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This was just an awful week.  I'm so exhausted.  It's been showing in everything I do.  I've been forgetful and having a tough time focusing.  Just good riddance to it.  I'm hoping to catch up enough on sleep this weekend to be back to normal for next week.

Monique and I went to dinner and then to a show last night with [livejournal.com profile] sans_peur .  We saw Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell.  She's folk and country.  He's folk and blues.  They both did a bit of the program on their own and part of it together.  Beside singing, she also plays acoustic guitar and piano.  She has a really nice voice but she lacks in variety.  All of her songs sound the same, though she sang a beautiful version of Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah"  while playing the piano.  Richard had a backup band for his segment, a violin and double bass and he himself played mostly electric guitar.  He too has a really pleasant voice and the harmonies between the two singers were really good.  They're a pleasant mix.

Unfortunately, I was wiped out and it was all I could do to stay awake through a lot of the concert, but it was still a very worthwhile show and I don't spend enough social time with sans_peur, so it was a good evening.

On the way home Monique got more bad news about her dad.  Things have taken a really bad turn for the worse for him.  I see another trip to FL in Monique's future and soon.  She's not taking it well at all.
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A while back people were looking for suggestions for character playlist.  I told the people that asked me about it that I don't do such things, just never felt the need.  I get into my characters just fine without musical inspiration.  Today I decided I'd do it just for fun.  I went through my entire iPod list and now have 38 pieces of my music on my Zephyr play list.  So much for not having music for Zephyr.
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In spite of the fact that I worked Friday night until 11:00, a few hours yesterday and again today, this has been a fantastic weekend.

Thursday night with Virginia refugees )


Friday night plotting )


Like new bass flute )



Flute, fiddle, disc golf and dinner )

Monique is down in FL for two weeks.  This weekend represents the half way point of that.  The past few days have really been marvelous for helping me get through the light depression I've been feeling missing my vacation and my darling wife.

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to try out an instrument I had never tried before. My friend Bren owns a harp. It's alternatively known as a lap harp, travel harp, Celtic harp or lever harp. I was actually quite taken with it in just the 30 minutes or so that I had to play with it, during which time I was also roleplaying with the owner, so I didn't focus on it as much as I might have liked.

I have decided that I am going to learn how to play it. Because I don't have to hold down strings, which is the bane of my instrumental existance on such instruments as guitar, violin and cello, I think I might actually be able to play it. I have already done a fair amount of research. I've subscribed to a discussion forum and started reading some past posts. I've begun seeking out people for advice and even looked at some instruments on-line.

If anyone out there knows some harp teachers in the SW CT area, please let me know.
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Patriots )

Now, back to my vacation and another day of database development.


Nov. 12th, 2007 06:16 am
kumir_k9: (Musical Notes)

Ok, for most of you doing it, that's National Novel Writing Month.  I'm reading it as National Note Writing Month.  

Zephyr's patron (in Madrigal) has commissioned him to write a piece of music.  I figure if I don't get going on it, it will never get done.  I can be a horrible procrastinator on stuff like that.  
(Ask [livejournal.com profile] wargoddess, who is patiently waiting for me to set a piece of music in writing  for her.  Sorry, I digress.)  

I had to find the right lyrics first.  I know it's cheating not to write the words myself, but I'm not really much of a lyricist.  Now I'm writing music to fit it.  I'm up to 140 notes on the soprano part.

At 242 words in the piece, assuming at least one note per word with 3 vocal parts plus 2 flutes and string bass, my lowball estimate is 1500 notes, so I'm about 9% of the way there.


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Stolen from [personal profile] kajivar.  Technically, it's either in F or Dm and not Db as it indicates, but who's going to quibble?  There's no sound, but I wouldn't call it exactly work safe.  Prelude link    Some of those chords in the last measure are a little on the kinky side, sort of a menage-a-triad . (sorry, a little musical humor there)

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