The sky is falling on Santa Cruz today. The first decent rain in months is coming down and drenching everything in sight. I’ve just now managed to find a moment to finish up my report of the weekend as yesterday proved too hectic to do anything remotely related to blogging or preparing for my mid-terms.
At the back of my mind was the nagging feeling that I needed to find time to prepare for the coming exams (the first of which I have a mere three hours after arriving back in Boston), but I knew that all the work that I was doing was, in a way, a great deal more important than the coming week. Continue reading →
It’s amazing how much a three hour time difference can knock you out if you’ve been travelling all day. I left for the MIW at around 8:30am EST and, after having flown to Dulles and then San Jose, I arrived at Bosch at around 6pm PST. The first order of the day was dinner which was so, so welcome after the journey.
I was introduced to at least half of the participants at the MIW, meeting musicians from all backgrounds – amateurs, professionals – and learning about their backgrounds. The atmosphere at Bosch is incredibly relaxed, with a focus on participation and learning, no matter what your experience. Couple that with the wooded and secluded surroundings, and you have a recipe for a magical, magical time.
The event kicks off in earnest tomorrow, when I’ll be leading a panel on ‘Songs and Social Conscience’ along with Chris Ruhe and, a little later on, giving my first workshop on ‘Inexpensive But Effective Vlogging’. My first mission, though, is to get a good night’s sleep and enjoy sleeping in silence – much more news tomorrow!
Today I’ll be leaving Boston on a 4 day trip to Santa Cruz, CA, where I’ll be representing Berklee at the Music Industry Weekend (MIW), a small but energetic & inspiring conference aimed at providing an opportunity for musicians, recording engineers and producers (whether they be a part of the Baháí community or not) to work together, learn from one another, and foster a collaborative learning environment.
I was asked by the director of the event, Darrell Rodgers, if I would be willing to give a series of workshops on cheap, but effective, video logging, and participate in a panel to discuss songwriting and social change. Though I had my doubts as to whether I could afford the trip, Berklee kindly offered me the opportunity to travel under their sponsorship provided I report daily on the event and help foster a relationship between the two institutions. I would like to thank Rob Hayes in particular for his help in securing my grant, and Magen Tracy for her assistance in getting this blog up and running.
I leave very shortly, and I’ll be reporting regularly on the event, the goings on, and my observations as I set out into new territory as a musician, performer and writer.