Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I'm a musicologist and music professor, teaching being the biggest
passion in my life. (What's a musicologist, you say? Sounds like a
question to be answered over a drink). I teach at two universities
among other random, unspeakable things musicians have to do to not
starve to death.
I consider myself a pretty laid back guy (like probably everyone
else on here), and I like to spend social time enjoying good food
and especially good beer, whiskey, and wine. (Emphasis on good; I'm
definitely a quality over quantity drinker) I've taken a big
interest in photography in the past few years, though it's more of
an escape for me, so it stays fun. I also like to stay active, and
enjoy getting exercise, be it tennis, racquetball, baseball,
biking, or simply walking, which I do quite a bit. Luckily for me,
Pittsburgh is pretty much the best place ever for a photographer
that also likes to stay active. A day spent walking around the city
and exploring new neighborhoods with the camera is pretty much the
best day ever, especially when punctuated with time to relax with a
book in a local cafe or pub.
So, who am I looking for? You, probably! I've yet to find any magic
criteria of mutual interests that's crucial to me. One true key to
my heart though is through intelligent conversation: discussing a
good book, a piece of music, or just thoughtful observations are
things I treasure in a relationship. Oh, and liking good beer is a
plus too- double plus for liking good whiskey. I can't say it's a
deal breaker, but I'd have to overcome my natural distrust of
people who don't drink beer... Another plus if you know the
difference between an en dash and a hyphen :| (Taking a break from
paper grading, felt I had to add that).
I do, however, like people who sing- even if you think you can't.
So sing, and drink beer. It's a pretty easy combination when done
in the right order!
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Teaching, mostly. Learning when I can. Photographing more and more.
Performing less and less.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Listening (it's what a musicologist does, after all!)
Seeing things from more than one perspective.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I love to read, and do so as often as possible. It's hard to say if
I have any favorite books, though Thomas Hardy is probably my
favorite author. Discussing books is great conversation, so I'm
always reading from recommendations by friends. I think we're in a
kind of golden age for television series, between HBO, AMC, etc.
Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Justified are my current dates with the
TV. As for films, I love The Third Man (I mean, all-zither score,
who wouldn't love it?), old film musicals, old westerns, old film
noir, Hot Fuzz, Amadeus, Gettysburg.
As for music, I love classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, and 90s rock
(the good ol' days). I'm fairly out of touch with what's happening
now in the pop scene, but my 8-year-old piano students keep me
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Singing in the car
A camera bag with a camera and a book in it (I'm calling that one
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
The relationship of perceived "high" art and popular culture, the
effect of pre-Freudian psychological theories on German music in
the mid-nineteenth century, and how to justify research trips to
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Having low-key drinks with friends, wacky adventures with friends,
going to a concert or recital or movie, or staying in.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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All in good time, all in good time.
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