I must say, the last few years have been so amazing to get to perform and teach so many of you! This new situation we were thrown into has really screwed up a lot of musicians and our drive and desire.
I, myself have a lot to update you on. I've auditioned for a local University here in Houston. I will only announce which University it is once, I've talked more with them about scholarship and such. COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into most musician’s, school’s and really just everyone’s income and wellbeing.
Lets start back a couple months ago, shall we. I have been having so much fun running my own private studio, practicing, cooking, performing and being able to do things I've always wanted to do. I've had so much time recently to discover Yoga and to try and recenter myself again. I will absolutely admit that I wish I had more motivation to practice. I wish I could be face to face with my students to help them work through all of this and answer any questions I could. It has been hard for a lot of us to even think about touching our instruments due to the fact that we have no idea when we will play another concert. Let alone the students who have no idea when things might go back to normal. I started the process of reforming Dublin Free Press over the last few months and I am very excited to announce that! During this quarantine time, I’ve been able to really get into my yoga practice. I just started running today but I can tell you my knees and cement to do not mix. Hopefully after this is all done, I’ll actually be able to go group yoga. The thought of a yoga class has always given me anxiety. I’ve been working on new material and getting a website up and running for Dublin Free Press and I’ve really had time to realize that I love to cook and I’m decent at it! If you have any favorite recipes, I’m willing to try my luck at them! Send them my way! Also if you don’t have an instant pot, GO GET ONE NOW! So in short, we are all stuck inside. We are all in this together. Do what you love. Discover new things that you can love and things you can do to fill your time. Like fix your old broken laptop cause you never know when that will come in handy! Listen to new music, learn a new language, listen to old music, literally anything that wont hurt or harm another living being. Meet new people via social media and most of all, be kind and loving towards one another. Try to go out to get some fresh air and just wave to someone next door. It might make their day just as much as it might make yours. And if you even get the smallest bit of inspiration to practice, do. Everyone stay healthy and stay safe! Lots of love. -Emilio