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Further random amusement

May 22, 2004 11:09 am

I was amused by this one when I saw it on Liz’s blog.

Choose a band or artist and answer only in song titles by that band:
Jimmy Buffett

Are you female or male: She’s Got You
Describe yourself: Delaney Talks to Statues
How do some people feel about you: I Don’t Know and I Don’t Care
How do you feel about yourself: Don’t Chu-Know?
Describe where you want to be: Beach House on the Moon
Describe what you want to be: Fruitcake
Describe how you live: Quietly Making Noise
Describe how you love: Love in the Library
Share a few words of wisdom: Math Suks

On a different note…three days of class, then exams, and I’m out of here! Dad’s driving up to get me a week from Monday, and then we’ll go home the next day after my 9 am HES exam.

The beginning of the end

December 6, 2003 12:25 am

Classes have ended and the oratorio has been sung! It went quite well – at least from where *I* was standing! *shrugs happily*!!

Next up, exams. I’m not as concerned about them as I probably should be…maybe in the morning.

Do you love beauty?

December 4, 2003 11:16 pm

One week from now, I will be at home!

I had my voice jury this morning, which is the equivalent of a final exam for any sort of music lessons. Basically, you go in and sing in front of the voice faculty – you get to pick the first song, and then, on the spot, they pick a second one from the list of songs you’ve worked on this term. My teacher and I had chosen “Liebst du um Schoenheit” for my first, a pretty (if a bit schmaltzy) song. Then the panel chose “Se nel ben,” an Italian song about how Fortune is never reliable. Probably the one I least expected them to pick, actually, but not a problem!

The real fun was that it was thirty degrees and rainy today, and one is supposed to dress up for juries. Meaning a skirt. My roommate thought I had lost all vestiges of sanity I ever possessed. It was wonderful to come back at noon and put on jeans! Made me feel almost indestructable. An illusion, of course, but it was nice while it lasted.

Next on the calendar: one oratorio, three exams, and about a gazillion little errands!

Getting plague: priceless

December 3, 2003 8:51 pm

No, this actually doesn’t have to do with the fact that my roommate and I have had more than our share of sickness this term. There were some interesting quips written in sidewalk chalk around the Johns Hall breezeway today, saying odd things like “Getting the flu: $0. Getting a flea bite: $0. Getting the plague: priceless” and “I infect. I kill. What’s your verb?” I have absolutely NO idea what group is resposible for these gems, but my favorite was “Have you hugged your favorite microbiologist lately?”

I guess the real story of my week is the oratorio. At the end of every fall and spring term (no that isn’t redundant – that excludes our shorter winter term), Furman Singers, Women’s and Men’s Chorales, and the Orchestra get together and put together an oratorio or two, and every other Christmas, it’s Handel’s Messiah. This happens to be a Messiah year. However, it’s Dr. Joiner’s turn to direct, and he decided not to do the whole thing this time. He picked some highlights of the piece, and we’re also dong Poulenc’s Gloria.

(Aside: Because only hard-core enthusiasts of classical music have ever heard of Mr. Poulenc, I offer you 2 quick facts.
1. The guy was French, so of course his name is not pronouced phonetically….it’s more like Poo-lank. That looks really bad somehow, but there you have it.
2. He lived from about 1890 to 1970 (sorry, too lazy to look up the actual dates), so his music is really wierd until you get used to it and it all comes together. Then it’s pretty cool. Usually.
This ends my two minute lecture on Poulenc. End aside.)

My personal preference is Messiah, though, probably because it’s something I’ve heard a lot at home. (My dad is a virtuoso of the CD player and appreciates classical music.)

Anyway, since the concert is this Friday, we have rehearsals every day this week, which is kind of a drain on my time, but it’s worked out okay. We’re almost there!

So, recap: Hug Theresa, Poulenc is wierd, Messiah rocks, and Katie is busy. The end!