Dec 28, 2006

I'm too busy for this blog......

too bus-y.

As you can probably see, it's been a rather long time since my last post. In all fairness, I did warn you that I might be infrequent in my posts, and it would seem that this is one of those times. But, lest you think I'd fallen off the face of the earth or some such thing, I decided I had better write something here, and fast.

something

hahaha. Anyway, my first semester as a graduate student has officially come to a close. Among other things, I have discovered that juries and finals at the graduate level aren't much different from the finals and juries of my undergraduate days, except that in the case of my class, the entire grade is the final exam, which was a new and stressful experience for me. I'm sure that everything turned out well, but I can't say that with any certainty since I can't get into my BC web account, and the paper copy of my grades is probably sitting in my mailbox......in Brooklyn.

Meanwhile, I'm back in Iowa for two and a half weeks, to experience the winter holidays in all their glory and craziness, and also to take care of a project or two. After a busy semester, I must admit that it's a pleasant change of pace to be able to relax and visit some of my family in the quiet cleanliness of the Midwest.

Wait...so why am I writing so much in here?! I should be relaxing and enjoying myself! So I'm going to go back to doing just that!!!

Happy Holidays and New Year to all!

Dec 7, 2006

I'm so happy I can't stop playing!

A few weeks ago, a certain rather embarrassing circumstance necessitated that I change out my strings. The circumstance was this: One day, amid all the weather changes of late, I was in the middle of a lesson and my strings went horribly out of tune. While I was trying to retune my poor violin, M.K. remarked, "D string sound old." (Yes, he really does talk like that.) Needless to say, I ordered new strings that very same day and put them on as soon as they arrived.

Changing strings, aside from the annoyance of the strings settling, is always something I look forward to. Among other things, I'm always in a good mood after I put on the E string. Why? Because on the inside packet, there is the following inscription:

It makes me smile every time I see it; while it's not THE reason why I use the Pirastro Gold E, it's certainly a very important benefit!

As for the inscription itself, it sort of describes what next semester will be like for me: instead of "I'm so happy I can't stop playing", however, it will be "I'm so busy I can't stop playing." My performing commitments for next semester include my lessons (in which we'll be stepping up the repertoire considerably), orchestra, and a Baroque ensemble which will perform Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #2 (for piccolo trumpet, violin and recorder) and some other Baroque orchestra works. In addition, Contempo will likely be doing a quartet for piano, violin, cello and clarinet by Paul Moravec entitled, "Tempest Fantasy." And while I'm not signed up for the course itself, I'll probably end up involved with it anyway, just to take advantage of the opportunity to perform new music. I registered for classes yesterday, and in addition to the craziness I described above, I'm also taking a 20th century theory/analysis course. And over the summer, I'm going to have to study French and history/theory like mad in order to pass language and comprehensive exams next fall.