May 2007

She's Baaaack!

May 26, 2007 21:11

M'lady returned to me tonight. After about three weeks off because of pain, a little more, I started a few days ago to play lightly again. This morning after realizing I'd already overdone it last night, I eased into tonight's jam. And for a little while at least, jam it will be.

So tonight I started in five minute increments. Then I did ten, then I just jammed for about 45. I decided to spend 'some' period of time trying to better bring everything I've worked on together a little. And loving to play as I do, tonight was excellent.

I'm finding I will play in a couple major modes so far, very light chamber, and with energy and intensiity. My "Air on G String" spoke silk for a few minutes there, and broad and more powerful for a few as well.

Beyond this I'm also finding that bringing it all together means bringing the instrument to the front, Milstein inspired lightness of hold bow, good relaxed tuck, and improving my note grabbing and arched bowing.

Actually I could imagine spending the next year just on these above. When the above are in place, the basic wrist vibrato is excellent. And experimenting with minimum and maximum bow speed and pressure is part of this entire image--sort of inferred already.

But most importantly, tonight the sometimes elusive playing with passion teased me for a few minutes. Tonight was cool.

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Rest: It;s a good thing

May 3, 2007 21:46

The rain that began yesterday is predicted for another day or so. I am thankful, and rainwater is a hundred times better for the gardens, miracle grow excluded. But I'm equally thankful as today for the most part I rested-I mean really rested.

Took me a nap beside an open window, and woke up to do a little cooking and playing cards. Following, I got to check out some music from Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, answered a few emails and just rested some more.

I looked at Hrimaly--uh, the cover, and decided to rest some more ;). I was up until midnight building next years greenhouse trays, and this lingering cool rain was like glidin outta the hollow in it's ability to express: chill!.

I did jam just a few minutes the past few nights, but so lightly it doesn't count. And I do have a plan of action for the McGlaughlin song, and feel victorious over the problem measures of Sarabande, even if only in sketch mode. And today's chill let me refocus on the big picture, starting my mental list. Included on 'that' list, will be a down-day!.

And today. Today the rains just started and stopped all day. And there was just enough fog in just enough places against the green hills and overcast skies to put one to sleep at leisure. Especially with the cool sixty degree weather, I only harvested asparagus and put out three overgrown tomatoes all day long. This resting stuff: I could learn to like it.

Rest: it's a good thing!.

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When a break's not a break.

May 1, 2007 19:23

Stranger that some days off, is the involuntary muscle twitches indicating healing going on in my south-paw. I'll take it!... It's a really good thing I'm as busy as three people, or I'd be really depressed not playing (sort of not playing), every night.

I transposed the McGlaughin song to a more managable key (a-flat>D), and did the math with the Sarabande to get the troublesome last measures ready. Other than that I 'thought about' getting into the Hrimaly and will proably start that tomorrow, just reading it, seeing what it's all about. I already sampled it and know it's achievable, but have a record of working ahead on things to make things easier. Some would say "he can't walk and chew bubble gum at the same time". ;)

I planted lima beans today--the third or fourth attempt at those troublesome legumes this far north, and will have some of the most expensive ones ever--pure potting soil in the row. And I'm happy that I'll end up with an awesome strawberry crop after all I've been through with weather and groundhogs.

Though I've had to do 95% of the work myself this year, our gardens and projects are again kickin butt!. Cleaned out the garage last weekend and organized a work center for gardens there and did some final construction on the garage to make it better today. Now for simple configurations and light organizing.

My early tomatoes in the greenhouse are covered with blooms and about four feet tall. Took them out for some airing today and a couple got tumbled by the wind but were fine. I started four types of non-hybrids gratis a friend from Charleston and they are absolutely beautiful. We are moving most of our crops to non-hybrids

I planted another asparagus row yesterday, and was real thankful to have had the mind to go ahead and just do it instead of putting them in a temporary bed until next year. My buddy Scott would be proud of the furrows I made. Asparagus done correctly is a 'lot' of work--at least once in 15 years. Our asparagus season has been world class so far, and it's just really beginning. So now I get to figure out how to be preserve it in that we only get a healthy amount about every four days so far. Looks like seal-a-meal to me!.

Successes:
persistance
strawberries
corn
potatoes
melons (all kinds)
garlic
vidalias
gardens in general(all other crops)
light projects (started the garage thing last year)

failures:
celery (looks like raw seed in the bed to me at this point).
junked off in one of my work areas--how'd that happen?
didn't get my greenhouse guttering up in time.

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