Time has kind of slipped away from me. I've been meaning to do this for a while, but am just now getting around to it. I'd like to introduce/thank the members of the orchestra for my album release show. This show would have surely been a HUGE flop without the help of some really amazing musicians. I am honored to also call these people my friends. I should mention that I didn't actually know any of these people before the show. They did this show (and many rehearsals) for FREE and put up with me week after week. This post will be divided into two parts. First, the violins:
Erin Hefta- Erin, you were a strong leader from the beginning. You always came in with a smile, that goes a long way with someone as high-strung as myself. Let's work together again soon! Thank you.
Kera Newman- Kera, I felt like even after meeting you one time, that we were friends. And it was a joy to see you perform the other night with your band! Thank you.
Tony Dissmore- Tony, you were soft spoken, but such a STRONG player! You play with feeling and sophistication; you were a wonderful addition to this section. Thank you for helping us out.
Lian Ojakangas- Lian, you are an amazing talent. One of the youngest players in our group, yet one of the best. So, how did you memorize all of that music, when I forgot to ever give you any music?!? Simply amazing.
Chaski Dye: Chaski, we didn't even meet until the day of the dress rehearsal. But you brought so much life to that rehearsal! The night was going on and on, but you kept such a positive attitude; it was contagious. Thank you for that.
David Sutton: I can't believe you drove all the way from Minnesota to play with us! Not only that, you stuck around after the show and helped me move everything back to the studio. David, I could never thank you enough for all of your hard work and your kindness. You are truly one of the most gifted players I've met.
Ross Donaldson: Ross, you also drove from out of town to play with us. You even drove down for several of the group rehearsals! I feel like I've made a good friend, and I know we will work together again. I am LOVING your CD! Good work my friend.
Brianna Cline: Brianna, it was such a joy to be in the same room as you! In stressful situations, it's always good to have at least ONE "Brianna" in the room. I'm thankful you are a Red Velvet fan, and that I still get to see you on a regular basis. You are such a talent, and a gem.
Greg Dissmore: Greg, you are such a solid player, and a strong leader. Thank you so much for helping to lead the 2nds. You seemed to have a way of calmly, and quietly getting everyone on the same page with bowing, and trying to figure out what I was trying to say in the music. Thank you!
Tessa Hull: Tessa, I am so thankful we met! You joined us late in the game, but you worked overtime to catch up. There's nothing more satisfying than seeing people in the group take initiative and work things out on their own. Thank you for all of the time you put into this, it didn't go unnoticed.
Tomorrow I will introduce the rest of the band. I was afraid if I did it all at once, the list might get a little long. So, another round of applause for my violin section! Thanks eveyone.