Sunday, April 13, 2008

A practice room with a view

It's one of those moments just before you set out on a new adventure in your life. Those are my favorite times in life because you get to decide who you want to be and how you want to live. It gives you the opportunity to edit your life. It's like, when you move and you have to let go of old sentimental things that just take up space and decide on what is really important to take with you.

Living in SF is going to be amazing. Great coffee shops, good art scene, farmer's markets, the ocean, slightly cooler weather than LA and slightly more liberal. We will have to live like paupers though. Apparently, SF is the most expensive city to live in the USA. The Fox Plaza Apartments a "favorite" among SFCM student's wanting to live within a few blocks of the school starts at $1,890 for a 450 sq. ft. studio. I think perhaps I will be getting a lot of use out of my MUNI pass (public transportation. pass). At least there will be lots of opportunities to perform. It is a city full of great restaurants with live entertainment. I hope to frequently be live entertainment.

School is going to be amazing. Marc Teichoz, David Tanenbaum, Dusan Bogdanovic, Lawrence Ferrara, and yes, their newest guitar faculty member, Sergio Assad! It also doesn't hurt that the practice rooms have personal room temperature systems and a view. It is going to be a wonderful place to study and play music for the next two years. I haven't been this excited about the future in a while.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

walks in the rain

I have a lot of big decisions to make. I'm talking huge life changing decisions. (Those are the best kinds aren't they?) This is turning out to be one crazy year for me. I won't lie, I do enjoy the excitement to some extent, I just wish I could sleep for more than half an hour at a time before my brain switches on again and wakes me up by reminding me of all the pending decisions I have to make. Unfortunately, I can't really talk about any of them until I've made them. Blogs aren't really useful to me. I guess I"ll just post some pictures instead. They're always fun.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

pretty in pink

As always,

it's been a while. Christmas blogs however, are the most fun so here is mine.

I present.... my Christmas tree.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Thinking about thinking

"Fiction here is likely to contain more fiction than fact." -Virginia Woolf-

Sometimes there are sentences constructed so perfectly you want to read them again and again. They are flawless forward and backwards. They make you stop, think, and smile.

This idea had to do with the idea that some subjects don't have a truth, so that when a person states their arguments, they are really only showing what their cherished beliefs and prejudices are that make them able to pronounce this truth. Often the subject matter is controversial.

Another book I am reading very slowly, called Thinking to Some Purpose, by L. Susan Stebbing, discusses the idea that it is very important to keep in mind your own habits and emotional tendencies, as well as the person or group of people who formed the idea you are thinking about whenever you ponder an idea. Its funny that I distinctly remember teachers in my early education pushing the idea that everyone perceives things differently depending on their own individual point of view. I didn't pay much attention to this idea and lumped it in with the activity in which everyone became a colour that corresponded to their personality. (I could never actually decide on how to define myself and so I was a different colour every year. The activity suceeded in confusing me even more rather than teaching me anything about myself.) However, I can't stress enough how important I now believe it is to try and keep in mind your point of view along with other people's points of view. Otherwise, you are likely to have quite a lonely existence.

This is what a room of one's own might look like.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Me in Concert

I finally got a date for my senior guitar recital! Its May 20th. I'm playing works by Domenicone, Torroba, F. Sor, Bartok, Villa-Lobos and more. I've been practicing a ton ever since I got the date settled. They should allow us to play a recital every semester, I would practice way more. PurpleMangos and possibly Motivatedtea are going to be performing with me. And if you need more incentive to come, a reception/BBQ at the beach may follow.

Thanks to everyone for your support.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Saturday, March 3, 2007

kids (not goats, or that movie with the guy with no legs)

I guess its been a while. Is it just me or do others feel like the only time you want to blog about anything you are no where near a computer? I tried writing my blog down on a piece of paper the other day, old school style, but then I lost the paper. And so it goes... I am a doomed blogger.

We got kicked off the school tennis courts today. Apparently you can only use them if you are on the school team. We were so confoundedly confused that we had to go out for ice cream. Well, that and the fact that we had a two for one coupon. And this is southern California so it we really just went out for frozen yogurt or "fro-yo" as the kids are calling it these days.

Speaking of kids, I took the writing proficiency exam today and came to the realization that I am at that in between stage, and I like it. I had to read an article about the fact that children these days are given too much homework and do not have enough time to play. I know, I was confused too. I was always under the impression that we were in an age of slackers and procrastinators, but maybe this was just my experience. And really, I don't know how much homework elementary children get these days because I am not one, nore do I have one of my own, or really care about the whole issue at all. I can't believe they gave that topic to a room full of college students who were all pissed off by the fact that they had to pay $20 to write this stupid pass or fail exam at 9am in order to graduate.

There, my ranting for the day is done, but I do not feel any better. This blogging thing really isn't all that therapeutic.