Sunday, November 05, 2006

Lock 'n Load

Of course I'm referring to my MP3 player. When I got this a year ago, I never thought I'd need "all 6 gigs"...well, I have about 300 MB of space left, and that will likely be gone by the end of the day. I guess my new book on CD won't fit for my trip this week. I've also deleted most of my pop/non-Classical music from it, as I have a very important test this Thursday, and I want to soak in as much unfamiliar music as possible before then.

Right now I'm listening to Stravinksy's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, written in 1931. I didn't know this work, but I'll make a point to get to know it more in the not-so-distant future. It's great! Oh, Napster, you are a wonder. This recording: Hilary Hahn. While listening (and on my study break), I did a search and found her website and her online journal for her fans. It's very interesting to read thoughts of a touring musician. I think I'll put it as a link to the right. Check it out if you have a minute.

I feel like I'm training for a marathon...except in the complete reverse. My butt has not left this chair for the past two days except on my 15-minute breaks. I try to make a point of getting outside and going for a quick walk as often as possible. Today is a particularly difficult day to stay inside and study. It's perfect weather outside--sunny; 70 degrees in the sun; slight breeze.

OK, back to 20th Century Compositional Techniques...

3 comments:

Pattyoboe said...

Well, I wish you ALL the best! I'm in awe of all you smart folk; I only have a BM, and I don't believe I really earned that properly. Such is life. (I'm still happy with my life ... I just feel "less than".)

GO FOR IT! :-)

Jillian said...

Thanks! but don't feel "less than". Just remember that life is about learning, and you don't need to be in school to do that! (Thank goodness, because after this, I'm DONE!)

I hope that doesn't sound trivial; I do know what you mean.
Thanks for the encouragement! I need it sometimes!

Pattyoboe said...

Naw, doesn't sound trivial. And I know you're right. But, at the same time, my goofy degree is ... well ... goofy!

Mostly I'm thankful to be a surviving musician. Really!

And yes, I continue to learn. Your blog is one place where I get to do that, too! :-)