Karen (estherchaya) wrote,

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Interview by slitterst

1. Leave a comment saying you want to be interviewed.
2. I'll reply and give you five questions to answer.
3. You'll update your LJ with the five questions answered.
4. You'll include this explanation.
5. You ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed. And it just keeps going, and going, and going (hopefully!)

1.) Of all the instruments you've played, what was your favorite and why?

I'm really bad at answering "favorite" questions. So I'll punt and tell you what I liked about the instruments I played. I played clarinet, recorder, flute, oboe, a teeney bit of piano, and a teeney bit of violin. Of those my favorites are flute, oboe, and piano. I was a lousy clarinet and violin player. And the recorder is annoying. You don't specify whether you're asking which is my favorite to play or which is my favorite to listen to.

Oboe is by far my favorite woodwind. It's got an absolutely stunning sound when played correctly. It was fun, but extremely challenging to play. I wish I'd developed more skill on the oboe, but I did pretty well for the short period of time that I played it. English horn was a lot more fun, but I only got to play it a few times. It responded a lot easier... I guess the bigger reed vibrates more easily. The oboe has such a soul-ful tone that it's nearly irresistable, which is largely what attracted me to it. Also, I found out that I had a talent for it that I was surprised by, so that didn't hurt matters.

I still, though, have to remain loyal to the flute...my trusty companion for 12 or 14 years. There's no mistaking that I had greater skill on the flute than I did on the oboe. On the other hand, I only played the oboe for two years. I think I'd sort of hit my capacity with flute. I wasn't inspired by it anymore, it was physically too painful to play, my instrument wasn't up to par with my ability, which made things more difficult. All sorts of forces sort of seemed to work against my continued development. Still, it was very gratifying to be able to pick up the instrument and absolutely KNOW how to get it to respond to my wishes. Flute repetoire, though, save the Baroque works, failed to inspire me. It's all too... flutey...too flowery and flittery. Flute is definitely not my favorite instrument to listen to, but it's probably my favorite to play, but again, that's only because that was where I had the greatest facility.

And then there's the piano. I don't really play the piano. I passed keyboarding classes (six semesters) in college. But that was the extent of it. But I had a constant yearning to learn the piano throughout my childhood and adolescence. I resented my parents for a long time for not allowing me to get piano lessons. My grandmother paid to send down her piano (that my mother had learned on) with real ivory keys and rosewood for me, knowing how much I wanted it. But my parents refused to get it tuned (it was awful) and wouldn't let me take lessons. So I suffered through Mrs. Mooore's piano/guitar class for a semester which wasn't terribly helpful, and didn't teach me a lot that I didn't already know. But it did reinforce some things I knew, so I guess it wasn't a total waste. I adore the piano for its versatility, and its repertoire. Lousy piano skills really made me suffer in Analysis courses. I couldn't just pick exercises out on the piano as easily as others could. In the end, I excelled in Analysis, but it was much harder work than it needed to be. So you know, I have a great love for piano also.

2.) Now that you're keeping kosher, is there any treif that you really miss?

There's no specific food that I miss. What I miss is the restaurants. I love Indian food, but I can't just go out to an Indian restaurant now. If I want Indian food, I have to cook it. And that's just not always the same. Oh, wait. I also miss good cheese. I miss good cheese SO much. Kosher cheese pales in comparison.

3.) Of all the places you've lived, where would you live again and why?

I assume you mean where would I want to live again. I would love to live in Scotland. The whole pace of life is different than it is here in the US. People are so much more laid back, and everything just looks like a postcard no matter where you turn your head (at least the part that I was born in). I feel a very real connection to my birthplace, despite only living there my first 10 months of life. When I went back a couple years ago, I really felt like I was "home." I even threatened not to come back to the states. I actually looked into what it would take to have Seth's pharmacy license transferred over to a chemists' license in Scotland. Had I had any real job prospects (and I spent months looking after I got back), I think I really would have moved back there.

Stateside, I'd love to be back living in Boston. I love Boston. I think it's one of the world's greatest cities.

All in all, though, I've finally come to realize that I really do love living in Maryland. I like the proximity to DC, the wide variety of cultural events we have the opportunity to attend, even the neighborhood we're in. Right now, I simply can't imagine ever living in another neighborhood again, which is a little weird for me, since I've never lived more than 5-6 years any place before.

4.) Of all the places you've lived, where will you never go again?

I think the odds of me going back to Spain are pretty low, but not impossible. There's really no place that I lived that I wouldn't want to go back to. Except maybe Bowie, but I'm not opposed to Maryland in general. I'm just done with Bowie. I know I'll never end up in Richmond again. And that's probably as close as I could come to saying I'll never go again. I mean, I'll visit, but I don't have a real desire to live there.

5.) What's your favorite curse word?

Well, I use them all too liberally. I would prefer not to curse at all, but unfortunately, I'm not even close yet. I'm a big fan of "holy schnykies!" right now.

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