I started doing circus in college. My roommate could juggle and he found out about a circus club on campus. I didn’t really want to go, I didn’t know how to juggle. And aside from a couple of gymnastics classes when I was in pre-school, I’d never tried anything like circus before. But he was pretty persistent and I didn’t know a lot of people so I figured why not give it a shot? Needless to say I was hooked immediately. I spent the following weeks juggling incessantly in my room and making sure I was perfectly on time for the next circus club meeting.
The flip side of the story is that the reason I went to college at all was music. I’ve been playing guitar since I was 10 years old and by the time high school was coming to an end I was certain I was going to be rockstar. And I guess I am in some ways but it’s not quite the way I imagined. But rockstars have to go to school too. Even if they decide to study juggling instead of Mozart in their free time.
This summer is kind of like a culminating point for me. I’ve been really lucky to have my circus and music worlds interwoven. But never quite like this. I’ve written and played music for shows before, but a full length show is a different beast entirely. It’s definitely a daunting enterprise for me in some ways, but it also presents a welcome challenge.
I’m excited to get to work. I really like the people involved and I think we’re all bursting with anticipation to finally be in the same room and start making this show a reality. 2 weeks! I hope to see you all out there.