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Kelsey Z.

May 11, 2006 at 3:15 PM

Do you ever get that feeling that you are right on the edge of being burnt out with everyone? Lately that's kind of how I have felt. Pressures from school and the year end exams that are starting to glare at me omniously; trying to get the other year end events (recitals, graduation stuff, year end gigs, meetings etc.) organized and out of the way. I'm having stuff thrown at me from all sides! *implodes* ok....well I won't actually implode, I think I probably eat too much to have that be a threat, but anyways. Oh, did I mention I have an audition in Vancouver somewhere in all of the above? ah well...I will make it.... the violin will keep me sane through it all! That's actually one thing I really appreciate about playing an instrument is that when the rest of life is overstressed and out of control or feels like it's out of control I can go and play my violin, in particular Bach and I feel so refreshed and ready to jump back into the whirl-wind of life.

Well some fun things that are coming up, I'm actually semi looking forward to my upcoming audition. I haven't done one in awhile and I'm one of those addicts who likes to perform though I'm sure when I actually arrive at the audition my nerves might have some say as to my feelings then. My school's talent show is finally actually happening! I have rehearsals tomorrow and then the actual show is next week, all week. I'm now playing piano for a song called "Send in the Clowns" from a musical by Sondheim called "A Little Night Music" that my friend is singing. I haven't accompanied a vocalist in public before so this will be a new endeavor and I don't have very long to learn the music, though it seems pretty playable so far! And then of course, the Vitali Ciaccona is going to be my solo piece. Other fun stuff...well the whole violin decision process is now getting to be fun. My local violin teacher has weighed in her opinion of the violin that I am seriously considering and she really likes it and thinks it's a good bargain for the price so now I just need one more approval from my other teacher and then hopefully I will be able to bring home a new violin to show you all!

Well my bus leaves here soon so I should probably consider signing off so I don't miss it.

Oh, before I do say goodbye for the day. Everyone should really check out the Vaughn-Williams oboe concerto (such an amazing work!!! I think I've raved about it here before..) and the Barber cello sonata. I've included a mvt. of the Barber above for all to enjoy.

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on May 12, 2006 at 6:30 AM
Kelsey, hang in there! Just play your violin and keep your cool. Things will be better soon.

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