(please excuse this rant that doesn’t actually use coherent grammatical structures)
gah those senior year regrets.
the main one being that I never took any music or music tech classes and I don’t have room to take one next semester unless I drop Black and White Photography which I’ve been waiting to take since freshman year and ugh would I regret never taking a hands-on photo class more than never taking a music class???
I found my roommate’s review packet for her Harmony final and I haven’t been this excited about learning something new since Physiology. (uhhh… umm… yeah I’m a nerd sorry) It just makes so much sense!! Especially since I spent twelve years of my life under the careful eye of a Russian-conservatory-trained (I think??) piano teacher playing scales in quarter notes, eighth notes, triplets, and sixteenths; one octave, two octaves, three octaves, and four octaves; brilliant pattern; thirds, sixths, and tenths… arpeggios in the root position, the first inversion, the second inversion, diminished, and dominant… that never-ending circle of fifths… and then all those scales and arpeggios on the violin… DOUBLE-STOPS… SO MUCH TO BE EXCITED ABOUT AHHHHHH IT ALL MAKES SENSE
Also I finally sort of figured out what a cadence is.
AND I WENT TO THE HOLIDAY CONCERT TODAY IN CFA’S GREAT HALL AND GAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Question of the semester… what if I had done music instead of design?
SA;DLKJA;LSKJFD WHY IS CMU GOOD AT EVERYTHING DECISIONS ARE SO DIFFICULT
Rachel suggested staying an extra semester to take Harmony. HA. (except I wouldn’t mind… except money… except AHH)
also what about solfege and eurhythmics don’t start
teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above
Feeding on the filth around me, ‘till my strength was almost gone
Longed my soul for something better, only still to hunger on
Hallelujah! He has found me, the One my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies all my longings, through his blood I now am saved
TIM BE TOLD.
Today, I got home early from physics lab (by early I actually mean around 8:45) and have done close to no work since then. But it was good. Oftentimes I try to tell myself that the only productive use of my alone time is doing my schoolwork, but I know better than that. It also means I don’t sleep sometimes when the best use of my time was my schoolwork… whoops.
Anyways. For a good two and a half hours, all I did was play music - everything from Audrey Assad to the Bee Gees. I’m trying to learn how to play the guitar now - my fingertips aren’t used to it, especially since I haven’t played the violin all semester either, and they’re still tingling three hours later. Finding the right fingerings, strumming, and singing at the same time is really difficult! It took me long enough to be able to play the piano and sing at the same time and I’m still not as good at it as I want to be… >.> But I think I’m starting to get the hang of it. (thanks for hinting at me to try it and putting up with all my missed notes, worship team.) I eventually got sick of trying to play the guitar for songs I know through the piano (or, well, the keyboard) and switched over an hour and a half later. Everything feels more natural on the piano, but I guess that’s what happens when you play an instrument fairly regularly since you were five years old. I wonder if I’ll ever feel completely comfortable with the guitar. Or singing in front of people. Hrm.
And then I listened to the New York Phil’s Concert for New York from 2011. I’m not entirely sure why I felt like sobbing at the end of Mahler 2… besides the fact that it’s Mahler 2. Music is powerful.
Solo music nights are good. I forgot what it was like to have hobbies.
I don’t play harps or lyres or cymbals. But this is still relevant, I think.
David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.
- 1 Chronicles 15:16