I'm a saxophonist and music professor. Having a career in music certainly comes with its sacrifices. For instance, you end up spending a lot of time listening to music as opposed to reading. Encouraging, I know. But I still consider myself fairly well-rounded.
Not divorced. No kids. (For some reason, those two incomplete sentences in succession come across like some kind of redneck double negative, haha).
What I’m doing with my life
I teach jazz studies and music theory at the u of r and try to play out as much as I can. I play in a classical saxophone quartet and a small jazz group. I also play in a good local salsa band. I'll play a few national dates a year, but I'd like to tour more, at least during the summers. I should probably hire a manager or some shit.
I’m really good at
Messing up my sleep schedule.
I can execute a few eminem songs pretty well. I tried to karaoke him one time at a bar, but the rhythms were too tricky to be programmed properly on the backing track so it didn't really work out. Boy, that doesn't sound awkward.
The first things people usually notice about me
Hair or maybe clothes...ya know, the important stuff.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies: Lynch, Kubrick, Goddard, Bunuel, Almodivar, Cronenberg (earlier stuff). This is the type of list that a film scholar would find particularly odious. I also love comedies: Christopher Guest films, all of the Ben Stiller/Owen Wilson stuff. Pretty much anything with Vince Vaughn. The older Adam Sandler movies were some of my early favorites, but I could even go back to Revenge of the Nerds and Moving Violations and stuff like that.
My favorite movie of all time is Belle de Jour. Made in USA (Goddard) is also an incredible film.
Shows: Parts Unknown, Curb your Enthusiasm. Seinfeld. SCTV, sort of; it was probably funnier at the time. Six Feet Under. Dexter. Real Time. Frontline. BBC World.
Books: Camus, Burroughs, Henry Miller, Kurt Vonnegut, Flannery O'Connor, Shakespeare. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Invisible Man, Crime and Punishment, Howl, The Bell Jar, The Trial; not much contemporary stuff, I guess. The Stranger is my favorite novel so far.
Comedians: George Carlin, Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, but only when he's impersonating R. Kelly. David Cross is my favorite. As you can see, my knowledge of comedy is quite historical in nature, haha.
Music: Roxette; Always rockin' my Culture Club greatest hits album. Plus, a ton of other stuff. Lately, late 80's Miles Davis super out shit!
The six things I could never do without
1. Turnip cakes from Flavors of Asia.
2. Good comedies, comedy shows and stand up.
3. Parole. Oh snap...I have watched a respectable amount of Lock Up
in the past though.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Strategizing career moves; whether it be on a day to day level, or as a five year plan. I suppose it varies, haha. Either attempting to be greatful, or getting mired in first world problems. Ya know, the usual...
On a typical Friday night I am
Either out with a friend or friends, playing a gig, or maybe staying in and ordering a pizza or something really exciting like that. Maybe watching tv, half awake with a metaphorical needle hanging out of my arm.
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No need for a guy on this site to specify anything here, haha...