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It’s time to move on...again!

Parker Knox
Published: Thursday, March 28th, 2013

A few people who know me well know that I am a fanatic for countdowns—this many days till Christmas, that many days till the baseball season opens, this many days till homecoming, that many days till a family wedding. Shortly after Christmas break, with the prospect of a long, cold semester full of much difficult work on the piano keyboard looming large, I began on my kitchen refrigerator yet another countdown—the number of days left in my University of South Dakota music career.
I started at 105. Taking a number off each day makes time fly. Suddenly here we are at 37 and counting!
Calling what I've been doing at the USD music department for the past five years a “career” is a slight exaggeration. Really, I have been merely a part-time employee. Actually the university doesn't even consider me that—“consultant” is the term that applies to me for tax purposes. But regardless of what I am called, I have been the piano guy for the opera class an hour a day while also “hiring out” as an accompanist for any vocal or instrumental soloist who asks nicely and wants to pay for my services.
Some of them pay; some of them don't, but that's a story for another time.A few people who know me well know that I am a fanatic for countdowns—this many days till Christmas, that many days till the baseball season opens, this many days till homecoming, that many days till a family wedding. Shortly after Christmas break, with the prospect of a long, cold semester full of much difficult work on the piano keyboard looming large, I began on my kitchen refrigerator yet another countdown—the number of days left in my University of South Dakota music career.
I started at 105. Taking a number off each day makes time fly. Suddenly here we are at 37 and counting!
Calling what I've been doing at the USD music department for the past five years a “career” is a slight exaggeration. Really, I have been merely a part-time employee. Actually the university doesn't even consider me that—“consultant” is the term that applies to me for tax purposes. But regardless of what I am called, I have been the piano guy for the opera class an hour a day while also “hiring out” as an accompanist for any vocal or instrumental soloist who asks nicely and wants to pay for my services.
Some of them pay; some of them don't, but that's a story for another time.
A few people who know me well know that I am a fanatic for countdowns—this many days till Christmas, that many days till the baseball season opens, this many days till homecoming, that many days till a family wedding. Shortly after Christmas break, with the prospect of a long, cold semester full of much difficult work on the piano keyboard looming large, I began on my kitchen refrigerator yet another countdown—the number of days left in my University of South Dakota music career.
I started at 105. Taking a number off each day makes time fly. Suddenly here we are at 37 and counting!
Calling what I've been doing at the USD music department for the past five years a “career” is a slight exaggeration. Really, I have been merely a part-time employee. Actually the university doesn't even consider me that—“consultant” is the term that applies to me for tax purposes. But regardless of what I am called, I have been the piano guy for the opera class an hour a day while also “hiring out” as an accompanist for any vocal or instrumental soloist who asks nicely and wants to pay for my services.
Some of them pay; some of them don't, but that's a story for another time.
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