Friday, July 30, 2010

recent acquisitions

This summer, I have been spending most of my time at home, in my room, practicing the bassoon, cleaning, or melting into a brown puddle.  However, a gal's gotta cut loose every now and again.  One of the ways I amuse myself without money is to look at the free section of craig's list and imagine what it would be like to have the ability to drive to Munhall/Connellsville/Shadyside and make these items mine.  WELL, the other day, after the first taker fell through, a girl emailed me to see if I had any interest in a free chaise lounge.  I did!  I borrowed my dad's truck and took my brother (the muscle), and after some careful maneuvering and the help of a tattooed and pierced young man from across the street, my new (to me) chaise was loaded up and on its way to the other side of the 'Burgh.  It isn't much too look at, but I put a quilt over it and here are the results:

My mom took me to Goodwill the other day and I am also the proud new owner of two dresses, two gorgeous cardigans and a pink Jansport bookbag.  Mom got a cardigan and a button-down shirt.  All for $22.50.  In these difficult economic times, it is important to try to make old things seem new again, and to support your local goodwill.  And watch Craig's List vigilantly.  I found an almost- new electric range on Craig's List for my parents just today! I blew up the old one while they were on vacation in South Dakota.

Oh, my masters degree came in the mail the other day, too.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Time Has Come

I am officially starting on the audition trail.  I did take the Delaware Symphony audition back in January, but I'm for real this time. :)  Today I sent my check in to the Lexington Philharmonic to reserve a spot at their bassoon sub list audition, and I am preparing to send my resume to St. Louis for their second bassoon opening.  The problem with auditions is that they suck.  No one wants to travel a long way just to find out someone doesn't think you are good enough.  I already know that.  You don't have to tell me.  So, I suppose I ought to change my attitude.  Auditions can be fun.  It is fun to be competitive and I should pretend like my feelings of paralyzing fear are feelings of paralyzing excitement.  Right?  Right.

In the end, the whole reason for all of my hard work on excerpts up to this point has been so that I can win a job.  Now I need to go out and try.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Transformation

Two posts in one day!  Part of it has to do with the fact that I have a keyboard that has all the letters and numbers.  So, today, Colette and I spraypainted a filing cabinet.  Behold its glory!

Before--rusty piece of doo-doo.

AFTER!  I'm the only girl on the block with a purple filing cabinet!  I am going to put my music in it!

Some of my other pursuits:

Further proof that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.

I'm Still Alive!

Don't worry--I am still among the living.  I have been enjoying my summer vacation to the fullest--tea drinking with mom, room cleaning with brother, bike riding with dad, Cosmo reading with sister, cake baking with Colette, phone conversing with ADB, and trips to Sonic with whoever will take me.  And today, I will add excerpt learning.  I haven't been the most dedicated bassoonist, but I find that without a goal (audition, lesson, recital), it is hard to be motivated.  Therefore, I have been working out.
What is this working out?  I'll tell you.  I have been doing this mind-numbing exercise where I play through all my etude books with a metronome and tuner in front of a mirror.  I do this so that I can develop my rhythm, intonation, and minimize finger movements (these pinkies of mine are out of control!).  It sucks and is not fun, but my hope is eventually it will pay off and I will have sweet fingers.  Fingers I can really be proud of.
I am also thinking about recital music.  I might play a lot of German music--I miss it after my adventure into the France-Land that is Wisconsin.  French bassoon music will always have my heart, but I need to branch out.  Perhaps some American music too?  Or....Canadian???  The possibilities are endless.

Today I am going to make a concerted effort to work on my CMU audition rep--Ravel Piano Concerto in G bassoon things, Rite of Spring, and ALL of Mahler 6.  I wonder if CMU is doing Mahler 6.  In which case, this would be my third time playing it.  Maybe I could play contra this time...
Well, I am off to eat some cake and soak some reeds.