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We tend to arrange periods in pillars, stepping from the baroque ... then classical ... then to the romantic ... then to the 20th century, euch.
Bach didn't say 'oh, I'm dying, that's the end of the Baroque'

That should give you an idea of how awesome our new lecturer for music history is. We were in hysterics for the first 15 minutes solid. Brilliant.
Pretty much the highlight of the day.
He also managed to make fun of Justin Bieber. Nuff said.

In other news, my uni friends have now had a glimpse of strung out, stressed, cry-at-drop-of-hat rdm. Stupid aural teacher who goes too freaking fast. I hate hate hate feeling like I've gone backwards. GAHHH.
But a massive thankyou to L who stuck around after to calm me down/help me practice. I didn't even realise how tightly strung I've been lately and hormones don't help matters

Then, running into just the person I was looking for (F) and chatting excitedly about Regina Spektor and Newton Faulkner, kind of shutting out her friend in the process (oops *looks sheepish*) and keeping her from getting to choir on time... Tehee. Also, pebblegosling, her guy friend H is kinda cute.

I have this 3-year-old piano student at the moment - he is possibly the cutest thing ever. It never fails to surprise me how fast little kids can pick things up - I was only trying to get him to clap in time last lesson, and he wasn't really getting it right, but I get there today and he was so excited to show me he could do it. Perfectly in time too. =D SO ADORABLE!!!

Random observation of the weekend: 'Hotel Song' is a crack-y song about crack. XD XD XD

And thus ends a random and pointless post. *nods*
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Another night at the Palais, another great concert. In an altogether different way.
Concerts remind me of how I escape, with music. )
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Here I am, keeping up my streak of consistant (ish) blogging =)

So, where do I start this time? *sings* 'Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start! When you read you begin with A, B, C - when you sing you begin with Do Re Mi'
I could keep going, but I won't =P

Yesterday morning, after my realisation of sorts (read here) I decided I was going to bite the bullet and do some work. So, I spent the day doing a little bit of practice (that was mainly unproductive in itself, oh well, I tried), hand-writing my history notes (evidently I haven't written anything that substantial in a while, I had a ridiculous dent in my middle finger...), learning pieces for aural, planning out my creative piece for keyboard, etc etc etc. I was so proud of myself, as I worked from about 10am until just after midnight, with a few well-deserved breaks. I even managed to continue studying while on msn. Now that is an achievement. I also found a recording of our new ensemble piece. It. Is. AWESOME. *grins*

In one of said breaks - I finally ordered Between the Trees' new album. 'Spain', as well as an actual copy of 'The Story and the Song'. They won't be here for a few weeks - but even so, I'm happy. Although my bank account seems to be drifting downwards again, I'll feel better on Friday (yay for paydays after working extra shifts =P). Plus my brother has promised to pay me back for Mum's present then too. It's all good.

Onto today. I woke up early, with my alarm surprisingly and set out to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] harpisanfor coffee. We do like Cafe No. 5 in Degraves St (although neither of us knew it's name until recently) mainly because it has good, *cheap* coffee. Two days into my new resolve to go into uni early every day to practice, it's going well. I managed to do an hour and a half of decent practice - I really love when I can see improvement in such a short space of time. I've all but given up on getting 4 hours a day, I just lose focus and it ends up not helping me at all. Not that I would *ever* say that to a certain teacher. He wouldn't be too happy.

Then it was on to keyboard class, listening to J sing a Tom Lehrer song, talking about things ranging from improvising violinists (I must remember to look him up) to the reasons some people shouldn't teach to and the obligatory key changes in pop music =P. As per normal, not much real work got done.

Just for laughs, I'll list the songs [profile] harpisanand I sang (or whistled) at any point today:
 - Lord of the Dance
 - The Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
 - The Liberty Bell March - Otherwise known as the theme from Monty Python
 - It Sucks To Be Me
 -  Macarthur Park (we call it the 'cake-in-the-rain song')

That's all for now, I need to get back to work.


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