I’m sitting here reflecting on two months that felt like they flew by in an instant. Ever since I first contacted a friend to get this website off the ground, I’ve been working every day blogging, creating artwork, getting photos, recording, practicing, making press kits, talking business over the phone, and building strong infrastructure for a career in performance and composition. With everything that’s happened, I’ve been reflecting on this crazy adventure.
The Old Church
A Concert in Review
Now that the first big event is in the past, there are some huge problems to resolve for the future, but response was overwhelmingly positive. Performance-wise, there were some colossal memory blanks, and some pieces weren’t where they needed to be technically. The Ravel went very well, which might redeem the rest of it. Either way, nobody seemed to notice or care, which is a huge relief! Still, I’m always trying to be perfect, so I’ve got some work to do.
As for audience turn out, I had no idea what to expect. It could have been one hundred people, it could have been ten. About forty people were there, which, for a Wednesday night, I’m going to call a success. I’m extremely grateful to see so many generous donations. Because the turn-out was mostly local, I’m going to do future concerts not just in Seattle and Eugene, but in Corvallis, Salem, and perhaps Vancouver as well.
Maybe I should just waste all my money here.
I’m going on vacation. Well… sort of. It’s time to change gears a bit and figure out the next few steps. Of course, this was never intended to be a one-time, flash-in-the-pan sort of event, so I’m going to keep the momentum rolling. I need to keep-up the practicing, but I won’t lock myself into a practice room for five hours anytime soon. Maybe three hours a day for a little while.
More work needs to be done on the album, so I can’t totally relax just yet. The Old Church is great for live performance, but the recording quality wasn’t to my liking, so I’ll head back to Classic Pianos to use their beautiful Schimmel concert grand one more time. Le Tombeau de Couperin should sound amazing on that 9′2″ monster. There are about 20 CDs that need to be released ASAP, and I don’t plan to keep the good people waiting.
I’m currently reading Grant Writing for Dummies until a more “serious” book arrives through the Multnomah county inter-library reservation system. I’d like to do some international travel, and I’m setting my sights onto Vienna. It sounds like a great place to absorb some musical culture, spread my wings, and get more experience. Also, now that I’ve had some success, I’ve proven I can do this. All I need is a big push to really get things off the ground.
Still, it’s time to breathe in before diving head-first into the next phase. It would be nice to have a clean apartment, so maybe I’ll tackle that (but let’s not get too crazy). I’ll keep up with the blog and do a little writing as I talk to new venues to keep the ball rolling.
Thank you, everyone
To all who supported this event and my career in spirit or financially, you have my deepest thanks in helping making this dream come true. None of this would be possible without you. The road ahead is still very long and very rough, but this first step was a huge one. I’ll return the favor by pushing forward, playing more, working harder, and writing non-stop.