I’ve taken a longer break than usual. So here’s a pretty photo for you to enjoy!
Look! It’s Kim playing her horn!
I will never forget the first time I walked into Foundation Hall-band camp, my freshman year of college. I was so nervous I felt like I was going to be sick, and as my dad and I approached this run-down building, I worried even more about band camp, and college. I walked in and as my eyes adjusted from the daylight to the indoor lights, I saw a building that clearly needed more university funding. What struck me more were the people. Self-assured older bandmembers checked in, nervous freshman stood with their parents, looking as nervous as me, friendly people with shirts emblazoned with KKΨ were pointing people like me in the right direction. I was approached by Jill, an acquaintance whom I had met through another friend. She showed me where to go, and since I would be staying at her house for the next few days, took my dad and I back to her house. I met her equally enthusiastic roommates. At the time, I never dreamed that I would someday spend more time in this building and Frasier combined than in my apartment, practicing and poring over old sheet music and Kappa Kappa Psi records. Weird what can happen in just a few years.
Yesterday, Taylor, Drew and I made the trek down to Boulder to watch the CU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band concert. And holy crap. Their campus and concert hall are just…. beautiful. I would post photos of it, but they don’t do it justice in any way. It’s just beautiful though. The three of us kept looking around, mouths open, going “Why can’t WE have nice things?!” (Search my blog for any photo of Foundation Hall.)
Either way, they played a great concert, and we got to connect with their Kappa Kappa Psi chapter too. It was nice.
So, this is not like a super ridiculously good, artistic photo, but I like it. The other night I was stressing over finals so much (so much that I couldn’t even finish my 365 Project on time 😛 ), and I was looking for my phone. I went outside to look for it on my car. I opened the screen door and heard a rustling sound, and looked down and saw this bag. Someone in Kappa had left this for me! Smiling, I went inside and posted on Facebook about it, and discovered that someone had left a bag for EVERYONE in Kappa! It was so wonderful and made my whole night.
Well, they are and aren’t “janitor keys.” They’re my keys, which I was issued through being an officer in Kappa Kappa Psi, and allow me to get into various rooms around Frasier and Foundation Hall. And they all do their jobs nicely, except for the small key encased in black which I refer to as “the mystery key.” When I got my keys, I was told that they actually had no idea what the key went to, but that I might need it.
This is the second year that our Kappa Kappa Psi chapter has had a Christmas party, or “Kappakah” as we’ve lovingly dubbed it, since the Greek letter “Psi” is similar to a menorah. I helped out our Member At Large, who is in charge of planning social events, by making all of the stockings on the tree. It was a ton of fun. The party, I mean, not the making stockings, even though that was fun too.
I love my Brothers.
This photo, Day 353, should be for November 27th. November 27th is an extremely important day for me, for many reasons. It’s my brother-in-law’s birthday, it’s my goat Stoney’s birthday, and it’s Founder’s Day, the day that my fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi was founded at Oklahoma A&M College in 1919.
It is also the day, a year ago, that I came to terms with why I chose to major in photography. It’s a long, difficult story, involving guilt, depression, death, and acceptance.
I… I can’t really explain it again. It’s really a pretty tough story for me to even think about, but if you’re curious, check out my post from September 14th.
Sometimes, I wish things were how they used to be. The cemetery where I took this photo was a place that I used to go to as a kid. I used to take my dog Jenny there- since she was the only one of our three Corgis that I could trust off of the leash. She would run around happily, sniffing out rabbit holes while I gently placed flowers on all of the graves. This is an old cemetery; I think the most recent burial was before 1920. It’s a friendly cemetery.
But now, my Baby Girl is gone, after being hit by a car this summer. (You can read that post here.) I wandered around the cemetery alone, looking out at the sunset and down at the old, faded out flowers I placed on the graves back in March, when Jenny was still with me.
Jenny is gone, Alicia is gone, and sadly, there is nothing I can do about it, except keep moving forward.
And I do. November 27th was the first time I’ve ever played in the saxophone studio class. All of the saxophone majors get together every Tuesday and play for each other, then receive critiques from the saxophone professor. To me, it’s a bit awkward as a non-music major, a junior making a third attempt at the sax studio, to stand up in front of everyone and play. Nervously, I played my Telemann Fantasy, and when I was done, I looked up at everyone and saw smiles and nods of approval. I don’t know why I was so worried. They’re are all my friends and they all want me to succeed, and they were all happy for me and all encourage me in my musical pursuits.
I would have continued pursuing art, had it not been that fateful moment on November 27th, 2011, when I realized that music is what I need to do. Jut keep pushing forward, and I will reach my dream.
Yesterday was the Pride of the Rockies marching band banquet. First of all, I received my third-year member watch, which was exciting. I was also very honored to be voted one of the Outstanding Female Upperclassmen.
You hear me always talking about my Kappa Kappa Psi Brothers and how much they mean to me. Its the same with the marching band. They are all wonderful people and I’m so lucky that I have the opportunity to be in a band with them.
The other night, a group of us from Kappa went to Fritzler’s Corn Maize. We went through the “Phase 2” part of the maze, which is the scary part. It was so much fun! Pictured here is Adam, standing in the the fog with the spotlight behind him. I love this photo!
I love hanging out with my Brothers. 🙂
Today, UNC won our football game against Idaho State, 52- 14. Hooray! Also, Idaho State’s band came with their football team, and after the game, we joined together and played the song “Hey Baby” together, and then awkwardly played our fight songs at the same time- it actually was very cool! I got this picture of our bands mixed together with one of our drum majors and one of their drum majors conducting together.
And on another note, we connected with a group of people working to establish a Kappa Kappa Psi chapter at their school. I talked to the active member in their group (who transferred from a school in California to Idaho) about it, and how they’re going to be installed, and everything. We got a group picture of all of us and all of them, too!
What a great group of musicians!
Nothing brings people together more than music. 🙂