I have been living in Brooklyn for 3 years, and one thing that matters most is quiet. My weekends, typically, are passed in midtown, catching up on administrative legwork, away from my instrument and my apartment, where the fridge full of CSA produce and my roommate's small cat Emily beckon. The possibilities of this city seem boundless, but, by the end of the day, we all need to be able to unplug, tuck in, and emit a small sigh of relief. Surroundings - in my case, a patch of sunlight from the backyard in the fall morning, the lack of street noise when I lope, bleary-eyed, to work, the warm smell of laundry on the weekends - are critical, and though to a certain extent we can adjust, I think people stay where the surroundings are just so. For all of my energy and chaotic pursuits, this sense of repose is something upon which I have come to rely.
i think i'm on the right track. claire chase just won a macarthur, which gives me a very real sense of the potential impact of this work. obviously her vision was a far-reaching one; we all start somewhere. i got to hang with her this summer, for a bit, and her sagest bit was that she was sick and tired of hearing how busy everyone was. EVERYONE is busy - so should you be, when you're in hot pursuit. that said, the last few months have been telling. every project that i take on has to be in line with my greater vision for my career - a wise singer recently taught me that. to succeed in this business - however you define that success - you have to be seeing the forest for the trees, in a day-to-day way, such that the work is tangible, tactile - in other words, substantive. new york, like paris was for me 5 years ago, has continued to be a place of positive growth. as i continue on this journey, it is my hope that this blog will prove a candid space to digress, articulate, and work through some of the challenges i encounter. more than anything, i am happy where i am.
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