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My, How Things Do Change!

Posted on March 6, 2021 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow!  It has been a really long time since I've made a blog entry.   Sorry!   I am also sorry that it will probably be another really long time before I make an entry after this...  it's just the way it is, but not "The Way We Were," which is a song sung by Barbara Streisand.

My, how the world has changed.  I still consider myself a music teacher and I still consider that my primary job.  However, the bulk of my income doesn't come from music anymore... thanks Covid! (said sarcastically, in case you didn't hear the inflections in my typing!).  To survive financially I enrolled in an Electrian Apprenticeship Program.  I am now an Electrician Apprentice 40 hours a week and teach about 7 hours a week.  So, now I get up at 4:15am to get to the jobsite (which 45 minutes way) by 6am.  I work there until 2:30pm and then drive back and either teach lessons or go to Apprenticeship Classes on electricity (depending on the day of the week).  FYI, I'm tired.

Last year when all this virus stuff started I lost a large percentage of my students (may of them were seniors and weren't interested in doing lessons online).  My group classes with the Parks and Rec. were canceled for pretty much a full year; we are now trying to rebuild them (I had a whole 2 students this session! - again, be sure you hear the sarcasim in my typing!).  If I hadn't taken the Electrician gig I would be out on the streets....  not really...  I'm actually living with my parents right now, and, even if that wasn't an option, I have friends who would have taken me in.  It's important to have people like that in your life...  a safety net, and you can be their safety net.

Obviously my productions and compositions have suffered greatly as I have only a little time to work on them, and even then, I'm exausted so the time is not efficiently used.  Still I manage to turn out videos and compositions, just at much slower pace.  So, I went from having lots of time to produce and create but no money to having more than adequate money but no time to produce and create!  Whatever happened to balance!  Oh right,  Covid happened!

Until next time (whenever that ends up being!)

Mr. Jamie

(still claiming to be:  The Musician)

Traveling to Dublin Down the Rocky Road

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

No, I'm not on a wonderful international trip; sadly :(. Frankly, I never get to go anywhere! I just don't have the time (or the money... mostly the money!) I am doing a duet arrangement for 2 clarinets (with transcriptions for other instruments) of “The Rocky Road to Dublin.” I decided I should do an Irish song since St. Patrick's Day is coming up. I've also come up with a paper Irish drum that will accompany the duet, and I will produce a video on how to make it. I'm not shamelessly using a holiday to try and get my videos some attention... I wouldn't do that! (just in case you can't imagine the tone of my voice writing that, that was sarcasm!). I've even considered buying a cheap green clarinet for the video. In reality, I would record on my good clarinet and then do the video with the cheap green clarinet (I always do the recordings separate from the video). Exciting! We'll see what comes of it! Later! In the meantime don't forget to spend some time "Down by the Riverside"

The Sound of One Clarinet Dueting...

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

February 27, 2017

Okay, so “dueting” isn't a real word... or is it? I decided to search for it online and was surprised to find it listed online at Webster's Dictionary! It was listed under “duet” and indicated as a verb. ...Anyways!.... I'm focusing on clarinet duets right now. I'm recording them multi-track so it really is one clarinet dueting as I perform both parts of the duet. Of course, there are also other instruments to accompany the duet; it's just more fun that way... and it helps me try to promote my paper instrument videos. ...I am starting to develop a backlog of music awaiting production. I have another duet (which is my focus right now), a solo for clarinet accompanied by voice, piano, and paper drums, as well as a piece for clarinet and whirly tube (those tubes you spin around and they make a sound). ...I'm planning to make a duet book that I will try to sell on Ebay. I haven't had much success so far selling my sheet music on Ebay, but I am thinking a duet book my be in higher demand. I decided to do this after discovering that the clarinet duet book I like to use with my private lessons students in no longer being published (although they will make a single run printing for around $30! (it's a $5 book). Okay, I'm tired... I'd like to say I'm retired, but being “retired” requires that you first stop being tired and then become tired again. I've just been tired, period.

Click here for my newest clarinet duet video, "Down by the Riverside"

Hanging Out Down By the River Side with Two Licorice Sticks!

Posted on February 19, 2017 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

      I decided to compose a clarinet duet... to be frank, in hopes that it would get more attention. Look at me! Look at me! No, but... seriously, I'm trying to get my YouTube channel views to pick back up. So I set aside for the moment an original work... no I didn't! I still composed the original work, but I've set the recording of it aside for the moment in order to produce a piece that I think will get more attention. I've composed a clarinet duet arrangment of “Down By the River Side.” But wait! There's more! If you act now, we will throw in... for no additional charge... a guitar, ukulele, and paper bass drum accompaniment! The duet can be played by itself, no problem, but for real fun there are additional parts. I plan to record it and make a video of it on Wednesday. I also have two original compositions waiting to be recorded. One is in that licorice stick tradition of late, “Licorice River” featuring solo clarinet accompanied by two tenor voices, left hand piano, paper claves, and paper bass drum. The other is “Whirly Bird, Spinning Around and Around!” which is also a clarinet solo, but accompanied by Whirly Tubes (coiled plastic tubes that make pitches when you spin them around) and paper drums. These unusual ensembles are brought to you by the Wacky Musician because “normal is boring!” For some more unusual ensembles check out these videos: “Dance of the Licorice Stick” (the original Licorice video!) and “Paper Holiday!


Rivers Running Red with Licorice!

Posted on February 15, 2017 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Actually, “Rivers Running Black with Licorice” would have been a more accurate title, but it just sounds better the other way. In truth, I don't like licorice at all, but that hasn't stopped me from composing piece after piece with licorice in the title. Maybe I'll develop a taste for it eventually if I keep writing songs about it. That makes sense; right? Actually the “licorice” in these songs have to do with the “Licorice Stick,” which is an old nickname for the clarinet (hence, why it should be “Rivers Running Black with Licorice").  I just finished my newest piece for Clarinet, Piano, 2 Tenor Voices, Paper Flute, and Paper Snare Drum entitled “Licorice River.” It will be flowing into a recording in the coming week(s?). In the meantime, here are two of my previous licorice songs, & Handmade Licorice Stick and Licorice Smile. With all the candy around you better watch your blood sugar – thankfully you don't get high blood sugar from listening to sweet music!

Heart Shaped Licorice Sticks for Valentine's Day!

Posted on February 15, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Once upon a time there was a heart. Of course hearts are actually quite gory things that have the job of pumping blood through the bodies of its host. But this little heart wanted something more out of life so he found some licorice sticks and... This really doesn't make any sense does it? :) I learned today that Valentine's Day goes back to 400's AD and it's orgins go back to the 200's AD. I had no idea. I really kind-of thought it actually was just a day made it for marketing purposes. Of course, like most holidays today, it has become nothing but a marketing strategy! Of course, how you view February 14th is very much affected by whether you are single or with someone. Since I am single, February 14th is just another day like anyother, except that I put together little packets for the students in my classes today (what would we do without the Dollar Store!). So I leave you with some heart shaped licorice stickes... actually they're not heart shaped... actually they're not really even licorice sticks as “Licorice Stick” is an old nickname for the clarinet. Here is Licorice Smile; and Handmade Licorice Stick;


J.K Auberg

"Does Your Clarinet Smile and Eat Licorice?"

Posted on February 12, 2017 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

    Truth be told, I don't like Licorice!  All the compositions I've composed recently that seemed to revolve around licorice are because "The Licorice Stick" is (or at least, was) a nickname for the Clarinet.  I'm trying to get back to my old blog here, which I haven't written in a long time.  I've been too busy saving the world from super villans -- oh wait, that wasn't real - that was a movie.  Actually it is since I started by business (Jan 2014) that I've had trouble finding the time to keep up with all these little things.  And, you know, they say "it's the little things that matter", like paper clips, hair scrungies, pencils, rubber bands, thumb tacks - those are all little things, but I'm not sure why they matter so much!

     I'm producing a Lego-brick movie and trying to maintain activity on YouTube at the same time.  Since the feature-length movie will take over a year to make, I'm danger of losing my YouTube audience.  So I have to make sure I find time to keep putting videos out while I'm working on the movie.  I put my newest video out just a couple days ago --  Licorice Smile  -- which is a clarinet video with my Paper Tone Whackers and my Paper Slide Whistle.  I've pretty much exausted the reasonable possibilites with making paper instruments (though, I do have one more), so now I'm using paper instruments in my compositions.  It's sort of a way to promote them.   To tell the truth, I've been fairly disappointed in the lack of views this past year on my YouTube Channel.  I'm trying some new things in hope of improving things.  One such thing I'm trying as of the last video is playing with the video's name.  "Licorice Smile" is not actually called that on YouTube, it is called "Does Your Clarinet Smile and Eat Licorice?"  We will see if that helps it get any more attention.  GIVE ME ATTENTION!  LOOK AT ME!   OVER HERE!   That's what little kids do, right?  Seems to work for them.

It Was a Night Like Any Other (Dec 21, 2013)

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

    (The journal entries you are about to read were recorded by Jamie K. Auberg starting in mid-December 2013).

    It was a night like any other in the small rural town.  The gentle breezes blew through the trees creating a soft rustling that mixed with the soft splashing of a small creek.  Yes, it was like a million other nights in a town that was practically frozen in time.  Nothing ever happened here; ever.  But that was about to change... or not...  I've had one of those days where you just feel strange; a little off.  Probably because I kept waking up last night.  I don't know why.  I hope to sleep better tonight.  Despite that, I did manage to finish composing my Christmas song, "Christmas Lights" and to build computer models for an animated video of it.  Now I have to record it, which requires me to find a day when my voice it at its best -- it's highly unstable -- it certainly wasn't doing well today!  ...Ran into former students Kiersten and Mallory and their mother Stephanie at Big Lots today.   Later.    Jamie K. Auberg. 

It Was the Best of Times... the Worst of Times (Dec 20, 2013)

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

       (The journal entries you are about to read were recorded by Jamie K. Auberg starting in mid-December 2013).

      It was the best of times; it was the worst of times; and then some times were just okay - mediocre at best.  That's just life.  My Director's Kit from Adventus for my business was suppose to arrive today.  The Post Office left a slip yesterday, and I went online and scheduled a redilvery for today.  Well, that's a gov't agency for you; they never redelivered it.  Maybe tomorrow - maybe Monday.  I took a break from working on "business start-up stuff" today and wrote a violin piece to give mom for Christmas (along with other stuff).  It's called "Pizzicato Paradise" and is for two groups of violins.  The 2nd violin part strums with a pick like a guitar on four-note chords (Quadruple Stops in Violin language).  I composed, typeset/engraved, and printed the entire thing in one day!   Tomorow I plan to finish the Christmas Song I am writing.  Good Night.  Jamie.

December 19, 2013

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

(The journal entries you are about to read were recorded by Jamie K. Auberg starting in mid-December 2013.  The journal was a Christmas gift from a student named Haleigh).

Twas the night before Christmas... oh wait!  It's not!  

Twas the night before the night before the night before the night before the night before the night before Christmas...  I think that's right...  and I sat in my house, well, actually it's an apartment, watching "Miracle on 34th Street."   My Director's Kit for my new business should arrive tomorrow.  I admit I am nervous... and excited... and very nervous about starting the MusIQ Clubs business as Auberg Instructional Innovations.  I'll be less nervous when I have some clients after I open in January.