Happy Friday! Another night sitting around my house. Doing nothing in particular.
Let’s do some catching up!
Daylight Savings time has dawned upon us. Woo! A whole ‘nother hour of daylight? More bike & park time, hanging out with my buddies, etc. I’ve been waiting for this all cold, wet, dark winter long! I didn’t do much this week though, because I’m sick but this weekend will be re – lax – ing!
I’ll be brother-free until Sunday since he’s on a camping trip for the weekend. Tomorrow I will be participating in a 5k I know nothing about and that my mom just told me about an hour ago. It starts at 7:30. In the morning. I might write about it.
Today was the last day of the 3rd quarter in the school year. 45 more school days! I can already feel the tears as I was crying last night about it. Leaving the best 3 years of my life especially since my 4 best best ever friends are all going to different schools. Their not even going to school with each other. I really hope we can stay connected.
We’re not going to get our report cards until April 2nd. After Spring Break which is the week before! It’s probably going to be too cold to go swimming at the beach. Aaaw, man!
I’m reading 3 books, now. Summerland, The Help, and Unwind, which I just started today. Summerland is really thick. It’s like you have digest the pages. The Help is hilarious, of course. Unwind is going to be great because it’s by Neal Shusterman and is already on-the-edge-of-your-seat-on-the-hammock-until-it-breaks thrilling.
Yup. I broke the hammock in the front yard. Just by sitting on it.
Right now I’m chilling out with my new jam, The Heist by Macklemore. You’ve probably heard the song, Thrift Shop, right? People won’t stop singing it at my school. That, Can’t Hold Us, and Same Love are my favorites.
Alas! It is finally time for the infamous annual presentation of The Phantom of the Opera!!!
Today was the day in my chorus class. All of the young ladies were swooned and entranced as Mrs. Horne gracefully belted out the melodies to this classic horror-story-turned-romance! I just love it! I remember the first time I heard the story in her class in sixth grade. My first thought was, Wow, how romantic! This has ever since opened up my eyes and ears to the world of musicals and has changed my world forever. I’m serious! You never really appreciate art or music until you learn of something so profound as to make you have a revelation of sorts!
Ever since, I’ve become obsessed with musicals and Andrew Lloyd Webber, to be precise. I’ve added at least ten to my mental musical repertoire, such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Rent, and Madame Butterfly. But, The Phantom of the Opera has ultimately topped my list and probably will for the rest of my life! Right now, I own the 2004 movie with Emmy Rossum, and one of the actual musical’s CDs (I think it’s something like the London Symphony Chorus). I’m planning on watching the movie in celebration of Valentine’s Day either tommorrow or Friday. I’m so excited! Even though it’s, like, the 6th time I’ve seen it!
Anyway, so I spent the rest of the day humming with all of the songs stuck in my head. What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?
Lately, I have been rocking out to some pretty cool music. One of my recently favorited albums is Allen Stone’s self-titled album. I found out about him while watching Vh1’s You Oughta Know segment on fine Saturday morning while doing my laundry. They broadcasted his most popular song Sleep. It was so catchy I had it stuck in my head all day and then proceeded to look up the rest of his album which presently sits on its’ own playlist on my Sony Walkman.
I would describe his music as soulful, acoustic, and slightly bluesey. A nice break from my rap music fascination that I’ve seemed to have adopted lately. This is a list of the album’s songs, the ones in bold I adore (though I’m still in love with the whole thing!).
2. Celebrate Tonight
3. What I’ve Seen
4. Say So
5. The Wind
7. Contact High
8. Nothing To Prove
9. Your Eyes
It’s here again! Last Tuesday I went to the All-County Band Tryouts for clarinets, flutes, and saxophones.It started at 5:30 and ended at like 9:00 for some people. The earlier you got there and got your little numbered ticket, the earlier you could get it over with and leave. So, I got to sit at a little table with all of my buddies for three hours, goofing off and being nervous out of our wits as the numbers got closer and closer. I didn’t really care whether I made it in or not. I only went because it was required and a grade. But,
I MADE IT IN!!!
Woo! That was totally unexpected! I do have to admit, though, I felt as cool as a cucumber when I got into the room to play my scales and I felt even better when I went to do the sightreading! But, WOW!
Hopefully, I’ll get more information about it after Fall break, because, I don’t even know when the first practice is!
Here’s all of the pretty good things that have happened this past week!
Monday: I got to go to the library! I had some really overdue books I finally returned, paid my $3.60 in dues (That’s a ton!), and checked out two new books: Zombies vs. Unicorns & Tyrell. I also got a Norah Jones cd, Come Away With Me.
Tuesday: I got a 102 on my Algebra test!
Wednesday: Hallow’s Eve! I got a bucketfull of candy! I think I got more Butterfingers than anything if you don’t count lollipops.
Thursday: This day pretty much sucked.
Friday: I had to stay after school again for band practice, but-I passed my scales!!! Barely! I did all 6 of the scales in 1:37 out of the two minutes you get to do them. This is what the Band director said to me,
Band Director: Well, congradulations you passed your scales and your chromatic scale. Your tongueing is very sharp. I read that this can be caused by not having a strong enough reed. I think that we might need to move you up to a Level 4 reed from the Level 3’s.
Me: I’m already using the 4’s.
Band Director: *stunned* Wow. Maybe you should try a 4 1/2, then.
Me: *also now stunned* Ok, Thank you.
Band Director: Thank You!
Four-and-a-half! Oh My Goodness!!!! Level 3 1/2 is what most people in my level use. I just went for the fours last Christmas to see how they worked. By now I’ve gotten use to using them, but WOW! I only know 2 other people that use fours in my level and they’re really, really good. But, 4 1/2 !?! I don’t know anyone who’s ever even tried those before! I’m really, really, super-duper excited!!!
If you’re interested in all the things that went wrong this week, you can look here at The Bad Side.
Just for a short post today since I’ll be busy this afternoon, I want to share with you some interesting music selections from my MP3 Player. I’m currently into alot of Alternative/Punk Rock Music.
I cannot get enough of Walk The Moon and their self-titled album,
My two favorite songs are Anna Sun and Quesadilla.
Secondly, Graffiti6 and their release called Colours
I love his vocal range on the song, Free. It sounds melodious.
Lastly, Grouplove’s Cd/Vinyl/Cassette called Never Trust A Happy Song
Yesterday, my school had our first pep rally of the school year! I heard about it last week when I learned that my band was playing as the Pep Band!!! I had been wanting to do this ever since 6th grade. It was like being in a marching band.
At the beginning of 6th period, all the band students we’re called to the band room to get their instruments and go to the gym, where the pep rally was being held, (Yes! I got to miss Algebra!). Then we practiced our two songs, Never Scared and 25 or 6 to 4 and we sounded better than we had all year! All the band kids we’re so excited!…but, not many other people.
When it got around to 7th period and we had our whole routine down, they started calling kids into the gym. Wow, they looked like zombies walking into the room! Like they wanted to be anywhere else but there. Then the band came to the rescue! When we started playing our music, everybody started dancing and jumping around. It was as if they’d all been struck by lightning.
Once all the kids were seated, the pep rally really started. The cheerleaders did their amazing dance routines and everyone went crazy! Our school’s cheerleaders are probably the best in the county this year. Afterwards, Coach Lewis announced all of the people who were on the basketball teams. I think the boy who got the most applause was either James Howard or Marcus (I forgot his last name). Then came the, ahem, UNDEFEATED Girls’ Team. I couldn’t tell who got the most claps because all of them are really popular. Just so you know, basketball is, like, the thing at my school. We have games every Monday and Thursday and honestly, I’ve never actually been to one. But, I’ve really been thinking about going lately, I just don’t know who to go with since I don’t think I could go by myself and still know how it works.
I think that’s it. Usually, more stuff happens like when the teachers play basketball and the mascot dances around but I think they cut that out because it was only one period instead of two. Hopefully the next one will be longer.
I thought that I should update you guys on the music department, (Chorus, Band, y’all know).
Chorus: My chorus class will not be participating in the MPA’s as some of you may remember from last year. Boo Hoo…But, it’s still going to be really fun this year because we’re still doing like the Christmas concert and the play and all that jazz. We’ve started singing several songs and we sound Ah-Maz-Ing already for being the “Quiet Class”. Our songs include:
Cross The Wide Missouri: Shenandoah/The Water Is Wide (Oooh! Pretty!)
Dodi Li (Our foreign language song, it’s Hebrew!)
The Gypsy Rover (Really easy and catchy)
One Great Nation (We’re doing a Veteran’s Day concert)
Band: Earlier this week, we had our first pass-off. It was for the Ab Scale, (That’s A flat; not abdominal muscle!). I was so worried that I would bomb it since this year, instead of playing for Mrs. Bumbarger in her office, we had to play it in front of everybody else in band. It was nerve-wracking. I saw one little 7th grader that was shaking and I felt so bad for her I just had to applaud for her and when I did, her face turned tomato-red! Anywho, I can’t remember what full concerts we have coming up next, but…We’re playing as the pep band for a Washington Wildcats Football Game!!! Woooo! That’s this friday. And, what’s cooler than that? It’s a secret, I’ll write about it tomorrow…
Here are a few of the pieces we’re playing in band right now;
Dynamite by Taio Cruz
Never Scared, Vice Versa, etc.(Pep rally music)
26 or 6 to 4 by Chicago (Ooooooh!!!!! This sounds really cool!!)
Allie is a 16-year old girl who works in a vinyl record store called Bob & Bob Records. This story talks about her summer working there. During the summer, she starts a blog and a zine, undercover, called The Vinyl Princess about music reviews and soon it’s rocketing into fame. This story also talks about her mom and how she’s starting to date again after getting a divorce with Allie’s dad. It’s pretty good, but that might just be because I’m a music junkie since I didn’t really see that much suspense in the plot. So, I would probably give it 4 out of 5 stars. I’m still putting it on my to-buy list, though.
This is a link to the actual blog if you want to check it out, but it’s a little dated; http://thevinylprincess.com/
There were two parts to Dream Flags for me: the Night Performance and the Daytime one. I’ll start with the night one.
On April 30th at 6:00, it was rather nice outside, perfect for a band concert. Symphonic Band and the Beginning Chorus were the only groups performing that night. My band played Wind Chimes (UGH!), Cyrstal Moon, The Tempest, and The Rainbow Connection. The Beginning Chorus, that my brother was in, sang Fireflies by Owl City and this really get-stuck-in-your-head-song called Everlasting Melody. Nothing really exciting happened at the night one.
Much, MUCH more on the other hand, though, the Daytime performance on May 1st was not that good…
First off, the two groups performing at this one were the Symphonic Band again and my advanced Chorus, the Soaring Voices. So I had to keep running back and forth between the two and tripping on all of the wires that went to the speakers and microphones because the setlist went band chorus band chorus band chorus like eight times!!. Secondly, we had to perform three separate times: 1st, 2nd, and 6th period, which I admit would be the best times to have it since those are my least favorite classes. Except for the fact it was like 90 degrees all day!!! By the second performance, everyone was sweating like pigs in a bacon factory! I could just feel myself getting a huge sunburn, which thank goodness turned into an awesome tan after the next few days. With all of the heat it made the chorus and the band sound hideous. So hideous that in the third perfomance, band had to cut out two of their songs since nobody was playing them right at all. My chorus sung (sang??) How Can I Keep From Singing, DreamKeeper, and Seasons of… LO-O-O-O-O-OVE!!!!! The best part of the whole, entire performance was seeing Mrs. Woods, Ashton Woods, and this other lady do their annual poetry dream-themed rap thang. Wow it was absolutely spectacular and beautiful. Finally, I got to hear a ton of my buddies who got picked read out their Dream Flags poems. All of them were really good, especially one of the ESE kids’ poems about how when he grows up he’s going to run a barbeque restaurant and help save all of our town!
Since I have Chorus 7th period, right after Dream Flags, I got to help put all of the risers and stands and equipment away. After that, my whole class made a huge line that wrapped around the room twice to get to the water fountain. That was pretty much my Dream Flags Ceremony for this year and boy, I can’t wait for next year!
Over the past week, we have gotten two new pieces of music,
Crystal Moon and
I really like Cyrstal Moon because it’s really fast and marching-band sounding. Processional, in case you haven’t heard the name, is the song they play at college or high school graduation. In our case, it will be for 8th grade graduation.
We also have at least three concerts coming up,
Dream Flags Ceremony–Our night performance is April 30th and our daytime one is May 1st. It’s a big deal at my school, so they have it twice.
8th Grade Graduation–The name says all that I know about it.
A Spring Concert?–I’ve only heard rumours about some sort of “Spring Concert”.
Finally, one of my 3rd clarinet buddies has earned the honor of being able to play a bass clarinet! It’s so cool!
I have been playing the clarinet ever since May of 2010, the beginning of band camp to prepare me for sixth grade. I think of myself as a very professional clarinet player. The clarinet has been so easy to play I believe that I’m ready to step it up somewhat. I’m going to buy myself a saxophone.
Since my parents are still making the payments for my clarinet, it’s obvious that they wouldn’t be the first people I’d ask to buy me a saxophone. Especially considering the act that they cost $1,200 and up. So I’m going to earn those $1,200 and get myself one, under the radar, of course.
The only thing blocking my view of the golden saxophone of my dreams is my dad. He loves to steal my hard-earned money and spend it on his own fancies. I’ve tried to hide it in several different spots, but he always seems to get at it somehow. I remember the one time I was so excited that I had raised $50 all by myself. The next day I went to go relish in it, and it was all gone with a note that said, “I’ll pay you back-Daddy”. Wow, was I mad!
Now I, for one, have no idea how I’m going to get this money. For two, even if I do get the money, I’ll have no idea where to even begin stashing it!
If you look on the side I’ve put made my own widget on dollartimes.com that shows how much I have saved for a saxophone.
This is a really good store for musicians and also where I plan to purchase my first saxophone:
And for more details: