Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Foggy-brained Forgetfulness

I just *knew* as soon as I started the really long post I just sent that I would forget something. :-(

How could I possibly forget to mention the amazingly cool thing that Miss Music Nerd did for me?!?

Miss Music Nerd has started making Music Nerd Merit Badges, and asked people for suggestions for possible badges. Kathryn, The Artsy Honker and serpent player, suggested a "You Play the WHAT?" badge for players of unusual instruments.

Of course, I commented that I need one of those for the handbells -- how many times have people responded to "I play the handbells" with "handball?" argh!

Miss Music Nerd agreed & made one for handbells, THEN she went above & beyond the call of duty and made one specifically for me! YAY!!

Here it is, my own special music nerd badge:

Hope you love it as much as I do -- Thanks again, Miss Music Nerd!



Miss Music Nerd said...

Hee hee, maybe I should make a handball merit badge for you too -- but with a "universal no" (circle w/backslash) symbol over it!

Ladybug Crossing said...

It's simply awesome!!!

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Michele Sharik said...

Oh, don't take it down, Brandon!

I'm the one who found it, actually, and posted it to my Facebook. The other poster is a friend of mine who came to my defense!

I occasionally do "vanity searches" of my name on google to see what's going on out there with regard to handbells (since I am a full-time professional handbell artist) and that's how I came across your blog.

What's funny is that if you google "michelle sharik" it asks "do you mean 'michele sharik'?" so I guess I've got a rather large google presence.

And yes, I do have a sense of humor about it, but you might remember that these are real people you're mocking, not faceless droids. Others might not take it so well.

Have a great day!

ps. for those following along at home, Brandon's post about me can be found here:


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Michele Sharik said...

It's true that MTV & Radio do create "faceless droids", but when's the last time you saw one of my videos on MTV (or any handbell artist's for that matter)?

That's my point, Brandon. Once you move away from the MTV set, you run into real people, like me.

I can take the mocking, but some people can't. All I'm saying is remember that you're targeting real human beings who have feelings.

As for me, I will continue to use my new tagline: "The KISS of handbells!" LOL!

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Michele Sharik said...

Because YouTube is 100% just like MTV? Logic fail.

A better analogy is that my music is commercially available at places such as iTunes and other (more traditional) outlets. *That's* what makes me a valid target for your mockery, NOT that my stuff is on YouTube (where everybody and their dog can post a video).

And, as I said before, I'm asking you NOT to pull the post, Brandon. Leave it there; it's FINE.

It amuses me to see my video on your blog, surrounded by all those big-name artists! Let me have my fun.

ps. even if I were to turn off embedding, you (or anybody) could still link, so there's no difference.

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Michele Sharik said...

Wow, way to miss the point, Brandon.

Yes, I know what the technical difference is between embedding and linking. What you don't seem to understand is that nobody thinks that the owner of a video "approves" of its use just because that video is embedded in a site (rather than linked). It does not look "official"; it just makes it more convenient for someone to see it without navigating away from the site.

By the way, there is no "genre" of handbell music. You can play any genre of music on handbells. I happen to play classical music. Other people play hymns; some play pop tunes; some play rock; some play jazz. Ever heard of OK Go? Google "OK Go handbells" sometime.

For the record, I was not and am not offended that you put my video on your site. I do think it was rude of you to mock a "niche performer," but if you absolutely had to do it, I'm glad it was me and not some "little old church lady" or a youth group. As a professional performer, I know that not everybody will like or appreciate what I do and some who dislike it will say so publicly; that's one of the risks I take as a performer & I take that risk with my eyes open.

But, if you're going to post your opinion for the whole world to see, at least own it! Don't take your post down just because someone happened to question you on it. That just makes you look cowardly & foolish (especially when you blame it on someone's "sense of humor").

If you feel that your opinion has merit, then engage your critics. Otherwise, think about why you want to post your opinion in the first place.

ps. Another technical issue you seem to be confused about: Blogger doesn't change the link when you modify a blog post. So even though you say "instead of naming a specific performer", the post's URL still has my name in it. It will stay like that unless you delete it entirely.

pss. even deleting something entirely doesn't make it go away. Nothing ever disappears from the internet. Your previous post is available in the Google cache as well as via the Way Back Machine.

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school bells said...

Nice suggestion,adding some noise using hand bells can create a unique sound.

Plumbing said...

Suggestions are very well accepted. Its good to hear that making sounds out of bell rings can be consider as a music.

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