Many of you might be hip to this news already, but as I have been changing my online existence it might have gotten past you. Daryl and I have moved back to CT! We are living in Cromwell with our 2 lovely cats and happy to be back.
Some of you may ask why? What was wrong with Vegas? Did we fail there? Well, the truth is, we made the move there to be near family, get away from the snow (for my sake), and try new opportunities. We did all of those things but were left wanting a different lifestyle. Despite hating the snow, I missed the green, the lakes/rivers/waterfalls, the hiking, the small town festivals, the list really does go on. Despite growing up in the southwest I have been converted. The music scene is also far different in Vegas and not exactly what we art snobs were looking for.
Some good things we/I got out of Vegas. We got to teach at the college level, we both taught history of rock and music appreciation. Daryl even got to teach some percussion ensemble classes and lessons. That was fantastic and something I might not have ever experienced here because I was resting on my laurels a bit and set in my pattern. I started teaching flute! I've double on it in jazz band in the past but never picked up teaching it because I didn't have any student doublers like I did on clarinet. We both got to know each other's families much better, it was nice being close and I will miss them all so much, but modern technology rocks for keeping in touch! We also came back with 2 adorable kitties (who did not enjoy the journey but survived it) who make our apartment a home, all gagging due to cheesiness aside, I do love them in the most annoying fur baby parent way possible. I will talk about them as if they are my own children, because to me, they are.
Another exciting thing, with the lack of musical outlet we were looking for, Daryl and I started developing a good gig set. We now have a jazz duo consisting of steel pan and sax/vocals. It's a lot of fun and letting us delve into new challenges in a relationship we feel comfortable being exposed in.
What to expect from the future? We will both be teaching private lessons. Send people our way if you have them! We will find a way to reward you for your referral. We will continue our fun jazz duo. We will be upping our avant garde/contemporary performing again. By the way, I didn't mention our duo name yet, if you don't know it we are the Belery Duo (BELcher + emERY).
If you don't know where to keep up with me on social media, I'm mostly posting to my "artist" page on facebook (click to see it and follow) and our Belery Duo instagram, which I don't know how to link in here, any tech savvy people out there want to tell me how in the comments? Well if you made it to the end thank you, keep watching and listening, good things to come.
Addendum thanks to the fabulous Meerenai Shim (who you should check out if you don't know her, she's amazing) here's the instagram link http://instagram.com/beleryduo.