Thursday, January 27, 2011

Magical Moment 357, "Any Old Business, Any New Business?

Do you enjoy looking at your old yearbook photos, or does it make you cringe to see what you once were? For me, and probably for most, it's a little of both. There is proof of how goofy, naive, and immature I used to be (dorky, bad dresser, stringy hair, but I digress). And proof of how much I've grown since then (I have better hair now).

I found something today from my early musician-hood that made me laugh out loud. I began playing piano professionally (I use the term loosely) during my senior year of high school. In trying to gain some more business, I asked my then piano teacher, Ceil Brown, to help create a business card for me. This was before I knew how to use a computer (oh my, I didn't realize I was so old). Ceil, in addition to being amazingly gifted and a wonderful teacher, is one of the funniest people I've ever known. She came back the next week with some very professional samples......and this one. I'm so thankful that I've kept it tucked away all these years and found it again, like a 20 dollar bill in my old jeans (though this is worth far more). Now that I think about it, I wonder, have I really gotten past this point as a musician? Cuz I seem to be singing the same tune...

"I kan play on the peanno for yoo. Iff yoo kall me I will play songz yoo lik to heer. Maybie yoo will pay me sum monie for me playing for yoo, ok? Yoors trulie Ellissabeth D."

Well, I must have grown some, because I have a professional business card now, with a logo created by a real-live, talented artist, Joanna Bessire. She created 3 mock ups for me to choose from. I chose the first, though I thought the bird idea was genius.  What are some ways you've grown either professionally or personally, and have the proof to back it up?

See more of Joanna Bessire's work here. Check out her blog here.