In 1982, my immigrant father accomplished his American dream to own a grand piano and fill his house with the glorious sound it would bring. As it turned out, I would be the one to bring it. My grade school years were filled with recitals, competitions, and more competitions (once I found out cash prizes were involved). Things clicked, I was on fire, and I loved every minute of it. I worked myself up to a high school senior recital garnering a crowd of roughly 100 guests and I boasted a lengthy list of state-wide accomplishments. Music was an essential part of my life in school as well. The flute was my instrument of choice in the school band and orchestra. Every single day had hours dedicated to learning, playing and sharing music.
Then, something happened. I somehow lost that fundamental part of me. I shifted my interests and explored the digital age of music, so I suppose it never left me. But, I missed the constant contact with other creatives and the collaboration needed to create something sublime.
Entertaining Fort Collins helped me find my way back. Sure, I loved all the free tickets I would get to shows, all the friends I made over the years, and all the Facebook and Instagram likes. But, for me, the most wonderful part about EFC over the past three years was being a part of an inspiring team of writers. They encouraged me to find my place in the local entertainment scene and speak my voice. My readers kept me going and my community kept me engaged, even when I didn’t have many nice things to say. I can only hope that my “little opinion” motivated artists in our town to think outside the box and push boundaries with their work. After all, simply doing the same-old, same-old isn’t going to sell tickets…
Now, it’s time for me to move on. I’m pleased to say I have started a position at The Music District at 639 South College Avenue. I’m thrilled to be surrounded by a dynamic team of game-changers and creative forces working together on a daily basis. I’m leaving you all in good hands with Anthony Cross. He’s quite the daring creator and I’m so delighted he’s stepping up and taking the mic. Anthony and I have shared coffee and nachos over the years while talking politics, radio, and theatre. I can’t wait to see the direction he takes Entertaining Fort Collins!
With this new insurgence of music and camaraderie in my life, I can finally inhale a satisfying breath. Who knows, maybe I’ll even start playing again!? I’d also like to invite all Entertaining Fort Collins fans to explore the Music District space at the Official Grand Opening on September 30. RSVP Here for this event!
I know for sure that being a part of The Scoop Blog Network gave me the resources I needed to help me take this step – another piece to my puzzle – another passage unexplored. That’s one of the great things about music. You don’t have to perform to sold out crowds and sell millions of records to reap its true benefits.