Sunday, August 12, 2012

Don't call it a comeback!...nevermind, you can call it a comeback

Blog # 102: Don't call it a comeback...nevermind, you can call it a comeback.

I got back to my apartment in Brooklyn about a week ago.  I had been in PA for the entire month of July working at a camp and staying at my parents house for those 5 weeks.  I've worked at the camp(@ Benchmark School) for the past 13 years, with the exception of 2 years I took off while I was in grad school at NYU.  Its pretty much a normal recreation camp, with games like kickball, bombardment etc, as well as a high-ropes course, climbing and a zipline.  I actually really enjoy working there and it offers a nice break from my New York City life.  I have a lot of fun playing with the kids and getting to be outside all day.  It also pays very well, which helps me continue my lifestyle here in NYC without getting any sort of day-job, so I'm free to practice all day and do rehearsals, sessions and gigs.  While I'm in PA for that month, I'm pretty much in survival mode when it comes to the trumpet, since I leave my house every morning at 7 and get home at 4:30.  When I come home, i pretty much shower, clean up, eat something and get started practicing....which I do pretty much until I fall asleep each night.  This means I usually get in 2-3 hours a day, which is pretty light for me. 

Anyway, just got back a week ago, jumped back into my heavier practice schedule, arranged some sessions and rehearsals and am preparing for some gigs coming up.  If you've been keeping track of my blog or activities for a while you might remember I decided to take some time off from performing because I just felt exhausted from the constant battle of scheduling rehearsals, dealing with club owners/booking agents, and just the general feeling of working so hard just to feel like no one really cares.(I have been practicing and playing with friends more so than ever though).  You can read back to hear more about that.  But in a few weeks I'll be playing my first show since March.  The last show was at Sycamore Bar and Flowershop in Brooklyn and this comeback show is there too, which seems fitting.(Aug 23rd).  Sycamore is my favorite place to play and hear music, great small basement space and the people that run the place couldn't be nicer, they just let you do your thing.  I've got a bunch of new music I'm excited to share with everyone and am now just doing everything I can think of to advertise and let everyone know this gig is coming up.  Also, I booked a show at World Cafe Live in philly, which will be my first show back in town since last August.  I played at another venue down there for a long time, and just felt my music would be better suited for a different spot, so I'm excited to be comin' home to Philly soon!(Sept 9th).  Lastly, at the end of next month, i'll be performing as part of FONT(Festival of New Trumpet Music), which happens all around NYC and is a festival started and run by Dave Douglas.  My band 'Heart of Darkness' will play at Smalls at Midnight on Weds Sept 26th(or very early thurs morning depending on how you look at it).  I got a little screwed on the time-slot at the last minute, which I wasn't too psyched about....but what are you going to do?  That's what happens, its all part of that shit which had me burnout and not performing for the past 4 months...but I'm trying to make lemonade out of lemons.  Hopefully they'll be someone in the room that night that late...

Its good to have some gigs on the calendar again, and playing and writing music will always be enjoyable, its usually just all that extra stuff that bothers me.  My new goal is to play out of the city more, I'm working on finding the right venues that would fit my group in Boston, and DC next.