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Kelsey Z.

June 4, 2005 at 6:28 PM

Ah June! Aside from all the allergies and the every increasing tempreture I love this month. Year end recitals, school ends for the summer, exams are done and holidays begin!

One thing I always look forward to in June is my families annual fishing trip. This will be the last year I can go so I'm hoping this year will be especially good! Where we go and stay is quite far out of the city and there's no phones, tv, computers, grocery stores and the mail only goes out once or twice a week. The wildlife is amazing and so is the scenery. There's a gorgeaus, long bike-ride you can do along the length of the lake. It gets quite hard to bike in spots with steep inclines going up and down but it's really beautiful. It's kind of funny, I remember a couple years ago my brother and I did a particularly long bike-ride along the lake and my legs started to get really sore long before we even turned back, you get to a point where your legs stop hurting, they just go numb and you feel like you could go on for ages. I guess that must be what happens to athletes when they do races and marathons. I'm really excited to go to the lake again this year though!

As I mentioned year end recitals usually tend to happen at this time of year. I'm currently going to be playing in at least a few for piano and violin and I'm planning to have my Suzuki groups to each play a couple of songs at the year end recital the music school I teach at has. There are just so many things happening! I also want to go up to Kamloops for a day or so. A youth orchestra up there is doing a repeat performance of a composition I wrote for them. It was premiered last weekend but I wasn't able to attend so I'm trying to make it work for this time! It will be interesting to hear if what was in my head (that seemed to work pretty good with a string quartet) actually worked and was realised on the page for the whole string orchestra.

School is almost over. Yay! As much as I like my English class and find German a good place to get other homework done and studying for theory exams, I'm happy school is almost over. As I walk through the halls now all you see are depressed, trying to seem depressed, unhappy people. Or you see the really bizarre people who are trying in vain to stand out. It's such an "interesting" place at school. If you pass a truly happy person in the hall or someone who actually holds the door for you or says thank you for something or who gives you a smile as you pass in the hallway, you've come in contact with one of a rare breed at my school. I can't say I'm going to miss school that much this summer. I'm really ready for it to be over.

I'm working on another composition for the youth orchestra I used to play in. It's scored for full woodwinds (more or less), some brass and full strings. I might add percussion but I'm not full convinced it's something I want in this piece yet. It's nearly 1 minute long already with more ideas floating around in my mind as to what I want to do with the piece. I'm hoping to get most of it done before I go to Quebec this summer, then maybe I can copy out parts in my spare time or something while I'm down there or compile the conductors score so it's readible.

It's only just over a month until I leave for Quebec! I'm very excited! There are a couple of things that are making me a tad nervous and anxious, such as who I'll get for a roomate(s) while I'm there and what it's going to be like in general and how I'll get along with my teachers and everything else! I am very excited though, I really wasn't expecting this to happen at all so it's been and still seems a bit overwhelming and surreal especially when there is so much to be done before I leave yet!

Well I should get going! I'm doing a wedding and reception this afternoon so I should grab some lunch and make sure everything is in order ie: do I have closepins and elastics for if it's windy?

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on June 5, 2005 at 2:47 AM
Your family's fishing trip sounds wonderful. It must be beautiful and isolated. I wish I could go, too.

I hope you have a great summer.

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