Oh dear. I have already started punning in this blog, and now my fondness for alliteration is beginning to make itself known. It was going to happen sometime, though, so why not now?
I have a few fine fails for today!
The first is that, contrary to the best of my intentions, my room is still not clean. It is mostly clean, but I have to do the detail work on individual areas (organizing the desk, dresser, bookshelves, etc.). You could say that everything is on/in its respective piece of furniture, but not necessarily in the most functional way. The main improvement here is that I discovered I do have a floor! I can also walk on it without tripping!
Also, I am behind schedule for where I wanted to be with this blog. My plan was to spend week one cleaning and doing the prep work on the various projects I am going to be talking about in the coming months, but I am a few days behind. I have spent week one cleaning, and have not done enough prep work for any project to be launchable. This is an important goal, as I want to be transparent about the process of completing these projects. While posts about moldy bananas are great and all, I am trying to avoid turning this into a place for Publicly Complaining About Life. Everyone knows that’s for Facebook!
Anyway, to make up for that, I am going to vaguely tell you a few of my projects. The priority project is going to be me trying to develop an internship with the arts council where I live. The goal here will be to create a master list of music organizations so that the leaders of these organizations can have an effective way of communicating with each other and the music community. This might also lead to opportunities to get music into organizations that might not have music programs, such as nursing homes (when I start working on/blogging about this project in more detail, I will explain why nursing homes are on the list), adult daycare centers, and organizations that help homeless youth and/or those youth living in poverty. There are a few other ideas I have for this project, but I am sure I will talk about them later. For now, that is enough.
Hey hey hey, have I mentioned that I am a recently graduated music major? Of course I have! It should surprise no-one, then, that I have a music project or five lined up for me personally. I will divide them into two categories: violining and composition.
I am an intermediate level violinist. I want to be much better than that one day. To be clearer, I want to play in some sort of professional symphonic group or small ensemble, some day. I do not mind taking my time to learn my instrument at my pace, because I have had 7 violin lesson teachers in the past 13 years, and it is time for me to start developing my musical voice on my own for a while. Also, the most important goal to me regarding the violin in conjunction with learning to play it well is to be able to successfully pick up any piece I want to play and teach it to myself. This means I will be posting things I find interesting about violin technique or talking about a horrible sound I made that caused the dogs to start barking but I cannot replicate it in regards to this project. I am also going to audition for as many things as possible this year and maybe get into some of these musical opportunities, but if not, then at least to become more familiar and comfortable with the process of auditioning.
As for composition, I plan on writing music. I might have “Monthly Minis” which will be small compositions I have written over the course of a month, but I’m still working on the details of that. One relatively strong goal for me is to produce one or two large works within a year. Like, maybe a symphony, or a few sections of a mass. [For those of you who are interested, no, I am not Catholic, but I adore Renaissance Era music] I will be posting awful MIDI excerpts of works-in-progress, but will try to get actual recordings of the smaller projects posted upon completion.
That’s all I have to say for these upcoming projects, but I hope that gives everyone a better idea of where this blog is going.
One final thing: I PASSED THE FIRST CHAPTER OF LEVEL ONE ON THE EAR TRAINING APP TODAY! I then proceeded to instantly fail on distinguishing between major and minor 3rds.
Until tomorrow, happy failing!