The Summerglen Files

Music, Creativity, and Everyday Life at Summerglen Music in Raleigh, NC

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Music School, Seven Years Later

October 17th, 2009 · No Comments

Last night, Andrew and I took a random trip out to Greenville to visit my alma mater, the East Carolina University School of Music. The school has begun hosting an alumni recital each year, and we took advantage of our free Friday night and came to check it out. The alumni performances were excellent–we heard [...]

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Three Things I Learned from an Insanely Busy Summer…

September 8th, 2009 · No Comments

1. Practicing good habits, even in the face of chaotic schedules, is a good thing… 2. but there’s no reason to beat yourself up if you get a little off-balance. Just keep on keeping on. And above all: 3. Where there’s an active schedule, success is somewhere nearby. Either the success made you busy, or [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · staying healthy

Overthinking in the Aftermath

March 9th, 2009 · No Comments

As many of you know, I just finished writing my very first book, Women Embracing Creativity: Unleashing Your Inner Artist. Writing the book was a lot of work, but it was fun work. I’m really good at showing up and doing what needs to be done day after day without worrying what the future may [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · creativity · staying healthy

Book’s Done!

March 1st, 2009 · No Comments

My first book, Women Embracing Creativity: Unleashing Your Inner Artist is finished! (So….now I can get back to blogging about trombones and other music-related things on a regular basis!) I’m self-publishing the book on Lulu, so it should probably be released within the next couple of months. I’ll keep you posted!

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Dread34 Reunion Show Pictures

February 16th, 2009 · No Comments

The Dread34 reunion show on February 6th was a great success; we all had a lot of fun playing together and it looks like we might do it again sometime in the future! I don’t have any video or audio clips of the show, but here are some pictures for you to enjoy.

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Tags: a day in the life · Live Music

Our New Friends, The Keenagers

September 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Today, Andrew and I did a Summerglen Duo show for a wonderful group, the Keenagers of White Memorial Presbyterian Church here in Raleigh. We had such a great time playing for the Keenagers, and it was especially nice having the chance to get to know some of them after our performance. This was one of [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · Live Music

When a Band is Like Family

August 25th, 2008 · No Comments

On Friday evening, I had the pleasure of playing with my favorite band, Keith Henderson and the Illusions. Why are they my favorite band to play with? Well, Keith Henderson puts on quite a show, and he’s won numerous awards for his tribute to Elvis. And all the guys in the band are excellent musicians [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · Live Music · musical collaboration

My Summer Job

May 28th, 2008 · No Comments

After a relaxing Memorial Day weekend, Andrew and I hit the park to start our new summer “job”, playing outdoors in downtown Raleigh. Since moving to Raleigh six years ago, I thought it was a shame that there were all these nice wide sidewalks and parks in downtown Raleigh, but there was only ONE street [...]

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Tags: a day in the life · Live Music

Insulating the Studio

May 20th, 2008 · No Comments

For a percussionist especially, soundproofing a home studio can be an ongoing saga–and Andrew’s drumset studio here at Summerglen is no exception. Generally, the sound quality in the studio is good, but the house in general doesn’t have much insulation, which leads to lots of sound bleeding outside when Andrew plays. (Our place was built [...]

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Band Member or Hired Gun?

May 6th, 2008 · No Comments

The choice between actually joining a band or just acting as a “hired gun” for a gig here or there has come up quite a few times in my career; in fact, it’s gotten my attention again very recently. I tend to enjoy the challenge of coming into a group, learning the material thoroughly, and [...]

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