I am a seventeen year old vocalist, trombonist, and composer.

In the late June of 2008, I traveled to Evanston, IL for the Northwestern High School Summer Institute. This started out as a blog of my experiences there. Right now, it’s serving as a photoblog of both my college search and my life in central, quasi-rural New Jersey. My first post was the closest thing I have to a mission statement.

The title of this blog is from a poem by Charles Simic, called “Summer Morning.” It is taken from his Selected Poems, 1964-83, and it can be found in full on the website of The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keilor. It was featured on that show on June 15, 2001.

All texts and images on Eyes Closed, Listening are copyright 2008. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


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