In Praise of the Day Job

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It’s a rich and full existence I inhabit.  Here on this long-running and still lowly little blog of mine, I often highlight the adventures of my home life via kids, dogs, and tales of travel to other lands.  More often, I share what’s what in the realm of art-work and life imagined by my mind’s eye.  Only occasionally do I make mention of The Day Job, my part time employment at Carroll Concertinas where I have the gift of being a small part of a team of talented folks who craft gorgeous musical instruments.

Recently, a friend of one of my co-workers came for a visit to the shop to document some of our process for Soapbox Media . He has created a beautiful video that gives a small peek into the world of wonder in which we have the great honor to work.  It is said that artists who’s work comes along in feast-or-famine style must attempt to maintain some sort of Day Job for the leaner times.  In our world, where clock, calendar and contract rule the day, this is a difficult task.  I am incredibly fortunate to set my own schedule to do the work I need to do, in the studio, for my travel workshops and at the concertina shop.  I am also even more fortunate to work with fellow artisans and musicians who love what they do as much, if not more so, than I do.

So here is a peek into my ‘Other’ work; work I love as much as the artwork and teaching I do.  Do you work as a creative? I’d love to know what other wonderful ‘day jobs’ are out there that enable us to cobble this creative life together in a world that often seems hardwired in the linear.

the music in the video is by fabulous concertina player edel fox.

5 thoughts on “In Praise of the Day Job”

  1. That was an amazing video! Beautiful music and such fun to see some of the process behind creating a concertina. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

    1. Thanks Michele!! I think it’s always fascinating to see what artists do to earn money besides their art work. And I am well aware that I work in a fantastical, magical place where there is music and mayhem at every turn. Really love it!

  2. Such exquisite workmanship! It must indeed be a joy to work in such an environment, Amy. It was lovely to see inside your workaday world… xxx

  3. I know exactly what you mean, Amy. I’m a writer, first and foremost, and lucky enough to work only very part time during the week to pay my bills. The job is rewarding at times, and it gives me a lot of freedom to spend my other time writing etc. By the way, I do love your website!

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