Ask Damian Erskine: Farewell (For Now)
So much to be thankful for…
What am I thankful for this holiday season? You, the readers.
I first started the “Ask Damian” column in July 2009, and I am continually amazed by the global reach and positive response to it.
As many of you know, I travel a fair bit throughout the year, gigging for one band or another as well as working in different countries with Jazz Education Abroad. It seems that no matter what far-flung corner of the globe I may be in, I will meet someone who starts off the introduction by saying, “I LOVE your columns on No Treble…” It astonishes and humbles me.
I’ve always been one to assume that what I do, I do for its own sake and I don’t honestly expect anybody to take much notice. When I receive thank you messages from people, who found one column or another eye-opening or helpful in some way, I’m astounded and it fills me with pride and gratitude.
That being said, I feel like I need to take a bit of an indefinite hiatus. Aside from being very busy (and not wanting to compromise the intention that goes into this column by not devoting enough time to respond thoughtfully about something), I’ve also answered so many questions that most things I think of, or others write in about, have been covered in one (or multiple) ways over the years.
I do hope that you will all continue to send in ideas and questions you have (email me at [email protected]). I may stock-pile a few of the meatier subjects for later, but I will continue to respond directly to many of the lighter subjects (probably directing you to one or more columns I have written on the topic). I can also connect via Skype for lessons if you’d like a more direct connection to get into some stuff together.
To all of you new and long-time readers of “Ask Damian” (and No Treble as a whole), thank you for honoring me with your time, thoughtful messages, and thought-provoking questions. I learned more than I taught while doing this.
You all rule! I’ll be reading right along with you every week and hope to contribute more in the future!