Friday, December 28, 2012

Hats Available on my Etsy Shop

Two crochet slouchy hats—one in Navy Blue and one in Mustard Yellow—are available on my Etsy shop, Class M.

It's actually my first listing! I'll get some more stuff on there soon. This spring I have an idea for an extracurricular project: making Abrams-style Star Trek costumes to sell before the new movie Star Trek: Into Darkness comes out. We'll see how that works. This is all a learning process for me; it may require me going back to sewing lessons to learn how to draft and grade patterns. I can make stuff that fits me, but I don't know yet about stuff that fits other people. I'm up for the challenge.

Here are the hats. Click here to go to the listing.

Slouchy Hat in Navy Blue, $10

Slouchy Hat in Mustard Yellow, $10

Did ya get the Class M reference? Maybe? Maybe not? Whether you did or didn't, I'm content with the name. It's classy enough to be a reference to fashion, and Star Trek lovers will understand that there's some Trek language there beneath the surface. Stay tuned for more listings!

My Current Reads

I've always loved to read. In fact, when my mom would ground me as a kid, she would take away my books because that's what would elicit the strongest reaction out of me. Reading is still a favorite pastime, and I don't think anyone should stop just because they've gotten older and busier.

So, see that tab at the top of the page that says Current Reads? I do try to keep that updated so that I can share with you what I'm reading. I'm also on Goodreads, so if you're connected with me on Facebook or Twitter, we should totally be friends and talk books.

Just felt like letting you know.

Have a book recommendation? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

I'm Pursuing Music as a Career

Those of you who know me have probably gathered it already from Facebook posts: the invitations to concerts, the musical rants and funny stories about music history professors, the pictures of me in all black. What does it all mean? Didn't I just graduate with a degree in Psychology? I did. However, I ran into a number of problems, which is why I have chosen to pursue a second Bachelor's degree in music.

Music is what I love, so it's just natural that I continue learning and growing in that. Although I would still like to do Christian counseling later in life, I need something to do in the meantime. The music education at USF is good. I'm loving school right now. I've already made a few dollars this semester just doing what I love, and it's a great feeling! It's an even greater feeling knowing that I was honest with myself about not wanting to give it up as a serious pursuit. I can't even operate that way. I was depressed.

Yes, I chose two fields. But until the time comes when I try to figure out what I'm doing with this counseling thing (later—like way later, after kids), you guys are just going to have to know me as a musician. Specifically a violinist, but other stuff too (singing, playing other instruments, arranging, and hopefully some composing and conducting as I get more into it).

I won't bore you all with my complaints about secular psychology. You probably could guess many of them, and it would suffice to say that this is a welcome change. Just to give you an idea of just how happy I am that I'm pursuing my passion in life, it's something like this:

Q: How do you solve a problem like Maria?
A: You don't. You just put her in a place where she'll thrive.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sarah Chang on Musicality


...music is so much more than great fingers. You have to be talented, of course, and you have to have some kind of gift musically to be able to do that, but I think after the fingers are there, nobody can teach you how to play musically. I've had some incredible teachers, and they have given me so much, but musically what I have learned is basically from experience, from being on stage, playing with the greatest orchestras and figuring it out for myself. That's when you slowly start to realize that there is a whole different level of music, and you're just peeking in the door because it's just a huge room and you need to learn it on your own. You're completely on your own from there. And I think the audience knows when they're just listening to notes and when they're truly listening to music.

-Sarah Chang (1998)

Wow. I need to go play some scales.