Out with old, in with the new

So a lot has happen since my last post. Clearly, my resolution to blog more often has failed. But that’s half the fun of each new year: trying to keep those resolutions. With a new location for my studio, I’m inspired to begin anew. Besides, can’t you say you’ve kept your resolution if you meet it before year’s end?

Without out a doubt, moving the studio has been a chore. Nobody I know likes to move. Sure, there’s the inspiration of a new start, new opportunity. But lifting those boxes up and down the stairs tempers even the most exciting new venture. Normally, there’s a purge of unused items to lighten the load. Not so in this case. Believe me, I tried to throw stuff out. But box after box contained things that I use at some point or another. Luckily, there’s an elevator in the new building so there was only one set of stairs to lug things up. And though it’s only a service elevator, I can now say my studio will be handicap-accessible.

The new site is something I’m really excited about beyond the ‘brand new start’ business. It’s in an old mill that’s in the process of being repurposed. The temporary space the owners have put me in is the second floor of an old wool mill. 7,000 sq. ft. with big factory windows for walls. The huge sliding doors are weighted and take a little push to get them open. The neat thing is that they have a little clasp that has a low melting point should there be a fire. Once that breaks the weight would fall off and the can door close to limit the spread of flames. The stairs leading to my studio space are one of my favorite features. The treads are smoothly worn from the daily trod of workers. You might be able to shape that with a few minutes of a hand sander but it took decades of employees trying to earn their daily bread to create something authentic. Clients really dig that about the place. It may be that the building made blankets for soldiers fighting the War of 1812 and the Civil War. But I think it has to do with the fact that everything is so sturdy and built to last. You can’t say that about a Walgreens store. My guess is that you won’t find any historical societies try to save any of those buildings like they’ve done with this one.

To get things into gear, I’m planning a grand re-opening for September 19. It will feature an opportunity for folks to come by and see the new location and to hear some the studio’s products. Since it’s large enough for a small audience, my students will get to play the music they’ve worked on. The old place had ‘Downstairs @ Dynamic’, a community music performance. Many of my students took advantage and took to the stage to play their hearts out. They’ll share the stage with me and the other kinds of music I play. I’ll be playing some of music I play solo and with others. Hope you can make it.

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