Last month I moved to California, after being an East Coaster for my entire life. It’s been fun so far and I’ve been enjoying the weather immensely, and I’ve had a couple of opportunities to perform out here as well – once with a self-assembled trio and also with the very cool and relatively new Bay Area Composers Big Band. My wife and I have been fortunate enough to land in a great location in North Berkeley, close to the freeway, and in a micro-climate that seems to guarantee more sunny days than not. There’s a beautiful piano at the house we’re living in as well, and I’ve spent quite a bit of time communing with muse, composing and working on a couple of classical pieces (Bach Prelude & Fugue in F minor from WTC 2, and the Beethoven Appassionata Sonata – and I sound just like this when I’m playing it.) I also got a teaching job, working for KC & Friends, which has me teaching private piano lessons in Marin County,the Westchester of the West Coast! I had my car shipped out here, so it’s been incredibly bizarre to be in my car, driving and teaching with for a gig that is very similar to what I’ve been doing for the past several years in New York, but in a completely different part of the world. I have to say in terms of scenery, they got it all here.
I don’t miss NYC…yet. I’ve been here for about five weeks now, and in the past I’ve been away from NYC a lot longer. I miss my friends of course, and I miss the ultra convenient 24 hour deli across the street from my old apartment (but my waistline doesn’t!), but thankfully, musical operations here are seeming to continue on course. We’ll see what happens as I continue to integrate with the music community, and the community at large. But for now, I’m a stranger in a strange land, to quote Iron Maiden. Ha.
And did you notice? I’m blogging again. Give me a gold star or something.