I wanted to introduce you to the reason I am never as productive as I should be. They both tend to run on the awesome side and provide a welcome distraction from all the things I am supposed to be doing.
This is my wife Hazel and myself in Alaska. Notice that she is wearing a parka and I am wearing a long-sleeve T-shirt. The phrase “opposites attract” comes up on a daily basis in my household.
This is my son Vincent. We adopted him in 2009. We have already decided that he is going to be an accountant as he came into the world on December 31, 2009 (three weeks early) just so he would count for the entire 2009 tax year! He looks cute now, but he’s actually planning to tackle me at any point. Constant vigilance.
It only took two days and several headaches, but I have finally gotten some music posted up on Youtube! I have added the link to the right of the blog to my new youtube page. 5 songs are posted on there as of now: 4 pieces for piano and a recording from my final concert in college. These are audio only, so don’t be alarmed if the only video you see is the purple lights of my PS3’s CD player dancing across the screen.
There seemed to be some curiousity about my music from one or two people, so I thought it would be fun to get a few samples up so you could a) confirm that it’s probably best for the eardrums of the Earth’s populace that I went into insurance instead of music or b) find it catchy yet forgettable until it comes back to you six months from now and you have no idea what song it is.
But there was a problem…
Apparently, you cannot post music files on your blog without handing over some greenbacks, which I am reluctant to do (because I have few at present). So, I decided that I would instead add some links to my old Cafe Press websites. I put a few CDs up there back in 2004 and promptly forgot about them. (I did sell about 7 copies. 1,276,432nd on the Billboard Charts! (tie) ) Apparently, when you don’t log into an account for 8 years, they can take your stuff down. Who knew?
So, I am endeavoring to get a recording onto Youtube if anyone is curious. I should have the link up tomorrow night. I do have a link to a recording of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, 1st Movement if anyone was unfamiliar and wanted to here what the heck the G G G Eflat thing was.
I added some background images. I know what you’re saying: “Justin, that’s Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, clearly Opus 68 and not Opus 67.” Hey, it was a free image.
If anyone has any new opinions on the appearance, I would love to hear it.
My name is Justin Bohardt and this is my first class in the Insurance Management program at Boston University.
The G G G E Flat title of my blog is in reference to the first four notes of Beethoven’s fifth symphony, a piece of music which actually had a fairly large influence on my life. As a high school senior, I became a devotee of Beethoven’s music after watching A Clockwork Orange and within a year, I was only listening to classical music. This became known to classmates of mine at college who invited me to join a music fraternity even though I did not play an instrument. The friends I made there inspired me to start studying piano and musical theory, which eventually led to being a Music Composition major. Naturally, this is how I wound up in the insurance industry. It might be a bit of a non sequitur, but all you need do is ask yourself if the Classified section of the paper has a listing for Composers generally. An insurance company was hiring and I was poor: it was a match made in fiscal heaven.
I have been in the insurance industry for nine years now, having worked in both Property/Casualty and Life/Health/Annuities. In 2008, I completed the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter program, which partners with BU on the Masters in Insurance Management degree. (For those unfamiliar with the insurance industry, a CPCU is to an underwriter as a CPA is to an accountant.)
In the microcosm of moments that can be described as free time, you’ll likely find me procrastinating from something more profound I should be working on by reading a book, sitting at the piano, or allowing my 2 ½ year old to tackle me.
Justin Bohardt is:
* A Writer
* A Composer
* An Insurance Portfolio Underwriter (bills have to get paid somehow)
* Father of one (and no more! Adoption is expensive!)
* Husband of one (I've asked and that is staying at one as well according to my wife).
* A new student at Boston University; a graduate of the College of William & Mary