06. January 2006 · Comments Off on Thinking More … Or At Least Trying To Think! · Categories: imported, Ramble

I’m pondering some more about being listed under “hobbies” because I did receive a response from one of the book’s authors (thanks!). We were categorized for the readers’ ease, and, as she said, “We put music and books as a hobby for the average reader.” So there you have the true explanation. Even though I prefer to want to think it’s because my blog is a hobby … but … and again, here’s my slow brain and a Big Duh™ … isn’t nearly every blog a “hobby blog”?

But this does bring up the thought that so many folks do think of music as a hobby and not a career. I’ve run into people who have said this to my face (one woman, a realtor by trade, was actually livid when she found out I was paid for what I did and said, “I played clarinet in high school. I should play and get paid too.” She really was that annoying and that angry!), and I’ve read blogs that suggest we should not be paid for our work, but get “real jobs”. I don’t bother to answer those folks. It’s simply not worth it. But if they want me to play at their weddings and funerals they can think again! I don’t even want to charge them. I just don’t want to play. I’m ornery that way.

In Other News we finally received our younger son’s vocal jazz Christmas CD and it sounds mighty fine! Trouble is, it won’t play in our (somewhat old) CD player. If I am remembering correctly, this happened to me once before when I burned a CD on my computer … so I guess our CD player is an antique or something. Ah well. I can listen in the car. I can listen at the computer. And I guess that will have to do. I guess our family members will be receiving a VERY early 2006 Christmas gift in the mail when I get around to mailing these. (Anyone else want one? Only $15 and it’s yours!) Jameson sounds super, singing Christmas Time Is Here as his solo piece, and then in the full, 12 member jazz group Estetica, in Silent Night and a great new arrangement of The Little Drummer Boy. Yay Jameson!

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