: Interviews completed!
--1. What do you feel your greatest accomplishment has been to date?
Of course, I immediately gravitate to a musical accomplishment, but I honestly think that being a good husband and father is my greatest so far. I know, mushy answer, but it's more fulfilling than any world premiere I could ever have. [EDIT]
Though, to be fair, I will say the reading of my Eccentric Suite by the CMU wind ensemble is my biggest musical feat. Now, if something comes of I Seek Your Face, it could surpass that, but to hear a whole wind ensemble playing my music, and a sizable work, was thrilling.[/EDIT]2. If you could do anything professionally, what would you be doing?
Writing for a variety of student ensembles (TRYPO, composer in residence for middle/high schools), teaching private lessons, teaching Eurhythmics with an honest-to-God certification to do so, and playing in a kick-ass ska/funk/rock/jazz band.3. Do you ever regret not going to Rice, despite the change that it would have made to your life now (as in, you'd not have come back to Pittsburgh)?
I had often wondered how that would've played out, because it is something I really, really wanted to do at the time. But, since I didn't have the opportunity to go to Rice (I was rejected twice) I can't really regret it. It'd be different if I was accepted at Rice and CMU and chose Rice, but that's not how it went. So, no regrets! :-) Honest. I think my life has played out correctly thus far. My happiness wasn't guaranteed back in Texas, and I think the risks I've taken coming up here have payed off more than I'd bargained for.4. Want to soak in the hot tub tomorrow night after pookie goes to bed if it's not raining?
Hawwwwww, yeah...5. Which superpower would you rather have; super speed or x-ray vision?
I'd have to say x-ray vision. Speed would be awesome, especially since you've seen me in the mornings. :-) But there's something more alluring with x-ray. Ok, I'm kinda pervy that way by fault, which doesn't help, but philisophically (as well as hedonistically) I do like to see what's beneath, what's inside, to understand the depth of what I'm dealing with.
--What's the hardest instrument...
1a. ...you've ever tried to play?
1b. ...to play "correctly"?
1a) I'll say violin. With the way you have to contort your hands, both for the bow and on the fingerboard, and how you have draw the bow across the instrument, that's more coordination I've ever had to deal with. Blowing, that comes naturally to me. (don't go there...)
1b) Shawm. Definitely shawm. That's a medieval oboe, to over-simplify. Yes, it's a wind instrument, but it takes so much control and support to get a centered sound, it's like doing sit-ups for an hour to play the damn thing. Plus, it's easy to let your support go but still get a sound, which then sounds like a dying duck. Waaah.What's the most valuable lesson you've learned (so far) from lstrobel?
That my little girl loves me no matter what, and that I need to love her back no matter what, to the best of my ablility every day.Do you prefer to teach in an urban, suburban, or rural school?
I prefer to teach where the students want to learn, and where the teachers, parents, and administration are supportive. I, nor anyone else, will get that trifecta in whole, but if I can get enough on each, then it doesn't matter if I'm teaching out in the sticks, right here, or in between. I guess a more direct answer, where I'll probably get what I'm looking for, would be suburban.What do you miss most about Texas?
I miss the familiarity of it- going around where I grew up, where I rode my bike, where I got my first job or two, etc. I miss the flat at times (sorry, sweetie) just to see all the stars at night. I miss being in the town of my favorite teams, and hearing about them locally every day on the news and in the paper. But, if you refer up to Jenn's question, I don't regret being here. Not at all.Jeff, Bill, Ron, or Larry?
Awww, man, that's the hardest one. I wanna go with Ron because he's sarcastic, sometimes silly, and a Texan. But I'm going with Bill because of his energy and expressions. He's more intellectual for a redneck, and I can appreciate that. :-D