Welcome! Today, you’re in for a little surprise. This week your beverage of choice will be accompanied by the Violin Ensemble and as our first number will be Pirates of the Caribbean, I invite you to join me in throwing on your best pirate rags and we might even dig up some buried treasure if we can ever find X marks the spot.
This afternoon, I performed with my violin ensemble at the annual concert, which was held out on a pecan farm this year, complete with a red Massey Ferguson tractor, scarecrows and a cattle dog pup who must have been sent off the Grandma’s for the afternoon! When I say, “my ensemble”, that’s not to imply that I’m the boss. I’m just a humble player and sometimes more humble than others. I’ve really had to rethink where I’m heading with all of this but have decided to stick with it.
Anyway, we started out with our pirate outfits on to play Pirates of the Carribean and later played a Mozart Medley featuring Eine kleine Nachtmusik and what I think it was the Clarinet Concerto. I know that it sounds terrible that I’ve been playing this piece for half a year and I’m not really sure what it was but I’m always behind the eighth ball. All I’ll say is that I’ve never forgotten hearing Meditation by Massinet over 20 years ago which first awakened my love for the violin. It was like being struck by lightening…in a good way, of course!
“Come to the edge,” he said.
They said, “We are afraid.”
Come to the edge,” he said.
He pushed them…and they flew.”
― Guillaume Apollinaire
This quote well describes how we felt before our performance but then the notes took flight.
So, it’s been a busy week trying to get in sufficient practice simply to hang in there and keep up with the pace. Pirates of the Caribbean has some really fast sections and what with my mobility issues, it can be quite challenging to move my fingers quickly, even though I now observe that I’m typing very quickly, which also involves my fingers but it seems more challenging to play the violin quickly. While plenty of practice leads to obvious improvements, there’s a fine line between sufficient practice and also over-stretching my body and doing damage. At best, I can manage an hour of practice a day, preferably in two 30 minute chunks. I had actually meant to take Voltarin before the concert to feel a bit better but forgot.
Once the concert performance is over, I’d like to invite you back to my place to watch School Spectacular with the family. I guarantee you that you’ll not only be entertained by the show but also my kids’ comments throughout the performance. Just to remind you, by the way, our daughter performed at School Spectacular in the 1500 voice Combined Choir. It was fascinating hearing her talk about it and give us a kind of backstage pass to the action. Mister also went with the school to see it and love it so they were both quite keen to commentate on the performance.
We were watching 16 year old ballet danceur, Thomas Dilley perform and we were all marveling at his incredible talent. Our daughter is currently learning ballet, jazz and musical theatre and our son used to take hip hop classes with Daniel Russell, a former Billy Elliot both in Australia and Broadway. You could say that their family just happen to run the local dance studio but I have to say that it was all meant to be. It was so much more that coincidence or good luck.
Anyway, we were watching Thomas Dilley’s performance when our son, who was completely blown away by his performance, said he was double-jointed, as in he has double-jointed feet. While to a child’s realm of experience, this made perfect sense, as someone with double-jointed elbows, being double-jointed isn’t going to make you a worl-class dancer. Instead, it’s quite the reverse but you might make a great contortionist.
Anyway, when Mister gets an idea in his head, he can be very difficult to dissuade. Dispite our comments to the contrary, he keeps insisting on this whole double-jointed thing. Finally, Miss pipes up and tells him that he’s simply using demi-pointe and that it’s very rare in ballet to use flat feet.
Well, this really made me laugh and I could just image her poor teacher trying to work out this dancer with flat, double-joined feet!
Unfortunately, this doesn’t take a ot of imagination. My double-jointed elbow used to drive my tennis coach crazy. It took him quite awhile to realise what was going on with my serves as my elbow went out of joint!
However, this week wasn’t just about performances.
We are coming up to the end of the Australian school year and both my kids will be leaving the local primary school, which has been our community. Mister will be starting high school next year and Miss will be attenting opportunity school.
So, we are now getting caught up in all those steps towards the grand finale, which is the Year 6 Farewell.
Last Friday, was the Year 6 Mini-Fete, which is a fundraiser and a huge party. I’m pretty sure the most popular stall was the sponge throwing, with the teachers, of course, being the natural targets. There was also face painting, a white elephant stall and hair-spraying. Oh yes! We can’t hold any event at the school without a sausage sizzle.
By the way, my involvement in all of this was as the school photographer. I’ve photographed this thing for 5 years now and finally it’s our son’s turn and he and all his friends and peers and stepping into those very same shoes which have come before them and will very soon be walking out through that gate and onto high school.
They’re growing up!
Something tells me, so am I!
I hope you’ve had a great week and I look forward to stopping by and having coffee with you. I need it!
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