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I’m not-so-legally married to a charming woman.
Ethnomusicologist + Anthropologist = love.
As you can imagine, they kind of run the place. If you’ve never heard of “husky zoomies”, go ahead and google it.
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Our souls firmly live in New Orleans, LA where we both lived for nine+ years – in the cracks of every watermeter cover, on the steps in front of Jackson Square, in the alley on the left side of the St. Louis Cathedral, on a bar stool at Molly’s, and second-lining down lower Decatur. Therefore, we go ‘home’ to NOLA as often as possible (usually every few weeks).
I was raised in a small rural town in central Massachusetts. My childhood activities included making forts in cow pastures, learning the difference between rabid and friendly, eating lots of zucchini, watching British sitcoms with my grandmother, and hiding pieces of my mothers’ placemat collection just to tick her off.
The day before my 18th birthday, I hopped on a plane and moved to New Orleans. One day I was giving directions to a tourist from New England and they didn’t understand the concepts of “river side“, “lake side“, “and neutral ground“. I’m pretty sure that’s when I coined myself as local.
Then, during my first year in NOLA (New Orleans, LA), while working on the infamous Bourbon street, I paid a homeless man in a wheelchair to ‘walk’ me to the bus when I got off of work every day at 4am. His name was Charlie – I think. I realized I was one of those “weird people” the tourists warned their kids about. This made me giddy. So of course, I moved to the Faubourg Marigny, an eccentric gayborhood right outside of the French Quarter. It’s riddled with queers, quarter rats, and gutter punks. My people.
Anyway, in the midst of all that I earned a few degrees in music. Currently, I’m in love with being an ethnomusicologist. I love folk festivals, playing Sousa marches on my euphonium, hiking and beaching, traveling, refreshing Google Reader, and begging street musicians to pose for pictures in return for my leftovers.
This blog basically acts as a landfill for my musical thoughts, projects I’m working on, or other sound-related items of interest. Maybe some random topics, too.
I like to read, talk, and think about music and religion, international comparative studies in music education, wind band evolution, American music curricula, New Orleans music, community music traditions, Tibetan music, Nepalese music, children’s music cultures, historical western musicology, musical archaeology, medical ethnomusicology, military music, music and politics, organology, etc…
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