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A Life In Music

November 23, 2015

 

​During my first year as an undergraduate music major, my jazz ensemble professor gave me some invaluable advice: save everything. What he meant was that I should keep any physical item(s) associated with an accomplishment. 

 

Up to that point, I had been sort of doing this already. My mom, a well-organized person, had been saving all my achievements and compiling them into a scrapbook. When I got married and moved out of my parents’ house, my mom bestowed this book to me, and I have it now. It goes as far back as third grade— when I was in the newspaper for the first time for cleaning up a local reservoir with my Cub Scout den— to the end of my first year of college, the point at which my wise professor encouraged me to keep the saving tradition alive.

 

I listened and obeyed. And I’m glad I did, because now I have hundreds of individual pieces of memorabilia that document nearly every musical...

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