I am excited to share with you my latest project in the long stream of exciting projects I get to work on at Berklee. I am currently in the Advanced Video Game scoring class with Professor Michael Sweet. These classes are great, in particular, because we choose our own games to work on. This allows one to fill out their reels and get a sense of what it’s like to work on different genres that might be of interest.
Barber’s Adagio For Strings
I recently had the privilege of creating a mock-up of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. I created the first 2 minutes of what is about an 8 minute piece. Continue reading
Here is a project a recently created for a class I’m in called Digital Narrative Theory and Practice. The class has been so much fun for me and often touches on topics I studied in my previous Bachelor’s degree at Florida Atlantic University. We speak a lot about what ‘new media’ is and so this project uses just that.
We had to present a classic fairy tale in some form of new media. It was a fairly open ended project and this is mine; the story told as if each character had a Facebook page.
Cinderella was always my favorite…
This has been one of the most difficult seasons of my life. The end of the fall colors into the colder temperature marks the point where the light at the end shines a bit brighter while the light outside shines dimmer. This semester feels like I just finished running two simultaneous marathons. I don’t even know how I’m a person right now. I’m not even done yet, but I’m feeling like I’ll be able to muster the strength for the last push of finals, proficiencies, music memorization, recordings, and being generally tested on many forms of performance. It’s a pressure I’ve become strangely used to and also strangely appreciate for its benefit.
When I complain again could someone please sit me down and remind me of these few months and tell me how good I have it? God bless Ryan for carrying me, and God bless it being Christmas time! My favorite time will only bring added joy.
The welcome distraction of visitors over the last few weeks has been great, and as we get ready to say goodbye to Mark and Noelle tomorrow, I’m ready to buckle down.
I’ll see you on the other side…. that is, if I make it.
In one week I will have begun my first day of the new fall semester. I am looking forward and yet bracing myself for what should be one of the busiest seasons of my life.
I reflect on this summer and realize that I haven’t done all the things I said I would do, but Ryan and I have had the summer of our lives. I’ll take the good with the bad.
On the note of not following through…
I am trying to move into a season of life where I finish what I start, do more or less of something when I say I will, and overall being more faithful to myself. I let myself down and am not consistently disciplined.
I’ve wrote and thought about this a lot before, but this time I’m trying to attack the root of the problem. I’m realizing that it has to start with the Spiritual Disciplines. Staying in the Word, Fasting, and Actively engaging in community even when it’s uncomfortable. Every time I try to get in shape, practice / write music more, or even something silly like keep up with my photo albums, I fail miserably because I’m not grounded and disciplined enough in the ever important love relationship with my God.
So here’s to finishing what I start, using my gifts, serving others, being wise, and longing for eternity.
I’ll let you know how it goes…
My thoughts on today and recent mental musings.
- Breyers Reeses ice cream is too sweet and that’s saying something for me; miss sweet tooth.
- It was way too hot today. I’m looking forward to having an ac in our window soon.
- I so love the song How He Loves (by John Mark Mcmillan) and I am so glad they do it at our church now.
- There was a spider on my arm on the subway today. I flicked it off onto another guys arm and I didn’t tell him I was too scared
- I wish my phone would stop turning itself off.
- I will be jumping for joy when Boston’s water is safe again so I can stop boiling all this freaking water!
- I have so many finals this week and I’m nervous about some. I am praying and hoping I do well.
- I can’t wait for my Florida trip in a week!
The following things are standing in the way of me and my 2 week break which will consist of family, Florida, sun, movie watching, light work, old friends, and giant dogs…
- 8 minutes out of a 20 minute film left to score
- Counterpoint project
- Counterpoint final
- Arranging project
- Arranging final
- Harmony Project
- Harmony Final
- Ear Training Final
- Vocal Proficiency
- Tonal Harmony Project
- Tonal Harmony Final
In a failure to form a cohesive idea of what to blog about, I write this list of thoughts and ponderings… once again.
1. I hope this sore throat I woke up with today will leave quickly.
2. I hope this monsoon rain does not stay very long.
3. My two fish are extremely cute.
4. It’s almost Easter time which will be great.
5. It’s a bummer we’re missing Good Friday service.
6. It will be nice to spend time with Ryan’s family though.
7. I’m applying for a huge scholarship this week and I hope they see enough merit in what I’ve been doing to give me some help.
8. God continues to provide… Ryan got a job that he’ll be able to work more consistently at.
1. I love old movies.
Almost done watching backwards all the films that have ever won best picture, and just started watching, with some Berklee friends, chronologically all the best original score winners.
2. I wish some of my school studies were more interesting.
Alas, I need to master them so I must press onward.
3. I entered an online modeling contest for regular people today, just for fun.
We’ll see if anyone votes for me.
click here to see
4. I just realized it’s pretty ridiculous that I’ve been keeping my toenails painted.
It’s Winter. And I live in Boston. I wear the same boots everyday.
5. I love that my husband cooks.
How great is that? I picked a good one.
6. I am so done with Boston and all its foreign germs wreaking havoc on my poor immune system
Here are our new goldfish. We can’t have furry pets (also they’re too much work) so here’s our 3 fish.
We call them the Wolfpack in reference to the movie the Hangover. They have names of characters like Doug, Dr. F, and Fat Jesus.
On a side note, if you haven’t seen that movie, immediately go and rent it and watch it and love it.
In other Ryan and Jessica life thoughs:
It’s going to snow tomorrow which is pretty great.
Ryan and I are starting to form closer friendships from our church and school.
I am starting a night with some school friends where we will work our way through all the films that have won best original score so we can study the music.
Ryan Collman and Lauren Bayse (who are soon to be wed) visited us this week which was so awesome. It was great to show them around the city.
I am singing for the first time at our church next weekend which I’m excited about.
Orchestra practices are going very well so far as we work our way toward an April performance.
This semester is very thick and full of theory, thus I am struggling to muster up as much excitement as last semester. It is still needed though.
That’s all for now.
Ryan made a comment today about feeling like going back to Boston is like jumping back into a story book after you put it down. I so feel that way! It’s like when you’re a kid and you make believe for hours or you half wake up from a great dream and so wish you can jump back in when you fall asleep and it only works half the time. Living there overall really does feel like an adventure. It isn’t fun all the time and I struggle with worry, but if I knew the answers it wouldn’t be our story. People in the movies or books never knew what happened next…
Oh what a great month this has been. My batteries are charged. I still worked but time with our peeps was fabulous.
On a similar note, Ryan wrote me a sweet song for Christmas that I am trying to figure out how to post so people can hear. It is so special and all about doing our adventure together and having no idea what comes next, but having each other. It’s terrific.
Ok so everyone go to sleep tonight and have one of those dreams …
the epic ones where you’re the hero and fight off bad guys and someone falls in love with you…
and also where animals can talk and chocolate is a vegetable…
and you happen to be fabulously wealthy…
It’s winter time and we just had the first real snow of the season. It was beautiful waking up to this.
Last night Ryan took me to his school where they were giving free horse and buggy rides with a huge white horse complete with jingle bells. Very special except for the freezing.
We’re looking forward to finishing out this semester strong and going home to Florida for a nice long month.
I feel strange because I have two homes. We want to end up back in Florida so we’re not cutting all our ties, but here in Boston is where we belong for now… At least it gives me a little bigger view of the world than before…
This is an overdue post… I keep trying to feel inspired before I write anything, but I just need to get thoughts up more often, whether they’re good or not.
I have managed my way through half a semester at Berklee in which I have already learned so much.
It is hard when you think you’re relatively good at something and abruptly realize this is not the case. I feel so much growth which is great. I’m excited to see where this education takes me. I know continually that this is where I’m supposed to be.
That being said it is a hard thing scraping together enough faith to keep going. Ryan has been working, but I have yet to find steady income.
God keeps whispering His promises to me and I keep leaning on them daily. Sometimes it’s week to week, day to day, and sometimes I need reminders of His love and care like every five minutes.
What a start to an amazing journey.
We miss everyone so much. Some days are lonely but it’s perfecting at the same time. Our relationship has grown so much in our adventure together.
I don’t regret it. I just try to look forward and onward, sit in God’s lap and let him fight my battles.
It’s Ryan’s 25th birthday tomorrow yay!
We come home soon for Katie and Donovan’s wedding; exciting stuff…
I successfully finished my first week as a Berklee student. I have 8 classes and like 7 out of 8 of my teachers. I guess it can’t all be perfect.
My classes are:
Ear Training 1
Beginning Improv for the Singer
Jazz/Blues vocal styles lab
Private Vocal Lesson
Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra
Intro to Film Scoring
So needless to say, I am having a great time so far. Of course some of the classes are tedious and will continue to get harder, but I feel encouraged because everything I’m doing is useful and something I can apply to my musical future. I feel blessed.
In other news, Ryan was hired by Sylvan Learning Center as a private tutor so that’s awesome. I’m still looking for a job myself and we’re still trusting that the Lord will continue to provide all our needs like He always does. He is always faithful.
It’s so much fun living such an adventure.
First day of Berklee classes went well today.
Some are way fun and some will be lots of work.
I played in an orchestra for the first time tonight which was insane. I had so much fun and it was so hard. I have so much to practice. Getting to and from our practice place is pretty hilarious; me wheeling my huge cello around and on the T. It’s an adventure.
I love my vocal teacher who will be giving me lessons. She is very relate-able and I think I can learn a lot from her.
I tested out of the intro Technology class which is legit. It’s basically like getting 2 free credits. So tomorrow I’m off to talk to the film scoring dept to see if I can fill those 2 credits with one of my first film scoring classes… yay
We continue to ask for your prayers for jobs. We know God will provide. A few possibilities are open to us….
I feel like a sponge soaking up all this knowledge.
I love this new macbook pro. It is an amazing tool that I have no idea how to use yet. I am thinking about taking some classes on my different programs that my school offers in their computer help place. It’s my new favorite thing. I named him Howard.
I used skype for the first time to talk to Katie and D tonight. It is where it’s at…. find me and lets chat!
Good news: I changed my schedule around today and the string department put me in the orchestra! Whoa. I was totally not expecting that. I needed to find something for me to do on cello, like a lab for example, and in talking to them today, they just said, “Hey you sound like a Berklee cellist. Want to be in the orchestra?”
I am so excited and hope it’s not above my head so I can stay in it. My first practice is Tuesday night.
Other than that, I am taking all my first classes as far as harmony, ear training and the like. Should be good and hard. I’m also going to try my hand at jazz vocals…. should be fun.
Ryan and I have been finding some awesome places around our apartment. It’s definitely starting to feel like home which is good for only being here a week.
Church tomorrow and then our stuff comes off the moving truck and then visiting Ryan’s Nana on monday.
I think so far we’ve been having a blast because we don’t have jobs yet and school hasn’t started yet…. well that’s about to change. Keep praying for us that we would find the perfect jobs and God would send me music students.
We both love it so much. It is where we’re supposed to be.
I have an awesome peer group and have been making some great acquaintances/friends.
God has been using this time to really refine our marriage. We only have each other and that is enough right now. We’re rediscovering how much we are best friends.
I’m on skype now so find me if you want to chat!
We got here safe, with all our luggage. My cello had a reoccurring injury happen whilst in baggage claim so fixing that with some epoxy is my next project.
Having mom here is great. It would be weird to do this myself. I checked in with Berklee today. The people working the whole system (many of them student advisers) are so efficient and incredibly nice. They all seemed interested in me and never treated me like a number.
Then, when mom and I went to this evening’s convocation ceremony (basically a welcoming event) the entire group of 68 student advisers had lined up for us in the foyer and were clapping and making sick beats while singing Thriller. At this point I said to myself, “Self, coming here was a good decision.”
The whole ceremony was a lot of people talking to us and encouraging us and then a concert. It was pretty much amazing. I’m really not just saying that. The speakers really did inspire me.
It was an eventful day of many tears, saying goodbye, travel, bad coffee, no sleep, clam chowder, many bags, sore feet, and trying to figure everything out, but I still get the overwhelming sense this is where I belong in this season.
The hard thing for me is I feel a little lost. I don’t think I knew how lost I would feel once I was here.
I live here now
I am a Berklee Student
I have a lot of work ahead of me
My slate of my entire life has basically been wiped clean.
May it cause me to run to Him and cling to my Saviour even more.
Sweet Jesus Christ my sanity
Sweet Jesus Christ my clarity