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Mark Grisez

Principal Trumpet of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. My favorite performance venue: San Diego Comic Con. Interests include horse whinnying on the trumpet and making concerts about robots. For private trumpet lessons (in-person or remote) or other inquiries, send me an email!

"Reading" List

Below you can find a list of books, videos, movies, music, video games… anything that I’ve found interesting or enjoyable, in no particular order. Some things I’ve finished, others I haven’t. It’s ...

Cynicism and (parts of) Classical Music

Disappointment sucks but is maybe also ok?

Letzelung

CW: themes of death, mild body horror. It was far from the first time Hans Zweifler had been inside one of the Great Halls of the Creed Maane, let alone the Kirk Lundzang itself. The air was damp ...

popsicles.mp4

FREE POPSICLES FROM SKY DADDY

invention.mp4

IT’S ALL REAL

mud_city.mp4

PHILOSOPHY BEGINS IN MUD

sandwich_with_cheese.mp4

I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE EEEEEEEEEEASY

The Stories I Tell Myself

I’ve been thinking about my 2nd and 3rd grade teachers lately, Mrs. U— and Mrs. B—. I loved them deeply, and still do. I was dead set on becoming a novelist back then, you see. Whenever I brought n...

What I’ve Learned From Quitting Ice Cream

PREFACE (January 2, 2022): My thoughts on some of these things have evolved since the time of writing. For one thing, I want to be clear that I have eaten sugar since then, though on much healthier...

In Which I Have A Mild Existential Episode But Keep Making Things Anyway

PREFACE. I wrote the bulk of this piece one morning as a part of my regular writing practice, and because I needed something to put out in a blog. The great irony of what I describe in this post is...

Is Compassion Always Gentle?

I started reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s book The Art of Communicating this week, and something he says early on struck me. He says that whenever you find yourself in the midst of toxic conversation, “y...

What Should An Artist Promise Their Audience?

I remember visiting a Renaissance Faire with friends once, where one of the performers was a Master of Insults. His insults, he said, were the most brutal and searing we’d ever hear, and for a fee,...

"Am I Creative Enough?"

Over the past five years or so, I spent a lot of time worrying that I wasn’t creative enough, or that the ways in which I was trying to express my creativity were inadequate, misguided, too safe, o...

How to Play the Perfect Horse Whinny

Become the horse. Save Christmas. Save the world. Here are some tips and tricks to make your trumpet horse whinny stand out from the rest.