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I spent OVFF being happy, a bit tired from burning the candle too much, and surrounded by friends who made my internal happy meter keep breaking new records.

For those who do want the full song and dance. )
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On the way home from D, M, R, and M's, I had to stop fifteen separate times, in order to let a total of twenty-one deer cross the road.

I saw bucks with many-pronged antlers, does with fawns (one of which had three fawns with her), and pairs of doe and buck cross.

The last deer was actually in my driveway.  My pulling in scared it down the drive, which caused a frog to jump across to where the neighbor's cat was sitting.  The frog then jumped back across the drive in my headlights, followed by the cat.

Doh!  A deer, a female deer.  
She - is followed by a fawn.
I must brake, so I don't kill,
That buck now running 'cross the lawn.
So, a few fawns follow mom.
Ahhh!  There's bucks to follow those!
Eeek!  I stop for herds of roe!
I have braked for twenty-one!

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Read more... )So, for my birthday, I went to Context this year, local to Columbus, Ohio. After lunch at Wendy's and another trip to Jeni's, and a trip through the dealer's room, I said my goodbyes to everyone, and my birthday con was over.  
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 As a local, and low on money, I commuted an hour back and forth to the con this weekend, which means I missed a lot of the late night stuff so I'd be safe to drive.

notes on the con )

Many thanks to my darling, darling husband, who made it possible for me to go this weekend on such a shoestring budget.  I woke on Monday with hardly any voice and a case of con crud.  I apologize to anyone I infected Sunday with all the hugging and kissing goodbye.
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 The actual most frustrating thing about having hand surgery is that I cannot play my banjo, Burton, since my left hand is mummy-wrapped.  I am lonely for his happy sound.
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 I've been wrestling with Finale software yesterday and today in order to get my music in a readable, playable format.  With my father's phone tech support help, (Now isn't that a first, with the elder supporting the younger in computer tech applications?) I was able to widen the spaces between staffs so that all the lyrics could fit.

Of course, keeping track of which lyric one is one is still an issue, but at least I don't have to go cross-eyed across pages to read lyrics on one page while reading notes on another as I sing and play counter-melody on guitar!

[livejournal.com profile] solomons_pond  and [livejournal.com profile] pondside helped me with re-chording a song, and finding chords for an ear worm ("Tapioca", by Allegra.)  To my surprise, Finale automatically changes the typed in chords above the song as well as the notes when it transposes, as long as the chords are "attached" to a note in the staff.  Kewl.

I made a separate support call to dad, in which he helped me figure out what notes ought to go in a C4 chord.  I saw it in one of [livejournal.com profile] catsittingstill  's compositions that I'm trying to learn how to play, and went "What is THAT?!?"  My theory books were not helpful.  My guitar chord books did not show any chords with a 4 by it.  My music lesson:  father was able to tell me that a C chord has three notes: C-E-G, the first, third and fifth notes of a chord.  C4, also known as Csus, omits the third (the E) and changes it to the fourth, an F.  This results in a chord composed of the notes C-F-G.    I was able to look up a Csus chord in the big guitar chord book I have.

With this information, I was able to figure out how to make a C4 chord on my banjo all by myself, by working out the notes on the fretboard!  I shall have to compare notes with Cat to determine whether my fingering matches what she uses on the mandolin, just out of curiosity.

New Music!

Jul. 13th, 2010 05:59 pm
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 [livejournal.com profile] peteralway ventured south from Michigan in the hopes of getting together with filkers in the past two days.  While Peter's adventures were not all pleasant, he firmly put aside all of his own woes to immerse himself in music.

pondside, Heather, Peter and I played a bit last night, and this afternoon.  It was so lovely!  It was like a piece of a con, wrapped up during a weekday.  We got to play several of Peter's compositions together, including a difficult round, entitled "Which Witch?" which seemed appropo.

I think I love summer break.
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Went over to [livejournal.com profile] pondside  's to practice and gear up for Confluence next month.  Playing alone at my house, I felt as though I had made no progress in my skills.

Playing with J, I discovered that I was doing far better than I thought.  We also logged onto the Internet, and looked up a few alternate fingerings for tenor banjo chords than the mandolin chords I'd been using.  The new chords were much, much easier, and I could start playing dynamically on Burton.   The Confluence set appears to be more banjo-heavy than the Marcon set was.  One "new" song (new to me, old for her) I was very excited to play through well the first time through!

Next up, I need to work out more harmonies.  I was doing some for "Oregon Trail," and J said that they were coming along nicely.  One comment a musician friend of mine had made at Marcon was that our harmonies sounded very nice when we did them, why did I not sing on more?

Went out to a nice Indian restaurant with [livejournal.com profile] pondside and [livejournal.com profile] rms_butterfly  .  Oh, my, I ate too much, but it was so, so good!  Thank you, J!

At home, Irish wanted a guitar lesson, so we played together.  He remembered the names of the strings because he liked the mnemonic:  "Every Adult Dragon Grows Big Ears."  (Dino prefers "Elvis Ate Drugs:  Good-Bye Elvis.")  

I ended up practicing Burton some more, too, and now my left fingertips are bright red.  (So worth it, though.  Playing Burton makes me so happy!)


May. 31st, 2010 06:36 pm
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The Report, cut for length )
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I have three or four playable songs I can do on the banjo, two or three  of which I will do with [livejournal.com profile] pondside  and [livejournal.com profile] solomons_pond  , the other of which is my "Cookie's in Two Pieces", and which is pretty fun uptempo like that.

Marcon, Beware!
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I am taking my banjo over to Marcon practice tomorrow with [livejournal.com profile] pondside  & [livejournal.com profile] solomons_pond  to see whether I should bring it to Marcon filk, or if I need to wait until Confluence or OVFF or even later before going "public" with my attempts.  [livejournal.com profile] fuzzyvanman , [livejournal.com profile] rms_butterfly  , & M (whose LJ handle I forget) can put in their two cents worth, too.

Well, the theme *IS* horror...
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I have been listening to [livejournal.com profile] cadhla 's music recently, and "Sycamore Tree" has been ear-worming about.  So, at school, I was singing bits and pieces of it.  I was, of course, overheard.

One of my coworkers revealed to me that her husband (and childhood sweetheart) had carved their initials into a tree on the school playground.  They had gone back on their thirtieth anniversary, and their initials were still there, readable after all these years.
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Saturday was busy, busy.

cut for length )
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On Friday at the con, cut for gushy length )



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I can not play the banjo when my DH is sleeping before he goes to work. I only get very small snippets of time to practice. (Well, Flylady says that 15 minutes of something is better than nothing, anyway. She calls it a "lick at a snake," and I guess I'm practicing musical licks.)

My fingers are having a hard time pressing down on the strings in the new (for me) chord positions hard enough for chords to sound bright on all the strings.

So when I was gnashing my teeth at how the sounds coming from my banjo were not as - musical - as I would like, my DH had to remind me that I've only had it for a week and a half.

But like the guitar, I can actually play melody lines fairly easily on the banjo. I want to play now, but the kids are in bed. *sigh*
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My father has let me bring home the family heirloom banjo to try to learn to play it. My grandfather played it back in the twenties, and my father played it some, too. It is a four-string banjo. (I think they call this kind of banjo a tenor banjo?)

My father and I found a couple of web sites for beginners, and beginner chords. For those of you who read my LJ and play banjo, can you recommend some beginner books for me? I am all excited to play!

It has a very sweet tone, which surprises me for a banjo! And it cuts through all other sounds in the house, even when played quietly, so I shall only be able to practice when my DH is awake, or not home.

I am geeked in a happy way that I am going to be playing grandpa's banjo! I hope I can do it justice.

And now, I need to find a good icon for LJ for my banjo, just for good luck. Maybe with my guitar.
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At OVFF this year, [livejournal.com profile] batyatoon sang her "Gabriel Gray's Song," and I, never having heard it before, was in awe of how this song went. Signing it, I was amazed at how effortlessly it seemed to fit together, and wondered if it was as kewl watching it as it was satisfying performing it. I've been checking periodically on YouTube to see it posted, and discovered it tonight. (I think I've amazed myself - it looks better than I even thought!)

[livejournal.com profile] batyatoon , you so totally rock. Hearing this song gives me shivers!

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[livejournal.com profile] hsifyppah, I heart, heart heart you!  My students were just plain not getting the difference between simile and metaphor, and persisted in confounding the two, with mix ups with symbols, to boot.

So, I brought in my copy of Steel Cage Match!  (Already, I knew my classes would be made of win.)

"You're a pricetag on a sticker; I'm an ebay auction bid" is the favorite metaphor that really seemed to sink home with most of the kids.  (I rather think that some of the other techie comparisons were meaningless for their age), but "Whenever you're a perfect 10, I'm playing Sudoku" was also high up on the list, too.

And they *got* it.  What use are metaphors?  Not only to make comparisons without using "like" or "as," but to imbue the qualities of that comparison in a stronger way.

As one girl put it:  "He might like, be a totally kewl guy, but like, not for her.  Like, when we were learning unknown words, and you were like, doing context clues, you said that the word you didn't know followed by a list was like, understanding through example.  Metaphor is like, making you understand something by like, totally making it the example, not just like, like-ing it to the something."

Like, I think she got it!

One of the guys in a different class thought that "Type Mismatch" was referring to how the class had been confusing the types of simile and metaphor.  (I'm clever-er than I thought, doing that.)
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OVFF was relatively low-key for me this year, which is a good thing, because it meant that I could relax and have fun without stressing!

Thursday, I got to socialize, and ate dinner with [livejournal.com profile] markbernsteinat a nice chinese place, with good hot tea.  This was important, because I could barely talk!  I ended up having to go home for the night, so DH could work in the morning.

Friday, my van broke down at the bus stop as I let the kids off at school.  I had to wait for the tow truck, and my DH to drop me off at the hotel.  I almost didn't make TOYBOAT's concert!  (But I did, and it was a blast!)  I also picked up their new CD, and i can recommend it as a good, fun listen.

The Pegasus Concert went smoothly, and I felt like I was in good form.  I really loved signing Batya's nominated song; I'd never heard it before, and it was soooooo kewl!  Practise made perfect, too.  I was able to keep up with [livejournal.com profile] hsifyppah's rollicking tune, (for which she won her first Pegasus; congratulations!) and was grateful for all the times I'd listened to the CD.  [livejournal.com profile] fuzzyvanmanhad made me a copy of recordings he'd taped live of some of the other songs so that I could practise a bit, and I think my performance was the better for it.  Thanks, dude!

Saturday, I attended several workshops, and helped [livejournal.com profile] catsittingstillwith her rounds workshop.  My voice didn't hold up well with my cold/ smoke inhalation irritation, though.  I was able to sing "Green Willow" for Cat, though, playing the countermelody on the guitar as I sang.  Sadly, [livejournal.com profile] pondsidewasn't feeling well at the con, and we didn't get to do the songs we'd been practising together before the con with [profile] solomons_pond, although he did do chamberfilk, and very well, too.

Saturday night, I was able to play instrumentally along with [livejournal.com profile] peteralway, which made me very, very happy, because it sounded so nice with me fingerpicking on guitar, and he on the dulcimer!  Someone joked "How do we follow *that*?"  Well, [personal profile] sweetmusic_27( Thank you, Bill!) had another violin instrumental that followed quite nicely!

I had to crash early, because I couldn't burn the candles as much as usual, being a bit sick.  Still, I did make both Saturday and Sunday's YOGA class with [livejournal.com profile] quadrivium, and felt tense muscles stretch out of griping.

I went to Jeni's ice cream twice; once after the banquet, when I'd budgeted for dessert in my diabetic planning, and then there wasn't any.  [livejournal.com profile] catsittingstilland Donald took me.  On Sunday, [livejournal.com profile] markbernsteinand I did a field trip before the jam, and he was thinking about getting some in a cooler and taking it back to Michigan!

The jam seemed like it ended earlier than usual.  But this year, I did make the trip to the Mongolian BBQ.  [livejournal.com profile] mgucciardgave me Duckcon CDs and DVDs of Seanan and Tony and Vixy, so I could practise signing them, too.  Thank you again!

Outside the Dead Dog filk, peteralway had his telescope set up, and I got to see the moon, and Jupiter!  I could see four moons, all lined up, and brown stripes!  Sooooo kewl.  I went inside, and told everybody, and lots of people trooped out to take a gander, too.  When my DH and kids arrived to pick me up, it was still set up, so they got to have a look, too.

Sparkle, looking through the eyepiece, said. "I see dots."
I said, "Yes, those dots are the planet Jupiter and four of its moons."
Sparkle pointed up to the sky.  "I want to go there."

So do we all, sweetie.  So do we all.

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