in current thinking in general. But on the other hand, there are times when I feel completely out of the loop and in my own world.
To be in the know, or now, takes an incredible amount of time and energy. You have to scan the headlines each day, watch your favorite news service and hopefully discuss theses things as you interact with your partners, friends, colleagues and other random people you encounter on a daily basis. It’s actually very healthy to do because it make you engage – to inquire and respond – with others with the hopes that can offer different perspectives or help you reinforce how you feel about different topics.
It’s also good to self-reflect and look inside and explore your own feelings. By looking at your own experiences and beliefs you cab formulate stronger ideas and better respond to things.
Finally, regarding the word “bubble,” I have a good friend who is a professional bubbler. He used to do comedy juggling, but now most of his work is provided various types and quantities of bubbles for different kinds of activities.
I've working on the speed of my single strokes lately by doing the "Singles Pyramid" which I learned from #HueyYanPan via his Periscope broadcasts. I began playing at 86 b.p.m.s a week or so ago, now I'm up to 92 b.p.m. My goal is 100! Thanks Huei! Check out his Twitter posts @hueiyanpan.
Directions to 448 Studios
The address is for my teaching studio is 448 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15223. However, building that houses it is located .02 miles off of Butler, it’s in the back section of a large industrial park. You should enter the industrial park from Butler St. across from the address 436 Butler Street.
The building has a key code access, so give me a call when you arrive.
This is a portion of the music I made in 2012 for the Murphy Smith Dance Collective. It was my first attempt at using Garage Band to blend the sound of birds I recorded outside my window with some real percussion instruments and software instruments from the program. The work I did with this dance company started as an eight minute composition in three segments, which was used at a showcase for new choreographers. It led to my creating over an hours worth of music and sounds for an entire show staged in 2013 called “See What I Hear.”
Since that time, the demands of earning a living as a percussionist have kept me from composing; however, some comments from a dancer following I class I played for a few days ago gave me a little inspiration. He asked: “do you have a CD of your music?”
So I’m going through some old things and thinking of how I can put something together that would be useful for a dance teacher who doesn’t have the luxury of using an accompanist.