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Mendy Smith

Day 20 - You mean a real day job???

February 21, 2009 at 4:19 AM

Today started off with a lunch with my former colleagues followed by lessons.  Lessons were a mock audition this time around (which I didn't realize until later), and will be again next week. I started of with a major and minor scale - tone production much improved!  But my bow grip still isn't quite how Joel wants it.  It will take some getting used to. 

Then I played the Bach Suite Prelude.  A few accidental accidents, a few comments to myself while playing, and a whole third of a measure dropped ---- oooops!!.  My teacher picked up on those missing 4 notes and pointed it out to me after I finished playing.  Yup!  I missed a repeat of the phrase but kept going like it was supposed to be that way :)  He then worked on my intonation in two measures (the accidental accidents), and some phrasing.

During a short break, I showed my teacher my little MP3 recorder I used for practice, and then tossed it back inside my case.

Then Bloch...  The triplets I had so much trouble with finally resolved themselves after having had practiced with my pianist earlier this week, resulting in me turning to my teacher with a big grin on my face after I completed that section.  After finishing that piece, he asked how it went with the pianist on all the tempo changes.  I pointed out the areas that we had most difficult time with, and we worked those sections over a few times, and got advice on keeping up the bow pressure ALL the time at the tip (still happening but better), and how to go into a harmonic and back off again. 

I then picked up the MP3 recorder from my case and turned it off.  Joel asked "Did you just record the entire lesson?!?!?!" - No, just since the Bloch (forgot to turn it on sooner). He didn't realize that lessons were being recorded (although he said is was perfectly OK to do so).    "I told you it was inconspicuos!!". That was when he truly realized how I pulled off those little covert recordings during quartet rehearsals.  Yup, I have the musical version of candid camera.

After getting back home, I did a quick e-mail check.  There was a single e-mail....  with a job offer in my uncle's company .  His company has a new project starting and can use someone with my skills to help make it happen.  I'll be reporting to the head of his IT department.  This means another move for me, from Portland to Houston.  I don't know how soon he is expecting me to migrate south, and the job could be temporary or perm... don't know yet.  I'm both thrilled and a little sad.  I'm thrilled to have a new day job in a different industry and close to family to boot!  At the same time I've come to love the Portland area, and have a great viola instructor I'll be very sad to leave.

PS - I'm still going through the audition.  It is an opportunity for me to play publicly that I don't want to pass up.

From sharelle taylor
Posted on February 21, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Of course its great that you have a job offer, for the longer term that must be good?

But I am so into this journey, and I don't want the story to end like this!

Call in the writers, change the ending. 

From Donna Clegg
Posted on February 22, 2009 at 12:02 AM

Good post Sharelle.  :)  I hope your audtion rocks their socks off Mendy.  Stay focused.  The rest of the LIFE stuff will work itself out.

From Drew Lecher
Posted on February 22, 2009 at 5:49 AM

 All the best with everything Mendy. You never know, you might to audition for schools in Texas and take the day job—that would make for interesting blogs:-))) Drew

From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on February 22, 2009 at 12:23 PM

 Congratulations on the new job!  I'm wondering the same thing as Drew--can you audition for a school in Texas instead?  After what you've done for this one, it'll seem "easy."

From Terez Mertes
Posted on February 22, 2009 at 3:25 PM

 Oh, ugh, Houston. Oh dear. (Sorry to any Texans and/or people out there who love that part of the US .) You seemed okay about leaving Santa Cruz County, so maybe you're easy-going on moving around, which is a GOOD thing in this hiring climate. And it sounds like you'd like living closer to family, so this is probably all a really good thing, huh? In which case, CONGRATS! Job hunting right now in high tech is not going to be easy for a long, long time. (We, stupidly, are planning to sit out the crisis right here in Silicon Valley, because we really, really don't want to move.)

From Mendy Smith
Posted on February 22, 2009 at 9:42 PM

I never thought that I'd get "disappointment" in finding a job!  LOL.

I'm still going through the audition process, so you will all find out how this ends up anyway.  Besides trying to figure out a way to move myself down to Houston (this is perm job btw...), I'm back on the viola teacher/community orchestra hunt yet again.  So, there will probably be another audition in my future once I get settled.

And hey Terez - I was born in Texas and actually like the heat and humidity.  This will be a nice change from the cold and wet. 

From Drew Lecher
Posted on February 22, 2009 at 10:28 PM

 2 quick questions:

1. You would think I'd know, but what does btw mean? I see it so many times…

2. Do we read your blogs with a Texan drawl from now on?


From Stephen Brivati
Posted on February 22, 2009 at 10:55 PM


by the way



No its not a hand group....

From Mendy Smith
Posted on February 22, 2009 at 11:39 PM

Howdy y'all...

BTW = "by the way" 

Come back now, ya'ere.


From Drew Lecher
Posted on February 23, 2009 at 6:23 AM

shucks, I tought it ment by thumb way…the 21st Hand Group shift sequence of the never reaches.

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