Melon Bio – New, Improved Flavor!

I was born in Santa Ana, CA, raised in Phoenix, AZ.  I like to annoy people on a regular basis by using my brain.  It’s quite fun.  I used to perform music for a living.  I left the music business in Los Angeles a few years ago in order to care for an terminally-ill family member who has since gone to another life.  Just the thought of returning to the shark-infested waters of the Los Angeles recording studio scene makes me tired, so if I ever sing for my supper again, it has to be a different ball game. 

For nearly three years, I worked at a Clark Kent job in the public sector.  This experience had been quite the departure from my usual line of work, but there were also some similarities between the two professions… mostly related to egos, politics, and power. HALP! I got into it because I wanted to serve and make a difference to the people of the state of Arizona.  I got out of it because I realized that the political puppet show didn’t allow me to be of much help to the people and that it was time to make a difference for myself, my sanity, and my future.

Then I worked at for Charles Schwab & Company, Inc.  I was let go after nearly 2 and a half years with the company.  More on that later.  My former boss… well, she’s an ass.

Am I over-educated?  Oh my, yes.  I attended Indiana University – Bloomington, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music (Performance) and I have a graduate degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  For those who want to know, I play the French horn and sing (I’m a lyric mezzo-soprano).  Would you like fries with that?

Politics?  Geez, don’t even get me started.  Well… I was raised by a Goldwater Republican (get your government out of my pants, please) and a Socialist/ FDR New Dealer.  Dinner conversations were always… interesting?  Volatile? Incendiary?  More adjectives, please?  Meanwhile, I like to think I’m informed.  I don’t like the two-party system; flip sides of the same coin, if you ask me.  I am just waiting for inter-planetary travel.  I don’t think I belong here.

In addition to making music, I also love to read, garden, make jewelry, belly dance, ride my bike, practice yoga, bake, cook, and volunteer with animal rescue organizations.  I have an extremely soft spot for our fuzzy friends.  I am the guardian of two beautiful kitties, Opie and Chloe.  They used to have their own MySpace accounts but too much SPAM.  Now they have a fan page on Facebook.  We’ll see how that goes.  They are awesome.  I also have two doggies, Amber and Molly.  Amber is a Llasa-Apso and Molly is a Llasa-Poo.  I will post pictures soon.

Oh, and by the way…  the “nice melons” thang in the address is about my head, not my breasts.  Just thought I’d clear that up.  I’ve had a few questions on the name and it was a nickname growing up because I was a bit of a braniac/nerd.  It denigrated to that, then stuck, and you know how those nicknames follow you around… so in the spirit of acceptance, I’ve embraced my nickname. 

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. I love your blog. It’s funny, refreshing and I totally relate to everything you’ve said so far.
    Thanks for a good read 🙂

  2. You are most welcome. Come back anytime.

  3. Hi Melon girl… found you on the Love lost tag. I’ve read of few of your posts and am really diggin what you’re sayin and how you’re sayin it. very cool.

    I read your Audition Time post and feel for you. I was a music major in college so know a little about what your talking about and completely understand about the chemistry required within a section and the group as a whole. I guess after two and a half years I realized I had neither and I finally conceded that I didn’t have the chops either to make it all the way. I commend you for goin for it. I picked up the guitar recently so have a musical outlet again after 18 years.

    I’ll try to come back and visit you now and again.
    Peace and hugs from Texas. Julian

  4. Thanks for stopping by, Julian. Expect more of the same in the future! 😉

  5. your blog name is wickedly funny. Belated congrats on dropping the weight.

    I visited Phoenix last November to visit a good friend I’ve known for decades, back in Minnesota and in the SF area. He loves it in AZ — too hot and dry for me, but to each, as they say, his or her own.

  6. Thanks for stopping by, ombudsben… I’m not too nuts about Phoenix myself, but here I am. Arizona as a state has got a lot to offer the eyeballs in terms of natural beauty. I love to see it sll and take pictures of it… it never ceases to amaze me.

    I did love living in the Midwest (although I did not live in Minnesota, I did visit and loved it) and I lived in the SF Bay Area myself for about 7 years.

    Thanks again for your comments, and stop by any time.

  7. Yes, your moniker is definitely evocative and suggestive, upon first double-take.

    So, if it’s your noggin, how come it’s not “Nice Melon”? Is this the old left-brain, right-brain dichotomy?

  8. Damn, OB, you are a smart cookie. Were we related in a previous life? Yep, left and right brain. I’ve always been a bit of a freak.


  9. I like your blog and think your life is inspiring. Be well.

  10. Thanks for your comment! Stop by whenever you’d like.

  11. Hooray for Melon!

    I happened across your blog through ICHC (awesome picture, by the by!), and just wanted to leave a note to say hello.

    Once upon a time, I too was a horn performance major (maybe I was at IU the same time you were! I was there for grad school in 2005), but stopped playing last February after a bad performance injury. I actually opened the case and picked up my horn for the first time just last week, and it was such a cathartic, bittersweet experience. But you’re right–the first step is just to breathe. All of your writing of yoga makes me want to research and write and see if there’s any classes in my area that I could investigate!

    Anyway, thanks for the insight and humor and warmth! I look forward to lurking around and following your adventures!


  12. Hi Julie, thanks for stopping by. Best wishes on reconnecting with the horn. I had never been off the horn for more than a few days at a time so a few months off was a new experience. The yoga definitely helps!

    I graduated from IU in 1994, so our paths probably didn’t cross. I miss Bloomington a lot and went back for a visit last year to see some of my former teachers. I studied horn predominantly with Myron Bloom, although I also studied natural horn with Rick Seraphinoff… and voice with Camilla Williams. Mr. Bloom was recovering from a mild stroke when I was visiting, but is doing very well.

  13. Oh shit, you added me to the blogroll. I love you.

    Also, you are after my own heart with that music biz. I played a certain musical instrument for twelve years, sat second chair for Toledo Youth Orchestra and thought for sure I was going to be the next YoYo Ma. Unfortunately, life got in the way.

    And your cats have MySpace accounts?! My cat is jealous.

    Fabulous bio and fabulous blog

  14. Why, thank you. *blushes*

    Yo Yo Ma is the bomb! I did a performance of Don Quixote with him and the Pittsburgh Symphony about a million years ago (well, it was 1995) and he was just the sweetest guy. He even remembered me after I returned to Phoenix and played with him 10 years later. He’s a rare gem, indeed.

    Yep, life does get in the way. Funny how that works, huh? It’s funny how the performing arts teaches us to be creative problem-solvers (or in my case, CREATORS, heh) as well as learn to deal with large egos. At least that is how I see it.

    In regards to MySpace, I don’t think that they have logged in (maybe it’s typing thing) for a while, but who knows what they do when I am at work. 🙂

  15. You played with Yo Yo Freakin Ma! I bow to your greatness.

    Big egos. Yes. I certainly have learned how to deal with some of the biggest egos ever, IMO, at work because of what I learned growing up. Ms. Wiseman and Mr. Haddad (RIP), I thank you, I really do.

    My cat can’t have a Mysoace. I just know when I’m at work at work at night, she’ll get up on there and find some boy cat to run off with.

  16. ^my typos, let me show you them

  17. You’ve been tagged. Check my blog 🙂

  18. You played with yo yo ma?! Dang! 🙂

  19. You obviously get this a lot but I’ll say it anyways. I love your blog!

  20. Thanks Kat. I haven’t been a very regular blogger on this site for a while, I’ve been working on another blog I created. I’ll try to be more diligent! 😛

  21. Melon girl, how are you?

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