I missed last night’s “Networking with Jazz” event at the Playhouse. It’s a shame, as this year is winding down for me, including my employment with the New Orleans Jazz Institute. I’ve learned so much and I am so grateful for this past year’s experiences – even the intensely stressful situations that came with it. It was well worth it, as was the reason that I missed last night’s event.
If all goes as planned, it looks like I’ll be moving to Tallahassee before the end of summer. I am excited most about the extraordinary level of collegiality amidst faculty members. Though the College of Music is sizeable, there within the confines of Longmire is a small-college feel with genial scholars who support each other in both musical and non-musical endeavors.
I realized just how different that is from my current university – which I carry much pride towards – and realized it’s exactly what I’ve been missing, and what I’ve been craving for so long. It’s the first chance I’ve had to gain fieldwork skills, and integrate everything I’ve learned into passionate research that will at some point, I hope, serve a purpose. However cliché, at the very peak of my philosophy is the desire to make a difference.
Driving back toward New Orleans, Kd and I both started looking at it differently. It’s not just home – it’s an outlet of research, and full of amazing memories. My goal of spending the summer listening to local music has certainly just intensified. There is so much that’s ‘right’ about this.