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I’m back from a week of Tucson and am now shifting gears, getting ready for tax season and more glass and music. The picture I’ve posted is one from my trip to Venice and Murano in 2006. I was there to take a class with flameworking maestro Lucio Bubacco. It was cold at the end of February but Carnival season was in full swing. This gondola was parked outside of the Ritz Carlton Hotel. 

I’ve joined up with a netlabel based in Venice, Italy. How cool is that? My music and glass are really coming together. The label is called  I am a featured artist and 3 of my songs are available for free mp3 downloads. I had been a little ambivalent about the idea of free downloads of my music but it really is a great way for me to promote myself worldwide. It is also great after so many years of playing music to have someone else describe what it is I do, at least with these first few songs. I’ve never considered myself to be jazz, r&b, classical etc… My influences and interests are so varied I will play or sing any style that I get the opportunity to try. I can find something to like in any and all genres of music. In recent years I’ve been composing music with computer software, my cello and guitar and in years past I’ve had my own band or played in mostly rock and roll  type projects. Since I’ve only released one 7″ single of my own music  I’ve never really developed the “Joyce Rooks” sound in the way that I would like or even know for sure what that is. I do know that I’m not one to be pigeon holed. I would get bored just doing one kind of thing. I hope my “sound” is a cumulation of my many influences and interests. 

Almost one month later…

Hey, I’m doing pretty good here, 2 postings this year so far. I’m still not sure if I am the blogging type but like anything else maybe I’ll get better at it if I keep doing it.

I am getting ready for my annual trek to the Tucson Best Bead Show so I’m using my sofa as just another flat surface (all others are taken in my house) to work on. If you don’t know about Tucson, AZ in February let me fill you in. Every year gemstone merchants, jewelers, bead makers and others involved in the gem and jewelry trade come together for annual trade shows that pretty much take over the whole city of Tucson. Whether you are looking for museum quality mineral specimens or the finest gems, beads and jewelry, this is where you’ll find them. People come from all over the world in the month of February to buy and sell. I’ve been selling at the Best Bead Show since 1998. It is just one of the many shows that goes on in every hotel, convention center, tent and parking lot in town. Come see me at the show!
The Best Bead Show
February 6-10
Kino Veteran’s Memorial Community Center
2805 E. Ajo Way
Tucson, AZ