RENT is coming back to NYC!!! On July 14, 2011 it will be at the New World Theatre - Off Broadway! Broadway - Off Broadway…who cares it is still coming back!!! This made my day, week, month, and year. Are you excited about this?
I <3333 you @suesues!!! And dude, I am with you and totally about this! Be happy that you have had a good seat once or twice, had a meet and greet, and all that fun stuff. Don’t be greedy just be happy with everything you have been granted!
Bite the hand that feeds you and you will get nothing!
I’m a non-adversarial person by nature, but I can’t not mention this. In the past few days I’ve read some ridiculously disappointing stuff on here and on Twitter. I’ve been mulling a response for a while and I’m gonna hit the middle—I have a lot to say that would bring me more grief than I’d like,…
Stop being so ungrateful! I read some stuff over the past few day and all I have to say is how selfish people can be. You are probably not the first thing people think of when they wake up and you are certainly not the last thing they think of before they go to bed. Be happy with what you have and what you can get. You should be happy that things are even offered to you when they are not in someones full control. If you don’t like the way something is done don’t get yourself involved. No one is asking you to. No one is asking for your money or wants that poison.
Get over yourself! You are not the greatest thing to roam this earth!
I know that my love for music started when I was a little tot! I know my parents listened to the Stones, Clapton, Billy, Elton, and many others. They would go to concerts all the time and my grandparents would come over and watch my sister and I. Music was always on in the car, in the house, where ever we could listen it was there. I am not sure how old I was but my first concert was Foreigner at Westbury Music Fair (it is no longer called that). Midway through the show I fell asleep. My sister and I were probably the youngest ones there.
In my school district when you enter the 2nd grade you are able to select a musical instrument you would like to play. My next door neighbor at the time who was a few years older than me played the clarinet. Seeing her play it I knew I had to do the same. There was no “band” concert until I believe the 3rd grade we were still able to play and have music lessons and all that fun stuff. My current best friend and I both played the clarinet together. We were what you could call “first chair” and we had so much fun for the 3 years we were able to play together.
Starting in the 3rd grade I was able to take part in a state run music evaluation organization called NYSSMA. During this event you play a piece from a list (of course you practice it way before the actual date) and a few scales. When the date arrives you play for a judge who grades you and gives you a some comments. About an hour later you get your score. From the 3rd grade till the 12th grade I think I skipped it maybe twice (in high school). Over the years I did solos, duets, and groups at NYSSMA. Some years I played two or three times. Because of scores at NYSSMA in the 3rd grade I was selected for All County Band in the 4th grade. The people that score highest at NYSSMA the previous year can get selected for this great opportunity. There was well over a hundred people selected for this band.
When I entered the 4th grade my parents bought me a clarinet. I got a wooden Yamaha (I still have it!). In order to get this I had to promise I wasn’t going to quit within a year or two of getting it.
I am not sure how it works for you but middle school is 6th - 8th grade. Students from 3 elementary schools come together for middle school. Band became a much larger group. In the 6th and 7th grade you had to be a member of either the band, chorus, or orchestra. In the 8th grade you could drop music and take an art class if you wanted. I was not a big fan of my 6/7th grade band teacher (same person) but really liked the 8th grade band teacher so I stuck with it. A lot of people, by the 8th grade, dropped out of band. I think we went from at least 15 clarinet players to maybe 4 or 5. Some members of the band, when in the 8th grade, were selected to play with the orchestra. This was fun for me because I had friends in the orchestra so I was able to see them.
Next up was high school. I think I was almost ready to quit the band but my parents told me to give it a year in high school and stick with it. Well stick with it I did! High school band was a lot different than all the other years. To start, all the grades were together. Band was a very tight knit group of people and I was so happy to be part of this group. I never joined the marching band because it wasn’t something I had a desire to do but I was 100% a supporter of it. I went to some of their competitions to cheer them on. Every year my band teacher would ask me to join and I would politely reject the offer. As a joke on my last day of high school I told her that I wanted to join the marching band. I was ready to pack my bags and go to band camp.
Aside from playing in the band I did some other stuff for the music department. I help out at the jazz festivals and helped out at the school plays including in my senior year, I was on the crew.
Three of my four years in high school I played with the orchestra and played at the graduations. This was a lot of fun because of reasons previously mentioned. I also enjoyed playing with them because it was a different atmosphere. The last time I played my clarinet was during my high school graduation in 2003.
I don’t miss many things from my grade school time, but playing the clarinet I miss more than anything. I always missed it a little but a particular event in 2009 made me miss it to a whole different degree. When I went on the Mayercraft Carrier II, I went to see David Ryan Harris’ show at the El Moracco. It was his first show in that room. I was up in the front and during one of the songs Bob Reynolds came out to play the sax. I was right in front of him and watching him play almost brought me to tears.
As soon as we returned I wrote to him thanking him for that. I told him a little background information about me playing the clarinet. He told me I should take it up again. I really wish I had the time to do so. Since that trip I have seen him 3 times in New York City and every time it makes that feeling stronger.
In the summer of 2010 I was walking through Penn Station going to the A,C,E train to meet some friends in the city. As I am about to go through the turn style and swipe my Metro Card my high school band teacher was ready to come out from the subway. When I saw her I was telling her how much I miss playing the clarinet and mentioned to her how I told Bob about this. I remember her telling me that this story made her night. She knew exactly who he was which I thought nice. His last trip to NYC, I tried to get her to come to the show but due to some other things she was not able to attend. I hope that I can get her to come to a future show she has.
I have also had the opportunity to see Broadway star Idina Menzel. Both times that I saw her she played with a full orchestra. The first time I believe she played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. When I saw her about 2 weeks ago she played with the New York Philharmonic. Because of my seat location I was not able to see the entire orchestra. More than anything I wanted to jump onto that stage and play!
Maybe in the fall, if I have a “real” job and some free time I can take lessons to play again. Aside from investing in lessons I think the clarinet needs to be re-padded because it hasn’t been used in almost (dare I say) 8 years.
“This is my first time at the Grammys. I’m having a spectacular time so far — I’ve seen things I’ve never seen before; I’ve heard things I’ve never heard before. And that wasn’t even watching the show — that was just backstage getting high with Miley Cyrus.”—