The Post In Which I Begin Contributing To This Blog

Friday, April 23, 2010 7:49 PM Posted by Cole Freakin' Thomas

When I started this post, I wanted to get a cool image to go along with it. Something that would personify my inner-self in such a way that reading this post would only make things more convoluted. That way, even illiterate people could get me. I know what you're thinking: "Cole, why in the heck would illiterate people poke through random blogs? It's not like they can...y'know... read them...". That's irrelevant at this point. The fact of the matter is that I have your attention, and I haven't even conveyed so much as a solid thought. It's all been a clever ruse to make introduction filler.
When I got the invite on Facebook from Mallory to write for this thing, my first thought was "Oh, jeez. I left that magnetic thingy at work, didn't I?". By 'Magnetic Thingy', I meant my name tag. Ever seen a magnetic name tag? Those things will save your clothes, but ruin your iPhone. Fair trade off, if you ask me. My second thought was: "Awesome. Mallory likes the cut of my jib when it comes to blogging.". I used to keep up my own personal blog, but once I started working full time, I put it on the back-burner. The invite I got was a good personal kick in the you-know-where to put down the guitar, take off the headphones and write about funny anecdotes and personal experiences again.

I'm a musician. You oughta know about music by now. It's like... everywhere and whatnot. But I'm not talking about any kind of music. I'm talking about music that brings people together. Music that can reunite families and turn a boring little get together into a grand masquerade. I teach piano and guitar as well as perform for weddings, restaurants and hotels. I've seen a child struggle with "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" for two weeks running, and come back a few days later to have a proud mother announce how well he's doing. I've had a guy (or lady... I had no way of knowing, to be honest) in a foam syringe costume dance to my ragtime songs for a Health Partners party. Which was without a doubt one of the most bizarre experiences I've had in the past few months.

So there you have it. I'm more than happy to put up some personal stories about my work and my life. Who knows; Maybe I'll contribute a (Better) photo or two if I have my camera handy when something awesome happens. I'm not fond of those "Shoot, I really really really wish I had my camera..." moments.

I hope this blog really takes off. I'm proud to be a part of it.

~Cole

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