The summer feels over though there is so much more to do. A new room on the back of the house is in the works and a trip to McCall Idaho coming up. I finally fixed the swamp cooler and it now has a 20 degree drop from the outside air! We hope the Bowmans have a blast staying here.
Gigs with Many Mountains, Lisa Bell and Rebecca Folsom next week along with teaching a wonderful group of guitar students. I have started teaching Logic (recording/mixing) to new students recently and enjoy hearing what they are working on.
I would like to acknowledge Cassidy Filben who is going off to college after many years as a student of mine. He will be in Fort Colling's at CSU and I wish him the best. He possesses an extreme amount of knowledge about computers and will major in that field. I suspect he will dabble in a prog rock band that will go on to great success!
Max is rocking the cello this summer with a week at CU Summer Academy where he played concerts with young adults from all over the state. He recently joined a quartet that will present new challenges and I am very proud of him!
I have said this to many of my students through the years but was encouraged to write about my belief that learning to dance will improve your ability to enjoy the art of playing music. Upon moving to Boulder in 1996 I joined a dance class at the suggestion of a friend who was taking it. I liked to dance at whatever club I wound up as a young man but had never looked at dancing as something to work on and practice. The class included some ballet, hip hop and modern movement. I loved it and stayed with it for two years.
It dawned on me at the end of the class I had found a new way to enjoy music I was playing on the guitar.
I have found in my teaching practice that students who have learned to play drums have this ability as well. So dancing like drumming might make you a better musician on what ever instrument you play. Coordinating your arms, legs, hands and head to move in a fluid fashion teaches your body and brain about time by sub dividing time as a drummer does.
Performing and playing music is not just a thought process that requires playing a certain note at the right time. Your body becomes an extension of emotions the music is creating within you and that goes out to move your audience. The thought process is there but the emotions are the sauce that make it tasty! Plus it is way more fun to watch when someone is moving and groovin' to the time and playing off of the other musicians.
To say that dancing will make you a happier person is probably true as well. Being comfortable in your own skin is a requirement when you start shaking your butt like a maniac in a crowd! Let's hit the dance floor!
It is June and the summer is blowing by quickly. The goal has been to play as much as possible this year and it turns out that saying yes to everything will get you there.
I finally have a resolectric that is working and would like to thank Tim Tucker of Front Porch Lutherie in Louisville, CO who helped get it up and running.
Most happy with a guitar around my neck though it is starting to weigh me down!