As you probably know if you read this, but will learn if you finish this sentence, I have accepted a job in Des Moines Iowa as a Compliance Specialist with EcoEngineers. We help renewable fuel producers across America with meeting government requirements and making connections. It's a great job and the people I work with are a wonderful blend of personalities.
But wait, didn't John just get a Master's degree in music, I hear someone say. Maybe. Yes, he did, but he also earned a degree in Environmental Studies back at the University of Nebraska Lincoln which is a great background for this position.
I believe that balancing work, art, and life is an important goal, and that my work at EcoEngineers will enhance my music making abilities. While it does cut heavily into the time I can spend gigging and practicing, it also provides income that allows me not to worry about money in comparison with trying to gig for a living. Also, the experiences I have in my work are much different than my previous music experiences, so it's giving me a new pallet of emotions and experiences to draw upon. I'm going to really try and see if this is the balance I need and want w.
I'm still settling in and getting used to the big move from Minneapolis to Des Moines, especially since I packed and moved my entire life in about a week and a half!! Ah!
So far so good, and the music will never stop. As silence is what we paint on, I'm stretching out a lot of canvas during this transition. Thanks to everyone for their help, and stay in touch!!