31 Lynchburg, United States
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My self-summary
‎"It's a pleasure for you all to meet me" - Tracy Jordan


I'm a musician, a teacher, a characteristic Libra, and a right-brainer. My world view has been shaped by Christians, pagans, yuppies, hippies, rednecks, and socialites. I laugh irreverently when I shouldn't, and I'm relentlessly friendly despite a crippling case of resting-bitch-face. I love nature, great food and libations, and animals (with the exception of spiders, which are Satan incarnate). Fall is the most charming and seductive time of year. #PumpkinThings
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a music teacher and private lesson instructor, and I recently completed a M.A. degree in Instrumental Conducting. I spend my free time playing piano with local performing groups, but don't worry: I'm not about to go on tour or anything.

My career goal is to work in music academia until I retire, but as far as life goals, I'd like to eventually try my hand at gardening (tomatoes and herbs) and dancing (swing, salsa). I've traveled, but I have to do more of it; I mean its severely necessary.
I’m really good at
... cooking. I don't bake [flour everywhere] but I like to get creative at mealtime. Aaaaaand I play piano by ear, so I can probably play your favorite song or at least fake it :)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Music the Brain and Ecstasy, Kitchen Confidential, A Whole New Mind.

If I go to the movies, its for a marquee comedy, a comic book-themed action flick, or a creepy ghosty movie. My Netflix queue has several good films that I just don't make time to watch.

Television Shows: 30 Rock, No Reservations, HIMYM, Daily Show, Dexter, Arrested Development, New Girl, Arrow, Downton Abbey, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Brain Games, the Following, Naked and Afraid.

Music: Muse is my favorite band in the whole wide world, followed by Keane, Fitz and the Tantrums, Lake Street Dive, and Ben Folds Five. I worship jazz pianists Bill Evans and Dave Brubeck as though they were gods. I'm currently experiencing an Alt-Country phase and have been listening to a lot of the Wild Feathers, Drive-By Truckers, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Sons of Bill, Robert Earl Keen, and Fruition.

I have an unhealthy crush on Lindsey Stirling, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, Brandi Carlile, Zooey Deschanel, Grace Potter, Emily Haines, ZZ Ward, Sherri DuPree Bemis, and Aoife O'Donovan.

I'm a medium rare foodie who thinks the pig is the noblest of all edible animals.
The six things I could never do without
my hands and fingers (my livelihood)
close network of friends

Here's what I COULD do without:
people who carry guns in public (not affiliated with law enforcement or armed services)
trucks that "roll coal" with confederate flags
fast food restaurants
domestic 'lite' beers
refined sugars
I spend a lot of time thinking about
climate change
the Big Food industry
travel destinations (Mediterranean Sea, please)
being a Philadelphia Eagles fan in Virginia
owning a baby tiger
opening my own music academy
buying a bar and naming it Puzzles...
On a typical Friday night I am
being an extroverted owl. I go to Jimmy's on the James a lot, either to socialize or to play piano by myself or with any number of talented musicians who frequent that restaurant.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
is that I have a weakness for an attractive pair of legs...
You should message me if
you don't believe in trickle-down economics;
you love thunderstorms;
you believe humans originated in Africa no less than 100,000 years ago;
you think golf and baseball are boring;
you clap on two and four;
you have conversations with animals;
you like pumpkin patches and apple orchards;
you believe Schrödinger's cat is dead, but you would open the box anyway;
grammar is important to you;
you just wanna get the hell outta here.

If I don't message you first, it might be because I'm doing that stupid thing where I swipe right and wait to see if you do it too. Since I don't post selfies of my biceps and my tricked-out car that runs on pure bull shark testosterone, you can imagine the rating game doesn't work out so well for me.