Mips: frivolous notes of the Skyylark


Sink or Swim

Change: it's about as certain as death and taxes. Sometimes it's bad, sometimes it's good, and sometimes it takes a long time to really decipher whether it's bad or good. Bad or good, it gets you out of your comfort zone and either you can swim with it or sink with it. Change has happened. And in result, I have a lot of extra time on my hands. Which, on a positive side, gives me a chance to update this blog:) But on the down side, if I do nothing special with this time, I start to sink. So here's what I propose: I need a project!

These are ideas that I've toyed with for a long time, but never really got off the ground since my energies were focused elsewhere. There's three of them, and I can't seem to decide which is most worth my time, or (let's be realistic here) which I'll actually be able to pull off. I'm going to list them off, along with their positives and negatives. Perhaps this will help me funnel my thoughts, strap my water wings on, and finally be able to get at least a good doggie paddle going.

Missy's Crazy Ideas (or Crazy Missy's Ideas)

1. Perform...Again

Positives - I've been dying to sing on stage again. Singing will always be a great love of mine and I'd give anything to enjoy it again.
Negatives - I'm too picky about projects. I surf craigslist daily for the perfect opportunity to get back in the scene, but not too far in the scene. I want to perform but not too often, with a small group but not too small, in a group not too old but not too young, etc. This all leads me to believe that my pickyness may just be me trying to avoid it all together, since my last experience with performing was quite a messy one. And in result, I honestly don't think I could enjoy performing like I once did...

2. Write a Curriculum Book

Positives - I have so many ideas for curriculum in my field, and I use them a lot for my work. And actually, there are very little curriculum materials to be found for this particular age group. There's a big ol' gap in Early Childhood Music Education and I feel it needs to be explored, so there:b
Negatives - How the hell do you get things published? Haha.

3. Make a Children's Album
Positives - Move over Raffi, Missy's a comin'! Yes, this has been done before. Sometimes very successfully, and sometimes... (well, let's just say there's a LOT of bad children's music out there. But that's a whole blog post on it's own.) Anyway, once again, I've found a another gap. There's children's music that teaches math, reading, spelling, even science. But there's very little children's music that teaches the basic musical concepts. You'd think there would be music that teaches about music, but there's not. I've already written a few songs that I do with my kids. And I know a lot of local musicians who could help me out with this.
Negatives - How do you market stuff like that? Yes, I could get it made, but I have no head for business and wouldn't know what to do with it after it's done. Obviously my audience would be music teachers and preschool/kindergarten teachers. How would I get it into the classrooms?

So those are my crazy ideas. I'd really like some feedback, if possible. Which do you think could swim the best? And even if nothing big comes out of one of these projects, I'll still be better off having accomplished something besides eating ice cream and watching the Olympics. Tootles!


  • At February 15, 2010 at 5:56 PM , Blogger Rathlisberger Family said...

    Wow, I have never heard you talk about the last two ideas but both sound like great ideas.

    Could you sell it locally? Maybe you could go to Lakeshore Learning and see if they could do anything for you?!?! All I know is they sell a lot of educational materials and a lot of teachers shop there.

    And hey, I'd buy a CD! I love all those children's music CD's...even the bad ones ;)

    Like you said "And even if nothing big comes out of one of these projects, I'll still be better off having accomplished something besides eating ice cream and watching the Olympics."

    Go for it Miss!!!

  • At February 15, 2010 at 6:08 PM , Blogger Rathlisberger Family said...

    Ooops, just to clarify...I wasn't saying your CD would be bad, I was talking about the ones you referenced in you post ;) I am sure yours would be one of the good ones.

  • At February 15, 2010 at 6:21 PM , Blogger Missy said...

    I know you didn't mean it that way, hon, heh. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • At February 15, 2010 at 8:21 PM , Blogger Melissa & Craig Gottschalk said...

    I say go for #3!! It seems like a combo of 1 & 2... it still revolves around music while allowing you to create something educational for children. I'd love to hear what you've already come up with! I'm sure there are ways/contacts out there to get it exposed & selling like hot cakes.

    p.s. You're not crazy. Well, maybe just a liiiiittle. ;) But remember, we all are in one way or another.

  • At February 16, 2010 at 3:22 PM , Anonymous Annie said...

    Ice cream and watching the Olympics sounds great to me!

    You have such a creative spirit, so I think you should create. Making a children's CD, with a lot of action and fun, sound much more interesting than a dull, dry book. Who knows, maybe you can reintroduce your accordion and ukelele to add a little craziness and fun. Go for it!

  • At February 24, 2010 at 6:21 PM , Blogger Rathlisberger Family said...

    You mentioned that you had a great idea in the shower the other day in regards to this. I have been checking back to get the update...still nothing?!?!?

  • At March 1, 2010 at 7:32 PM , Blogger Kruger Kids said...

    I love them all! I know this might sound totally "NeeNee" but have you thought about helping to lead worship at a church? There are a lot of churches that have great worship teams that you can sing with and others that could probably really use your help. Some of them get pretty rockin'. Our worship director reminds me A LOT of you in her style.

    This is the totally non-creative side of me that says, "Write curriculum!!!" LOVE THAT.

    And the side of me that wants so badly to be creative but is totally not says, "Make a CD!!"

    So I vote:
    Sing with a worship team at a church.
    Write curriculum that has a CD to go with it.

  • At March 3, 2010 at 1:47 PM , Anonymous John H. said...

    Try talking to Dean S over at the U of MN about the marketing of music materials for school age kids. He's written a ton of music for elementary and high school, as well as learning materials. I'm sure he would have some great ideas for you to help you along. Good luck!


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