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Kelsey Z.

June 20, 2004 at 3:59 PM

My mouth has been pretty sore the past few days. I had some work done on my braces which has resulted in the same feeling as when I just got the braces put on. For this reason my practicing has been a fair amount less enjoyable and not in the quantities I'd usually practice. On the plus side, because I know it hurts a lot to practice I make good use of my time spent practicing. The only things I've really worked on though have been Ysaye and Lark Ascending then of course some technique and etudes.

The past few days I've spent a lot more time at the piano. I've really enjoyed it! I'm starting to get on a good roll with my practicing on it and working on technique and things.I have a feeling that roll will be changed as of tomorrow though. I'm going away for 5 days on the annual family fishing trip. I'm excited about going and looking forward to it, to be sure, but there is no piano around. I will be taking my violin along though. Only a couple days after getting back I'm performing Lark Ascending then I just got music for an orchestral program that rehearsals begin for only a couple days after that.

The Orch Dork thread has been kind of funny. I don't think I'm nessecarily and "Orch" dork but more of a "Classical and contemporary music in general" dork. Playing with the youth symphony the past few years has meant getting up at 5 or 5:30 most Saturday's to drive to 2 and a half hours to orchestra rehearsals which last all day long. I do have concerts and auditions or rehearsals nearly every weekend it seems. (I've done around 40 concerts since the end of January, of which I am very proud of myself :D)

Speaking of going away here earlier. I guess I should get some stuff together and do some wash so I have clothes to wear for the next 5 days I am away. My favorite part about this trip is the scenery! We are right on the lake, there are no phones and computers or tv. It's like being totally with-drawn from the world in a way. The paper only comes if someone happens to have "gone to town" that day and remembered to pick up an order sheet. It's a nice thing to be able to just go and do that for a few days and just enjoy the animals (bears, bald eagles, neat birds, gophers and squirrels are among some of the many animals that we see all week long). I'm excited about being gone for a few days.

And with that. See you all when I get back!

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