May. 4th, 2008

Bacon Salt?

May. 4th, 2008 12:20 am
kayjayoh: (oblique)
"Bacon Salt is a zero calorie, vegetarian, kosher certified seasoning salt that makes everything taste like real bacon."

I am speechless. I can't decide whether this is the best thing ever or an abomination. My head, it spins.
kayjayoh: (the meme thing)
I just got back from the monthly "beginners session" at the Willy St Co-op. It was much smaller than it has been other times I have attended. (I would end up at a small one the first time I actually came to play, wouldn't I?) There were three whistles, three fiddles, a mandolin, and a button accordion. (Huzzah! I just spelled accordion correctly on the first go. Take that, learning curve!) The mandolin and one of the fiddle players were the two girls I'd met at the Brocach this past week. I'm pretty sure I will see them again this Wednesday, so yay for getting to know people!

Unsurprisingly, I was all nerves and fumbles. I couldn't even make it through "Off to California" with any degree of competence, though I managed a passable "Britches Full of Stitches". However, I'm not going to let that scare me away. It's pretty clear that the only way I'm going to get comfortable playing around other people is to continue playing around people, butterfingers and all.
kayjayoh: (the meme thing)
Bounding O soul thou journeyest forth!

Well, that's another semester of Choral Union done and another amazing piece to add to my mental list of music in which I have participated. It's also my second Vaughan Williams setting of Walt Whitman, the first being Dona Nobis Pacem (which remains one of my absolute favorites).

The concert was well attended, and being in the Capital Theater rather than Mills Music Hall was an interesting experience. The sound felt a lot different. There were some parts that I could barely hear, but other bits popped out at me in ways they never had before. It was also nice, I must admit, to be able to sit down during our longer tacit sections.

From my, albeit limited, perspective, everything went very well. We certainly got a good deal of applause at the end. My voice, finally back, held out, which was good. Now the trick is to see how long it takes to get sections of Sea Symphony out of my head.

UPDATE: Damn, the 1st link now only seems to work on preview, but if you follow it you get a 404. Bummer. I can't find a good replacement, either.

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