So tomorrow and Tuesday, Marvin and I will be doing our two workshops on 21st Century Music. I am all packed and ready to go and looking forward to what should be a very exciting couple of days. I just hope I can stay awake. I have to catch a 6:56 train tomorrow morning and I am not an early bird. Although, I probably should be given that I live with two parrots.
Last Sunday, Joe Barron of Montgomery News, interviewed both Marvin and me about are upcoming workshops. Marvin may be a pro at being interviewed for papers, but for me it was an amazing experience. To be honest, the last story about me to ever appear in any kind of newspaper was probably when I was in the 6th grade. Oh, and did I mentioned that it was for the school newspaper and that the person who wrote it knew me and was a friend of my older sister? Hey, I held onto that article for many, many years. Now that I am thinking about it, I wish I still had it for it is quite an accomplishment to be included in any type of newspaper. But wait! I just remembered! I did get included in a story in New York Magazine, does that count? LOL!
Anyway, Marvin told me that Joe was going to call me that day. I wasn’t sure when but it would be sometime in the late afternoon or early evening. I started imagining myself receiving Joe’s phone call. The girls would start chirping in the background and I would say something like: “Excuse me for the noise, Joe, those are just my two birds yakking in the background.”
Joe called me about 8pm and thankfully, the girls were asleep so there was no avian commentary whatsoever during our telephone interview. I had expected Joe to fire a bunch of questions at me, but what I expected to be a formal interview turned out to be a pleasant conversation. Joe and I discussed details regarding the workshops, such as the repertoire Marvin and I would be presenting and he asked me about my musical studies and my own personal story.
At some point during the conversation, Joe had asked me about Synesthetic perceptions when listening to music. I think this topic came up when I had mentioned my ability to see and recognize colors despite my vision loss. Nevertheless, it was refreshing to speak with someone who had knowledge about Synesthesia. In most cases, I usually have to explain what Synesthesia is. It is too bad I left Alexander Scriabin out of the conversation since, well, he was a significant influence on my music and my own philosophy about music and color.
Anyway, Joe’s article went up on the Montgomery Media website this past Wednesday, and it was a real delight to start off the month of February reading it. Click on the link below to read it for yourself!
by Joe Baron