August 16, 2012 at 3:47 PMYesterday was my sixteenth birthday! Various things happened that day that are related to what I've been posting in previous blog entries. So I'll just explain my day in its entirety.
For starters, that morning, I ended my symphony! Yep, it's 142 measures and 28 pages long for a thirteen instrument score (although most instruments come in two parts, like the violins, flutes, and oboes). I'm not quite finished with all the parts yet, but I'm just about there.
After that we all went to the Adler Planetarium in Chicago! This is a rare treat because we never usually go there. We saw two shows, and for the sake of discussing music in any possible way I'll just say that I really enjoyed the soundtrack of these shows. They were beautifully orchestrated, and combining that remarkable orchestra with the smooth visuals of outer space just about made my day.
We went out for dinner at Sweet Tomatoes, which is, for the record, my #1 favorite restaurant ever. I got a too-large salad (as usual), a baked potato (as usual), and non-seasoned vegetables (which I seasoned). Then they had apple cobbler, and although an apple pie was waiting at home for my birthday treat, I decided to save the pie for today.
After dinner we went home and I opened presents. I got two books solely on music composition (one was an appreciation for classical music book and the other was about movie music), and a Doctor Who picture almanac. (I don't know if I've already mentioned this, but Doctor Who is my favorite show ever. And the way I got interested to watch it was by listening to the music! Then, of course, I enjoyed the plot and characters and such...) Finally, I got two violin books: one with songs by Lennon and McCartney and one with the various pieces from The Lord of the Rings. Maybe sometime I'll post videos of these performances on YouTube if I play any of them with my violin teacher.
To wrap the day up, we watched The Waters of Mars, which was a David Tennant (he plays the Tenth Doctor) special. Then I read my new book until it was time for bed.
By the way, I'm planning on posting my symphony once it's fully complete on YouTube. More than likely I'll put out a link on a future blog entry, so you can listen to it from there.
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