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ashes-0f-laughter · 13 days ago
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Quick question - what are some of the big issues y’all have when practicing or learning music (any instrument) or in your flute playing (If you’re a flute player)? or even things you wish you knew when you were younger to your instrument
I’m brainstorming ideas at the moment and want to poll those who aren’t me and past-me.
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heidikaybegay · 5 days ago
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Episode 159: An Interview with Natalia Jarząbek!
Flute 360 | E159: “An Interview with Natalia Jarząbek!” (55:44)
In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Natalia Jarząbek who is a flutist, educator, and published author! Natalia dives into her newly published book titled, “Flute Infinity!” She explains how the book came about, the process of writing, the book’s content, and lessons she learned along the way! Enjoy!
E159 – Resources Mentioned:
Flute Infinity
FB Page: Flute Infinity
Instagram: Follow Natalia!
Natalia’s Bio!
Listen to Episodes 79, 80, 81, and 82 with Robert Dick!
April’s Incentives for Flute 360 Listeners!
Elizabeth Talbert: Receive 20% off of the book, “Applied Flute Practice Technique” from now until 05/07/2021! Use your FLUTE360 code, today!
Price Publications: Check-out these two flute books titled, “Book of Solos” by Maron Khoury & “Book of Arias” by Marie Tachouet!
2T Academy: Check-out these amazing remote classes provided by Christopher Caliendo!
NR Media: Need a website built or re-designed? Check-out my three friends from the NR Media team! Nicole, Taylor, and Jolene are experts when it comes to the design and success of your website! E-mail Nicole and tell her that Heidi (from Flute 360) sent you!
Other Perks!
Bliss Body: Receive 15% off of workout leggings, swimwear, and watches when you use the code: heidikaybegay15
PicMonkey: Receive 17% off when you start your annual plan with PicMonkey today! I use this website for all of my photo touchups and designs! Use this special link for your discount!
Follow Flute 360!
Join the Flute 360 Newsletter!
Heidi’s Calendly Link
Join the Flute 360 Book Club! We’d love to see you there!
Follow Flute 360 via Facebook!
Follow Flute 360 via Instagram!
Follow Flute 360 via LinkedIn!
Follow Flute 360 via Tumblr!
Follow Flute 360 via Twitter!
Subscribe to the Flute 360’s YouTube Channel!
Subscribe, Rate & Review to the Flute 360 Podcast in the Apple Podcast App!
Flute 360 accepts donations via Patreon! Thank you!
Heidi’s Website
Check out this Flute 360 Podcast episode!
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heidikaybegay · 25 days ago
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Episode 157: An Interview with Jerod Tate!
Flute 360 | E157: “An Interview with Jerod Tate!”
In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Jerod Tate who is a composer, educator, and musician! Topics that are covered in this episode include, his compositional process, how he perceives the flute voice, career advice for the modern-day musician, and more! This information was gathered with you in mind, in order to launch you to your next musical level! Enjoy!
Friendly reminder, you have two flute discounts that are happening right now! Please view the show notes below, so you can take advantage of flute discounts through Flutistry Boston and Elizabeth Talbert! Act fact, because these deals have a deadline! Your purchase from these two flute friends, help keep Flute 360 alive and well. Thanks in advance for your financial backup!
E157– Resources Mentioned:
Jerod’s Website
Jerod’s Works
Jerod’s YouTube Channel
Follow Jerod via Facebook!
Follow Jerod via Instagram!
Tracing Mississippi by Jerod Tate – YouTube Video – Listen Here!
Jerod Tate – Short Interview – Watch Here!
 March’s Incentives for Flute 360 Listeners!
Flutistry Boston: Receive 20% off of the book, “Survival of the Flutist” from now until 03/31/21! Use your FLUTE360 code, today!
Elizabeth Talbert: Receive 20% off of her book, “Applied Practice Flute Technique” from now until 05/07/2021! Use your FLUTE360 code, today!
Bliss Body: Receive 15% off of workout leggings, swimwear, and watches when you use the code: heidikaybegay15
PicMonkey: Receive 17% off when you start your annual plan with PicMonkey today! I use this website for all of my photo touchups and designs! Use this special link for your discount!
NR Media: Need a website built or re-designed? Check-out my three friends from the NR Media team! Nicole, Taylor, and Jolene are experts when it comes to the design and success of your website! E-mail Nicole and tell her that Heidi (from Flute 360) sent you!
2T Academy: Check-out these amazing remote classes provided by Christopher Caliendo!
 Follow Flute 360!
Join the Flute 360 Newsletter! Sign-up in the pop-up window!
Heidi’s Calendly Link
Join the Flute 360 Book Club! We’d love to see you there!
Follow Flute 360 via Facebook!
Follow Flute 360 via Instagram!
Follow Flute 360 via LinkedIn!
Follow Flute 360 via Tumblr!
Follow Flute 360 via Twitter!
Subscribe to the Flute 360’s YouTube Channel!
Subscribe, Rate & Review to the Flute 360 Podcast in the Apple Podcast App!
Flute 360 accepts donations via Patreon! Thank you!
Heidi’s Website
Check out this Flute 360 Podcast episode!
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heidikaybegay · 26 days ago
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Episode 156: An Interview with Ron Royer!
Flute 360 | E156: “An Interview with Ron Royer!”
In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Ron Royer who is a composer, educator, and cellist! Topics that are covered in this episode include, compositional tips for musicians, his compositional process, recording studio tips, and how he perceives the flute voice. This information was gathered with you in mind, in order to launch you to your next musical level! Enjoy!
Friendly reminder, you have two flute discounts that are happening right now! Please view the show notes below, so you can take advantage of flute discounts through Flutistry Boston and Elizabeth Talbert! Act fact, because these deals have a deadline! Your purchase from these two flute friends, help keep Flute 360 alive and well. Thanks in advance for your financial backup!
E156 – Resources Mentioned:
Ron Royer’s Website
Ron Royer’s Works
Contact Ron – Here!
Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra’s FB Business Page
SPO’s YouTube Channel
John Williams’ Flute Concerto
 March’s Incentives for Flute 360 Listeners!
Flutistry Boston: Receive 20% off of the book, “Survival of the Flutist” from now until 03/31/21! Use your FLUTE360 code, today!
Elizabeth Talbert: Receive 20% off of her book, “Applied Practice Flute Technique” from now until 05/07/2021! Use your FLUTE360 code, today!
NR Media: Need a website built or re-designed? Check-out my three friends from the NR Media team! Nicole, Taylor, and Jolene are experts when it comes to the design and success of your website! E-mail Nicole and tell her that Heidi (from Flute 360) sent you!
2T Academy: Check-out these amazing remote classes provided by Christopher Caliendo!
Bliss Body: Receive 15% off of workout leggings, swimwear, and watches when you use the code: heidikaybegay15!
PicMonkey: Receive 17% off when you start your annual plan with PicMonkey today! I use this website for all of my photo touchups and designs! Use this special link for your discount!
 Follow Flute 360!
Join the Flute 360 Newsletter! Sign-up in the pop-up window!
Heidi’s Calendly Link
Join the Flute 360 Book Club! We’d love to see you there!
Follow Flute 360 via Facebook!
Follow Flute 360 via Instagram!
Follow Flute 360 via LinkedIn!
Follow Flute 360 via Tumblr!
Follow Flute 360 via Twitter!
Subscribe to the Flute 360’s YouTube Channel!
Subscribe, Rate & Review to the Flute 360 Podcast in the Apple Podcast App!
Flute 360 accepts donations via Patreon! Thank you!
Heidi’s Website
Check out this Flute 360 Podcast episode!
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heidikaybegay · a month ago
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Episode 152: Podcasting - An Entrepreneurial Opportunity for the Modern-Day Musician, Part 1
Flute 360 | E152: “Podcasting: An Entrepreneurial Opportunity for the Modern-Day Musician,” Part 1
In today’s episode, Heidi talks about the logistics and benefits to podcasting. She walks you through why someone would start a podcast, the equipment, the podcast’s theme, and the benefits to podcasting.
Podcasters utilize this platform to share targeted information with their community. From here, authentic relationships form, and opportunities emerge organically. Since podcasting is a digital platform, it can connect you with other musicians at the regional, national, and international levels.
Please contact Heidi if you have questions about how to start your own podcast, or your next digital creative project. Click here to schedule your next call with Heidi! Thanks!
E152 – Resources Mentioned:
Heidi’s Calendly Link
Call Recorder for Skype: Ecamm
ATR2100, USB & XLR microphone
Tabletop microphone stand
Boom Arm
Headphones: ATH-M40x
Headphones: ATH-M50x
Pro Tools First Software
Focusrite
March’s Incentives for Flute 360 Listeners!
Elizabeth Talbert: Receive 20% off of the book, “Applied Practice Flute Technique” from now until 05/07/2021!
Flutistry Boston: Receive 20% off of the book, “Survival of the Flutist” from now until 03/31/21!
Bliss Body: Receive 15% off of workout leggings, swimwear, and watches when you use the code: heidikaybegay15!
PicMonkey: Receive 17% off when you start your annual plan with PicMonkey today! I use this website for all of my photo touchups and designs! Use this special link for your discount!
NR Media: Need a website built or re-designed? Check-out my three friends from the NR Media team! Nicole, Taylor, and Jolene are experts when it comes to the design and success of your website! E-mail Nicole and tell her that Heidi (from Flute 360) sent you!
Follow Flute 360!
Join the Flute 360 Newsletter! Sign-up in the pop-up window!
Join the Flute 360 Book Club! We’d love to see you there!
Follow Flute 360 via Facebook!
Follow Flute 360 via Instagram!
Follow Flute 360 via LinkedIn!
Follow Flute 360 via Tumblr!
Follow Flute 360 via Twitter!
Subscribe to the Flute 360’s YouTube Channel!
Subscribe, Rate & Review to the Flute 360 Podcast in the Apple Podcast App!
Flute 360 accepts donations via Patreon! Thank you!
Heidi’s Website
Check out this Flute 360 Podcast episode!
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heidikaybegay · a month ago
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Episode 151: A Flute 360 Update!
Flute 360 | E151: “A Flute 360 Update!”
In today’s episode, Heidi shares a Flute 360 Podcast update! There are some exciting new connections being made and from these unions, new opportunities are upon us!
Please join us this upcoming week with two book viewing parties! The first book party is Sunday, March 07, 2021 at 12:00 P.M./CST/USA with Berlin-based flutist, Elizabeth Talbert, who wrote the book, “Applied Flute Practice Technique.” She will be showcasing this new publication on Sunday, and she’s also offering you a discount code to celebrate! Use your FLUTE360 code to receive 20% off of her insightful book!
The second book viewing is with Polish flutist and author, Natalia Jarząbek! Her book is titled, “Flute Infinity” and she is having her book viewing party on Monday, March 8th at 1:00 P.M./CST/USA. The two links are made available in the show notes below. I hope to see you there!
E151 – Resources Mentioned:
Elizabeth’s Zoom Link: Meeting ID – 884 0745 5496
Elizabeth’s FB Event
Elizabeth’s Website
Follow Elizabeth via Facebook
Natalia’s Link
Natalia’s Website
Follow Natalia via Facebook
March’s Incentives for Flute 360 Listeners!
Flutistry Boston: Receive 20% off of the book, “Survival of the Flutist” from now until 03/31/21!
Elizabeth Talbert: Receive 20% off of the book, “Applied Practice Flute Technique” from now until 05/07/2021!
Bliss Body: Receive 15% off of workout leggings, swimwear, and watches when you use the code: heidikaybegay15!
PicMonkey: Receive 17% off when you start your annual plan with PicMonkey today! I use this website for all of my photo touchups and designs! Use this special link for your discount!
NR Media: Need a website built or re-designed? Check-out my three friends from the NR Media team! Nicole, Taylor, and Jolene are experts when it comes to the design and success of your website! E-mail Nicole and tell her that Heidi (from Flute 360) sent you!
Follow Flute 360!
Join the Flute 360 Newsletter! Sign-up in the pop-up window!
Join the Flute 360 Book Club! We’d love to see you there!
Follow Flute 360 via Facebook!
Follow Flute 360 via Instagram!
Follow Flute 360 via LinkedIn!
Follow Flute 360 via Tumblr!
Follow Flute 360 via Twitter!
Subscribe to the Flute 360’s YouTube Channel!
Subscribe, Rate & Review to the Flute 360 Podcast in the Apple Podcast App!
Flute 360 accepts donations via Patreon! Thank you!
Heidi’s Website
Check out this Flute 360 Podcast episode!
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lynnyxx · a month ago
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About Me:
Hello! My name is Lynnyx but you can call me Lyn and I welcome you guys to my Tumblr! I’m a 17 year old artist currently reciding in NY and I’m really into fandoms like Dream SMP, Persona 5, Anime, Dungeons and Dragons, Critical Role, Disney, and more. Some fun facts about me is that I am a varsity tennis player, an officer in student council, and a flutist. Im also planning on streaming on Twitch my art and playing video games like Minecraft soon, and will post the channel once I plan to begin. I’m camera shy so no face reveals anytime soon lol. I hope you guys stick around when I start posting art and I thank you all for checking out my account!
Commissions:
Currently, I have plans of starting commissions, but I don’t know when I will open them, for I’m busy with sports, my part time job, student council, clubs, college paperwork and school in general. However once they open, I will list the prices and information. All money will go towards my college debt, so I would greatly appreciate commissions once they open.
Rules of Commissions:
No NSFW (I’m a minor lmao)
No Mecha
No Furry Artwork
I have the right to charge extra if the artwork is complex (but I will give you a heads up if this will happen)
No refunds (unless you’re in the situation on the bullet point below)
Please pay upfront. If for any reason you pay and I realize I am unable to complete your commission I will give you a full refund.
I have the right to turn away a commission request for any reason.
Other Socials:
Twitter: lynnyx_
Twitch: Lynnyx_
Tik Tok: lynnyx_
Final Words:
Thank you again for checking out my account and I really hope you like the content I post here! I hope you guys stick around and that you can support my work. Have a great day, and stay safe!
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heidikaybegay · 2 months ago
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Episode 148: An Interview with Amy Taylor!
Flute 360 | E148: “An Interview with Amy Taylor!”
In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Amy Taylor who is a flutist and piccoloist with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra! Listen to Amy’s courageous path from childhood health issues to winning a prestigious orchestral job years later! She also talks about her favorite piccolo alternate fingerings, repertoire, and her surfing hobby, too!
Finally, please do not forget about your wonderful Flute 360 discounts that you can use today! The Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company, Flutistry Boston, and Flute Specialists are giving you 10-20% off of selected items! Please check the details below, and use your FLUTE360 code today!
E148 – Resources Mentioned:
Amy Taylor’s Website
Follow Amy via Instagram!
Follow Amy via Facebook!
San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Flute 360’s Sponsors:
Silver Sponsor: Keefe Piccolo Company
Bronze Sponsor: Flute Specialists, Inc.
Sustaining Sponsor: 2T Academy’s Courses
February’s Incentives for Flute 360 Listeners!
The Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company: Receive 10% off of your cleaning supplies from now until 02/14/21! Use the Flute 360 code to receive your discount!
Flute Specialists: Receive 20% off of your sheet music needs! Use the Flute 360 code to receive your discount today! Offer ends 03/01/21!
Flutistry Boston: Receive 20% off of the book, “Survival of the Flutist” from now until 03/31/21!
Bliss Body: Receive 15% off of workout leggings, swimwear, and watches when you use the code: heidikaybegay15!
PicMonkey: Receive 17% off when you start your annual plan with PicMonkey today! I use this website for all of my photo touchups and designs! Use this special link for your discount!
NR Media: Need a website built or re-designed? Check-out my three friends from the NR Media team! Nicole, Taylor, and Jolene are experts when it comes to the design and success of your website! E-mail Nicole and tell her that Heidi (from Flute 360) sent you!
Follow Flute 360!
Join the Flute 360 Newsletter! Sign-up in the pop-up window!
Join the Flute 360 Book Club! We’d love to see you there!
Follow Flute 360 via Facebook!
Follow Flute 360 via Instagram!
Follow Flute 360 via LinkedIn!
Follow Flute 360 via Tumblr!
Follow Flute 360 via Twitter!
Subscribe to the Flute 360’s YouTube Channel!
Subscribe, Rate & Review to the Flute 360 Podcast in the Apple Podcast App!
Flute 360 accepts donations via Patreon! Thank you!
Heidi’s Website
Check out this Flute 360 Podcast episode!
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heidikaybegay · 2 months ago
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Episode 147: An Interview with Erica Peel!
Flute 360 | E147: “An Interview with Erica Peel!”
In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Erica Peel who is on faculty at the Peabody Institute and the piccoloist of the Philadelphia Orchestra! Erica talks about her orchestral journey throughout the country from the West to the East. She talks about time management, playing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and patience with self. Check out this wonderful conversation to learn more!
Please do not forget about your wonderful FLUTE 360 discounts that you can use today! The Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company, Flutistry Boston, and Flute Specialists are giving you 10-20% off of selected items! Please check-out the details below! Thanks!
E147 – Flute 360’s Sponsors:
Silver: Keefe Piccolo Company
Bronze: Flute Specialists, Inc.
E147 – Resources Mentioned:
Erica Peel’s Website
Erica Peel’s Instagram
Erica Peel’s Faculty Bio via the Peabody Institute!
Erica Peel’s Player Bio via the Philadelphia Orchestra!
Download Your Free Piccolo Warm-Up Packet – Here! Thanks, Erica!
February’s Incentives for Flute 360 Listeners!
Flute Specialists: Receive 20% off of your sheet music needs! Use the Flute 360 code to receive your discount today! Offer ends 03/01/21!
The Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company: Receive 10% off of your cleaning supplies from now until 02/14/21! Use the Flute 360 code to receive your discount!
Flutistry Boston: Receive 20% off of the book, “Survival of the Flutist” from now until 03/31/21!
 Follow Flute 360!
Join the Flute 360 Newsletter! Sign-up in the pop-up window!
Join the Flute 360 Book Club! We’d love to see you there!
Follow Flute 360 via Facebook!
Follow Flute 360 via Instagram!
Follow Flute 360 via LinkedIn!
Follow Flute 360 via Tumblr!
Follow Flute 360 via Twitter!
Subscribe to the Flute 360’s YouTube Channel!
Subscribe, Rate & Review to the Flute 360 Podcast in the Apple Podcast App!
Flute 360 accepts donations via Patreon! Thank you!
Heidi’s Website
Check out this Flute 360 Podcast episode!
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heidikaybegay · 2 months ago
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Episode 146: An Interview with Adam Workman & Erica Schiller - The President & Vice President of Flutistry Boston!
Flute 360 | E146: “An Interview with Adam Workman & Erica Schiller – The President & Vice President of Flutistry Boston!”
In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Adam Workman and Erica Schiller from Flutistry Boston! Adam and Erica walk us through their amazing life’s journey from their studies to founding and managing Flutistry. Listen to what Adam does when life threw him a major lemon, and how he found his path to becoming a business owner! Now, Adam and his team are celebrating Flutistry’s 10-year anniversary! Congratulations!
At the end of the show, Adam & Erica share a great incentive for you! Act fact, because it’s good only till March 31, 2021!
E146 – Resources Mentioned:
Website: Flutistry Boston
Follow FB via Instagram!
Follow FB via Facebook!
Episode 50 with Marianne Gedigian and her book, “Survival of the Flutist!”
E146– Sponsors:
Gold: Flutistry Boston – Thank you Adam & Erica!
Incentives for Flute 360 Listeners!
Flute Specialists: Receive 20% off of your sheet music needs! Use the Flute 360 code to receive your discount!
The Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company: Receive 10% off of your cleaning supplies from now until 02/14/21! Use the Flute 360 code to receive your discount!
Flutistry Boston: Receive 20% off when you use the code FLUTE360 with your purchase of the book, “Survival of the Flutist” by Marianne Gedigian & Patti Adams!
Follow Flute 360!
Join the Flute 360 Newsletter! Sign-up in the pop-up window!
Join the Flute 360 Book Club! We’d love to see you there!
Follow Flute 360 via Facebook!
Follow Flute 360 via Instagram!
Follow Flute 360 via LinkedIn!
Follow Flute 360 via Tumblr!
Follow Flute 360 via Twitter!
Subscribe to the Flute 360’s YouTube Channel!
Subscribe, Rate & Review to the Flute 360 Podcast in the Apple Podcast App!
Flute 360 accepts donations via Patreon! Thank you!
Heidi’s Website
Check out this Flute 360 Podcast episode!
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heidikaybegay · 2 months ago
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Episode 145: An Interview with Becki Chesnes – The Owner of The Flute Shop!
Flute 360 | E145: “An Interview with Becki Chesnes – The Owner of The Flute Shop!”
In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Becki Chesnes who is the owner of The Flute Shop! She has a rich history of being a flute repairwoman, flutist, teacher, and flute shop owner! Listen to the episode in full to hear Becki’s 2021 goals, and advice that she has for music entrepreneurs! If you supported Flute 360 this week (through social media blasts and retweets), I have given you a special shoutout at the end! Finally, if you have not signed-up for the Flute 360 newsletter, please do so in order to receive great updates and perks! Thank you for your continued support!
E145 – Resources Mentioned:
Becki’s Website – Click Here!
Follow Becki via Instagram!
Follow The Flute Shop via Facebook Business Page!
Checkout this neat article about Becki and her shop!
E145– Sponsors:
Gold: Flutistry Boston – Thank you Adam & Erica!
January’s Incentives for Flute 360 Listeners!
Flute Specialists: Receive 20% off of your sheet music needs! Use the Flute 360 code to receive your discount!
The Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company: Receive 10% off of your cleaning supplies from now until 02/14/21! Use the Flute 360 code to receive your discount!
Follow Flute 360!
Join the Flute 360 Newsletter! Sign-up in the pop-up window!
Join the Flute 360 Book Club! We’d love to see you there!
Follow Flute 360 via Facebook!
Follow Flute 360 via Instagram!
Follow Flute 360 via LinkedIn!
Follow Flute 360 via Tumblr!
Follow Flute 360 via Twitter!
Subscribe to the Flute 360’s YouTube Channel!
Subscribe, Rate & Review to the Flute 360 Podcast in the Apple Podcast App!
Flute 360 accepts donations via Patreon! Thank you!
Heidi’s Website
Check out this Flute 360 Podcast episode!
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heidikaybegay · 3 months ago
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Episode 144: An Interview with Carolyn Nussbaum - The Owner of The Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company!
Flute 360 | E144: “An Interview with Carolyn Nussbaum – The Owner of The Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company!”
In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Carolyn Nussbaum who is the owner of The Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company! She has a rich history of being a flute repairwoman, a flutist, and a flute shop owner! Listen to the episode in full to hear Carolyn’s 2021 goals, and advice that she has for music entrepreneurs! You don’t want to miss this episode! Please help me thank Carolyn, too, for her generous FLUTE 360 code, which saves you 10% off of your cleaning supply needs when you shop at her store! This deal ends 02/14/2021!
E144 – Sponsors:
Gold: Flutistry Boston – Thank you Adam & Erica!
January’s Incentives for Flute 360 Listeners!
Flute Specialists: Receive 20% off of your sheet music needs! Use the Flute 360 code to receive your discount!
The Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company: Receive 10% off of your cleaning supplies from now until 02/14/21! Use the Flute 360 code to receive your discount!
Follow Flute 360!
Join the Flute 360 Newsletter! Sign-up in the pop-up window!
Join the Flute 360 Book Club! We’d love to see you there!
Follow Flute 360 via Facebook!
Follow Flute 360 via Instagram!
Follow Flute 360 via LinkedIn!
Follow Flute 360 via Tumblr!
Follow Flute 360 via Twitter!
Subscribe to the Flute 360’s YouTube Channel!
Subscribe, Rate & Review to the Flute 360 Podcast in the Apple Podcast App!
Flute 360 accepts donations via Patreon! Thank you!
Heidi’s Website
Check out this Flute 360 Podcast episode!
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heidikaybegay · 3 months ago
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Episode 143: An Interview with Robert Johnson - The Owner of Flute Specialists!
Flute 360 | E143: “An Interview with Robert Johnson – The Owner of Flute Specialists!”
In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Robert Johnson who is the owner of Flute Specialists! He has a rich history of being a flute repairman, a flutist, and a flute shop owner! Listen to the episode in full to hear Robert’s 2021 goals, and advice that he has for music entrepreneurs! You don’t want to miss this episode! Please help me thank Robert, too, for his generous FLUTE 360 code, which saves you 20% off of your sheet music purchase when you shop at Flute Specialists!
E143 – Resources Mentioned:
Follow Flute Specialists via Instagram!
Follow Flute Specialists via Facebook!
E143 – Sponsors:
Gold: Flutistry Boston – Thank you Adam & Erica!
January’s Incentives for Flute 360 Listeners!
Flute Specialists: Receive 20% off of your sheet music needs! Use the Flute 360 code to receive your discount!
The Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company: Receive 10% off of your cleaning supplies from now until 02/14/21! Use the Flute 360 code to receive your discount!
Follow Flute 360!
Join the Flute 360 Newsletter! Sign-up in the pop-up window!
Join the Flute 360 Book Club! We’d love to see you there!
Follow Flute 360 via Facebook!
Follow Flute 360 via Instagram!
Follow Flute 360 via LinkedIn!
Follow Flute 360 via Tumblr!
Follow Flute 360 via Twitter!
Subscribe to the Flute 360’s YouTube Channel!
Subscribe, Rate & Review to the Flute 360 Podcast in the Apple Podcast App!
Flute 360 accepts donations via Patreon! Thank you!
Heidi’s Website
Check out this Flute 360 Podcast episode!
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stargirlstories · 3 months ago
ur top 5 fav works!!
ahhh i love this one (also thank you for asking 🥺)
assuming you’re asking about my own works, i don’t really have many works yet but i would say these:
1. The Color Red - txt’s beomgyu is a sad lil drummer and falls for pretty flutist yn!! i’m particularly proud of the character development in this one ~
2. The Street Musician in the Rain - not a fanfiction so it’s my least popular work but it’s one of the first I posted on tumblr so I’m every proud of it 🥰
3. Stargazing in the Mountains - literally wasn’t even supposed to be a fanfiction but in the middle of writing it, the vibes were just heeseung so i switched out the names lmao
4. YouTube’s Sweetheart - enhypen’s jay in an smau!! not even done yet but it’s such an exciting series for me to work on plus i love all the characters
5. Ice Skating on a Lake Late at Night - from the title, you can tell it’s with sunghoon 🤪 first fanfiction i’ve ever written and posted so i’m particularly proud of how not bad it is after rereading it recently lol
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heidikaybegay · 4 months ago
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Bonus Episode: The Podcasting Musician Class. An Interview with Catherine Baker!
Flute 360 | Bonus Episode: “The Podcasting Musician Class. An Interview with Catherine Baker!” (33:36)
In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Catherine Baker who is a flutist, teacher, and graphic designer. The ladies talk about “The Podcasting Musician” class, the benefits of work outside of being a musician, and finding the silver lining even in tough circumstances.
Bonus Episode – Resources Mentioned:
Catherine’s Website
The Podcasting Musician Class – Register Here! (Deadline is 12/09/2020!!)
 Follow Flute 360!
Join the Flute 360 Newsletter! Sign-up in the pop-up window!
Join the Flute 360 Book Club! We’d love to see you there!
Follow Flute 360 via Facebook!
Follow Flute 360 via Instagram!
Follow Flute 360 via LinkedIn!
Follow Flute 360 via Tumblr!
Follow Flute 360 via Twitter!
Subscribe to the Flute 360’s YouTube Channel!
Subscribe, Rate & Review to the Flute 360 Podcast in the Apple Podcast App!
Flute 360 accepts donations via Patreon! Thank you!
Heidi’s Website
Check out this Flute 360 Podcast episode!
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ahhhhhhdonna · 5 months ago
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Happy Halloween!
Just a little sappy spooky Witcher thing.  Happy Halloween, Tumblr fam.  Much love to you!  🖤
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Geralt follows the eerie music.
In the dilapidated ball room, he sees them.  The source of the sound.
Ethereal and blue, a rotting harpist expertly plucks her strings.  Beside her, a headless drummer thrums a hand drum.  A flutist, more bones than flesh, wavers in rhythm, keeping time. None of these ghastly and pale horrors cause Geralt's heart to stutter in his chest.  It's not the ghosts...it's Jaskier.  A very much alive and hale Jaskier—who should be waiting back at camp with Roach—is leading the ragged and undead band with his lute.  
His eyes are closed, face mournful, mouth open. His hands move expertly, although Geralt is sure he has never heard the bard play this intricate, melancholy melody before.  
Geralt closes the distance in several long strides.
“Jaskier,” he shouts over the music.  Jaskier does not respond.  Geralt, hoping to break the thrall, touches the bard's cheek with one great hand.  The skin is cold enough to send a shock through him, and when the man opens his eyes, they are otherworldly blue and faintly glowing.
His lips, which Geralt now realizes are white with cold, pull back into a bright smile.
“Geralt,” he says, not pausing his playing, not for a moment, “ Oh, Geralt, I'm delighted to see you!  You made it to my performance.”
In his periphery, Geralt notices the other musicians are moving closer.  A biting wind has kicked up in the ballroom, ancient linens fluttering.  He doesn't remove his hand from Jaskier's face.
“You don't belong here,” he growls.
Jaskier turns to peer over his shoulder then lowers his voice, conspiratorially.  
“They don't like that I'm talking to you.  They're very professional musicians, you see, some of the best I've ever heard.  Would you take your seat, Geralt?  I'll join you after the...after the...well, the show may take a long time.”
The drummer is reaching towards Jaskier with a transparent hand. Geralt can see the tatters of the ghost's empty neck undulating in the foul wind.
“We're meant to play until the lord of the manor returns, Geralt. We aren't to stop until he comes.  It could take hours, Geralt, it could take...” his eyes begin to flutter closed,”..years...”
Or centuries, Geralt supplies. “Yeah...  Not happening, Jaskier.”
He snarls at the ghosts creeping ever closer, risks giving the drummer an angry shove. His hand goes through the beast like a icy mist, but does catch solidly on the drum.  It spills to the floor with a clatter, rolling a few feet away.  The headless ghost wrings both hands in distress and follows, blindly searching.
Hmm.  Now that he is looking closer, Geralt realizes that all the instruments, although clearly old and filthy with time, are real.
Geralt drops his hand from Jaskier's cheek and deliberately grasps the neck of the lute.  Jaskier's finger tips skitter over his hand, still forming chords, then pause.  His eyes blink open then his face contorts in rage.  The expression looks so out of place on the bard's face.
“What are you doing, Geralt? Let go!”
The witcher does not.  In fact, with one firm pull he yanks the lute from Jaskier's arms.  The bard gasps, lunges after it.
“Please, Geralt, I need to play!  Geralt, please!”
Geralt brings the lute down on one raised knee and cracks it. The fragile thing splits immediately into two pieces. Jaskier screams in agony beside him and collapses to his knees.  He reaches towards the remains with both hands, trembling. When he turns his face up to Geralt, his eyes are filled with tears but blessedly no longer glowing.
The music has stopped.   Geralt sees the figures are all glowering at him.  The wind is now roaring around his ears.  He scoops Jaskier up in one arm, the other man now limp with sobs and shivering, and propels them towards the entrance of the ball room just as the ceiling begins to come down.
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“...I don't suppose you could have found a different way to rescue me.”
Jaskier sits glumly in a steaming bath, his eyes swollen and his hair in wild tufts. Geralt pauses in his ministrations, he's been vigorously rubbing warmth back into one of his friend's frigid arms. He had dragged them both to the nearest town, driving Roach at near break-neck speed in the dark forest.  He leans back and eyes Jaskier, incredulous.
“Oh, no it's not that I am not grateful.  I am.  My lute, though, Geralt.  It's just...I loved her, you know?”
Geralt sighs.
“No other choice,” he says but, as usual, Jaskier is not listening.
“...And there will never be a lute quite like her, she was the best I've ever had. Always held her tune. Her strings almost never broke on me. Certainly never in performance! Oh, no! And of course, she was a gift from our very first adventure... Couldn't you have...I don't know, knocked me unconscious and dragged me away?  Did you have to...smash my darling girl, my...my baby, Geralt?”
I could have left you to play for all eternity in a phantom band, Geralt thought but didn't say.  You should have stayed at camp like I told you.
But Jaskier had already spend nearly half an hour quietly weeping over the loss of his 'baby' and Geralt finds he genuinely doesn't want to give him any more reason to cry.  The feeling, he finds,  is begrudging but sincere.
Geralt grasps Jaskier's hand, looking over the fingertips, bloodied from playing note after note. He rubs a warm thumb in the meat of Jaskier's palm until the bard looks him the eye.
“A lute is replaceable,” he rumbles, resolute.  “My...friend... is not.”
Jaskier blinks, his expression hopelessly open.  Geralt pointedly looks away.. The bard's fingers curl around his.
“...you said....you called me your...?”
“Hmm,” Geralt agrees.
“...well, I mean, you are right.  I am irreplaceable,” Jaskier plows on.  “It is the musician who truly matters, after all...”
Geralt loses himself, mercifully, in the prattle.  He doesn't let go of Jaskier's hand.
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outlanderfandomfollies · 8 months ago
Hi, I believe cant-resist-temptation or (CRT) is Kim the Flutist or Puffy’s puppet. Like Fox News is to Donald Trump. Please, beware of her! She is dirty and doesn’t play nice. I like you and you are a big asset to the Outlander fandom because you debunk so many of the crazy conspiracy theories. It is also very plausible that meokeob is in fact Kim herself because of the deep connection and association with DL. She is known to have many aliases on different SM sites and #1 harasser to Sam. con’t
ANON PART 2: CRT recently had an Anon ask. Have you ever seen actual examples of death threats, stalking, etc directed at Sam or his women? CRT answered, “Examples of death threats and cyber hacking is No.” Now that is absolutely false. Sam’s lady friend, MissGiaMarie did receive actual death threats while they were both quarantining in Hawaii and I saw the proof because Gia posted it on her IG page. It was disturbing, disgusting and vile with pictures of knife🔪 emoji’s and other things. con’t
ANON PART 3:  Sam himself said his email was hacked into and I wouldn’t be surprised if Kim or one of her minions did it. She is creepy and a Sam stalker. Another anon accused MM of affronting and provoking Cait and Sam was keen to subtly deny her. That is a horribly mean lie being told about MM. Cait is friends with MM and Sam had romantic feelings for her. Their relationship was real and CRT continues to say it was fake. Why can’t these women grow up and stop being disrespectful to Sam and his girlfriends?
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Outlanderfandomfollies RESPONSE: Thanks for sharing your thoughts anon. First I want to make it clear that I do not agree with many of the things that CRT says. But we have been able to civilly agree to disagree. I respond to some of her posts in the hope that if that “side” occasionally hears another perspective a few of the fence sitters might begin to question their assumptions.
WHY IMHO CRT IS NOT KIM. The “other side” always made the mistake of assuming that many people who were vocal in disagreeing about the ship were actually sock accounts of a certain NST. Although that NST definitely has had sock accounts, many of the people accused of being that NST were NOT her. 
Similarly, many people on “this side” of the fandom make the mistake of thinking that everyone who is very vocal on the “other side” is Kim. To me that assumption is equally absurd.
I do know a thing or two about human nature and most people are not able to pretend to be other people for very long, especially if they get upset. CRT’s veil doesn’t come off when she’s upset or pushed. I’ve disagreed with her numerous times and the veil has never come off. She’s one of those people who can take things in stride and agree to disagree. She has no need to engage in exchanges to prove others wrong. My experience of Kim is that is typically not her style.
IMHO they are not the same person.
[The rest of my response to the various parts of this ask can be found under the cut.]
ABOUT CRT BEING “PUFFY’S PUPPET”: CRT firmly believes that Cait and Tony are married. Part of the reason I interact with CRT at all is she was able to see that the conspiracy theories about C and S were nonsense. As far as I know, Puff has still not acknowledged that C’s marriage to T is real and she sometimes still believes that a S & C’s “marriage” complete with “children” is real. Given how different their beliefs are, I don’t see how CRT could be Puff’s “Fox News.” 
ABOUT MEOKEOB BEING KIM: I  doubt meokeob is Kim because I invited meokeob to comment on a comment I made in response to her and she declined. My sense of Kim is she would have engaged. But honestly, I haven’t had any direct interactions with meokeob and so I don’t have a feel for her the way I have for CRT or Kim, so take my opinion about this with a grain of salt.
ABOUT “LYING.” It’s possible CRT lied but she doesn’t strike me as someone who engages in straight up lying. Notice the wording of what CRT said anon: 
“Examples of death threats and cyber hacking is No.”
CRT was very specifically saying she hadn’t personally seen “examples” of those things. 
From what I know of CRT, she doesn’t venture off of tumblr too much. I can understand her choice not to do so because I rarely venture off tumblr (I have my hands filled with my various tumblr accounts). Go check my twitter accounts. You won’t see much activity there. I rarely use my IG account. People send me lots of information in DM because they know I don’t get off tumblr very often. Otherwise, I would be quite ignorant of what is going on with the stars or the fandom (unless of course someone else posted about it on tumblr).
I suspect that CRT is the same way. So most likely she was “told” about those things but didn’t actually see ‘examples” of those things herself. Hence the wording of her response.
ON KIM AND HACKING: To my knowledge, Kim doesn’t have the computer expertise to hack into someone’s email (nor do most fans, including myself). Undoubtedly someone did or tried to--although how would a fan even know what S’s email address was? It seems to me that the likely culprit is someone S has given his email address to or one of their associates.
ABOUT MM: I didn’t see the anon you are referring to about MM, so I can’t comment about that. I agree that Sam cared a lot for MM and that Cait and MM appeared to be friendly with each other.
To my knowledge, although at times CRT has gone along with the MM was a “fake” SO, more recently she has said things that suggest she thought they might have had a casual relationship--just not a significant one:
“Had they ever seemed to be in a close committed relationship I might agree, but they rarely saw each other and when with her he looked like he was in the dentist’s chair. She wasn’t working and he was in Scotland, yet she bummed around the US rather than spending time with him.”
I disagree with CRT’s assessment. First, S was very busy working most of the time when he was involved with MM. It probably made little sense (unless they were going to commit to living together) for her to just “hang out” in Scotland or SA while he was working.
Furthermore about 85% of actors aren’t employed at any given time. But that doesn’t mean they are just “bumming around.” A very difficult part of the acting field is going to countless auditions and being rejected. Most likely that was what MM was doing when S was working. And there were far more possible auditions in LA than in Glasgow. 
From what we know, they saw each other about once a month for over 18 months (the frequency seems to be less in the last 6 months of their 2 year relationship). I assume the rest of the time they used FaceTime, phone or text to communicate. Making an effort to see someone in person once a month over an extended period of time in an intercontinental relationship IMHO indicates that it was a significant relationship. They also met each other’s families, which also suggests it was an important relationship. 
As to S’s not always looking excited in his photos with MM--don’t you think that every time they posed for a photo he realized they were going to be torn to shreds by certain “fans”? To me that explains the look on his face. 
Even so, there are photos of S & MM looking affectionate (below are just a few). There are also accounts by fans who saw them together and who said they looked very much like a couple. 
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mosaicrecords · 9 months ago
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Remembering Frank Wess
Steve Cerra celebrates Frank Wess’s career by reprinting Peter Vacher’s obituary which originally appeared in The Guardian. Frank was a wonderful musician with a bit of that diva crankiness that plagued the great first alto chair players. After leaving Basie, he settled into a very busy career as a New York studio musician, often working along side his partner-in-crime Frank Foster. But as a great flutist with a pure tone and a master of the alto and tenor saxes, he never abandoned jazz, notably with Roland Hanna’s New York Jazz Quartet.
-Michael Cuscuna
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phoenixrisesoncemore · 9 months ago
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Index Post (updated 11.12.20)
So, I feel like some housekeeping is in order. Hence: an Index Post!
I have this organized into three main categories: Tolkien, The Untamed, and Other (film, art, books, games, life, etc.). Items are ordered from oldest to newest. The number of asterisks indicates length. “[reblog+]” indicates that the original post is not my own, but I added thoughts with a reblog (because I’m bad with Tumblr etiquette). Ultra short pieces are grouped near the bottom of each section.
Post links below the cut.
Additionally! I also have almost 100 in-progress posts in my drafts. I need to finish some, but I think at this point I need some guidance on where to go next, once I finish project 1 and write 3 more prompt ficlets. This is where you come in! I’d like to open my ask box up to reader suggestions on what to work on next. Go to THIS POST for a list of upcoming posts to choose from.
Tolkien Meta
"The Magic Ring” (On my favorite piece at Maker of Middle-earth) *
Reckoning Nothing of Wizardry or War (On my favorite line in LotR) *
Tolkien and the Far Tree (thoughts on Letter #96) *
Whom Morgoth Made (on the first mention of Sauron in the Primary World) *
When the Far Tree Becomes Near [reblog+] *
How to Destroy Your Enemies and Influence People (more Sauron, this time regarding Numenor) **
The Inverted Mountain (On the moment Frodo claims the Ring. Sauron-centric) *
IANAL but... (on Parma Eldalamberon 17) *
Fixation and Attachment Can Lead to Missing Fingers *
J.R.R.T.: A Film Portrait of J.R.R. Tolkien *
Sauron’s Canonically Pretty Handwriting [reblog+] *
The Little House of Lost Play **
The Changing Depictions of Sauron in Tolkien Art *
The Whole Damn Thing Is Fallen (The Problem of Evil; also Tolkien) **
The Whole Damn Thing Is Fallen: part 2 (same as above plus cosmology) ***
Ordering Reality (How Sauron and Tolkien were both Conlangers) *
Subcreative Aspects As Split Between the Ainur [reblog+] *
Valie Evolution, Varda and Nienna, and Marian Imagery [reblog+] ***
The Ring of Barahir and Snake Imagery [reblog+] *
Gandalf, Perspective, Humor, and Humility [reblog+] ***
General Tolkien Tidbits: Verlyn Fleiger video | March 25th and End of the Wolf Hunt | Forging Rings [reblog+] | Tolkien Oral History Project | We All Know Barad-dur was Brutalist | Tolkien’s Metaphysical Tension [reblog+] | Veryln Fleiger on Change [reblog+] | “His Right Name” [reblog+] | Thuringwethil [reblog+] | Tolkien Biopic Grumpiness | Sauron as Jeremy Bentham [reblog+] | Sauron Messes With the Numenoreans | Ancient Elvish Aliens | RIP Christopher | Christopher Recounts the Tear Story | Christopher and Maps | Babel Builders | Kocher and The Road Goes Ever On | John Garth on the Catholic Culture Podcast | Tolkien Experience Podcast | Edith Bratt Article | Sauron’s Bureaucratic Reform Plans [reblog+] | Mordor Flies | Tolkien and George McDonald | More Bentham!Sauron | Tolkien Blame Shifts 
LotR on Prime Tidbits: 1 | 2 
25 Year Reread: 1 | 2 | 3
The Untamed (Chen Qing Ling/Mo Dao Zu Shi) Meta
But Whose Deontology? (early thoughts about moral tension between wangxian while first watching The Untamed) ***
Episode 45: Image and the Second Flutist *
Jiang Cheng, Golden Cores, and Goodness [reblog+] **
LWJ and WWX in Love [reblog+] **
Feels, Feels, Feels (thoughts on LWJ, WWX, and The Song) **
WWX, Drinking, and Consent [reblog+] **
Sharing Your Childhood (personal recollections on why WWX showing LWJ around Lotus Pier spears me through the heart) *
It’s a Hard World for Good Things (thoughts on goodness, metaphysics, and epistemology in the world of CQL/MDZS) ***
More About WWX and Image [reblog+] *
Immortal Together? *
CQL and Flowers [reblog+] **
Replacement Scenes [reblog+] *
Oblivious (personal reflections on one of the reasons I identify so much with Wei Wuxian) *
Lotus Seed Pod Bouquet *
How LWJ Got His Broken Leg *
MDZS/CQL RPG Thoughts ***
WWX and Wen Yuan: Orphans in Yiling *
What if Mo Xuanyu knew Wangxian?**
Untamed Tidbits: Episode 46: WWX and JC | Is Benevolence Arrogance | LSZ is a Good Boi | Censorship and Fan Ethics | Emperor’s Smile [reblog+] | MDZS ch99 | Yi City | CQL vs MDZS actors | On the Most Impractical Way of Carrying Your Sword | In Love [reblog+] | LQR Qi-deviates | Villainous Friends | Ethical/Sexual Tension | Lan Clan Principles Swap [reblog+] | Backwards and in Heels | Masks | Voice Actors [reblog+] | An Untamed Carol {reblog+] | CSSR, LQR, Mothers and sons [reblog+] | That Bed Carving [reblog+] | The Undead Are a Fact of Life | LWJ’s Self-branding [reblog+] | Wangxian Lullaby 
Untamed/MDZS Art and Fic
50 Kisses Prompt 1 (ficlet)
50 Kisses Prompt 2 (ficlet/portion of larger unfinished 1929 Untamed AU)
50 Kisses Prompt 3 (ficlet)
1929 Untamed AU art: Drawing | WIP color
Drawtober 2020: single post compilation | all posts
Wangxian Lotus picking art: WIP Sketch for painting
Other Stuff About Life and Loves
The Poet of Prague (a short summary of the life and work of my favorite photographer, Joseph Sudek) *
The Five Toys I Never Had (Christmas silliness and nostalgia) **
The New Motive Power (the strangest moment in Spiritualism) **
Wrighting, Writing, and Righting *
In Her Honor (on how my grandmother gave me a precious gift) **
The Magnus Archives ep 116: Automata *
Automata Again *
On Indescribable Wow (thoughts on the moments when the world-machine is exposed) *
The Feast of the Annunciation at 35,000ft (musings on panic disorder, x-men/Phoenix, Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, and the power of stories) ****
Gazing Past The Valacirca: Happy Birthday Hubble **
Tidbits: Portrait of Adele [reblog+] | Things My Husband Has Said to Me: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | Met Opera Grumpiness | It’s a Hard World for Little Things | Grosseteste’s De Luce |
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mammon-sama · 10 months ago
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Breakpoint (Fanfiction) Part 3/6 | Asmodeus
I wrote this back in February, but I keep forgetting to post things on Tumblr, so here it is super late.  Thank you to the anon who reminded me to do it!  Chapter 4 (Levi’s chapter) has been in the works since February, too ... fret not, it’s coming ... slowly.
As per the usual, you can read this chapter on AO3 here. 
Title:
Breakpoint
Summary:
These are the tales of when Belphegor, Beelzebub, Asmodeus, Leviathan, Mammon, and Lucifer each decided to actively rebel against their Father and together incite the Great Celestial War.  
Genre:
Backstory/Lore
Rating:
T
Word Count:
3263
Additional Note:
This chapter chronicles the breaking point of Asmodeus!
Previous Chapter:
Read Chapter 2 | Beelzebub here!
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“The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the [angels] went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.” — Genesis 6:4
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If there was one fact that was surer than the truth that the skies would always be blue, that the mountains would never move, that the sun would keep on shining, it was the certainty that Asmodeus would forever adore his job.  
There was nothing about it that he would change, and as far as he was concerned, titular angels, seraphim, cherubim, and archangels, could keep their prestige and fame.  They could cherish the fact that there wasn’t an angel that didn’t know their name, and they could revel in the knowledge that the powers they possessed were unlike any other creature before them.
It didn’t matter to him, for he knew, deep in his heart, that there was no career more fulfilling than being a Guardian Angel.  
Living for several hundred years already, Asmodeus had been assigned to guard dozens of humans in his lifetime, keeping them out of harm’s way and ensuring that their safety was prioritized above all else.  He was friendly with his charges—as all of his kind were instructed to do—but his gregariousness was merely part of the job; it was his responsibility to protect and become close to his human.
However, this all changed with his current charge.  He had been assigned to her when she had turned thirteen.  The only daughter in a family of seven sons, her mother and her long-since-deceased grandmother had prayed to God for several months to send her a protector, for she was often alone when her brothers and father went to tend the field.  
Asmodeus didn’t think much of her when he had first made himself known to her, and she wasn’t particularly interested in him, either.  Their initial meeting had been on the day her mother had died, and she hadn’t been in the mood to see visitors as she mourned.  
After several weeks, though, the two had slowly become friends.  Her mother’s death had left her in charge of the domestic affairs of the household, and she was forced to look after the eight men—nine, including Asmodeus—that shared their cramped tent.  
He helped when he could, for it was obvious to him that she was struggling in the initial months.  Her brothers occasionally wondered if she was superhuman, because due to Asmodeus’ aid, she was able to get the job done of two people (no one could see a Guardian Angel save for their charges).
It was from her that he learned to appreciate the orgasmic fragrance of flowers and the importance of maintaining an aesthetic, considering in a tent of mostly unruly boys, she was the one who kept things clean and free from disease.
This was all well and good for the first six years.  Unfortunately, when his charge had graced the age of nineteen years and four moons, Asmodeus felt something stirring within him.
It was unusual.  He realized it was a different feeling than the elation he felt when he went out into the plains and found a lone lily or the way his heart had filled the one time he realized that pinching his cheeks made them the most becoming shade of red.  
This type of feeling was strange; it was reserved solely for his charge.
The way her smile was just a bit crooked; the brown, unmarred frontier that was her neck; the attentiveness that she showed her brothers after their long days of labor out in the sun; the fact that her plush lips dripped beeswax colored with beetroot; the ardor with which she maintained a sterile tent; the intensity that her full chest heaved with as she hoisted a bucket of water up from the family well to satiate the animals.
There was no part of her that he didn’t envelop in this feeling. 
She was the sun, the moon, the stars.  
He couldn’t place his finger on what to call this emotion—it couldn’t be love, could it?  As far as he knew, love for an angel was the love their Father felt toward them, a stern disciplinary affection, while what they reciprocated was an unbroken devotion that was ever so slightly tinged with terror.
Whenever Asmodeus looked at her, he felt his cheeks bloom and heart soar; he came to realize that unlike his other humans, this one was one who he chose to guard not out of obligation, but rather due to his care and concern for her wellbeing.  
Duplicitous men who approached her in the streets would find themselves suddenly covered in animal excrement, flung upon them by some “unseen hand.”  Owners of shops in the marketplace who dared attempt to swindle her, “mysteriously” discovered that some of their wares had gone missing. Even her own father, who once reprimanded her for cutting her long, back-length hair up to her shoulders, was not exempt from Asmodeus’ retribution: the man’s painstakingly plowed fields had been ravaged and his crops uprooted by what he assumed to be “evil spirits.”
He was content not to act upon the feeling in regards to the girl herself—and besides, it wasn’t as if action would get him anywhere.  Any interaction between a Guardian Angel and their charges that wasn’t strictly platonic was forbidden, and no angel had been brave enough to even toe the line in that realm of disobedience.  
Which made the fact that late one night, Asmodeus found himself completely nude—his sweaty chest heaving from exhaustion and exhilaration—lying on a mat next to his equally drenched and unclothed charge, all the more surprising.
His charge drummed her fingers up and down his arms. “You did so good, Asmo,” she encouraged.
Considering he’d never done that before made the compliment all the more poignant as he turned toward her, propping a hand under his head.  “Do you really think so?” He shifted so he wouldn’t be putting all his body weight on his tender wings.
“Yes,” she breathed, sighing happily.  She pulled his hand from under his head and nestled it under hers.  The woman moved her tapping fingers to his chest, which was lean from doing chores around the tent.  “You’re so beautiful.”  
He could feel his face flush.  He’d never been called that. All his life, he had been conditioned to believe his own appearance wasn’t especially radiant, for he lived in a world where another angel set the standard of beauty.  “You wouldn’t say that if you knew Lucifer.”
“Mm,” she mumbled, kissing his face and running her fingertips along the bridge of his nose.  “Does Lucifer have as beguiling eyes as you do?”
“I’m not really sure,” Asmodeus admitted.  It was rumored that the Archangel of Music had eyes of obsidian, but few had seen him with his eyes opened.  Lucifer was an angel that was always engrossed in his music—completely focused on the sound alone—with no need to give heed to what happened around him.
His charge planted a kiss on his cheek, moving her lips down his face until she reached the nape of his neck.  “Surely he can’t be as enchanting as you. You, Asmo, are the most beautiful being ever created.”
With every touch, with every word, his blush grew deeper, and he wished that this moment could last forever.  
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“I lay there, wishing that the moment could last forever,” Asmodeus recited. 
It was the next day, and his head hung low to avoid even his peripheral vision from grazing his Father’s glorious light.  He found his attention nervously wavering as admired the Calacatta marble flooring of the Throne Room and the soft notes of the flute that Lucifer played from the Almighty’s left side.
His thoughts jumped back to yesterday’s conversation with his charge; he glanced again at the Archangel of Music, trying to catch a glimpse of his eyes, but as usual, they were closed in peaceful concentration as the master flutist opened and closed the keys of his instrument to create the most rapturous tune. 
Lucifer’s confidence in playing the perfect note every time encouraged Asmodeus to stand a little taller.  He stared at his fellow angel and tried to compare their appearances, an insidious thought creeping into his head: was he truly more beautiful than Lucifer? 
His musings were interrupted by his Father’s voice, which rivaled a volcanic boom in volume.  “Asmodeus, Guardian Angel—what have you done, child?”
His Lucifer-like aplomb melted instantly.  He knew his Father wouldn’t ask such a question lightly.  He had just finished reciting the prior day’s events, after being called into the Celestial Realm to come before the Throne Room of God.  Although he knew that the information he relayed would get him in trouble, he hadn’t expected such a livid reaction.
His Father continued, His glory flashing in and out with blinding brightness, “You have broken the cardinal laws of the Guardian Angels with this lust that consumed you yesterday.  The very laws that I created—the very same laws that you chose to defy!”
“Father, I defied Your laws, yes,” Asmodeus admitted.  He didn’t know if his defense would be seen as insolence, but considering his Father hadn’t reprimanded him yet, he barreled on.  “But, believe me, lust is not the true emotion that overcame me that night.”
His Father’s voice was filled with malice as He hissed, “And what, child, feeling do you determine to have filled you as you made love to that woman?”
“You already said it, Father.”  He gulped, once again drawing from Lucifer’s serenity to grant him an iota of confidence.  “ Love .”  If he could get his Father to believe that lust—what He considered to be the most carnal of sins—did not even remotely influence his actions last night, perhaps His anger would be assuaged.  
“Love?” the Almighty thundered.  “Child, you cannot love a human.  It was I who created them; all their love belongs to Me.”
“It was love, Father,” Asmodeus insisted.  He then realized that he wasn’t even lying.  The feeling which he possessed for his charge truly was love.  
A record was set in the Celestial Realm that day—a record for how bright and furious the Almighty glowed as his Son said those words.
Lucifer’s music was all Asmodeus was aware of as he crumpled to the floor.  His hands covered his eyes in desperation, but it was to no avail; he could already feel them burning from the flashing light that surrounded him.  Sparks flew in every direction and he could feel embers of fire lick the tips of his sandals.  
Despite the sudden torridness of the Throne Room, Asmodeus could feel the ice of dread filling his veins.  A terrified, frozen paralysis took over his bones.
He had never seen his Father this incensed—in fact, most angels took great care in not even trying to imagine it.   
His Father then spoke, His voice dangerously calm, as if His livid glory wasn’t already in full display.  “Look up, foolish child.”
Asmodeus tried to raise his head, but the closer his face inched toward God’s radiance, his shut eyes burned with the blaze of a thousand suns.  
God repeated His command, a ravine of heat threading through His otherwise cool tone, which somehow made it all the more frightening.  “Look up, foolish child.”
He again covered his eyes with his hands, and even though it did little to prevent the brightness of His Father’s ire from peeking through, he was able to at least tilt his face toward the direction of the Throne.  
“Remove your hands and open your eyes,” His Father demanded.  
Asmodeus took a deep breath.  Was that it? Was his Father going to punish him with blindness for his sin?  Because that was what he was sure would happen if he dared take his hands off his eyes.  Nevertheless, he did what was asked of him.  
He choked as he opened his eyes and saw that instead of only his Father’s bright form standing before him, there was his charge, as well.  “But how?” He reached out his hand, gasping when his fingertips went right through her body without her saying so much as a word.
A vision, he realized.  Normally, visions were dreams filled with premonitions sent by the Almighty.  Often they told of future happenings, but there were times when they would show the viewer what was the current status of events if they were not there to witness them themselves.  A typical vision was usually rendered in the mind, but here, in the direct presence of his Father, Asmodeus saw the apparition with his very own eyes.
The Almighty pointed the form of His finger toward a spot on the human’s body, right below her stomach.  There in her womb rested a glowing yellow orb.
“Your ‘love,’” his Father spat, “has brought you the responsibility of a child.”
Asmodeus’ heart stopped.  A child?  His frigid blood thawed, and he couldn’t explain the sudden warm flush that overcame his body.  “I’m … going to be a father?”
“Of a child that is half-angel and half-human, yes.  I shall call this brand of creature, 'Nephilim',” his Father glowered.  “In any case, this cannot stand.”
The warmth in his body immediately cooled.  “Come again, Father?”
“I created humans to populate the Earth.  Angels were never part of My plan.”  God waved the part of His glory that formed a hand, and the vision of the human turned to ash, which dusted the tile floor.  “The child will not survive.”
“No, Father, You can’t—” he began, cringing as he heard the defiance in his voice.
“—Consider it the consequence of your lust, Asmodeus.”  His Father’s tone was decided.  “I will be merciful—even though you deserve justice, instead—and tomorrow, you will return to your charge.  She will know nothing of this incident but be forewarned—if this ever occurs again, there will be no grace. Your erasure from the Celestial Realm will be permanent.”  
Another vision of his charge appeared before Asmodeus.  This time, he was standing next to her as her Guardian Angel, as she wove threads of yarn on a loom.  The two figures laughed as if all was well. 
Something sunk low in Asmodeus’ stomach.  There was nothing more he wanted than to enter in the vision and live his life as it predicted, even if it meant loving the woman from afar.
But his eyes turned glassy as he shook his head.  “Father, I beg You. Spare the child.” He breathed deeply, a vow poised on his lips that he, in the next moments, would come to regret.  “I’ll do anything. I promise.”
His Father’s glory receded, signaling that the Almighty was on the verge of calming down.  “Be careful when you promise ‘anything,’ My son.”
“There is no price I won’t pay.”
“Even your life?”
“Even my life.”
“Your immortal life is worth thousands of human lives.”
“Then my sacrifice should be more than enough.”
The Almighty pondered the statement.  
His silence only served to highlight the fact that during this whole encounter, Lucifer had played his flute, not bothering to watch the drama unfold.
Asmodeus had to give the Archangel of Music credit—considering his dedication to his craft, it was no wonder that their Father always yearned to have him by His side.  Still, he couldn’t help but find it absurd that Lucifer hadn’t even so much as peeked at the spectacle in the Throne Room; his eyes never opened.
“I will spare your life,” his Father determined.  By now, His ire had subsided and it was possible for Asmodeus to face His direction without his eyes watering.  “And I will spare your child’s. However, you will never work for your charge, again. You will never see her and she will forget every moment she has spent with you.  In her mind, you will never have existed at all.”
Asmodeus gulped and he tasted bile in his mouth.  “But what about our child? And the Guardian Angel her mother and grandmother prayed for?  Father, You wouldn’t ignore their pleas.”
“No,” his Father boomed.  He moved the form of His arm and a third vision materialized.  
This time, Asmodeus saw his charge—former charge?—sitting on a bench, again, working on a loom.  The bulge on her abdomen was a clear indicator of her pregnancy. On her left stood a man, rugged and muscular with dark skin; his wings proved that he was an angel—her new Guardian Angel.  There was another man on her right, who kissed the woman on the lips and rubbed her swollen stomach.
Asmodeus gagged—bodily gagged—repulsion filling his throat, as he realized what was to occur.  “You’re allowing that human man to raise mine and her’s child as his own?”  He didn’t want to mention the fact that his Father had chosen for her a Guardian Angel that was physically his opposite.
“My son, did you truly believe that you were to raise this child?” the Almighty asked, His voice genuinely puzzled.  “You are a Guardian Angel; you live to guard  humans that have asked for your protection.  You were never created to parent them.”
“How will I ever see my child, then, Father?”  While he still couldn’t believe that he had aided in the creation of life, he knew for a fact that he wanted to watch it grow and be there for it.
The Almighty was calm as he said, “You won’t.”  Asmodeus felt his heart drop to his feet, as his Father warned, “Remember what I said, My son.  Angels were not created to raise humans. If you so much as think of interacting with this child, then I will have no choice but to bind you and slice off your wings.  Then you will forever remain in the Celestial Realm, doing the menial jobs of the unspecialized angels.”
Asmodeus felt something inside of him grow cold.  Whether he returned to his charge and killed his child or let his child live and lose his charge, he would be giving up his entire world.
“If that’s what I have to do to ensure the child lives, then I’ll take that offer.”  There was no emotion in his voice except for pure resignation.
“Excellent.”  Suddenly, his Father’s voice became as smooth as honey.  Knowing from experience, Asmodeus knew that His next words would be as bitter as gall.  And he was right. “Now, My son, we have discussed how we are going to deal with you impregnating a human.  It is time for your punishment for your original crime: you slept with your human charge. You say it was love, but I cannot see this purely sexual act as anything other than lust.  You know the penalty for that has never been implemented, but it is time.  However, My son, I will be merciful to you, once again.” Asmodeus simply stared dully as his Father continued, “My son, I will withdraw the original punishment for this crime from you, provided you understand the error of your ways. Answer Me, Asmodeus, do you regret what you did?
It was only then that warmth bloomed inside him once more, the burning embers of his own ire against the Almighty.  His Father could call it what He wished, but his passion for his charge was love, no matter how He twisted it.  And that love would always remain for that human woman, wherever she was and whomever she reciprocated the love to.  
There was only one word he could answer with.
“No.”
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