I’m still hanging out in the lower tier of students here in college – it’s rather a tragedy. I’ll come out of my slump at some point. I’ve got to. I’ve got to. I’ve got to.
On a much brighter note, Anne’s exemplary on-the-fly sight-reading and transposition put me in a great mood. I was so proud to have outputted the 50 odd bars for the theme from “Cinema Paradiso” (as performed by Josh Groban) in one go, a manic scoring spree that lasted until 4 AM. She played it beautifully, both with her own viola and Sam’s violin. “When You Wish Upon a Star” needs some work, mostly because I can’t do the chords.
Other pieces will follow, I hope; I really do regret never pushing the HiKaPh to take off…
EDIT: I forgot one of the most important items on my mental writing agenda: documenting my indulgent splurge on more music. $8.54 spent at Rasputin Music on two selections from the clearance rack and one from elsewhere. All three involved Leonard Bernstein: Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and American in Paris (apparently Bernstein plays piano, by the way – $1.95); Beethoven’s fifth symphony and Schubert’s eighth (THIS one was absolutely a steal, for being in almost mint condition – $1.95); and Bernstein on Schumann’s third and eighth symphonies, as well as his symphony for strings ($3.95).
Overall, not bad! Three CD’s for less than what you could buy ONE new one on Amazon.com for. I think I’m going to have a good time with this.