Happy New Year to everybody! At this time of year, it is customary for people to make resolutions for the new year. I thought I would share a few of mine with you, and I would love to hear about yours in the comments below!
Dive Deeper With 'circles of influence'
One thing that I pride myself in as an artist is creating a world in which each piece lives in. This involves creating what I refer to as a 'circle of influence' for each piece. This typically involves finding other arrangements of a piece, other guitar works by that composer, non-guitar works of that composer, influences, and non-musical influences of that composer. For example, one piece that I will be performing in my 2019 season is Maurice Ohana's Tiento. I love this piece, and I have found a wonderful world in which this piece lives. The 'circle of influence' surrounding this piece that I have compiled is the following:
- Harpsichord arrangement of Tiento
- Si le Jour Parait - Maurice Ohana
- Trois Graphiques - Maurice Ohana
- Cadran Lunaire - Maurice Ohana
- Estelas - Maurice Ohana
- Homenaje: Le Tombeau de Debussy - Manuel de Falla
- Concerto for Harpsichord - Manuel de Falla
- Flamenco Cante Jondo
- Groupe Zodiaque
I hope to extend this work further in the coming year so that I may develop an even more comprehensive world in which each composition lives and convey some of the world's greatest music to you!
Remember to Relax!!
One of the things that I enjoy most about what I do is that I get to wear a bunch of different hats: guitarist, teacher, arranger, ensemble member, doctoral candidate, and researcher. While I love this, it can certainly become stressful at times and it is incredibly important to remember to take short breaks throughout the day to re-center. During the coming year, it is a resolution of mine to make this a regular practice.
Be More consistent Sharing On Social Media
This one is a very tough resolution for me. Those of you who know me personally know that regularly updating my professional Facebook & Instagram profiles is a difficult task for me. However, after counting my blessings this year, none of which would be possible without all of you, I realized that I am sharing my life with you whenever I put something up. Since you all helped me reach where I am and make 2018 the best year yet, I only think it is right that I share in these things with you as a way to say thank you for your continued support. I cannot promise to be perfect in my diligence, but I certainly hope to be consistent. More than anything though, please know that I appreciate every listen, every view, every like, share, and concert attendee. There is no possible way that I can thank each of you enough, but I will certainly do so at every turn in my modest attempt to show you how much each of you has warmed my heart with your support.
I hope that this article has given you some ideas for resolutions, and I look forward to a great 2019 together!