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January 2007

Colin aka Shabudaquae, Smitty etc...
Date: 2007-01-16 18:53
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Location:the 'ville
*Boring horn content ahead*

So I've been continuing the relatively minimal warm-up routine, and so far it's been going pretty well. Not only does it give me more time to play other rep, but I do feel more relaxed and playing does seem easier overall.

I've restarted going over the rep for the CD I need to make, and some it's going pretty well. Although I'm going to have to go over to the school (or some other reasonable-sized room) to actually do the recording (and most of my practicing, if possible) since there are no rooms in our house big or live enough to record. Even using some programs and trying to add reverb or EQ will only make it sound like a horn played in a small room but with reverb, which sounds dumb. It stinks, but I'll be able to find someplace to record somewhere.

Overall though, I'm pretty pleased with the results in just the past few weeks.

The rest of life is going well too. I've finally got a respectable portion of my CD's on my new ipod, and it's great for road trips and working out. Jessica and I have also both gotten restarted working and stuff, since income always helps after Christmas. So things are starting to get back to normal after Christmas.
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Colin aka Shabudaquae, Smitty etc...
Date: 2007-01-02 10:50
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Music:Ford's funeral
I think, as part of an effort to write things more, this journal will become not just a "whats-going-on-in-my-life" sort of thing, but also a practice journal. I'm hoping putting some ideas and thoughts down on (virtual) paper will help me sort through some things.

Because of this, anyone who is bored or annoyed by reading these posts can take me off of their friends list with no hard feelings on my part, or just skip over the horn posts, I'll try to make the boring stuff as obvious as possible.

Since you've been warned, on with the boringness!

Every while or so, I get a hankering to change something in my playing, be it warmup, mouthpiece, etc. After seeing a few friends of mine from my undergrad over Christmas, and talking some shop/re-evaluating I decided to change both. I went back to using my roomy mouthpiece, and went to a (relatively) short warmup. I've been doing this since a few days before Christmas, and while I haven't played a lot (an hour or two every day) so far I'm liking the change.

I've also cut out (at least for now) the Caruso stuff I was doing. While I do think it has good aspects, *for me* it seemed to stiffen things up, and created the feeling of maxing out at bench press, a couple of times a day - not a situation that lends itself to finesse and lightness. Although I have not yet permanently decided to give it up, it something I will try for now.

I have enjoyed the shorter warmup, especially for time efficiency, in 20 minutes or less during the first session of the day, I am done and can move on to actual music. The biggest thing I have to warmup seems to be my brain anyways.

In other news, the holidays have been good. Saw some friends and family, had a lot of good food, and in a few hours we head back up to Louisville.
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Colin aka Shabudaquae, Smitty etc...
Date: 2006-10-20 06:52
Subject: Ugh...
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Mood:not caffinated...yet
It's about 6:50am, and I've been up since about 6:25.

While I haven't gotten up this early in awhile, it's nice to know (I suppose) that I'm still able to awake early in the day, I used to wake up at 7 or 8 every day.

I got up this early to day for a brass quintet rehearsal at 8am, so this hour and a half gives me plenty of time to get dressed, eat breakfast, and have a nice leisurely warm-up. I really hope everyone else in the quintet is there, or I'll be not-happy.

As a side note, man this coffee is strong, but I only got about 3-4 hours of sleep last night. But 4 teaspoons of coffee and 3 cups of water...even with milk and suger it's kicking my butt. But I'm awake.
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Colin aka Shabudaquae, Smitty etc...
Date: 2006-10-17 01:08
Subject: News
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The internet is such a wonderful thing.

Before it came around how would we be able to keep up with the pressing news events of the day and find out about important news articles, such as this and this.

Both of these were shamelessly taken from fark.com, but amused me, so I thought I would pass along the humor.

ETA: Going to www.cnn.com, you might expect breaking news, coverage of world events, scientific breakthroughs, economic news, etc. but you can also get advice on new (ugly)fashion trends.
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Colin aka Shabudaquae, Smitty etc...
Date: 2006-10-12 18:30
Subject: It's been awhile
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I've been out of school for several months now, and it's quite an adjustment in lifestyle.

For money, I'm working in my brothers company, Antespam, which is good money and not (at all) difficult. I'm also teaching horn, currently having three students(with another any week now, hopefully), as well as freelancing around town (and Kentucky) whenever I get the chance. Also, I have a job with Brantley, a security-provider, working as an on-call rent-a-cop. However, I've been working there for about a month or so, and have only been called once (and had to decline that since I was out of town helping a friend move).

The house is coming along pretty nicely, Jessica has been watching HGTV, and has been doing a good job decorating, rearranging, and organizing. It's still very tiny (can't really build on to a rented house) but at least now it's looking a lot more homey.

The horn has had its usual ups and downs. Practicing is sometimes tedious without a regular ensemble(s) to play in, but it also gives me a chance to work on some basics, which is always good. I also just joined a brass quintet at UofL that needed a horn player, and hopefully it'll be a good way to regularly play with others, because the orchestra freelancing can come and go.

Overall, it's quite different not having to get up and go to class every day, but I think I could get used to this kind of making-money lifestyle...unless I decide to go back for a doctorate or performance certificate or something.
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Colin aka Shabudaquae, Smitty etc...
Date: 2006-05-26 14:20
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Since I haven't been updating much recently, I think I might start posting, from time to time, some of the interesting and or funny things that I find on the intarweb, to make up for the laziness that has now befallen me since I've graduated (I'm a Master of Music now).

This is both an unfortunant (given the topic) and amusing (given the typo) error in a rather somber article.

Also, I'm moving into a house very soon (this weekend, hopefully) which is occuping the majority of my time now.

More later, maybe.

Edited: Sometime today they changed the typo (the first mention of "flags" was missing the L).
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Colin aka Shabudaquae, Smitty etc...
Date: 2006-05-03 00:27
Subject: DONE!!!
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As of 3:40pm today, 2 May, 2006, I am done with my Masters in Music degree.

I had my oral comprehensives exams today from 3-3:40, which basically involves knowing the history of music as it relates to my instrument, symphonies, orchestral repetoire, teaching, the Grawemeyer award (a very prestigious composition award given out by the University of Louisville). 20th century theory, Schenkerian Analysis, and chamber music using horn.

Needless to say, I am *very* happy that I am done with that, as I had no exams this semester, only papers and my orals, and my final paper was due April 24.

So now all I have left school-related is a graduation ceremony on May 13. I am very happy to be done with school now, and while I have not ruled out the possibilty of going back for a doctorate, I am also looking forward to actually being able to work in the real world. In a few years though, I might be dying to go back to school - who knows.

Now, the next item on my agenda is a job. To that end, I'll be taking as many auditions as I possibly can until I get me one. The first one on my list is the Coast Guard on May 22.

I also signed a 30-day notice to vacate for my apartment on the 1st, so I'm also looking for a place to live now. I think Jessica and I will be getting a two-bedroom house, so we can actually see each other on a daily basis(!!!) and so we can both practice at home without disturbing (too many) people.

Now it's time to finish my beer, and zone out for awhile.
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Colin aka Shabudaquae, Smitty etc...
Date: 2006-03-30 20:01
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Another long overdue entry - especially given all that has happened over the past...couple of months since I last updated.

First, the most important thing that happened:

I don't have a girlfriend anymoreCollapse )


My Graduate RecitalCollapse )

Now all I have to do is comps, a couple of papers and some other assorted stuff. Oh yeah, and get a job!
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Colin aka Shabudaquae, Smitty etc...
Date: 2006-01-10 16:56
Subject: Back into the swing of it...
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Well, I'm back at school and back in Louisville. I apologize for the lack of updates over the break, but I was busy break-ing and really don't feel to bad about not updating. Since I didn't update, though, here is a quick summary of my break.

A nice bulleted listCollapse )

My schedule is fairly easy, although I will be doing a bunch of research/writing. My independant study will require 3 seperate papers, and my recital will require program notes for all of the pieces. So that will be some work, but it's not one big research paper or anything, so I'm not too worried, but I will be busy practicing/researching/writing.

My other classes are horn lessons, orchestra, my grad. recital MARCH 29 AT 7PM EASTERN, and a brass quintet lit. class, which hopefully won't be to bad.

But I must cook dinner now, so this update will have to suffice for now.
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Colin aka Shabudaquae, Smitty etc...
Date: 2005-12-13 14:26
Subject: Done - only 1/4 of graduate school left!!!!
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Sorry for the lack of updates, I haven't really been THAT busy lately, I've just not felt like typing things for some reason.

I am officially done with this semester as of yesterday. I had my last final (a class full of presentations, but I did mine earlier, so I just had to sit and listen) on Monday, and then I came down to Tuscaloosa, which is where I am now, updating on Jessica's computer.

I haven't registered for next semester yet, but it looks like a relatively light load (finally!), 3 hours of independant study with my horn prof., 1 hour of Brass 5tet Lit., 4 hours of Lessons, and 1.5 hours of ensemble (orch. and horn choir).

Also, I have scheduled my graduate recital, it is Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm (eastern). Now that you all have a few months of notice you can all get off work and book your plane tickets to get up here and see it. Also, my accompanist is the lovely Jessica Litwiniec, so this will be another opportunity to see her.

That's about all I have for now, until I decide to update again!
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