Archive for May, 2006

“Watch the vertical, Camera 3!”

Saturday afternoon found us driving to T’s gig at Anchorage Square on Fisherman’s Wharf when his cell phone rang (what else is new?). He starts chatting away with Marshall – the MAN – Lamm (you’ll know why in the next sentence why he’s THE MAN!). Marshall books for the Sonoma Wine and Jazz Concert, where T was scheduled to play the next afternoon. But, Marshall needed someone to represent the concert series at the KPIX Channel 5 news station for the Sunday morning news — and who did he call? Terrence Brewer!

So, on Sunday morning we drove to SF and Terrence was interviewed by Lisa Chan and Joe Vazquez and had a chance to play live on air on KPIX morning news from 7:30 – 8:30am. Then, the same news crew hosts the UPN Channel 44 morning news from 8:30 – 9:30am and they asked him to stay for that; so, he was interviewed again and played some more.

It was very cool, especially since some people up in Sonoma said they came up just to see Terrence because they saw him on the news. It looks as if I may have to compete with either 6 year olds or 60-something women for Terrence’s affection;).

Needless to say, that experience was crazy enough, but the Monday prior (5/22/06), T had his 1-hour radio interview on www.kcsm.org with Chris Cortez, then a feature article on Thursday (5/25/06) in the Contra Costa Times.

And, if all that wasn’t enough, T filmed a segment for Back in the Day with Satin Dawl for public access TV today (5/30/06) and all I kept hearing was, “Watch the vertical, Camera 3!”

Yeah, someone – the director – actually said that to me! I can now add camera operator to my resume. When we showed up at the studio (right here in good ‘ol Alameda) they were short one camera operator and somehow, I was recruited for the job — my name is actually going to roll in the credits – how funny is that! Camera 3 is in charge of all the close-up’s of the host — watch for my fancy work:).

More musical mishaps to follow…

It Really Is the Small Things That Count

T had a gig last night at a ‘listening’ venue — not some restaurant where the music is meant to be heard in the background and the the conversations are usually louder than the music – but a real listening venue.

Okay, let me take a moment of your time and define the difference between hearing and listening (all my students reading this better be able to define it!).

Hearing is a physiological process where sound waves are taken in and recognized by the eardrums. Listening is an active process where you become mindful, select, organize, interpret, respond, and remember information. You can ‘hear’ many things and not really ‘listen’ to them. Take for instance, you’re busy typing or reading something on the internet and your loved one in the other room is talking to you. You can ‘hear’ that they’re saying something, but you’re not listening to them (shame on you!) because you are not being mindful and choosing to organize in your mind what they are saying so that you can respond to them and remember what they’ve said.

So, as I was saying before my typing was interrupted by a vagrant who tried to shimmy his way between our house and the neighbors fence to ‘take a drink’ and then insulted me and called me m’am . Where’s a good watch dog when you need one??? Pit bulls are vicious my a#@! Bella didn’t even give a bark… okay, where was I? Oh yes….

Terrence played a listening venue last night in Berkeley – Anna’s Jazz Island. And, as the guys were playing and taking turns with solos, people were clapping, not just at the end of each song, but AFTER EACH SOLO! I leaned over to a friend and whispered, “You know, it’s the small things that count; it’s just nice to hear people clap after a solo without me having to start the clapping and to know people are really listening and enjoying the music”. 🙂

If you want to ‘listen’ and enjoy the music, check out www.terrencebrewer.com or come to an upcoming gig — there’s lot’s of ’em! — Most notably his CD release party at Jazz at Pearls in SF on Thursday, June 1st. www.jazzatpearls.com

Amazing Students

Maybe one of the reasons I became a teacher is because I love school so much! And I love summer vacation but always look forward to going back to school. This is true for me as a child and now as an adult.

But, I just get so attached to my students. They’re great! All of them have a very unique ‘story’ and in the past five years during my time in the Contra Costa Community College District, I’ve had the opportunity and good fortune to have some amazing students in my classes. What’s even better are the interesting things I’ve learned through speeches as well as the life lessons I’ve learned from them…

– a student fled from Mexico and a man died so that my student could get here to the states safely – gratefulness/thankfulness
– international student who wants stricter border control – taking a stand even when it’s not a popular one
– DUI/jail – the importance of knowing even when one drink is too much
– mercury poisoning – perseverance and the importance of health
– rape – bravery, courage, and self esteem
– lesbian who’s parents found out she was gay b/c of a speech – pride!
– hemophiliac – the importance of donating blood
– single moms – kids are important and family always comes first
– knew a friend who committed suicide – the pain that depression and suicide cause to others

To be continued….

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