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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Somewhat against my initial wishes, I have been dragged kicking and screaming into the world of brand-new car ownership. As of this Wednesday, assuming everything goes to plan, I will be driving my very own Hyundai 3-door Accent GT in silver. I'm not best pleased because I'll have to pay $235 a month for it, not including gas and maintenance. Years ago, I dreamed of owning a new car one day. I guess I just don't believe I'm ready quite yet.

I was so badly behaved at the dealership.

Yesterday I shot a spot for a Blue Ridge cable TV show, Two on the Aisle, with Theater of the Seventh Sister. I performed a scene from Romeo and Juliet, and was interviewed briefly. Should be good for a showreel, if I can get a copy. It's expected to air something like 8 times during the week of July 1.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

(Hi, Anthony. Yes, I have been reduced to a sad entity that exists only on the internet. This is because my professional life has been so busy of late that I have no time for the things that makes one a real person, like shooting the shit in person, watching movies, wallowing in one's own filth for hours at a time, drinking, etc. It's sad, but temporary.)

Monday, May 17, 2004

Just in case I forget, my viola is here. I say this because my mind has been so full, I am beginning to forget important details about my life. The worst part is that I don't know what the details are, but I know I've forgotten them. I haven't received any news about whether the viola has sold or not, so I suppose I can assume it hasn't. Which is good news bad news.

I seem to have drained my bank account. But I know it will be full again before long, so I'm not as worried as I could be.

The composition for Midsummer Night's Dream is coming along all right, though I wish I were further ahead than I am. Last week I threw together an arrangement of the Nocturne from Mendelssohn's incidental music, arranged for violin, piano, saxophone and guitar - an, um, eclectic instrumentation. I threw in a trumpet on Saturday for Mark, and even though it was an afterthought, for some reason those two notes I'm having him play seem to make all the difference. Probably just needed something to balance the saxophone.

I also wrote the fairies' Lullaby for the first act that's fairly simplistic, but I'm hoping we can pull it off in performance.

And I attempted to recreate the final song (the blessing at the end of the play). Because we had already rehearsed a version of the song, it's hard for me to compose an entirely new setting of the text. I'm not happy with what I've come up with. I'm planning on reworking it tonight if I get the chance/inspiration.

Today my new 5-string acoustic electric violin arrived! The color is not as hideous as I first thought it would be, so I'm satisfied enough. The important thing is that it weighs around the same as a normal violin, so it's heaven to play compared to my solid-body electric, which makes my shoulder ache after only about half and hour of playing.

Friday, May 14, 2004

Update on my life, which has become a blur of activity ...

Last weekend, the Director of A Midsummer Night's Dream became frustrated for various reasons with the Musical Director. So now, I've kind of taken over the majority of his pre-performance duties. This includes composing all the music for the show (we're scrapping what we've done so far, which was not much) and teaching all the music to the other musicians (fairies). I've narrowed it down to six main pieces of music, but that's still a damn lot of composition in a very, very short space of time. It should really have all been composed by last week. I'm aiming to get it done by Sunday, but I know that's going to get pushed back, because I have wall-to-wall rehearsals between now and then, which gives me precious little time to compose, doesn't it?

Whining aside, this is an incredible opportunity, and I am so excited about it. I've always wanted to compose incidental music for a play or a film, and now I'm being given my chance. I just hope that I'll be happy with a finished product that I won't have had time to perfect.

At least I don't have to run sound. The musical director is still onboard for that!

Monday, May 10, 2004

Friday, May 07, 2004

You know what I should do? I should throw Sketch1a online and ask for feedback. I should probably also make a new friendship circle page and figure out how that works.

I should also quit my job so I have time to do things. Nah.

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

I just checked the Midsummer Night's Dream online schedule, and it appears that I do not have a rehearsal tonight. Yet, somehow, there is a rehearsal marked in my diary, between 9:15 and 10:45pm. Did I imagine it? Did some horribly masochistic part of my psyche write it in there when the rest of me wasn't looking? Was it a ghost?

I am looking for a new car, since the carburetor rebuilding experiment went awry. This is a difficult task, because I have a fetish for very, very small cars with excellent fuel economy, and it appears that this country is not very good at manufacturing cars to those specifications. My fantasy car, the Mini Cooper, is too expensive and sporty, and my favorite car, the Honda Civic hatchback, has had its secondhand price driven too high by riceboy shitheads. But Bill tells me there is a Mazda Miata for sale in York for $4900, which might be a goer.

Tomorrow I am taking my viola to a violin shop with the intention of putting it up for sale.
Not much more I want to say about that, lest I become unnecessarily emotional and attached to an inanimate object that I haven't touched in nearly a year.

My new least favorite ailment is the urinary tract infection. I do not understand why natural selection has not banished it from the species, or at least lowered its intolerably high prevalence among females, specifically me. This is the ultimate argument against evolution, you silly creationists. Forget God and the bible. Ask the scientists why women must throw up and piss razors all the goddamn time.

Sunday, May 02, 2004

Just received a phone call - playing a gig with Second Sky this Friday night after my Midsummer rehearsal, huzzah! God, I'm going to be tired on Saturday.
I have an idea - around June, to coincide with my first-year anniversary of being in the US, I should write an account of everything that's happened since meeting Matt in 2002, and put it online. Then send an e-mail around to all the people I haven't replied to in my inbox, and let them know what I've been up to, because they keep asking but I never have the time to tell the whole story.

Saturday, May 01, 2004

Just completed my first on-air radio pledge shift. 'Twas fun, though I talked too much, and used the word 'wonderful' FAR too frequently. If I could have the word expunged from my brain so I never say it again, I would. Anyone a hypnotist?