Cast Out Of Narnia

It’s been a real mixed bag of the week with the truly awful happening in the shape of our entire political infrastructure imploding over our heads. As I write this, we still don’t know if there’ll be a new election or a new leader or who that new leader is. I won’t say much about…

Coming Back from Out of Balance (the new Koyaanisqatsi)

They say you don’t lookThey say you don’t look‘Cause it’ll drive you madAnd if it drives you madDrives you madIt’ll probably pass — Orpheo, Andrew Bird — It’s almost been a Watermaidens Fortnight this 10th Watermaidens Day (Rather appropriately, it’s been 10 days). I felt like I’d entered a sidewise universe in a very Shakespearean…

And I could give you all the olive trees…

My life is basically music and research right now. I’m writing a fistful of articles and have one due next month so I need to get to it despite this awful heat. So, setting my Anthropocene article aside for right now to focus on this Gothic article that already had its abstract accepted. It’s several…

“Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold vermilion”

Quick music roundup because it’s good to have some form of music accountability to keep me going. It’s been a helluva week red-tape-wise, and the extreme heat did not help. Self-care has not been so good this week. I’ve also been practising music (both instruments) a lot. Maybe a little less on the piano but…

dancing between keys and frets

It amuses me (and is rather helpful besides) to keep a record here of my music learning, so here’s Sunday’s edition because I clearly just NEED to talk about my music practice or I’ll spontaneously combust! We’re having a musical Watermaiden’s Weekend here at Chez Nin. Classical Guitar Practice I did two sessions today so…

Forever Besotted with Counterpoint

Watermaidens Day #10 was mostly about music. Having acquired a decent version of Bach’s Cello Suite #1 for the classical guitar (an Icelandic arrangement) thanks to recommendations from the CG forum*, I pretty much played through the Prelude, the Allemande, the Courante and the Minuets. I prefer Fred Sokolow’s arrangement of the minuets, though. It…

…singing of Mount Abora

My entire life feels like it’s changed since I started learning w/ the Music Theory MOOC. It’s only been two weeks but I feel like I am seeing/hearing everything differently. Back then, I knew when things sounded right, knew when they didn’t. But didn’t have a way to properly articulate it. And there’s the fact…

Finally A Musician

Monday is supposed to be a music rest day (for playing, not for music theory — mostly because I’ve been averaging an hour and a half of music practice per day between guitar and piano and my hands need to rest). And then the rest of the week I was supposed to work on Sor’s…

May All Saturdays Be Like This

Since this is my last weekend before semester starts and I’ll be frantic juggling all the things, it seems fruitful to note that today was an exemplar of how I’d like my Saturdays to be for the rest of the year. Ergo a bullet list: I had eight hours sleep! Exercise/Fitness: Did calisthenics w/ some…

Travelling Without Moving (Voyager sans déplacé )

January’s come and gone. I haven’t broken any of my main goals for the year apart from maybe the fact that my sleep cycle’s still as borked as ever. I’ve never been a “New Year, New Me” person, more of a “what do I do this year to augment the grand narrative of who I…

With All Good Intentions

Returning to classical guitar practice after 3-4 years of dormancy isn’t easy. There have been many missteps. Moments of demoralised inertia, determination to make this work despite all of the work-related things I also had to complete in January. There’s also the sinking feeling that I’ll never be good enough, which is not a nice…