Thoughtful holiday gifts for bassoonists can be tricky! How do you best support your bassoon-crazed loved one and give them a gift they actually want? As much as I have a soft spot in my heart for gifts such as these...
... here is a quick shopping guide for items that your favorite bassoonist would be truly excited to receive. Happy shopping!
On a budget?
Read the following ten books:
- Shel Silverstein
Enemy: The "Fall Back" Reed
You know the reed I'm talking about. It's kind of smelly and might be chipped, and you hope you never get asked to show it to your teacher in a lesson, because then he/she will know that you still put that in your mouth.
Weapon: The Wall Test
Should you still be playing this reed? *smash* Nope.
Enemy: The Locker
This one's also pretty self-explanatory. My bassoon sits on top of two copies of the Weissenborn, my three-weeks-past recital music (all out of order), and a box of tea bags. I'm not joking.
Weapon: Locker Clean Out Day
Remember that day in middle school when everyone piled into the hall with trash barrels on wheels and finally threw out all of the gum wrappers and bananas and old quizzes? I'm doing that.
Enemy: The "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda"
Your jury/recital/competition is next month/next week/tomorrow, and you are freaking out. "If I woulda had more time, I coulda practiced more, and I shoulda made it a priority."
Weapon: The "Did"
All we can control is what we do moving forward, and maybe the best use of my time is not thinking about what I woulda-coulda-shoulda done, but rather doing what I can and should do to put my best foot forward. This is a biggie, and it could be another blog unto itself. Hm, stay tuned...
Enemy: The Impostor Phenomenon
I do this one particular injustice with a tiny paragraph. Most basically, this is a near-constant feeling of fraudulence. "Thanks for thinking I'm awesome, but it's really only a matter of time before everyone realizes I'm just really good at faking."
Weapon: Going Public
After doing some reading, I found a cool Psychology Today interview that recommends airing out some these feelings simply by saying them, so here goes. Sometimes I feel like I am less competent than everyone seems to think. Sometimes that makes me worry that people will regret working with me.
Need a safe space to go public? There's a comment section below!