Simply. Imply. simPLY. IMply.

This week has been insane. No, like, for real! Opera is just around the corner. The guest artists came in on Sunday. On Monday we ran the opera with the understudies singing the lead parts so the guest artists can get a feel for the opera and an idea about the blocking we’ve been working on with the choirs and such. And then yesterday we got to hear them for the first time. Boy do they have voices!! Multiple Soprani swooned over the Baritone’s voice. Azucena, the Mezzo, is my personal favourite. I just love her low register! The Soprano is good, but she doesn’t have as much pierce as I would like – the girl who understudied the part was just phenomenal! And the Tenor…well, we’ll see how he holds up. I’ve been told he switched from Baritone to Tenor, so he has a warmer tone than a lot of Tenors, but his high notes aren’t as secure.

Wow. I’m such a musician. Lameness.But awesomeness too, I suppose.

I’ve been able to tat a bit today. It makes me happy. I looked at my progress (I’m only about a fourth done), but the edging looks seriously good with the scarf! I think it will end up turning out really nice.

Tomorrow I’m going to a voice competition. NATS stands for the National Association of the Teachers of Singing. The last 2 years I’ve gone on to regionals. But then again, the last 2 years I’ve actually been ready to perform my pieces. What with all the craziness going on here I’ve had little time (and less motivation) to practice. Something about the middle of second semester just doesn’t bode well for the aspiring muisician…. Anyway, my pieces are varied and ambitious: Nacht und Traume (Schubert), Nuptiae factae sunt (Hindemith), Depuis le jour (Charpentier), Malvina (Donizetti), The Serpent (Hoiby). The Serpent is my favourite!!! It’s so funny and I get to ham it up. 🙂 Here’s the text:

 

The Serpent

There was a Serpent who had to sing.
There was. There was.
He simply gave up Serpenting.
Because. Because.
He didn’t like his Kind of Life;
He couldn’t find a proper Wife;
He was a Serpent with a soul;
He got no Pleasure down his Hole.
And so, of course, he had to Sing,
And Sing he did, like Anything!
The Birds, they were, they were Astounded;
And various Measures Propounded
To stop the Serpent’s Awful Racket:
They bought a Drum. He wouldn’t Whack it.
They sent, —you always send, —to Cuba
And got a Most Commodious Tuba;
They got a Horn, they got a Flute,
But Nothing would suit.
He said, “Look, Birds, all this is futile:
I do not like to Bang or Tootle.”
And then he cut loose with a Horrible Note
That practically split the Top of his Throat.
“You see,” he said, with a Serpent’s Leer,
“I’m Serious about my Singing Career!”
And the Woods Resounded with many a Shriek
As the Birds flew off to the end of Next Week.

 

These are a few of my favourite things!

One of my favourite things to do is listen to people talk – because invariably at some point everyone will say something funny. Sometimes real life is just better than fiction.

“You can understand Wikipedia better now! As a result of Theory IV!” ~ Theory Teacher

“Ask now or give yourself a grade.” ~ Theory Teacher

“I kill a lot of trees for a guy named ‘Forrest.'” ~ Theory Teacher

“Before Snow White was, Petrushka is.” ~ Theory Teacher

“Don’t bass the Brash!” ~ Random Brass player

“Anything else needed for life, liberty, hexatonic bliss?” ~ Theory Teacher

“We walk by sight, not by ear.” ~ Theory Teacher

“We’re going to be challenging some tackling things.” ~ Theory Teacher

“I learned long ago to always get the last word in: ‘Yes, dear.'” ~ French Teacher

“Ladies, never forget you’re feminine. Guys, never forget you’re not.” ~ French Teacher

“♪♫ I owe, I owe, so off to work I go! ♪♫” ~ French Teacher

“Sorry, guys, I was passing a brain stone.” ~ French Teacher

“What goes through your alimentary canal? Tug boats.” ~ French Teacher

“Men are like pantyhose – when you need them most they run.” ~ Anonymous

“Your tummy speaks for itself.” ~ Former Roommate

“‘Rule’ is a 4-letter word. You’re not allowed to say it.” ~ ~ Theory Teacher’s professor

“Friends don’t let friends use IE.” ~ ~ Theory Teacher

“You’re so femmy!” ~ Conducting Teacher

“You know, teachers are sadistic. You have to be sadistic to be a teacher.” ~ Bible Teacher

“I love legalism!! ~ Random Friend

“I was braiding my hair.” ~ Random Brass Player

“I don’t know why he left out the E-flat…♪♫ Perhaps he’ll die!♫♪” ~ Theory Teacher

“Go away Messiaen!!” ~ Theory Teacher

“I’m using ‘Aria’ loosely, without it’s tonal baggage.” ~ Theory Teacher

“I guess if Christ said, ‘Verily, verily,’ we can say, ‘Leave on, do not turn off.'” ~ Theory Teacher

“Words of wisdom come from the wise.” ~ Random Friend

“I am a queen at stalker!” ~ Former Roommate

“Don’t worry, all of our parents found someone to marry.” ~ Former Roommate

“A ditz and a klutz: a ‘dutz!!!'” ~ Random Friend

“No good opera plot can make sense.” ~ W.H. Auden

“Never judge a book by its movie.” ~ J. W. Eagan

“Why are fire engines red? Because 1+1=2+2=4+4=8+4=12, and there are 12 inches in a ruler, and Queen Elizabeth was a ruler, and she sailed the ocean, and fish swim in the ocean, and fish have fins, and the Finns fought the Russians, and the Russians are red. So fire trucks are red because they’re always rushin’.” ~ History Teacher

“Don’t look at me with that tone of voice!!!” ~ Youth Pastor

“I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” ~ John 16:12

“We have all that we need, we need all that we’ve got, we like it in Whoville, we like it a lot.” ~ Horton Hears a Who

“Joy and Peace, Peace and Joy, Joy and Peace and Happiness.” ~ The Barber of Seville

“They killed the Russians – who better to kill?” ~ Music Teacher

“When you look at me, I choke.” ~ Music Teacher

“Haydn’s symphonies are considered Mozart’s greatest.” ~ Music Teacher

“This is the thing which the LORD doth command concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, Let them marry to whom they think best.” ~ Num 36:6

“Oh my chicken!!!” ~ Former Roommate

“Your phone dies beautifully.” ~ Fake Brother

“Stupid lady at the store!!” ~ Friend-who’s-almost-a-sister

“How big is your armpit? 6 inches? 8 inches?” ~ Friend-who’s-almost-a-sister

“Justice is a dish best served immediately.” ~ Friend-who’s-almost-a-sister

In review…

Wow. It’s March already. Crazy, I know. These past 2 months have both flown and dragged by. It’s got me to thinking about the beginning of the year when I made all those wishe*ahem* resolutions. So let’s see how I’ve done:

1: Daily practice. Ya, definitely hasn’t happened…between life and opera I really just don’t have time.

2: Exercise regularly. This one is going a lot better than I expected. I get in to the gym usually 2 or 3 times a week. The other day my friend said I looked skinnier than I used to 🙂 And now I run faster than when I started.

3: Learn Italian. I haven’t even touched it. Does it count that we had a unit on Italian pronunciation in Diction class?

4: Blog at least once a week. Been doin’ that. Aren’t you proud of me? 😀

5:Be tidier. I started off well. I really did…but when you’re so busy you can’t see straight tidiness kinda goes on the back burner.

6: Finish my book. Well, I’ve worked on it a little, but it still has quite a way to go. Something about school and being busy keeps me from my creative endeavours…

7: Not fall in love. Well, I’m still single. And it looks like I’ll be that way for a while.

8: Love my God more. How does one gauge this criterion? I can’t say that I’ve been completely consistent in my personal devotions. But I can say that I see Him working in my life and changing me into His image. I’ve recently started a Bible study on the Cross and it’s significance to every-day life. It’s changed my thinking a lot.

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So all in all, I guess I’m doing ok. I knew when I made these resolutions that I would break them, but the point wasn’t to be perfect, but to at least try. So I’ll keep trying. And don’t you give up either!!

Oops…

Well…I’ve been meaning to post since Sunday afternoon…

Well, for one thing, I passed my piano midterm. Yay!!!!! It really wasn’t that hard – mostly scales and arpeggios and chords, but, still, that’s something, right? (I’m such a bad person. I haven’t practiced piano in over a week…)

My second piece of news dates back to Sunday, and it’s a bit of a story. Ok, my Sunday afternoon nap is one of my favourite things in the week. I mean, seriously, sleep. ‘Nuff said. So this Sunday I took my nap like usual. Only this time my body decided it didn’t want to sleep well. In the middle of my nap I woke up, like, 3 times, each 5 minutes apart. Each time I attempted to go back to sleep and my dream kept going on. I was dreaming that the school administration was about to announce the winners of the competition that I was in this weekend. Even though I’ve been telling my self I didn’t make it into the finals and I didn’t feel like I sang very well, I was still really nervous. So much so that I kept waking myself up from my dream. I never did find out who made it….

And third and last, I just wanted to give y’all an opera update (you know I’m going to be going on and on about this for a while, at least). As a gypsy in Il Trovatore (an opera by Verdi), I’m only in 1 scene – the Anvil Chorus. It’s kind of nice to have a small part, since it cuts down on rehearsal time, even though I would love more stage time. Well, today I tried an experiment. Several of the gypsy men bring in wheelbarrows all empty and lonely. So I thought it would be nice if I went and kept those wheelbarrows company –  by riding in them as they come out on stage. More precisely, I lay in the wheelbarrow and pretend to be sleeping off a hangover. The lights wake me up when I come onstage, and I stagger off groggily. It makes me so happy!!!! I know, I’m weird.

Phew

Well, I’m glad that’s over with. That, being the competition. It was early this afternoon. It went ok. My cold is turning into drainage now, and while that’s better than a sore throat, it can still make singing precarious. Honestly, I’m just really glad the competition is over. For some reason this year I didn’t want to compete…maybe because last year I gave it everything I had and lost. I’m not expecting to make it into the final round, so if I do it will be a pleasant surprise, and if I don’t it won’t be a huge letdown.

Competition

Every year my university holds a contest in several fields of the fine arts, including music, visual art, speech, and writing. This year I entered the music competition. Thankfully, the contest is divided up into several categories, so I don’t have to compete against some crazy piano major. 😛 Well, first round of women’s voice was held Monday, and, guess what! I made 2nd round, which is also semifinals. The poor dear judges sat in a room all night and listened to approximately 25 girls sing in an effort to whittle that number down to a small, more manageable group. 9 of us were selected to go on, and the 2nd round is held Saturday. That’s great, right? I’m excited!

One problem: I have a cold now. :/

But you know what, it’s gonna be ok. Because God knew this was gonna happen, and He has a plan for this. So maybe I’ll go on, and maybe I won’t (not gonna lie, it might be nice to be done with it…), but it’s not really that big of a deal. Right?