Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Amherst

I'm home! Two and a half weeks in Connecticut at the Amherst Early Music Festival workshop eating cafeteria food and sleeping in an un-air conditioned dorm room and listening to nearly non-stop concerts and performances...... I had a great time and met some great people. I met people from all over the world. I learned a lot and sang a ton and even played frame drums. I danced at the party and laughed so hard I was crying at the same party when a trio of dancers decided to launch their interpretive dance careers. I have a few pictures from this party.... I'll post them later. Now it's time to get back into my own practicing and studying routine.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Irish

On the first Sunday of every month at Things Celtic, there is an Irish song session. Not a tune session where everyone sits around playing instruments, but songs.... singing. I finally got to go yesterday. It's been months since I was able to make it. Because I had known it would be this way, I had set a goal to be able to sing a song for this session in Irish because I've been taking classes since January.... and I did! My first public performance of a song in Irish. Iwon't be able to go next month, so two months from now, I should have five songs!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Greatest Vegetable

is....... GARLIC!
I have shared a recipe on my blog before, and today I would like to share another..... mmmmm.... garlic. So, I still have vegetables in the fridge. And actually, Dan and I went to the grocery store and I purchased even more vegetables. Todays recipe involves spinach, feta cheese, garlic, and mushrooms.... Sorry, Ceridwyn, I know you hate the fun guys, but I love those guys almost as much as garlic. So I started by chopping a BIG clove of garlic into a pan with just a very small bit of butter. Real butter - like the kind that is too hard to spread on sqishy white bread... well, that goes into a whole other story. And the garlic simmers..... Ahhhhhhh smell the tasty vegetable. Then throw in the mushrooms and spinach until they are good and dead. Now..... drum roll..... throw in a bit of feta cheese just long enough to warm up and oh, baby..... mmmmm...... Put this delicious concoction into a bowl and eat it with some crackers. Meow.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

8 days to go

Eight days until I leave for Connecticut. I am thankfully doing work study, and I got accepted to do the Machaut project. I got my first assignment which is to learn this song and play a drum with it. For those people with the natural ability to play guitar or drum while you sing..... I'm not one of you. I am comforted having heard from several now successful musicians who once struggled with this whole skill just like I do. I am also thrilled that this is getting infinitely easier with every new attempt. Anyway, I will be gone from the 9th to the 24th. And then, Istanpitta will be going to a fair near Chicago the first weekend of August and then, August 11 thru 19th, Istanpitta is going to be playing till our fingers bleed in Pennsylvania.
I originally thought this summer was going to be so boring. It has turned out to be very busy.... and very exciting and tons of fun.
I don't know if I mentioned this on this blog, but Ceridwyn and I have started a project called The GreenGabriel Project. We are learning songs and adding harmonies to old favorite sing alongs and stuff. We plan to go to nursing facilities, retirement homes and anywhere else that people may not be able to leave easily. Today we did our first performance as a duet. It was fabulous. We are going to continue to post our adventures on our blog.