My Shelf, My Stand, & My Spotify

I hate to dump you guys with a lazy post, but I was awful today and my planning was poor. On the upshot, I got to spend a good half an hour talking to one of my best friends’ little brother, whom I love desperately and miss almost as much. It was really great and I was so happy afterwards. I’ve felt strangely exhausted all day for some reason, though, even though I’ve been getting plenty of sleep—hence why this post is a lazy one, I want to get to bed in less than an hour.

My Shelf

I just finished The Beautiful and Damned (sort-of review on my 40 books page), and I’ve decided to just read through the rest of a book of short stories we were assigned for school (which is amazing, I mean… Chekhov). Ward No. 6 was our assignment and I geeked out because I actually bought this book ages ago because I wanted to read it on my own, so I’m super excited over it. Man, it makes me feel like an idiot, though. I’ve had to reread a bunch of them because I didn’t get the story the first time around (and still only vaguely get it on the second time through.)

I’m currently waffling between reading The Brothers Karamazov and The Aeneid as well—I’d planned on the former after my Fitzgerald, but I didn’t realize that a) it’s 900 pages and b) now I’m reading another Russian author, and I don’t know whether it’d be better to read Virgil first or what. Anyway. Let me know what you think. 🙂

My Stand

Something simple. Everything else I’m playing is giving me high levels of stress, but it’s hard to be stressed over Bach.

My Spotify

For some reason one of my favorite Lorde songs. I don’t know why. But it’s great.

And with that, my laptop is actually yelling at me that it’s running on reserve power, while my body is telling me I’m beyond the reserve power point and am basically just dead. I need sleep.

Best wishes,
Hero

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My Cello Ate My Life/Soul/Whatever

Not that this is anything new, I just thought it was a rather catchy title for a post.

Sorry I didn’t show on Sunday – I forgot, actually, in my defense. It’s weird for me to be back in the swing of this blogging thing.

Because my cello, etc, have been at the forefront of my mind in recent days, I thought I’d share with you the pieces currently on my music stand. I love them all dearly (except Rondo; Rondo makes me want to kill something), and hope you enjoy them! 🙂

The first three pieces are our repertoire at orchestra for a concert in a few weeks. My favorite of the trio is Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony No. 8 in B Minor. It’s an absolute joy to play – though part of it has been completely ruined for me by being the excerpt for our chair audition.

Piece no. 2 – The Great Gate of Kiev, by Mussorgsky. Fantastic piece, though the bloody run at 0:46 is putting me out of my mind; I feel like my arm is going to fall off every time I finish practicing and I still can’t get it right.

And the final piece from orchestra: Austrian Peasant Dance by Mahler. This piece makes me laugh because our conductor loves it so much, and lots of jokes about bratwurst and fat happy Austrians and “Frau Kim” (don’t ask) have come from it… The cello part is almost laughably easy, but it’s just such fun to play.

And as for the rest of the music on my stand – Arioso by Bach and Rondo by Goltermann.

(Sorry, the sound quality of this next one isn’t the greatest thing ever, but it’s a good performance: JUST AN EVIL SONG. GAH.)

That’s all for me – I have a few chapters of Little Women left and I intent to finish tonight.)

Best wishes,
Hero