Lint Eating Machine; Do you have any Virgos in your life? Because they will love you forever if you get them one of these. And while you´re at it, get one for yourself. It will rejuvinate your favorite sweater and allow you to buy all those cute, pilly cardigans at the Salvation Army.
Black Harem Pants: I bought mine in 2006 from a street vendor in Italy. Half as a joke and half as sleeping gear for the train. So no one was more surprised that me when I found myself wearing them every blessed day of the last three summers. Because they´re comfy! And match everything! And vaguely weird/fashion forward without being totally ridiculous! Just somewhat ridiculous.
IKEA Poang Chair: I know, I know. IKEA furniture is nigh on disposable. But this chair is so insanely comfortable! And it doesn´t burn my retinas the way Eazyboys do. And it costs less than one paycheck.
Dr. Scholl´s Massaging Gel Insoles: I have the feet of a Jane Austen heroine – thin and pale and ridiculously high arched. And yet I will insist on buying $11 novelty ballet flats from Target. To make up for this, I buy a pair of these insoles and tuck them into every blessed pair of shoes that I have. So great! I am, indeed, gellin´.
What about you? What purchases have you made that are worth their weight in gold?P.S. This list is inspired by the fantastic and hilarious blog Things I Bought That I Love. It´s now defunct, but I promise, you´ll want to read through every single post. It´s written by Kelly Kipoor from The Office!
For a variety of reason that I won´t go into here, The Mister and I are heading our seperate ways. So for the next couple of weeks, things will be a bit light here at Yes and Yes as I get my head and life back in order.
And self-medicate with cheese.
Donations of good vibes, links to videos of cute animals and guest posts are greatly appreciated.
Look at this sweet little viking, all ready and pillage and plunder your paper supply! You can download him and his friends Yeti and Frankenstein for free on this awesome website.What happens when paisley goes bad?
Illustrator Emilie Boudet makes daily journaling absolutely artistic. Her daily sketches are adorable and irrepressibly French. Here’s what her February looked like last year.
Things that are not awesome about the movie-going experience: $7 popcorn, lack of cup holders and sharing arm rests. ElbowWars allows you to engage in the tussling of elbows, video game style.
There’s something deliciously spooky and romantic about abandoned spaces isn’t there? Every blessed kid at my high school has fond memories of poking about the creepy, condemned high school in our neighboring town to Riverton. So dangerous! So weird! Such a right of passage! But our photos never looked this good. I really like the abandoned theater in Detroit. You can still see the painted castle backdrop!
I’d like to know why there isn’t a School of Life in Minneapolis. It’s billed as “an emporium of emotions, a bazaar of bibliotherapy, a convenience store of concepts, a trading post of triumphant philosophies” Yes please!
Live moss is kind of gorgeous isn’t it – lush and green and tactile? And it would probably make for cool jewelry, eh?
This is one of of our many intriguing interviews with friends of mine who have fascinating, ency-inducing jobs. David and I actually hail from the same tiny, one-stop light town of 2,000. He was one of my dad’s students and I was one of his dad’s patients. He was a band superstar from fifth grade on and the object of every band girl’s desires. Pity that there wasn’t any band camp. David no longer play snare drum in the Aitkin High School Band, but lives in New York and travels the world, engaging in all sorts of percussion.
So what’s the deal? What do you do?
I’m a professional classical percussionist in New York City who recently fell into his first day job. For the last year my title has been ‘Promotion Executive’ for Boosey & Hawkes, a music publishing company based in New York, London, and Berlin. It’s my job to talk conservative orchestras and opera companies into playing music by the company’s roster of living composers. Essentially, I’m a salesman for strange new music.
When I’m wearing my other hat, I’m a professional performer of contemporary solo and small ensemble music. I no longer freelance, but play artistic projects of my choosing. And I have to say, this is quite nice. Primarily I work with a group which I helped to found called the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Other projects include a bass clarinet/percussion duo called Ensemble Breekbaar, a yet untitled trio consisting of one pianist and two percussionists (if any of your readers have any genius ideas, please have them email me – at the moment we have gigs scheduled but no name), and a collaboration with the JACK string quartet. In all of these situations I play music composed by living (or relatively recently deceased) composers. I haven’t played an orchestra gig since I took my day job – part of me misses it, the rest is just fine.
Tell us about an average day in life of your job.
Average day: Get up at 7am, feed the dog and drink a lot of coffee, spend some time with my wife. Get to the office around 9:30 and act like a ‘Promotion Executive’ until about 4:30 (without a lunch break so I can leave earlier). Jump on the subway down to my practice studio in deep Brooklyn and practice for somewhere between 1 and 2 hours, which is really all I can cram in at this point, then head either home or to a bar. Sleep, repeat next day.
I feel like I should also say that the less average (but not uncommon) day/week involves flying to places like Chicago, DC, London, Paris, Helsinki, etc to play concerts with ICE or one of my other groups. I typically like those days better. Come to think of it, the going to a bar part mentioned above stays the same…
Did you go to school for this? Or get any special training?
I’ve got degrees in Music Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, The Yale School of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook. For better or worse, it’s about as specialized as you can get.
How did you get into this line of work?
I’ve wanted to be a profession musician for as long as I can remember. Then, while in college I became interested in contemporary and experimental music. After college I went on for a Masters degree, which is fairly standard practice for a classically trained performer these days, then moved to New York City. From there it turned into the wild, unpredictable ride that living in New York always is, and somehow I find myself here.
Are there any drawbacks to working in music?
Mostly what you would expect: the conflict between doing what you would like to do artistically but doesn’t pay enough and doing what the market wants you to do, but will pay much more and sometimes even give you health insurance. The problem, of course, of course is finding a balance between the two where you do just enough of one to support the other, without it taking up all of your time. Also, the older I get, the less ok I am with being broke all the time. Maybe its me…
Also, of course, when I say ‘will pay much more’ I am not talking about a lot of money. No one makes a fortune in my little niche industry, even by ‘selling out’.
What are the highlights?
The music – there is nothing like rehearsing and performing music you love. Also, I like the randomness of the travel. For instance, I’m going to Finland in 2 weeks. It’s not a place that I would have planned a trip to if I didn’t have a gig to take me there. I’ve gotten to go to some unexpected places that way.
What suggestions would you give to people interested in becoming a professional musician?
Well, my experience and knowledge is pretty specific – there are so many different ways to go about it. I would say, however, if you’re an instrumentalist you must practice as much as you can as early in life as possible. I’m seriously still coasting on the skills I built by practicing 6-9 hours a day for four years in college. That time goes away immediately upon leaving an academic institution. That’s probably true with any field.Any drummers out there dreaming of making it a career? Ask Dave some questions!
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