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The Day Job

scribbled by laura on September 19, 2013

I’m always humbled when folks email me asking me to perform in their hometown or country, but I inevitably have to explain that I am simply an occasional musician. I only perform about once a month locally because the rest of my life is filled with family and “the day job.” In 2010, I decided to go back to school to pursue a graduate degree in Communicative Disorders, and this year, I completed all requirements for my license as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). SLPs evaluate and diagnose speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders and treat such disorders in individuals of all ages. My interest is with the adult and geriatic population.

I have always been an emotionally driven person, and more often than not, this job is incredibly challenging — emotionally, mentally, and even physically. What’s wonderful about it is that I have the honor of meeting people from all walks of life who are doing everything they can to battle something, as well as their families who are trying to do everything they can to help their loved ones and often feel helpless. To be honest, I’d say I cry about once a week to let out the stress. Oftentimes, I want to “fix” the problem, however that is not always possible when it comes to the brain. We most often instruct in ways to compensate for the deficits.

I share this piece of my life because this career path has affected me in ways I never imagined. Life is short. Life is precious. Life is ultimately about love. Life is learning to accept the hand you’ve been dealt and do the best you can. Life is about compassion, kindness, and humility. I see extraordinary people every day and they remind me to be thankful. They remind me to appreciate the small things. They remind me to be patient. They remind me to say “I love you” as much as possible.

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8 Responses to “The Day Job”

  • I know all too well the value of an SLP. My son has worked with SLP’s since the age of 3. He’s now almost 21. He decided in high school, that he’d had enough and he was happy with the person he was and if people didn’t want to be friends with him because of his speech, then they weren’t worth being his friend at all. His speech is not perfect, but he wouldn’t be where he is today without the help of several amazing SLP’s. Would love you see you in your “night job” sometime. I grew up in Ocean City, NJ and still have family there, so going to Philly would be a pleasure!

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    Ruth

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    Thursday, September 19, 2013
  • Thanks for reading and sharing, Ruth! Wonderful to hear your son’s journey. I’m glad he’s happy. That’s all that matters. Would love to meet you at a show sometime. Take care!

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    laura

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    Thursday, September 19, 2013
  • Thanks for sharing! My 2 year-old was born at 30 weeks and 4 lbs. Since birth, he has been diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis, and he is fed through a g-tube in his belly. He has also been diagnosed with a number of other things including mitochondrial disease, fine motor and speech apraxia, and sensory processing disorder. He sees a SLP regularly in addition to lots of specialists all over the state. He’s a great kid, and no one would know he wasn’t “normal”. I really admire what you do and it takes a special person with a huge heart to help others like that. I am sure it can be a frustrating and emotionally draining job… but also very rewarding to see the changes in people’s lives!

    I also relate, as a musician. I took a year of piano lessons when I was 8, but I never liked to practice the songs I had to learn. I preferred to make up my own songs, and I also started playing by ear and gave up on reading music. I am not good with words, and I don’t sing. But I can sit at my piano and pour all of my emotions into writing an instrumental song. I can go back and listen to any one of them from the past 28 years and know exactly what I was feeling and where I was at that point in my life.

    I have enjoyed listening to your songs since hearing First to Fall on Elevator Girl. One of my favorites is I Take It All, especially the “songs from the couch” version. It’s so real, and personal, as are all of your other songs. That’s what I love about them. Keep up the great work with your music, and your “day job”!

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    Kirk

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    Thursday, September 19, 2013
  • 🙂 you got this!!!!! You are a sweet, kind person and you do care sooooo much about each and everyone of your patients

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    :)

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    Thursday, September 19, 2013
  • I watched a Hallmark movie today called “Elevator Girl.” I heard your song called “First to Fall.” I Shazamed the song, but Shazam didn’t recognize your song.

    I had to have the song so I went to the Hallmark website and found a discussion board that mentioned your name and the name of the song. I then went to iTunes and bought that song and nine other songs of yours.

    I’m 66 and have purchased 1,600+ songs on my iTunes. I’m always looking for new songs to love. I am so glad to have “discovered” you today.

    I’m sure you know that you are an extraordinary and talented songwriter and singer. My wife and I both love all of your songs that we bought on iTunes. Our favorite so far is “Are You Happier Now,” but it is such a heartbreaking song.

    Please continue to make more fabulous songs that move your adoring fans.

    P.S. I think you could sell more songs if you had a better website. Make more blog posts. Put up some pics. Add ecommerce to sell your music.

    Richard Keyt

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    Rick

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    Saturday, February 22, 2014
  • Thanks, Richard! I really appreciate your support.

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    laura

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    Thursday, November 27, 2014
  • neat stuff 😉 you are great at what you do .
    warmly,
    t

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    tracy -PT

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    Monday, December 1, 2014
  • I had been having a magical day of “happenstance” and tuned in to the last 15 minutes of the movie Elevator Girl. I was so moved by the song that was used during one scene (First to Fall) that I had to find the artist. Incredible music! Your comments about Life are inspiring and I am grateful to end this day listening to you and reading your words.

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    Mark Diorio

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    Sunday, February 15, 2015
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