"Happiness is wanting what you have, not having what you want."
I have this phrase written on my bathroom mirror in eyeliner. Stays up surprisingly well under multiple washings. My Grandmother saw it and commented about it's wisdom. That made me very happy, getting grandma points isn't always easy. There's always some cuter kid in some other family members house showing some amazing skill that is simply beyond years. But I digress...
Happiness is measured differently for everyone. For me and my parents, happiness was waking up early on Thanksgiving morning and meeting with friends in downtown Sac to play Christmas carols for the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot! This was happiness.
I can't seem to face the drive to Sac this year without Pops.
So instead, thankfully, my town has a similar event on Vernon St where my shop is. And, thankfully again, I have an incredibly understanding and charitable boyfriend who doesn't mind playing a little music with me for the runners. Now there won't be 25,000 race participants, so I won't be able to join in a 26-round rendition of "Feliz navidad", but we all have to make sacrifices.
So Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I'm so thankful to be starting the day with my beautiful community!
I finally have found the words to describe what I do. Thank you NAMM!!
For full article visit: https://www.nammfoundation.org/educator-tips/supporting-music-education-choose-teach
"The information that follows will assist you and your students in making an informed choice. Becoming a music teacher can be an extremely rewarding and challenging career. If you love to make music and enjoy working with others, there is no better way to convey that passion than by sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm as a professional music educator.
What Does a Music Teacher Do?
Every year I get so excited for July to make its way around my calendar. Camping, world music, new sights, sounds, and experiences all waiting for me at the California Worldfest!
Ive had the pleasure of teaching a ukulele workshop thru Uke University for 5 years in a row and I'm so thrilled with the success of my class. We had so many people attend the class this year that they had to sit on each others laps! (Just kidding, it's not THAT kind of festival!)
To all my students who have chosen my workshop, thank you so much for making my experience wonderful year after year! When I challenged you and pushed you out of your comfort zone, you pulled yourself up by your Uke-straps and set to the task!
On this last go-around, Girl from Ipanema sounded so good, I felt like we were playing on the beach in Brazil.....so smooth....so serene. We even had a few listeners find a shady spot on the grass near us and enjoy the ambience. Nice job everyone!
I would also like to say a special Thank You to my handsome assistant Perry Stauffer. Not only is he so good looking AND an excellent bass player, he went above and beyond to help answer questions and make everyone feel welcome into our musical world. He gave my workshop that extra special element. Thanks for keeping us in time and for making us ALL sound so good Perry!
As promised, here's the info to help you along your journey:
Girl from Ipanema teaching videos by Dani Joy: http://www.danijoymusic.com/videos1.html
Helpful app: iReal Pro
Blog post w/ audio clip of Take 5 10 min practice: just scroll down :)
Thanks again for another amazing year,
If you're interested in attending another workshop of mine, keep a weathered eye on your email for when I'm in your town!
I had the pleasure of spending the weekend as Cretins Cattles guest at the Rockabilly Riot festival in Carson City NV this past weekend.
We started Jammin' a little on some consensual Vintage music (I must admit I struggle with the REAL country tunes). Route 66, All of me, Darktown Strutters Ball, Five foot Two, J'Attendre (my favorite ☺️). I must say our musical approaches really blended nicely. Therefore, we have decided to make more music together.
Thanks to Perry💕 for letting me tag along, and Sebastian for recognizing my potential and Jeff for banging on those drums! Also Brittny for the lovely conversations and laughs.
On this trip I had a revelation: each person in a band has their talent and gifts, but they couldn't do it without each other. And most important, where would they be without their entourage? Having the comforting support of a spouse or girlfriend watching from the audience, congratulating you for a great set, hob-knobbin' by your side while you're rubbin' elbows. That's priceless. Not only does Cretins Cattle have that, but they have the greatest gift of all: a Scotty.
Scotty is the essential member of the team who spends his time behind the scenes, checking on schedules, hunting down proprietors with questions passed along from the band. He keeps the beer cooler filled, he dresses to impress and represent his Band, he finds out where to be when, and he puts out fires that the band may never even be aware of. Thanks Scotty, you are the reason for my revelation. You're job seems grueling, you may not always feel 100% appreciated, the boys may even ignore your prodding when they are deep into a musical dialogue (or a riveting dialogue of who has the best hair), and I think you know that it comes with the territory. F$@king artists right?
Your band appreciates you more than you know, and I'm so grateful to you for taking care of them. One day I hope to have a Scotty of my own. I can't imagine a quicker way to reach success.
ps the recording is just the boys practicing before their gig. The BOOMING sound you hear is the drag race happening near us. Basically, this is the ambiance of the Rockabilly Riot.
See you next year!!
Ive been learning Take 5 for a WHiLE now. Like an old box of contents from the "everything drawer", I've been avoiding the Chorus section. There are so many notes!! And so many different fingers to use for this part, and that part, and this slide, and that string 😳😩😫😖😤😵
but instead of crying about it (on the inside of course) I decided to take the first step and learn the first couple notes. I began recording, and I was playing FOREVER feeling Really good about my resilience, I had already began recording and as I'm about ready to finish with my killer practice session, I looked down and saw the recording timer. 002:32.00. WHAT?! 😵 I felt so comfortable with those first few notes, I couldn't have only been playing it that long!
And I have so much more practice to do to reach my minimal 30 min practice!
After recording a bit longer, I didn't look at the timer again until I felt like I'd done good foundational work for the day. I was surprised again that it was 10 minutes.
Conclusion: it's HOW you practice that counts, not how long😊🌴🎶🌺
I cannot impress enough the importance of live music. There is absolutely nothing like listening to the collective sound of musical instruments being played right before your eyes. There is no rewind button, there isn't always a structured plan. The group I'm listening to now ( Yuba Rio Hot Club) had a walkin guitar player join them, and a bass man stand in today. Their sound is so polished and inventive, you'd never know it!
The collaboration of artists, each with their own experience, talents, opinions, likes and dislikes, is just something else. That's not to say a single artist can't entertain wonderfully, however there certainly is something to say about how a song fills out so well with multiple instruments covering the low & high frequencies, syncopating their rhythms to compliment each other. Taking solos where needed, featuring each member of the band. Almost like they read each others mind.