Archive for January, 2014

Chris Tomlin – Awake My Soul (feat. Lecrae)

Under the Weather

I have a cold or something. Before I went to bed Monday night, my throat began to feel a little bit scratchy, and in the days since it has gotten worse and worse, but not bad enough to really affect my mood, speech, horn playing, etc. Today, however, is much worse than yesterday. It’s improved a little bit over the day, but this morning my throat felt worse than I remember it feeling in a long time, and I was coughing up lots of junk. While certain singers I know of would be thrilled by the fact that they can sing up to a fourth lower than they can on a normal day, I have to speak up more than I want to in order for people to understand me with my deeper, quieter voice. I haven’t played horn yet, but am not looking forward to horn ensemble for that sole reason.

At the moment, I am eating lunch, but I just woke from what was nearly a two-hour nap. I wish I could go back to sleep and just let myself rest and recover a little, but life isn’t going to slow down for me. I have some calculus homework due this evening at 5:00, before horn ensemble, which I need to do. That shouldn’t take too long (it’s only three questions), but I also need to get moving on my lab report for chemistry, which is due tomorrow, and prepare for tomorrow’s experiment, which involves steam and fractional distillation. So I have a few things that I need to do before I go to bed tonight.

So on top of all of that, there are of course other things on my mind. As you may have noticed, I was getting pretty excited about this semester and playing in wind ensemble. Last night I found out that I am going to need to pick between playing the last orchestra series of the year or in wind ensemble. A week and a half ago, my teacher informed me that, somehow, the wind ensemble’s concert and the last orchestra concert were schedule for the same day, at basically the same time. The wind ensemble concert starts at 3:30, and then orchestra starts at 4:00. We tried to figure out a plan where K (another horn in both groups) and I played the wind ensemble concert and then drove over to play the second half of the orchestra concert, or to see if there was any way either concert could be moved.

As I was told last night, there is evidently nothing that can be done, so now K and I need to pick which concert we’re going to play in. As much as I hate skpping out on wind ensemble, especially because I like some of the pieces we’re playing a lot (Grantham’s “Southern Harmony“, Hazo’s “Perthshire Majesty“, Newman’s “Blow it Up, Start Again” and a world premiere) I think I’m all but decided that I’m going to pick orchestra. The program for that concert is the Triumphal March from Moussorgsky’s Mlada, a Mozart piano concerto, and then Shostakovich 5. I’ve been wanting to play Shostakovich 5 for years, and it was one of the reasons I was so intent on auditioning for orchestra (as opposed to wind ensemble) when I saw the schedule. And unless I decide to become a professional musician, this is likely the only chance I will have to play the piece ever. I don’t think I can give that up. Despite being basically decided, finding out that I would have to choose was definitely the low point of my week, if not my whole semester so far.

Well, I should go get some work done. I’m hoping to go to bed as soon as possible after core group meeting tonight, but in order for that to be early, I need to put a dent in this lab report.

Aaron Copland – Appalachian Spring (Performed by Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra)

I’m playing assistant principal on this for our next orchestra concert, and it’s awesome. This is one of the pieces that I’ve wanted to play for years now, and it’s great to have that hope realized.

Caspian – The Heart That Fed

Samuel R. Hazo – Perthshire Majesty (Performed by the Columbus State University Wind Ensemble)

We read this today in wind ensemble. I had heard it before, but it much better when you hear it in person (or play it yourself).

Hillsong United – Mercy Mercy

Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

Sunday: Nothing.

Monday: Isaiah 13 and 14. All of the opponents of Israel will fall.

Tuesday: Isaiah 15 and 16. Moab, too, will fall apart and its inhabitants will seek help from Israel.

Wednesday: Prayer.

Thursday: First normal Chi Alpha core group meeting. We had dinner and hung out for a bit before doing some group Bible study, looking at and discussing the story of Jesus’ birth in Luke 2. We focused quite a bit on how humble he began his life and the kinds of people who were present (the shepherds). This theme of humility and spending most of his time with people at the bottom of the society continues through the rest of his life, and is the example to look to.

Friday and Saturday: Because of various plans, I forgot to do anything.