I write a whole lot of nonsense, really. Mostly, I babble here about music, philosophy, film, photography, books, education (mine and other people’s), food that I’ve managed not to ruin completely, and my dogs. I have a tendency to swear a bit more than perhaps is strictly ladylike.
For a good long while (15 years or so), I taught philosophy at a little private university in northwest IA, and occasionally branched out into playing music and dabbling in photography. The philosophy teaching part ended in 2017 (program elimination via prioritization) and transitioned to an administrative position, but never fear! I finished my MLIS in 2016 at San Jose State University, and in 2019 I begin a new adventure as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at a public university in a totally different state that starts with “I”. As always, I labor as I can to support my dogs in the lavish manner to which they’ve become accustomed. Wish me luck!
The Side Hustle: Recorded Music
There are (as you’ll discover when you listen to any of the stuff below) Good Reasons why I’m not trying to make a living as a musician. It’s fun to play, though, and I couldn’t imagine life without it!
For other people
- I’ve put violin and vocal tracks on three different Andy Juhl records. Andy is a swell guy, and I like playing his music. :)
- I also recorded violin, viola, and vox for Bridget Durst’s first EP, From Thought to Sound
- I put some violinish bits on Charlie Leissler’s most recent record, January Journey (although I listen now and don’t like what I did as much as I like the songs Charlie wrote).
- An amazing student band where I used to teach wrote, performed, recorded, mastered, spun, spindled, folded, and mutilated their own first full record, and I got to lay down violin and viola tracks on a tune. The band is Liberty Hall Collective, the record is Harmonica Sounds, and the tune is called “Stars & Galaxies”. The members of the band have moved on to bigger and better things post-graduation, and they remain awesome.
I’m no recording engineer, but I’ve recently really gotten interested in learning the technology. I took up the February Album Writing Month Challenge for myself a couple of years ago, and had a great time making it happen. It’s all up (with some edits and extras) on SoundCloud: Scenes From The Road. It’s a truly horrid sort of first attempt, but it gave me material to work with, and it was a good education in songwriting regardless of the dubious quality of my output. I started laying down some tracks for a fantasy EP with a clue-bearing recording dude a while back, and someday maybe we’ll get it done. I’ve got a couple of nice draft tracks, anyway.
Here’s what one of them sounds like:
And here’s the other one:
I’m also in a band called Laura and Josh. We play some pretty things sometimes (although we haven’t been very active recently).