thoughts on the clarinet

I went to a music store rummage sale today. It was interesting, they had different boxes set up with reeds, ligatures, mouthpieces, cleaning rags, etc. stapled up nice and pretty with bar-code stickers at decently cheap prices.

As I dug through, looking for a deal, I pondered about how much I enjoy playing my clarinet, but thinking about musically expanding by learning other instruments. After all, this is a rummage sale, and I have a few instruments. Then I thought that maybe instead of finagling with another instrument,  I should just expand on clarinet.

I love producing work. Any kind of work. Just something to feel accomplished. Call it pride, hubris, whatever. I don’t like to brag about it. I just love the acts involved with making something.

I thought about the musical flow I have when I’m telling a song-story. I know what notes sound good together, certain trills and music phrases that sound good, and when I tell my stories I stay in the right key, but I’m not the greatest at applying music theory, so none of those stories has ever made it to paper. I know the technical how, but I think I’m lazy, and I lack the drive to do write it all down.

I didn’t buy anything extra, but I’m starting to think about spitting out sheet music. I’ve been feeling very self-expressive lately, and I got a new laptop, so anytime I feel like writing I just do. That’s been great. I’m sure writing music is the same once you get a feel for the language. I’d like to practice though. I remember I’ve given it a couple shots before in the past and written out on paper a bit from the Harry Potter theme song and stuff like that, but I want to do something real.

If I don’t get too distracted, I’ll give it a shot soon.

Added thought 12/01/16: Joshua mentioned that I should change the picture to a clarinet. It didn’t occur to me to do so because I like space, but I keep thinking about it and it makes sense. I just can’t bring myself to do it though. If I change the picture I’ll feel like I’m selling out, because I visually like all the letters like that with the astronaut. So I’m going to keep it. A clarinet makes sense with the post, but an astronaut looks better.


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