I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.
Might I just point out that Mercutio got stabbed in the gut and, instead of seeking medical help, stood up and made a pun about it then died.
The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived.
Orchestra/Wind Ensemble musings.
If you had told me in high school that I would still be playing in a wind ensemble, still pursuing classical music in some way two years into college (& beyond), I would have been surprised.
But here I sit in our music recital hall. The years of lessons & practice, recitals & performance…they are starting to pay off.
I get it now. Knowing music, not just hearing and parroting, is essential to the contemporary as well as the classical. This is a lifelong pursuit, people. It’s the self-cultivating, personally-enriching, scope-expanding stuff of greatness, of gumption, and of creativity.
This semester, I signed up again for winds veeeeerrrrryyyy reluctantly, and the last thing I expected was to have the FREAKING HARDEST PIECE OF MY LIFE thrown at me. (Dance Movements- Philip Sparke….UGHHHH)
The chance to play with some of the best musicians in Los Angeles? I wouldn’t give it up for anything, including being caught up on my homework or getting adequate sleep. Those who don’t get paid, a paltry sum mind you, to play with us are either college students or come back each semester because they just love playing with a good group. I have always thought an ensemble can be judged by its horn section, and let’s just say we have more than one from the LA Phil.
Besides the wind movements from hell, we are playing “Vientos Y Tangos” by Michael
Gandalf Gandolfi. If you have any appreciation for instrumental music, take a listen (and to the Sparke as well if you must. ew.). The dance becomes downright infectious around 5:30; it’s a crime that UCLA was so stiff as they played it, cause we are alllllll over the place y’all.