Ok after trying to figure out which website service to use to start this I ultimately decided to just keep it simple, capitalize on my existing website with Weebly, and start a blog that I knew I wouldn't really be able to monetize or have too many extensive features with. Honestly I'm cool with that. Just looking for somewhere I can STORE and SHARE everything that I'll be thinking, doing, and seeing for the next two months and beyond.
I journal every night, around 10-15 minutes to store down all my thoughts and doings of that day, I've done so pretty consistently since January 1st. Moving to digital was the result of wanting a little more speed, some digital documentation, and more flexibility in terms of WHERE and WHEN I could journal. Plus, I wanted an easy way to share things I was doing with my parents and friends, rather than have to tell them the highlights of all my adventures and things.
To introduce my summer I will begin by giving some backstory. Only very brief, my attention span is too limited. Hopefully that doesn't become a recurring theme in my writing. I'll work on that. I'm a Jazz Studies major at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and have been playing trumpet for almost ten years. It's what I truly love to do and I'm committed to making it my career. I just finished my sophomore year, and this past semester I've been getting more heavily involved in USC's Popular Music program, as they are WORLD CLASS and KICKING ASS on all counts. Headed by Patrice Rushen, writer of "Forget-Me-Nots" and entertainment mogul/band-leader extraordinaire, the program has given me tremendous opportunity for growth and exposure over the past six months. With Nathan Collins, tenor sax, and Steve Robinson, trombone, I have been a staple of what has been come to known as the "Honorary Pop Horn Section", or, a bunch of Jazz majors playing on Pop concerts because we're nice guys (except Nathan, he formally switched to being a pop major).
In early April, my career took a veer to the left; a teacher gave us the chance to be a part of a major rock and roll artists' tour for the summer. Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to say who that is until after the tour is over, BUT I can say three letters. C. C. R.
Ok enough said... ultimately we freaked out and said yes and went to the guys' house to audition- a palace! We sent him videos first, paid to rent out a studio and record his music. We were ON, and about to tour the country on buses for two months. I'm still in awe that I'm 19 and can get to do something like this.
So that takes me to where we are now. I've been practicing the music on my new mouthpiece at home pretty hard the last week, drove back to LA Sunday, packed up my thangs, and am sitting at the airport now- waiting to fly to Philly to get everything underway. We'll drive from Philly straight to Atlantic City where we'll rehearse for two days before our first show Friday.
Our plane keeps getting delayed, so now it's looking like we won't arrive until close to 9:30 tonight, so looks like we get only about 6-7 hours of sleep before our 8 AM call time in the morning.
Did a 30 minute cardio exercise this morning (fitnessblender.com I'm a big fan of their videos), ate a burrito that I made at home Sunday (it was surprisingly still tasty), and some protein powder in soymilk, and met Nathan at study hall cafe. We called an Uber and drove through the city to meet Steven, check in bags, and get lunch (Lemonada I think was the name of the place, had this four salad plate that were all really tasty). Right now we have about 35 minutes before we board, so I'm gonna see if I can get some other work done and submit this first post to the world!