I went to a Capital City Symphony rehearsal last night. They are going to premier a piece of mine on Sunday called Velocipede. The atmosphere in an orchestral rehearsal is a wonderful thing. there is a real seriousness of purpose. Everyone there does this purely for the love of it. It is a community orchestra But there is nothing casual or cavalier about the attitude they bring to playing music. It is all business. Vicky Gau, the conductor, is a terrific rehearse-er. She has got great ears for finding the troublesome bottlenecks in a passage and coming up with just the right fingering or phrasing that will help. Looking forward to hearing the finished product on Sunday. ( 2:30PM and 4:30PM at the Atlas Theater, 1333 H St NE, Weashington DC )
My favorite pair of jeans just reached the turning point where they have gone from being perfectly comfortable and stylish enough- to being a beat-up pair of work jeans- I mean, for like working on the roof. I’ve been watching that white-ish, threadbare part of a knee get more and more fragile for the past month. I loved those jeans and wore them every day. And today.. they ripped and instantly went to being the jeans I will only wear to work outside in the yard. I’m glad this doesn’t happen with guitars. If you love your guitar and play it every day, it rewards you by becoming a better sounding ax. Not so bluejeans.