New Year’s Resolution: A Cello Recital

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Friday, January 04, 2013

As 2012 drew to a close, we asked you to declare your creative New Year’s resolution. We heard from more than 100 ambitious creatives, including aspiring novelists, composers, and a poet-turned-singer.

Now that it’s 2013, it’s time to make good on those promises. Over the course of the year, Kurt Andersen will check in on a few of your projects to see how they are going. His first call is to Michael Relland, an elementary school band and orchestra teacher in Phoenix, who wrote to Studio 360:

“I would like to finally put on a cello recital. “I guess I always saw it as excessively self-serving but, having given ten years to the public schools, I'm ready for an artistic ‘me’-explosion! I see it not only as a way to live out my adolescent wish, but to rally and find collaborators.”

But “asking others to come hear it,” Michael admits, is daunting. “It’s easy to play in a room and be modest and think happy things about the noises I make. But to involve everyone else, to explicitly say you’re an artist is more of a challenge.”

For the program, Michael has his eye on Bach’s unaccompanied cello suites. “That’s the top of the mountain for most cellists,” he tells Kurt. “He wrote them as instructional pieces so we have this echo of myself teaching kids to play.”

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Jenny Lawton

Comments [1]

I was supposed to always be living a creative life! But for the past 20 years (painful to admit), I have been hijacked into working in "business" environments. I decided I would take my life back into Working in a creative environment--but I have failed. Sadly, I got the "stink" of being labeled a "Fundraiser" on me--and my resume--even though I feature all the writing and PR management I have done. No matter what I apply for, I can't seem to get back into an artistic environment. I even quit working last year to deliberately force myself to move in a creative direction. But with no luck, I am back looking at dull, boring "regular" jobs. I can feel the life drain out of me just forcing myself to apply for them. How do you get back into the creative world once you leave it???!!!

Jan. 17 2013 03:40 PM

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