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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 8:48 pm 
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I must be crazy to do this. (at least I can take it down whenever I want to)

I just bought myself a new camcorder the other day. This is my first time using it. There are about a million settings and things like that, which I haven't figured out yet, so this may be fuzzy, or too small, too big, etc...

The piece is the first Excursions piece by Barber. It's hard for me and still not ready to record, but I'll keep working at it.

And whoever said that television adds 10 pounds to a person is wrong. It's 20 pounds - argh! :x

Oh well...have a good laugh at my expense. :)

(if this even works - let me know if you can't open the file. I don't really know what I'm doing)

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30? :wink: Just joking!


Don't worry about looking perfect, as the first 30 seconds show this. If this is your house, then it looks like a fancy hotel lobby. The wing-back chair, fo' sho' looks like a piece in a fancy hotel lounge.

Nice playing. Don't care too much for the music. But it is interesting.

-jg

p.s. Do you normally wear your shoes in the house? God forbid if you walk in my house--shoes, boots, or any footwear must come off. It just irks me.

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Nice tree! :lol:


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I was expecting to see you wearing your pyjamas. Maybe soft flannel and Barber don't mix? This is a cool piece and it is really coming along.

Your Christmas tree looks really great -- HUGE!
-Nicole


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If that video added 20 pounds to you, you must be one of those sick anorexic-looking women. :lol:

Seems like there are only a couple of spots to iron out - won't be long, now. ;)

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Nicole wrote:
I was expecting to see you wearing your pyjamas. Maybe soft flannel and Barber don't mix?
-Nicole


hahaha. I was wearing them, but threw on some jeans instead. Should have left my pink furry slippers on, though. :lol:

Julius - I never said I was 30-something.

Next time I'll show you my other tree. It's downstairs - I call it the psychedlic tree because it is fiber optic and changes colors. Kind of puts you into a trance.

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But you have two children whom are in their mid-teen years. I did the math. But then graciously rounded the number so as not to insult a woman and her age :lol:

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But you have two children whom are in their mid-teen years.

What, is there some sort of set age at which women have children? :roll:

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Wow.

Nice tree. Nice room. Nice piano.

Awesome playing!!! (It certianly didn't look like it was hard for you to play!)

Although... the piece itself is a little... not my style. I liked the Barber nocturne... because although it was a modernist piece, it was still classical feeling. This felt... different.

But your interpretation was very good! It actually makes up for the fact that I normally wouldn't like the piece!

Now the video has been converted... and it's sitting on my ipod... and I'm gonna show it to my friends at school, and I say "SEE!!! Isn't she amazing?!?!"
Then they will all visit the site to download you...

And everyone will forget about little old me. :cry: (At least, until my next planned audition... I have a list of pieces I want to record, but I don't want to upload them all seperatly. I want to throw all of them at you at once!)

GREAT JOB!!!
And yes... do a recording in your pajamas. It would be sooooo awesome! :D

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Terez wrote:
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But you have two children whom are in their mid-teen years.

What, is there some sort of set age at which women have children? :roll:



No, but if her kids are, say, 13 and 15 then she needs to be older than 34. That would mean that her first child was born when she was 19. Young. So I thought that the average age of a woman giving birth to a first child is around 25. Meaning that her true age is probably higher than 34.

Then considering how women are, I rounded down to give a happy number :D

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Nice show and dance, with the hair, rings, and earrings.

Well played too, except from the restarts. Strange this is your kind of music. Despite loving Barber's symphonic output and (with some reservations) his piano oeuvre, I can't warm much to these Excursions, or in any case this one in particular. Seems like it is trying to be jazzy and/or humorous but falling short on both sides. It has its catchy bits though.

Good job on the first camcorder try.

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I tried to edit out the beginning and end but it's hard to do. It's different from editing just audio files. This one took me all day because I kept deleting too much or not enough, so I gave up.

Julius - you are no where close. But that's ok, because I'm not telling. :lol:

Terez - Have you ever played this piece? It's kind of weird, but I played it better last week. This week my fingers are not working right together and having a hard time keeping up with the pulse. I know...keep practicing.

Chris M - thanks, but you're scaring me a little. :)

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how in the hades did I miss a video of Monica??

I have the great idea, Mon. You should do the Kapustin slow movement of sonata that Chris posted a bit back in a hot dress. you know, a little leg, a little cleavage ..... mmm, that'll be sure to drive up site visitation! :lol:

PS - the stalking is SO back on! :P

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nathanscoleman wrote:
I have the great idea, Mon. You should do the Kapustin slow movement of sonata that Chris posted a bit back in a hot dress. you know, a little leg, a little cleavage ..... mmm, that'll be sure to drive up site visitation! :lol:

If only I had a vidcam, and a hot dress, I'd make that video for you Nathan. I do indeed have only a little cleavage these days :lol:
Probably wouldn't be the same tho' would it !

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:lol: :lol: :lol: Oh my god! I hurt! You'd be a hit in Thailand! :D :P

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You could knock me over with a feather! :!: I still can't believe that you are playing something this modern. Are dissonances growing on ya? Very good job. I enjoyed it. It's my first time hearing this piece and I really like parts of it. Keep up the good work.

I agree that if you think you're fat, you must be anorexic.

The quality of the video is very good. I particularly liked it because the picture and sound were synchronized. :) Videos which are not synchronized make me nervous. :x

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PS - the stalking is SO back on!


Uh, oh!
(Kidding - I'm not afraid of you, anymore. :lol:)

I have several dresses that I think you would like. Black, red or gold sequins? But only if you play piano and I lay on top of the piano and sing like Michelle Pheiffer did in the movie, The Baker Boys. I'm pretty sure she didn't climb on that piano without help, though. I could just imagine me doing that in a dress. Would not be very lady-like and sophisticated. Probably scary, too!

John R - dissonances. Go figure! When I first heard some of these Barber pieces, I wasn't that crazy about them. But now...I dunno...can't explain it. This first one has grown on me and now I love it. Also the others in the set too. Weird.

No problem with anorexia for me! I love to eat. And right now is the 'fat' season - too many goodies sitting around the house. Plus no time to exercise. After New Years is when I try to back in shape.

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Well pianolady, to answer your question from another thread here,
I guess we don't know each other :) Very nice playing!
We can carpool to Orchestra Hall anytime, I think you and my GF would
hit it off quite nicely. People would think you two are sisters.

Who is your teacher? I need a new one since mine went back to school.


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bclever - go to your private messages.

And btw - GF? Grand Father? :shock: I didn't think I looked that old. :lol:

I'll see you at the Brahms/Kissin concert because I have Thursday night tickets too. Actually, I'll see you but I won't know it. :wink:

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I would imagine GF means girlfriend! :roll:

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And right now is the 'fat' season - too many goodies sitting around the house.


I read somewhere that the average American gains 12 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's. A bunch of fatties, all! :oops:

Brahms/Kissin?? Which concerto? I'm so jealous ... we never get any headliners here. *sigh* I guess I should be happy we still have a functioning symphony.

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nathanscoleman wrote:
I would imagine GF means girlfriend! :roll:

Hm, GF, let's see... Ground Fog, Good Fun, Gruppen Fuehrer ?

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Oh, all right! Grand Father is the first thing that came to my mind. Guess I had another 'dumb' moment.
Girl Friend makes me feel much better. :)

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techneut, Alas, Ground Fog is very much closer to the truth than girlfriend! But that's a completely different thread :) Not to rub salt in your wounds Nathan but Kissin will be playing the Brahms
first concerto. A few weeks ago we got to see Emanuel Ax play the second concerto.
I learned a painful lesson that day. To me, Emanuel Ax and the Brahms concertos are the dream
team. So in my usual brilliant style I plunked down the extra bucks for box seats, thinking wow
what a view this will be! At Orchestra Hall in Chicago the box seats are not reserved so we got
to the concert an hour and a half early so we could sit in the very front of the box and revel in
the splendor. Well, that day they played Mozart's symphony No25 first and some other
new piece by the resident composer and then the intermission comes. Now, there were all
these old ladies in the box with us, and they were dressed very fine, and I could hear them
squalking stuff about "who are they?" "what are they doing here?" "maybe we should tell them about the rules???" and all this kind of thing.

Well I did not know it and they sure educated me that in the box seats every body switches
positions during the intermission so that those in back can see from a "different perspective".
WHAT???? Fine, I'm fair so we moved to the back. And here is the lesson, the "different perspective"
is that if you are not in the front, you CAN'T SEE ANYTHING!!!! I will never ever buy box seats there
again. The only thing we got out of the experience is something to talk about because those
finely dressed ladies turned out to be some of the richest ladies in Chicago and the U.S.
(next to Oprah that is), the oldest of them was Mrs. Armour (from Armour Meats fame)
who as Monica might know is the donor for the renovation of the stage at Orchestra Hall
(it's called the Armour Stage).


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WHAT???? Fine, I'm fair so we moved to the back.

Oh but you are just too good. I'd have stood my ground and said I'd come specifically to see EmAx up close, and if I'd have known the rules (which I couldn't have) I would have sat in the back for the first half, and that I'd do it properly the next time, but NOT now. Or you could have your Gruppen Fuehrer say that to them :lol:

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Kissin playing the 1st?? *swooning just a bit in a jealous fit* .... Although, I've never heard him play the Brahms. But I have a recording of his Prokofiev 1st ... and it is sublime. The best ever! The Brahms # 1 is possibly my all time favorite ... if played well. Not played well, it's dreadful. Have you heard the Arrau? Those second movement trills are divine. Ok, I'm gonna stop waxing poetic now. Have fun!

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pianolady wrote:
Terez - Have you ever played this piece? It's kind of weird, but I played it better last week. This week my fingers are not working right together and having a hard time keeping up with the pulse. I know...keep practicing.

Yes, I did play through it a good bit when I was looking for something contemporary for my jury, and it's not nearly as easy as you make it look - so many of the fingering problems are just...awkward.

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juufa72 wrote:
Terez wrote:
juufa72 wrote:
But you have two children whom are in their mid-teen years.

What, is there some sort of set age at which women have children? :roll:



No, but if her kids are, say, 13 and 15 then she needs to be older than 34. That would mean that her first child was born when she was 19. Young. So I thought that the average age of a woman giving birth to a first child is around 25. Meaning that her true age is probably higher than 34.

Then considering how women are, I rounded down to give a happy number :D


A few good rules of thumb when it comes to women are:

1: Never consider how they are, because you're wrong.
2: When it comes to a woman's person, there's no such thing as a happy number, especially those that are need of downward rounding.
3: Don't remind them how many kids they have, unless they're all married, fruitfully multiplying, college grads.


Of course, I'm kidding. Or am I... :?


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