Jon Finn, Steve Marchena, and I decided to arrange Auld Lang Syne for 3 Ukuleles. We had so much fun! I hope 2017 brings you great joy and happiness.
I can't believe the time has finally arrived to post the flyer for my senior recital! Although this is not my first performance, it feels like I'm stepping through a giant threshold at the edge of my huge musical dream, to a place I've never been before. I've never worked so hard or passionately as I have to complete this enormous goal. I'm sure I will wake up on November 23 feeling like myself...sort of like the day after Christmas...but there is no doubt I am changed after all of this. There were a few times (not many) that I considered quitting. But the thought of going back to my old life seemed so much worse than pushing through to the end. There were times I didn't think I could do it, but someone would gently say, "You are doing it!" And I pressed on. Many times I felt overwhelmed and insecure and I had to remind myself to take one small step at a time. One step led to another, to another, and another, and now I will actually have a degree. This recital is the final piece, more like a celebration of all I've been learning. I hope you'll be able to make it, and if you won't be able to come to Boston, please watch online. You can click on this link to watch on November 22, 2016 at 10pm eastern time bit.ly/berklee_dininghall
I finally sat down for long enough to learn Larry Carlton's famous solo! I love it. It's so fun to play!
All right friends...I'm trying something new. The Chord of the Week!!! I hope it will bring you joy and inspire a love for chords.<3 I am planning on offering chords for all levels so please continue watching each week. You will find a tab above to see all of the episodes or click here http://www.julimorgan.com/the-chord-of-the-week/
I am so pleased to announce I'll be performing at this year's Boston Chick Singer Night. All proceeds will go to Medford Calling, an after school music program at Medford High School. The event is Friday, June 3, 2016 (8pm) at the Chevalier Theater, 30 Forest Street, Medford, MA. You can purchase tickets here http://csnboston.brownpapertickets.com
In October of 2012, a man from Guitar Center in Los Angeles called me at work and told me Joe Satriani had chosen my video out of 2000 entries to be one of the 10 winners of his WHOOZNXT contest! They flew me to LA and put me up in a fancy boutique hotel for a night. I hung out with 9 of the coolest guitar players I've ever met. We got a special masterclass with Joe himself and they awarded each of us with the beautiful JS20s 20th Anniversary Ibanez. Joe actually played the guitar at his show at the Orpheum in Boston this past Saturday night!
It was such a beautiful weekend and it all came together at a time in my life when I desperately needed some inspiration and confidence. I am so grateful for the opportunity.
Here is my award winning video!! Thank you for watching!
I'm going to be singing and playing Venus Isle by Eric Johnson for my senior recital in the fall, so I decided to post a video of the solo.
I have the honor of playing at the annual Berklee Guitarist-Singer/Songwriter Showcase tonight with 9 other guitarist-singer/songwriters! I will be performing my song 'Go' with a band and a full string section at the Berklee Performance Center.
If you aren't in the area and you'd like to watch live online please click the link below https://www.concertwindow.com/488-berklee-performance-center
The show starts at 8 PM EDT
I’m finished!! I completed my first year at Berklee and as far as I can tell I am miles ahead of where I was when I started this journey.
My challenges this semester came from unexpected sources. I imagined my stress might come from trying to memorize scales and chords and ear training melodies, but it was freezing cold and blizzards that threw me for a loop. There was the panicked feeling in my chest as I sat at the T station for my entire French class and running into my Ear Training class 15 minutes late. Waiting over an hour for that T in -10 degrees has got to be the most uncomfortable feeling, next to labor, I’ve experienced in my life. (I know I don’t get out much) I discovered the difference between fashion hats, gloves, and scarves and winter hats, gloves, and scarves. And shoveling snow! I didn’t even understand why one would have to shovel snow thinking it would disappear the next day in the rain like it always does on the West Coast. What? You mean this stuff is staying around for three months?? You’ve got to be kidding me!!
There were the days consoling my 6 year old daughter who was having terrible trouble reading, weeping with her when she got a zero on her spelling test, hugging her through meltdowns in the morning because she absolutely, positively didn’t want to go to school. I remember nights boiling inside because she was fighting with me about doing her homework. All I could picture was the piles of homework I had waiting for me after she fell asleep. Then my 13-year-old daughter started to act 13. I never saw that coming!! Some nights I would ask God ‘Are you sure I’m the one you wanted to send to Berklee? Because I just can’t possibly see how this is going to work out for me right now’ I have to choose my kids first. But I so deeply, desperately want this…I have to somehow make this work….
Going to music school as a mom has its challenges, but there are also so so many wonderful things about music school that make it worth the struggle. Like going to Peter Bernstein, Dweezil Zappa, and Guthrie Govan master classes, having a lesson with John Knowles, debuting ‘Always Remember Atahualpa’ in a symphony of 75 guitars, playing with amazing musicians in my ensembles, learning all sorts of new music, learning all sorts of crazy music theory that blows my mind, yes these are the perks.
And check out all of the incredible teachers I got to learn from
I also had the privilege of having lunch with Roger Brown and some other students. It was such a great experience.
There are times when I miss my old life. I miss having amazing gigs to look forward to every weekend, rocking out for tons of happy, dancing people. I miss my friends. I miss my co-workers and manicure/pedicure clients at Foxfire Salon. I miss my cute little apartment on Proctor. I sometimes think living your life and having a dream is a good life. Sometimes that can get a person through the rest of their days. But going after your dream is something different. It takes work. It takes stepping backward so you can move forward. It takes going to the bottom so you can move to the top. It takes more energy that I ever imagined it would take. It takes reaching deeper than your arms can reach. But in that reaching and searching there is such deep satisfaction. I’m sounding so cheesy but this is the life! This is the good life to me and I’m going with it.
I was sitting on the couch the other day with my kitten thinking about my first semester at Berklee. I realized how much time I had left until I started school again and I was feeling unproductive so I gave myself a huge goal of recording 5 songs in 5 days. It was more challenging and I learned more about Protools than I thought I would. I had so much fun choosing the songs and learning them and I'm super happy with how they turned out. I only ended up recording 4. My daughters wanted to have a sleepover so I ditched my recording schedule and had a girls night instead. I know I just posted a video of Accustomed To Her Face but the one I recorded is a version with vocals and an Ebow solo. I hope you enjoy my recordings.
This song has a special meaning to me. Not only is it Wes Montgomery’s arrangement of I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face, from one of my all time favorite musicals ‘My Fair Lady’, It takes me back to my childhood. I’ve seen My Fair Lady so many times with my father playing Henry Higgins. In my opinion he was the best Henry Higgins ever!!
This song is so beautiful because he sings it the moment he realizes how much he cares for Eliza. He realizes she is, in fact, a human being with feelings and emotions and not just an experiment to win a bet.
And now it will forever be the piece I played for my first proficiency exam at Berklee. I’ll never forget it.
First day of school and last day of school...still me but different...
Well, I did it! I successfully moved two kiddos and myself across the country and completed one semester at Berklee College of Music. It wasn’t easy and if you would have asked me two weeks ago if I recommend going for your dreams I would have answered…hmmm no comment…BUT now that I’m sitting on this side of the fence the grass is greener! It’s true what they say; the grass is greener where you water it. I’ve watered and I’ve worked. I found myself going to God praying for miracles and He has delivered.
You want to know what I love about being a student? People ask all the time ‘what do you want Juli? What do you think of this? What’s your opinion on that?’ At the beginning of the semester I found it to be really frustrating because I had already made so many huge, drastic decisions and in many ways I didn’t think I had opinions and ideas on the small details. I’m a go with the flow type girl. But over the course of 15 weeks I’ve grown and changed and realized I DO have opinions and ideas. It’s giving me the opportunity to dream about all of the details of my future and also helping me look at the world with new eyes and ears.
You'll find some photos below of some amazing people at Berklee. I'm so grateful to each and every one of them for how they've enriched my life and made this pursuit of music possible. My professors all have careers alongside their professor gigs. Please check out the links to their websites. You will be so impressed as I am.
Now I can say with confidence to anyone ‘go for your dreams!’ You’ll have to sacrifice but the pay off is huge. Change is good and work is good. Especially if it involves doing something you love with all of your heart. Thank you all for your prayers, love and encouragement.