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Proud (but hopefully not too irritating) Dad Post on Bailey's Senior Recital 

My daughter Bailey was at most, three years old.  We were going somewhere in the car, with her belted into her car seat directly behind my driver's seat.  I don't know what was bothering her, but whatever it was set her off into a typical, toddler-style screaming fit that ruined whatever mood or conversation my wife and I were in at the time.  Bailey had done this before, and each time she did I had the same two thoughts.  The first was a string of expletives on behalf of my throbbing eardrums and quickly waning patience.  The second was, "Wow!  What a focused tone and killer vocal projection."  Yeah- I know, I'm a total music nerd.  But besides her piercing tone, that's what was in my head.  So when people ask me if I'm surprised that Bailey has become such a good singer, I say, "Not really, but I'm sure glad she's channeled her energy into something more productive. 

Last night Bailey gave her Senior Voice Recital at Muhlenburg College in Allentown, where she is a double major in Music and Media Communications.  The program consisted of nine "classical" pieces and finished with three jazz standards.  Classical is in quotes because, excuse my music nerd stuff again, what people generically call classical music actually consists of music from several Western European style periods like Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and so on.  As a parent and fellow musician, it was fun to just sit back and listen to what was really an outstanding performance, both technically and artistically.  It's not easy to deliver a soaring, iconic opera aria from Carmen, and then a few minutes later, swing Pennies From Heaven with soul and richness.  But Bailey made it seem like no big deal. 

As a parent, you put years of time, energy, money and sometimes worry into your kids development, and when they do something special like Bailey did last night, it's very exciting and satisfying.  I'm obviously very proud of her and I don't mind if it seems like I've become one of those parents that gushes over their kids like a broken water main.  If you're interested in hearing it, the recital was live-streamed on my Facebook pages (both personal and music). 

This Wednesday, Bailey Fulginiti Trio (with pianist Dave Winter and I) are playing jazz at The Greenfield Restaurant near Lancaster from 6:30-9:30pm.  Bailey is reprising last night's voice recital at Quarryville Presbyterian Village on Friday night, and we are proud to be performing a set at Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival on March 9 in the Chameleon Lounge.   Contact me for tickets and details.

Lessons From A Funeral 

Today I had the honor of playing at the funeral of a great man.  I never met him.  Wasn't aware of his accomplishments.  Didn't know any of his stories.  Not until his service and wake did I know anything about him at all.  But by the end of the day, I was glad to have been part of this man's tribute and also thankful for the reminders his memorial service provided.

Part of what Tom Brokaw deems "The Greatest Generation", this man had overcome living through The Great Depression.  He served heroically with an elite force in World War II.  He found answers to the questions of uncertainty we all face in our own lives.  He went on to make contributions to the world of science.  He raised a family that reflected on his life with great love. 

So how does this, which sounds so foreign to my personal life experience, serve as a reminder of anything to me?  Well, besides the models of grit, hard-work, perseverance and love the man's life-stories provide, those that spoke in honor of him today remind me to wonder what people will be saying at my own funeral, and if I'm going to like it.  Today's service reminded me to ask myself if my current life path is aligned with the eulogy I hope to someday receive.  It reminded me to ask myself whether I have my priorities straight and if I'm using whatever time I have here in the best way.

Maybe I'm just in a self-reflective mood since our holidays and vacations are over, both daughters are back at college, and my sabbatical from teaching school ends Monday morning.  Even so, today was one of those "gigs" where I was hired to provide something, but left having received instead.

Sometimes the best part about making music is the non-musical stuff.

 

 

New Website! 

Finally, my new website is up and running!  It's not completed or perfect yet, but for the first time in several months, I've been able to do normal things like updating my performance calendar.  Yeah, I know- real exciting.  But in a way, it actually is.  What was the problem?

The problem was that my old site was built on iWeb.  When Apple decided a few years ago to no longer support that program, my website was basically on life support.  If anything went wrong, there was nobody around to help.  Taking the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach, I skated along for quite awhile until one day this past fall, when iWeb was unable to open any of my website files. 

I knew a new site was in order, one with updated features like the blog you're reading now, but I had trouble (obviously) getting to it.  I was lucky this fall to do a lot of traveling while on sabbatical from my other job as a public school music teacher.  When I got home, the crazy, holiday gig season hit, then we went on a January family vacation.  That's where the pic comes from, our recent family vacation to Quebec, where we did some dog sledding. The beautiful blond one is Twixx, the lead dog on our team.   So yeah, I could've given some things up and worked a little harder this month, but I would've missed a lot of cool stuff.  No worries- I'm good now and ready to get back to music.

There's a lot going on this year, and I like to write about things, so check this blog often if you're interested in the details and stories of a working musician, writer and regular guy.

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These events reflect Todd Fulginiti's personal schedule.  Full schedules for specific groups are available at their respective websites.