March 25th, 2004


a little story: piano memories

In the autumn of 2001, during rehearsals of Chekhov's "The Three Sisters," I would sit in the men's dressing room at Loyola and fiddle around with the piano. Eventually, I futzed with some MIDI files enough that I printed out a couple of bits of sheet music, and started practicing with those. The one I practiced the most was "Cristofori's Dream," a new-age-y type piano piece by David Lanz. I eventually got pretty good at it, for a guy who quit piano lessons in 5th grade. I was proud of how I handled the left-hand octave stride, and some of the faster bits with the right hand. I managed to work quite a decent bit of emotion into that piece, with some parts forte, and some parts quite pianissimo. I practiced between my scenes almost every day for about two months, and then, the show went up, and I didn't play it nearly as much anymore.

I would occasionally play it on either my cheap-ass keyboard or Dan's more expensive one, but not enough to stay good at it. Then of course, Dan kicked me out, my keyboard went into storage, and I haven't played it for more than a year (probably closer to a year and a half, now.) But I still love that song. And maybe I can practice it again someday and become good at it once more.
  • Current Mood
    nostalgic nostalgic

I feel like Martin from "The Simpsons..."

In other dork news, I just joined two more communities; linguaphiles and philologist. Yes, I like words. Shut up.

Groundskeeper Willie: "Yeh've mastered a dead tongue, lad, but can ye handle a live one!?"

PS. Fact #4093 that's useless unless you're a linguist: did you know a symbol that consists of a question mark overlying an exclamation point (like this, for those of you who can view Unicode characters; ) is called an "interrobang?"

Today in "history"...

It was on this day in the year 3019 of the Third Age of Middle-Earth (1419 in Shire Reckoning) that The One Ring was destroyed by Frodo, Sam, and Gollum in the Sammath Naur, the Chamber of Fire, inside Orodruin, or Mount Doom, leading to the downfall of Sauron and the utter destruction of the Dark Tower.

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  • Current Music
    Louis Armstrong - Hello Dolly