Month of Light #6- Saxophone

4-6This is a little stained glass work that I picked up in downtown Greeley at a store called King’s Clocks (or some variation of that name). I would have liked to get the large version of this, except I’m a poor college student. Either way I love it because, duh, I’m a sax player. 🙂


Day 345- “Sunrise From Frasier”

Yesterday, well, multiple yesterdays before, I had the genius idea of staying up to work on a paper. I ended up staying awake for thirty three hours straight with no rest. Oh. my. goodness. By the end I was so tired, that I was making all sorts of Star Wars references in my paper. The paper being an analysis of Schubert’s “Erlkönig” which is a very messed up lied (art song) about a father who is riding with his son through the woods while this “Erlkönig” tries to claim the child from the father. Spoiler alert: the child dies.

My Star Wars quotes:

“The main opening melody itself represents the Erlking and Death itself. It’s sort of like in Star Wars, how the theme of the music that represents Obi-Wan Kenobi also represents the Force.”

“At this point, the Erlking appears. To me, it is a literal representation of Death itself, appearing as a strange combination of the Grim Reaper, a dementor from Harry Potter, and Emperor  Palpatine from Star Wars.”

“Is the Erlking real? Is it the King of the Elves? Is it the Demon of all Demons? Is it actually the Emperor from Star Wars?”

So yeah. If you want to hear this beautiful but strange Schubert work, here’s a link:

Anyway! Back to my blog, after this night, I went to Frasier in the morning to practice for my piano class. I went up to the top floor and saw that the sun was going to rise soon. So I took a lovely photo of the sun rising. Quite beautiful, I must say.

Day 343- “Close Win”

Well, marching season is finally over. It’s pretty sad, really, because even though I’m excited to have more free time for studying and practicing, it’s the last time I’ll really see a lot of my graduating friends.

Anyway, our show was great for our last game- we had a Forrest Gump themed show at halftime, so everyone in the band dressed up as characters from the movie. The saxophones were “Running Forrest,” so we dressed up like Forrest from when he was running for four years (I think it was four years). I’m not going to lie though, my costume was the best because of my hair. Everyone else had fake beards on, so I decided to be awesome and use my own hair. I pulled some of my hair to the front of my face and pinned it there, creating a “real” beard.

I win.


Day 342- “Hot Chocolate Rehearsal”

Since rehearsals have been soooo cold, our awesome grad students and band manager have been providing hot chocolate for us. And here is Taylor, enjoying her hot chocolate after rehearsal. It was funny, because one of the sousaphone players was standing there too and his huge instrument bell reflected light onto her face. It was very cool. 🙂


Day 334- “Outstanding Upperclassmen”

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.


Day 329- “Chalked Music”

For lack of a better title.

Even with the kind of bad title, this photo is significant. On Friday, I hit a breaking point of sorts. I’ve had a lot on my plate with school, money, Kappa, and all of my first world college girl problems. Either way, I sort of had a breakdown, but at the end of the day when I was practicing, I realized that the best part of my life is always music, and my saxophone. Even with how stressful it is, it is always the best part of my life.