December 2008

My 12 days, compressed into one weekend

December 18, 2008 20:46

12 Holiday songs for sung by 500 students in K-5 that are all about snowflakes & sleigh rides (it's going to be 76 degrees tomorrow)

11th hour babysitter desperation for this weekend's gigs

10 cups of coffee

9 beginning Suzuki violin students playing Jingle Bells & Twinkle

8 gallons of gas needed to fill my car to get to everything

7 meals eaten while driving

6 geese, not currently in the back yard, but will be soon, if it stays this warm

5 a.m.-when I will be up, getting ready for school holiday concerts.

4 stray cats who come running from the woods when they see my green Subaru (the food mobile).

3 more non-Messiah church gigs

2 more Messiah performances


1 Boy Paganini to accompany on violin, as played by a 2nd grader


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Messiah #1

December 15, 2008 20:24

So on Sunday, I played Messiah #1 of three this season.  It was much improved from the first rehearsal.  The soloists were all very good, and the other violinist toned down (maybe to 9.9999 from 11) the Louisville slugger bow arm. The only scary moment was near the end, when the conductor had obviously lost focus and gave a very undiscernable tempo  for "How Beautiful" .  So I just had to decide what the tempo was and the soloist and I made it work.  Earlier that morning, I also played at one of our historic churches for a service of lessons and carols. 

This week is also  the last week before school vacation.  Georgia districts are getting squeezed hard, so our county has just taken half the lights out of all the buildings (the people who walked in darkness are us...).  One of our school board members was quoted in the paper as saying that if things don't improve soon that they wouldn't be able to meet payroll in September. 

Stay tuned for Messiah #2 & 3.

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the gig report

December 9, 2008 19:58

Lessons from tonight's rehearsal:

I really hate that southbound stretch of I-75 that is under permanent construction.  Big ol' trucks; lane shifts; orange barrels; concrete walls for 5 miles. Blech. 

The second violinist wins.  I cannot possibly play any louder. Do not ask me to play louder.   Note to self: "I will not crunch...I will not  crunch...I will not crunch...oops.  Did I say that out loud?

You will have balance problems with 5 strings, 2 trumpets, and organ, and an oboe.

Buzz Saw oratorio.  Oh, wait.  I am sorry.  That was the Messiah I just rehearsed.




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