I sometimes feel like music is my native language.
I respect creativity, imagination, kindness and those who live by the ideals they hold.
I'm an insatiable reader, a stubborn idealist, a loving introvert, and a shameless cat person.
Samwise Gamgee, Atticus Finch and Don Quixote are heroes of mine.
Singing in choirs, teaching my students, good food, and cuddling with my kitty are some of the best things in life.
-being a deeply loyal friend
- working with children
- Hopefully composing, singing and writing- either way, I know I couldn't stop doing any of them if I tried and I really value that creative outlet.
- giving hugs
COMICS: Sandman, The Unwritten, Watchmen
MOVIES: Lord of the Rings, Mr. Holland's Opus, Amadeus, Star Wars, Dogma, Contact, The King's Speech, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Casablanca, Miyazaki movies
SHOWS: Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: TNG, Orange is the New Black, Gravity Falls, Community, Doctor Who, West Wing, Modern Family, Game of Thrones, ER, Futurama, Face Off. Cheesy Food Network shows are my guilty pleasure.
PODCASTS: Serial, Welcome to Night Vale, This American Life.
MUSIC: My taste is insanely eclectic, and I'm always excited to learn about new music I haven't heard. Some of my current favorites are Vienna Teng, Ludo, Rush, Indigo Girls, R.E.M, Goo Goo Dolls, Mumford and Sons, and Imagine Dragons. I listen to a lot of soundtracks and musicals- Les Miz is my all time favorite, but I also love Hamilton, Last Five Years, Rent, Wicked, Candide, Next to Normal and anything by Sondheim.
There's also the part of my music collection that totally gives me away as a composer- some of my favorites and biggest influences are Berio, Barber, Vaughan Williams, Reich, Gubaidulina, Ligeti, Strauss and Mahler. I also have a huge soft spot for contemporary choral composers like Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre, or Z. Randall Stroope.
FOOD: Curry! I love Thai and Indian, but Italian or sushi are also good anytime. Popcorn is also up there as a favorite treat.
-a sense of humor
Music, especially its narrative properties. I almost always have a piece of music going through my mind and I have been known to get a few measures of a new piece in my head and go scrambling for paper, or start singing with very little provocation :-P
Ethical and moral questions and politics. It's not an area where I ever expect to find the answers, but looking for them and pondering them is very important to me.
My current projects, either the music I'm working on or the stories I'm writing.
Books or flights of imagination. I think entirely too much (a dangerous pasttime, I know.)
Lesson planning, playing with my kitty or taking some recovery time from the week.
I'm also very likely to be at my keyboard writing a piece, or curled up with a good book.
Or, of course, I have rehearsal :-P
- You have a good book recommendation (the way to my heart is through my bookshelf.)
- You're looking for a mind at work.
- You caught the Disney reference in my profile.
- If we can have a great philosophical, geeky, or imaginative conversation, consider me swept off my feet :-)