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A man walked into a conversation, and…

Posted by cjaxon on September 27, 2010

Quick news before the actual post: This week I have a very exciting project to work on. The school’s choir that I sing in is performing in Chapel this week. Our anthem is Baba Yetu, an arrangement of the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili. And the special project is that I’m a featured soloist. In Swahili. Yes, this very white boy is getting in touch with his inner African to praise the Lord. It’s gonna rock.

Also coming up: an essay and test on Hinduism, attending three different performances, and working at a Haunted House. Ah, the exciting life of a performer.

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It happens to us all the time. We enter a room, or walk past a group of people, or someone walks in on the phone and we hear something like “Of course I punched it in the face.”

What??  Read the rest of this entry »

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Labor Day and this Week

Posted by cjaxon on September 20, 2010

I know Labor Day was two weeks ago, but I think this is a cool piece of my life.

I went home for Labor Day weekend, which meant I didn’t really get a holiday. It took all day Friday to get there and all day Monday to get back, so I really had a normal weekend. But the upside is I got to visit with people that I didn’t see when I moved Sarah in, or really even in May when I went back for her graduation. And I got to reunite with my Guatemalan friend.

For those that don’t know, my whole family went to Guatemala over last Christmas break with our church orchestra on a musical mission trip. It was a great experience for everyone, and taught firsthand that music in general, and worship specifically, are universal languages. While we were there, a man named Gabriel Garcia was our contact/translator and played trumpet for us. He’s felt called by the Lord for some time to go to Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth and get a Master’s in Worship Leading. His biggest obstacle was raising money and finding enough sponsors. (International students have to have steady sponsors, kind of like a guarantee, to be allowed to attend.) By this past April he’d all but given up on making this dream happen; in July one of the professors called and wanted to help sponsor him. Within a month he’d sold all his worldly possessions – his car, his furniture, his house – and moved into the dorms.  Read the rest of this entry »

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First week back

Posted by cjaxon on September 6, 2010

**This was supposed to have gone up last Monday and didn’t. And I only just realized that. So sorry!!

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I know I said I’d update every Monday, and then the very next Monday ((well, two now)) I didn’t. My bad. It’s because this first week back has been ridiculous. There were literally auditions or callbacks every evening.

Sunday two weeks ago was the Wind Phil chair placements. Monday was Light in the Piazza, Smile, and Bye Bye Birdie. (I still get nervous about these musical auditions, because I had such bad experiences my freshman year, and I can’t figure out what he wants or what I’m supposed to be. This time I just went in and sang something I enjoy and had fun with it. And got two callbacks!) Tuesday was a Master’s dance Thesis audition. Wednesday was the Sr. Choreography show.  Thursday was Piazza and Smile callbacks. Friday the Piazza cast list went up, and in the evening were the Birdie callbacks. Saturday was the opera auditions, and Sunday were the opera callbacks. Meanwhile, every day in our dance classes we had “leveling,” where they decide which level class you need to be in. Which means we came in, warmed up briefly, then learned and performed a combo. (Feels alot like more auditioning.)

Which I guess, in a way, alot of my life will feel like from now on.  Read the rest of this entry »

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