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    Saturday
    May042013

    Moving right along...

    Most of the entries in this blog are not of a personal nature; if you will allow me to remove the 'fourth wall' today I will talk about myself in this entry. 

    I've been extraordinarily lucky for most of my life: I trained for a profession that I had a real passion to participate in and won a great orchestra job when I was very young. I've had a happy marriage for over 30 years; healthy, happy and successful offspring, and have lived in a fascinating city. 

    This run of good fortune lasted until the fall of 2009, when I experienced a triple whammy event that was out of my control- my Dad died, my Dog died and my Job died, leaving a big void in my life. Dad was a few months away from 90 years old and had been suffering from a series of strokes; Lady the dog had kidney failure. The Honolulu Symphony went bankrupt.

    It's been four trying years of recovery. I've got a new dog! The Hawaii Symphony, which is attempting to replace the old Honolulu Symphony, had a 16 week season in the fall of 2012. Plans are being made for more weeks of work in the future, however, progress is slow and I've got a lot of time on my hands to pursue other interests. 

    Which is where this website comes in! In the past, I had a number of websites using Apple's iWeb program. This new site, hosted by Dreamhost and managed by Squarespace, is attempting to consolidate all of our web needs, both my diverse interests and my wife, Judy's teaching studio. The learning curve has been steep, but so far the support offered by both service providers has been outstanding. 

    What do I do besides play the bassoon? Since the collapse of the HSO, that has been the question not only for keeping myself busy but also for paying the mortgage and putting food on the table. 

    I teach- privately and in the classroom. I've taught bassoon & woodwind methods at the University of Hawaii. I've taught privately at home and recently have begun to teach via Skype. I'm teaching a home-schooled High School student AP Music Theory. I've also taught at a new 'El Sistema' startup at Kaaawa Elementary school- Kalikolehua El Sistema Hawaii.

    My secret desire has always been to be a composer, which is a difficult profession to pursue if one is trying to make money from the fruits of one's labor. This website is helping me to consolidate the various pieces that I've written over the years (as well as numerous arrangements) into one place. For now, what I place on my website is available for free-of-charge download. I recently joined ASCAP and hope to eventually have a product that I can market. 

    I also have maintained a greeting card business which has been intermittently active, now is the time to get that going along again. You can see the images on the 'Grin-n-Barrett' page. 

    Judy has had a busy teaching studio in the past. Now we need to ramp up the size of her studio even more to make up for the short HSO season. She's never had to advertise for students, now we are learning how to market a teaching studio.

    Yes, it's crunch time. The Opera season is over, the University semester has ended. Kalikolehua ends in two weeks. Our unemployment benefits have run out. 

    I've got two choices: 1) roll up into a tight fetal position and get depressed or 2) get busy organizing my life and attempt to bring to fruition the many projects in my life that I've started but not finished, in the hopes that some of them will help to pay for food and shelter. 

    Stay tuned. I hope to get some things this summer!