I’ve had a lot of ups and downs this year, like I’m sure most of us have. But when looking back on 2013 and writing down the memories that popped up, I found myself incredibly relieved at all that I had accomplished, humbled by my peers accomplishments and grateful to my family and friends for an overwhelming amount of support gift wrapped in love.
I was a little hesitant when creating this post but I have a lot of family all over the country, and even right here in Minnesota, that I don’t get to see or even catch up with that often (something I would like to change). So I’d like to share some of my memories from this year with you.
More than last year, I played and conducted in gigs. I left my job at Psycho Suzis and went to another serving job at Icehouse for about a month before I left that job and started three jobs: By far the most job searching I’ve done in many years. But reading these things without visual aids is boring so here it is: A review of my life in 2013.
January: I didn’t do much, maybe prepared for winter
February: Went back to California and got to see some old friends.
March: Came back to the cold and recorded the overture for the musical I co-wrote last year. “Coffee Pot Overture” ^
March: Held the largest amount of people on stage for a senior recital (48 people). You can download the recital above ^
April: This was a busy month. I wrote original music to a play for the first time.
April: Cut my hair.
April: Wrote and recorded the first film score of the year “Panhandler” for local film maker Kevin Horn. Music was written for Bassoon, Clarinet, Upright bass, Violin and Piano. My favorite is number 5.
April: Graduated with a B.A. in Music Composition and was commencement speaker for my graduating class!^ Start watching at 22:00 for my speech.
May: Drove down to Iowa and picked out the dog I wanted.
May: Drove to Wisconsin with Ben to pick up my first car in 9 years! Here’s Ben and I in the car on the way there ^
May: Joined a bowling league and bought a bowling ball.
June: Got into a local art festival: “Northern Spark” and got asked to come back in 2014 cause it was a hit!
June: Drove down to Iowa with Chelsea again to pick up my new little puppy boy, “Spaghetti”.
June: Shaved off my beard.
July: Received some incredible art as a gift from my cousin Brandon.
August: My little brothers Kodiak and Miles came to visit.
August: Camped in the Boundary Waters for 5 nights with family.
September: Scored a film by Mason Makram, “The First Date” for 12 players. It won first place in the Twin Cities Film Festival!
September: Celebrated 1 year with my girlfriend Chelsea Unold.
September: The supergroup improvising orchestra that I conduct, “Improvestra” was a headliner for a weekend tribute to improvising in the twin cities.
October: Ran my first race. 10 miles is a long way and about an hour and a half of running.
October: Finished my first tattoo sleeve.
November: Got my Real Estate license and started with Keller Williams.
November: Raised $700 for my first flag football team and took them to the playoffs where we got crushed! Ha!
November: Got into a sponsorship with a non-profit, “Free Arts” as a mentor for young “troubled” kids.
December: Started a “not for profit” monthly residency with Bill Finn, Chelsea and Improvestra where we feature local artists and create a “hang” or open rehearsal/gallery space and donate the proceeds to different non-profits every month.
December: Was featured in a Schuyler Peterson’s Podcast, “Life Like” and got to talk about everything you just read.
All in all, I wrote a bunch of music for CD’s, theater shows, and films this year and got to create a well-rounded life in Minnesota. I’m one year deeper in the snow of the midwest and hopefully one year wiser. I love all the opportunity I am blessed with in my life and most of all, I love the community created by family and friends I have surrounding me. Without them, nothing I do is worth a damn thing.