It’s finally happened. After years of talking and searching, we officially moved into our new studio space last week and spent the better part of the week getting it organized and functioning.
We’re not that far from our former Ravenswood studio, but we’ve traded our former concrete box with nail salon supply neighbors for a multi-room suite with functioning windows (!) and esteemed new music neighbors Third Coast Percussion and Dal Niente. The building itself is huge and labyrinthine – there are half-floors and almost always more than one way to turn. It’s a bit of a choose-your-own-adventure for me still, and on more than one occasion I’ve found myself on the wrong landing looking in vain for the exit amongst the sea of old photo album production equipment, wishing I had dropped bread crumbs.
Moving is always a great opportunity for an organizational do-over, and I’m happy to say that we’ve done better in this new space, not least because we now have many rooms: an A/V room, an office, a meeting room/lounge, a small practice room, a main rehearsal area complete with a nook for all of Matthew’s instruments, and another room for storage with lots of free floor space – I’m calling that the dance studio. We all rolled up our sleeves, donned work gloves and old clobber and wrestled, wrangled, and cajoled six enormous industrial shelves into submission. Then, it was the always-surprising memory game of opening boxes and wondering why on earth we packed that stuff (we opened at least one fully taped box of nothing but trash), then finding a place for it or putting it right back into the box. But now we have an alphabetized library, a merchandise corner, a shelf for cases, a shelf for production items. Not saying that we didn’t before…just that now I know where they are.
There’s always more to be done, like getting internet, but for now it’s time to get to work.