Sunday, January 14, 2018
Friday, January 5, 2018
I love hearing the wind roar outside our house. Continue to practice and learn “Misty.” Liking it still. Finished the first story (“Description of a Struggle”) in my Kafka book and it was difficult (for me) to follow. Not sure what to make of it except that it perhaps was describing the difficulty and absurdity of life and our failing frantic efforts to make sense of it. Still reading the Steinbeck book also. Celebrating my best friend’s 55th birthday tomorrow.
I am no fan of President Trump. I feel good that people are holding him accountable for his disasters. Perhaps I feel a little sorry for him, also. Was always a kid that cried easily and yea, though it may sound like a cliche, I was certainly sensitive. I remember me feeling sad for a cartoon character in a book I had because he was on a stage, and his face looked so sad because the audience was throwing tomatoes at him. I remember writing on the page something like, “Do not look at if you are (I forget the details) years old.” I assumed that younger people would also be saddened by the picture.
I love hearing the wind roar outside my house.
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Working with the Sudnow Method for piano. Working on “Misty” and my scales. Liking it. Taking my time. Not spending too much time practicing, but I know that will change as my repertoire increases. Looking at Sudnow’s voicings for “Misty” is illustrative; going for sounds rather than strict rule following. Do not monitor progress; just practice. Learning piano is not an intellectual issue.
On New Year’s Day I read the whole of “Franny and Zooey” by J.D. Salinger. Loved it. Spoiler Alert: I especially liked the very end where it seems as if Salinger is making some peace with the phonies. In Jesus.
“Just think how many thoughts a blanket smothers while one lies alone in bed, and how many unhappy dreams it keeps warm.”
- Franz Kafka (“Desription of a Struggle”)
Monday, January 1, 2018
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Played a gig last night and one today. Went well. Hate my electric guitar. Sounds tinny. Gigs this week will be Wednesday and Friday. Have to get back to my piano program.
Philadelphia Eagles played and won a great game today; the terrible news is that our quarterback Carson Wentz was hurt. He seems like a great guy and his Christianity is inspirational.
Fly Eagles Fly
Friday, December 8, 2017
Making progress with piano. Working on reading music; that bass clef takes some getting used to for me. Learning technique also. The piano program I’m working through is still on the easy side for me, but that’s ok. Taking it slow. Wondering when fingerings will be covered - I’m very awkward in that department!