Barbara Butler – ep. 23

Barbara Butler

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I’m so happy I’m finally able to release this episode! I originally planned for it to be released on December 1st, but once I got the episode recorded, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to wait that long! In the beginning, I selfishly wanted to interview Barbara because I figured there would be a lot of musicians that would be interested in hearing it, but I had no idea how much I would learn from speaking with her.

Barbara is such an inspiring person. Having studied with her, I certainly knew her intense side that doesn’t let any stone go unturned in her students playing. I also knew about the side of her that supports her students unconditionally, and you really get a sense that no one could be a bigger fan of you than she is.

At this stage in my career, I have fewer questions about how to progress on the trumpet, and far more questions about how to find my own musical voice. I really appreciated how much advice she gave on this topic, and I feel like it gave me a great deal of focus on my preparation for the Chicago audition and beyond. I hope you are able to get a full picture of who Barbara is as a person, and that you are able to be inspired and motivated in ways that only Barbara is able to do!

I asked Barbara what music she listens to so I could make a Spotify playlist for you all, and this is what she said “Bach. Always Bach. Beethoven, Shostakovich, Prokofiev. Singers Pavarotti and Cecilia Bartoli. Sara Bareilles. Jazz piano Bill Evans. Elton John, Beatles, Queen, Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews”. This is not a comprehensive list because she didn’t give me exact pieces. I skipped Beethoven, Shostakovich and Prokofiev because all of it is amazing. Look up anything by them. I also skipped the Beatles because I would have just put the most famous stuff that we all know. So, here is some guesses as to the music that Barbara listens to for inspiration and relaxation. Enjoy!

Barbara Butler – ep. 23

Until next time,

Ryan