Monday, February 18, 2013

The Well-Rounded Musician

So the other day, I was browsing through the stacks at the Denton Public Library when this book jumped off the shelf at me.




The subject of talent always fascinates me so I checked it out.  John Maxwell lists thirteen key elements that complement talent and his list immediately spoke to me:

1. Belief lifts your talent.
2. Passion energizes your talent.
3. Initiative activates your talent.
4. Focus directs your talent.
5. Preparation positions your talent.
6. Practice sharpens your talent.
7. Perseverance sustains your talent.
8. Courage tests your talent.
9. Teachability expands your talent.
10. Character protects your talent.
11. Relationships influence your talent.
12. Responsibility strengthens your talent.
13. Teamwork multiplies your talent.

This is not a music book but what a great roadmap to becoming a well rounded artist!  Each chapter covers each of these key elements and includes though-provoking exercises at the the end of each section to help develop them.  The book is peppered with inspiring quotes and a little bit of humor.  It only occasionally gets just a bit cheesy.

What are your views on talent?

Sunday, February 10, 2013







Here's an action shot of me playing in the orchestra!  From the Monroe Symphony’s Facebook page.
We had such a great and enthusiastic audience last night at the Monroe Symphony concert.  Darth Vader was even kind enough to make a guest appearance!  I thankfully made it home before the insane thunderstorm/hailstorm hit last night and now have a glorious day off to get caught up on everything.  Which is good, because I have a concert with the Abilene Philharmonic and an audition to get ready for in the next few weeks.

Tomorrow, H. Karlsson Woodwinds is throwing a clarinet party with Lee Livengood on hand to talk about mouthpieces so I’ll definitely be dropping by for a little while to try out some mouthpieces.  The Facebook invitation is on her page so feel free to RSVP and drop by as well if you’re in the area.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

We are on stage and warming up for tonight’s concert. We’re going to have a lot of fun!

Friday, February 8, 2013


Rehearsing for a John Williams concert on his birthday. Instead of Revenge of the Sith, we’ll just rename this Revenge of the Auxiliary Clarinets.

Friday, February 1, 2013







Our next Monroe Symphony pops concert is next weekend, come and check it out if you’re in the area.