Everyone around here is getting psyched for the annual Dance Flurry in Saratoga in a week and a half -- the best folk music, the best participatory dancing, the best sing-alongs, fabulous performers, local and distant, all having a marvelous time.
My band is playing twice in official ways over the weekend, accompanying beginner contradances. Last year we only played once, so I guess they liked us. :) It's largely by lottery, though, I think, so it's the luck of the draw as to whether we get picked. Bands love to play there because the pay is okay, but you get a free pass to the whole weekend and you get good exposure. Really, just the free pass is a good enough incentive!
Don't know if anyone else around here would be coming, but if you love folk music and/or any kind of dancing (ballroom and folk, mostly), then this festival is for you. If you'll be there, give me a shout and we'll have to meet!
As of August, we'll be adding another member to our band -- only he or she (currently "it" or "the critter") will be mostly relegated to the Gurgle and Rattle parts for a while. Perhaps a bit of doubling, if he or she is particularly talented, on the Belch and Burble lines.
Yeah, I'm a bit scattered. I've heard it gets worse as you get into the second trimester... which I'm just beginning. Beware!
So, my violin teacher has encouraged me to take this opportunity to really practice, practice, practice... apparently because I'll have nothing else to do, what with holding down a full-time job and trying to do a ton of redecorating/childproofing in the house. And don't forget all the extra time I now spend eating!
I've re-joined the local choral society 'cause they're doing tons of Mozart and I really wanted to be singing while the critter's own vocal chords are developing. In a few more weeks, orchestra will start up again for the spring, too.
And I thought I was trying to cut down on extracurriculars...
Anyway, more later, but I wanted to actually start this thingy up again.
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