The Freelance Sabbatical: how to plan a DIY working vacation

January 19, 2018

I’m nearing the end of a month-long working retreat that’s been nearly a year in the making. In the past three weeks, here’s what I’ve gotten done: Written a grant for a festival and started a gofundme campaign Submitted a music video to a festival Written, produced, tracked, and mixed… Read more

Do something about It (!!!)

September 12, 2017

It began with an innocent craigslist ad. I like to pop over to the dark land every so often to check the music equipment listings (for obvious reasons) and musician community posts, just to see who’s out there waiting in the wings, who’s open to collaboration, what projects are going… Read more

Grow Where You Are Planted

September 1, 2017

I recently bought one of those signs I never said I would buy. One of those mass-produced, intentionally rustic and “weathered” commercial art pieces that I loathe. But I bought this one for its words. Grow where you are planted. I bought it for a friend of mine, a well-established… Read more

52 Things musicians can do RIGHT NOW to further their career

August 27, 2017

Being a musician is friggin’ hard. I have non-musician (normal?) friends who, about once a month over margaritas, will expound upon the ins and outs of their jobs. Recently, I professed to one that at the start of every fall, I grapple with a sinking feeling in the pit of… Read more

Disposability is the mother of invention

August 26, 2017

I can’t shake the feeling that we are a culture in descent. Are we are Rome, cresting before the crash? Maybe, in the throes of my thirties, the impending gloom of disposability has tempered my bright-eyed, bushy-tailed optimism of my twenties, when I was thirsty for something, anything that could… Read more

Suck-cess and Other Misnomers

May 17, 2016

The oboe has a certain timbre. It cuts through an orchestral texture. It’s penetratingly bright. It’s insistent. It’s Trey Makler’s instrument. Trey just wrote a chamber opera. As if I needed another reason to feel grossly incompetent, a 22-year-old composition major preparing for his final year of college sits across from… Read more

Falling from Grace: The Story of a Music Professor

May 10, 2016

Confession: my last post was supposed to be this one. The cliffs notes version: I’m interviewing my friends, but even close friends are afraid to be real. The advantage to speaking with people I know is there’s already a trust in place. There’s less beating around the bush, more unabashed… Read more

We’re All Imperfect Gems (& Other Cliches)

May 10, 2016

This project overwhelms me sometimes. What has started out as an innocent idea and drive to share musicians’ stories has opened up multiple proverbial cans of worms that I’m not sure I was ready to clean up. I’ve sort of been catapulted headfirst into a full-blown existential crisis. I don’t necessarily… Read more