My name is Rebecca Zimmerman, and I am a freelance cellist in Chicago. I teach cello and music lessons and perform mostly classical music. My next door neighbor has become my best friend and she is an experienced FAWMER. She inspired me to give this a try! My other passions besides music are animals (I have a dog, 2 cats, and six chickens), gardening, knitting, and creating projects for myself!
i'm still working on it.. i'll have to find you on the facebook.
Hi Rebecca-too bad we don't live closer to each other. Would be fun to collaborate. Thanks for your comments on Shine Down. To answer your question-I may have some Irish blood, but mainly am of English and Danish descent.
i would absolutely love to work with you a bit if you had the time.
Hi, thank you for listening to my song! I'm happy you liked it. One of my other FAWM songs has a line about a cello in it and I could have used your talents. I faked it with a sample. Enjoy your February!
On a completely different note, I like that you are a pet lover. I have a pet I am close to and most people don't get it .... they call me crazy cat lady lol..
Dear Rebecca! Think your for your nice words on my song "Charlie". I just posted it to her as a valentine's day gift (I wasn't sure if the song was good enough, but comment gave me the courage 😀 I'm alway open for collaboration! Just get in touch if you have anything up your sleeve 😀
at least, that's how i tend to work at the moment with these kind of song-y things
i've always started with chords, then see what groove they imply. words come third, melody is last. since i'm a terrible bassist in every since of the word, i rely on the root far too much. i could use some help 😉
Hi Rebecca! Again, welcome! And while I'm sharing tips, I noticed you replied to johnstaples here on your soundboard. He won't very likely see it there; he won't get a notification at any rate. Best bet is to Copy/paste it onto his soundboard (just click on his name below to get over there). It's a little confusing here, in the ways it doesn't work like some other social media, but we manage! *smiley*
Hi Rebecca- thanks so much for your nice words. It's so much fun to find other classical musicians on here. Looking forward to hearing your songs.
john staples thanks so much for your words of encouragement. It is so validating and refreshing to meet people who have come from a similar background as me and have chosen a different path. I can imagine that having a child would make one rethink. The community of church can be very lovely. I lost my family over my lack of belief, so it is always tempting to try harder to believe.
Oh and I meant to mention I love that you have a dog, 2 cats, and six chickens! We have a dog, 4 cats and zero chickens although my daughter (who also lives in Chicago) would love to have chickens!
A few thoughts about your comments in your video on believing. I grew up in a fundamentalist evangelical Christian family on a farm in Kentucky! Ground zero! And from a very early age I understood I was not cut out to believe. I tried. I read. I listened. I prayed. I went to church. I asked tough questions that made people uncomfortable. I pointed out discrepancies and hypocrisy I could simply not ignore. So, I rejected it all.
Then, when I started my family, I began searching again. Maybe a more modern church? Maybe Buddhism? Maybe Humanism? I now consider myself to be a secular agnostic. But most importantly I figured out how to be ethical and moral and kind and generous without religion! (And I am convinced I am a much better "Christian" than many Christians!)
Hello! All the best this new FAWM year!
Thanks for your comments, my friend. 😀 And YES YES YES! I need you and your cello!!!
I chuckled out loud at your question about my recording and mixing technique, cuz I'm the worst. I usually use garageband, which is free on MacBooks and the like. It's pretty awesome. The song in question (Once Upon...) was laughably cobbled together using GarageBand for iPad ($5 bucks at the App store), which has some cool features. I actually tried to insert some GB cello in that song, but it wasn't working out. Thanks for listening!