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a musical week and other random ramblings
  • I was going to buy a flute. Really. I was very close. I even asked Seth if I could.  I was starting to narrow down models I really want a Haynes flute (since I can't afford the Brannen I want), but there was also a Powell and an Altus that would have been great also. A good flute would have been a pretty significant investment for a hobby.  It's been a few years since I've played the flute, and I'm not sure that I'd be any good anymore. Well, I'm pretty sure I'd suck compared to when I was practicing 6-8 hours a day, but I wasn't sure if I'd even be passable.
  • Right.  Anyway.  I'm not buying a flute right now, unless a really good, really cheap one fell into my path and tempted me.  Why have I changed my mind?  I'm getting a piano!!!!!  Yay!!! A friend of mine is moving and can't keep it anymore.  So I'm buying it from her for a reasonable cost, plus the cost of moving it (about $250 to move it). I'm so excited!!!  We don't really have a good place to put it just yet, but that's hardly the point.  The point is that I want it and I'm getting it! :)  We'll stick it in the sunroom temporarily, until we can figure out a better home for it.  But I don't think the sunroom is a good permanent home for it because of the humidity out there. But still, it'll be exciting to have it!!  :)  If we didn't have the damn radiators, I'd know JUST where to put it.  Sigh.
  • Tonight we are going to see The King and I, which makes this a very musical week.  mscongeniality's got me wanting to see My Fair Lady again.  But I only have it on video.  I'll have to get it on DVD eventually. Anyway, I'm excited to see TK&I.  I was supposed to see it in NY when I was a kid for one of Yul Brynner's last performances.  I can't remember what happened that kept us from going, but I have also regretted not being able to see it.  I'm not a huge fan of Sandy Duncan (who is starring as Anna), but I've always wanted to see a stage production of the show, so yay for me.
  • Holidays are coming up and SOON.  Must start meal planning.

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ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: August 31st, 2004 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm kind of jealous that you have the discipline to pursue music, even if it is just a hobby. My mother tried for years to make me into a musician -- I got piano lessons for years (we had a piano) and then guitar lessons later (I got a guitar as a gift, maybe a year or two before I was given an electric keyboard as another gift). I resisted her efforts -- I may have some discipline, but apparently not the musical kind. I did take cello in elementary school and loved enough to try and take it up again at 20. My reward was that I messed up the tendons in my arms. :(

So I've decided to confine myself to being a dedicated music *listener.*
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2004 10:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Music was one of the few things in my life that I was ever passionate about. (Obviously, I'm passionate about my husband, but that's a different kind of passion.) My whole life revolved around music from the time I was 12ish until I was 21. When I was 21, I had an injury that basically put me out of commission for the long haul. It was a year before I could hold a pencil in my right hand. I had carpal tunnel and tendonitis in both wrists, so a nasty fall on my right hand on top of all that damage basically ended my music career. Probably for the better. I'm not saying "you want fries with that?" for a living. And now that I'm shomer shabbos, it would have been very hard to survive as a musician. However, recently I've realized that I really miss it. I can't devote the kind of time to it that I used to. Even if I had the time on my hands (hah!), it would simply cause too much damage to my hands. But I'd really like to find a way to incorporate music back into my life. I don't even listen to music as much as I used to. There was a time that there was always a CD playing in my room. Now it's very rare.

Discipline definitely wasn't my problem. Music was probably the only thing I had that kind of discipline for though.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: August 31st, 2004 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)
>> I had carpal tunnel and tendonitis in both wrists, so a nasty fall on my right hand on top of all that damage basically ended my music career.

Something similar happened a few months after I took up the cello again. I was already noticing some pain in my wrists and forearms but was ignoring it since it wasn't all that bad, but then I spun around while have my photo taken and ended up breaking my fall with the heels of both hands. About a month after that, I began to have serious trouble. I don't quite understand the delay, but in any case, I was in serious pain for months. I was told that it wasn't carpal tunnel -- they didn't know what it was but there was very little they could do. (Prescription-strength Advil was certainly no help.) The episode passed just in time for me to go back to school. >:[

It wasn't as much of a blow for me to give up playing as it sounds like it may have been for you. (I was already pretty clear on the fact that I lacked this sort of discipline by this point anyway.) The wrists/arms still bother me periodically, though (usually twice a year, when the weather changes). Massage helps and not much else.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2004 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was a huge blow for me at first, but one that I knew was coming. My pain level was getting worse and worse. Surgery wasn't an option because I probably wouldn't have gotten enough mobility back to stay at the same caliber. I had been gradually shifting my focus away from performance and toward History and Analysis, knowing that I probably couldn't have a sustained performance career. But when I took that fall, I couldn't complete the remainder of my performance credits. So I left it entirely and got a degree in History instead, spent a year in law school, and ended up a Computer Security Consultant. *shrug*

I guess it all works out in the end.
mscongeniality From: mscongeniality Date: August 31st, 2004 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I did see Yul Brynner in The King and I on Broadway. We managed to get orchestra seats and it was an incredible performance - hence why I will never go see that play again. ;-) Some things just can't be improved upon.

I also saw Sandy Duncan on Broadway when I was very young. I saw her do the lead in Peter Pan and remember having a very good time though I dont remember much more than that.

As for My Fair Lady it is well worth getting the restored version on DVD - the restoration is just stunning and the digital quality is whats needed to do it justice.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2004 11:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I saw a live recording of Sandy Duncan in Peter Pan. That's actually why I'm not a big fan of her. I happen to not be huge fan of the stage production of Peter Pan (big fan of the book, not a big fan of the production). I'm not sure what the problem I have with it is. I certainly enjoyed it as a kid. I just don't like it.

Thanks for the correction on Yul Brynner's name. I knew I wasn't getting it right. Anyway, correction noted and made. And you're right. If I'd seen Yul Brynner in it live, I'd never see it again either. As it is, I'm not expecting to be dazzled by the King (not even sure who's playing him). But I've always wanted to see a stage production of this one.

And yes, I will definitely be purchasing the restored version of My Fair Lady soon. Just have to wait a little bit. What with buying tickets to TK&I at the spur of the moment and making a rash decision to buy a piano... I definitely need to wait on spending any more frivolous money. Particularly since we want to get the kitchen re-done soon.
cellio From: cellio Date: August 31st, 2004 11:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I like your new userpic.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2004 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'd take credit, but I found it online.
From: gittygiggles Date: August 31st, 2004 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)
radiators are sucha pain in the butt. ESPECIALLY when they're ALWAYS RIGHT in the way
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2004 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I love radiators, and I love radiator heat. What I don't like is that, as you said, they are ALWAYS in the way. Phooey.
From: gittygiggles Date: August 31st, 2004 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)
i never noticed the difference....i guess i'm dense
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2004 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
the heat isn't as dry. And not knowing that doesn't make you dense. It's something you only notice over time and only if you switch back and forth. I also think radiators are cozy, and they remind me of my grandparents' house in NY, so it's partly nostalgia for me.
From: gittygiggles Date: August 31st, 2004 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
ah, i am glad you commented when you did! i wanted to ask.....how do you use those air bake pizza trays? the round trays with all the holes? do you roll the pizza out on the tray or on something else and then put it on the tray????
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2004 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
roll it out on something else and then put it on the tray.
From: gittygiggles Date: August 31st, 2004 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
awesome. i thank you, oh holy grail of cooking knowledge!

last time i rolled it out on the air bake thing and we couldn't get it off :)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2004 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
if you roll it out on the air bake thing, you'll get it stuck in the holes. Spray it with just a touch of non-stick cooking spray and gently place the rolled out (or tossed) crust on it. Or rub a little olive oil on it.
From: gittygiggles Date: August 31st, 2004 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
i'd call you julia child(chile?) but she's dead (isnt she?)

you're awesome!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2004 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will humbly accept the compliment (though it's far from true). And yes, she passed away a couple weeks ago. She was in her 90s.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 31st, 2004 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
what does it have? Fake bass strings?

The truth is, I'm also a music snob (which is why I wasn't going to settle for a crappy flute), but I don't need a steinway or a kawai or whatever. I need something that sounds decent that I can grow with. That's all.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 1st, 2004 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)
ah yes, I'd forgotten that spinet was the term for those kind of pianos. That's what I'm getting, which I actually prefer for the moment because it is less obtrusive. And since we don't have a really good place to put it, it's better that it not take so much room. Since I'm a pretty lousy pianist for the moment, I'm unconcerned.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 1st, 2004 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
yes, but in this case, I wasn't worried about floor space.
it's being put in front of a window.
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