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  1. 9 points
    meyery2k

    Daily Chat

    The process of learning fascinates me. The progression from concept -> study -> comprehension -> understanding -> practical application -> sharing/teaching is a rewarding part of life. In "Oliver!", I have a solo part "Boy for Sale" where I have the stage to myself. I am hawking Oliver on the street. It is a very difficult song for me. The music is written to say that the vocalist sets the tempo on the first two words on the song. The orchestra than plays at that tempo. The suggested tempo is 57 beats per minute (roughly 1 beat a second) and I just wasn't getting it. I thought "easy peasy" this song is so slow but that is not the case. Slow songs are the most difficult to perform because it becomes more difficult to convey emotion and the other pieces of the "it" quality in music. Frankly, rehearsal was frustrating. Suzi was always commenting that I needed to get the timing. I sounded like a dirge. It is supposed to be sad but not a dirge. The frustration was knowing it was me and not being able to understand how to perform it correctly. Hearing the orchestra play, I desired so strongly to perform well because it would sell the idea that we were selling Oliver into slavery convincingly. It is a dark, sad piece and I could deliver if I just knew how. I was nearly in tears at home some nights because I could almost see it but couldn't quite do it. I finally reached understanding when a friend of mine suggested marching. He read the music and said it was written out as a cadence so think of the army. That became comprehension. I played my metronome at 57 bpm to ingrain that beat in my mind so I could pick it up without thinking about it. I can actually come pretty close without it now. I have to stop at some points on stage because I need to finish the song as I walk off. My friend suggested to just march in place (not too obviously) to help me keep the beat. He also suggested tapping my finger on my leg, but I had difficulty changing from leg to finger to leg. I sat down on the piano and drilled the notes into my head. I just concentrated on playing the melody which helped me learn the key of C minor in which the piece is written. @Fraser - All that theory and writing things out paid off! Finally, finally, comprehension grew into understanding. I marched everywhere singing. The odd looks I got in the stores (perhaps I overdid it). Opening night I spent 2 hours on the stage working out the timing. Performance came and, to me, it was meh. No comments from the director which means you got it right. You have to be outstanding to get a compliment so when you get one it is earned. Walter, the musical director, said I got it. I wasn't feeling it though. I knew it was better but, I also knew, I could do it better. Satisfaction would be knowing I did my best and the effort was not my best. I knew it. I got up the next morning and randomly beat a rhythm. I tested with a stopwatch and every time, I could spot on keep a close to 60 bpm beat. That wasn't the problem. I then went outside and marched and did it the first time. I got all the timing right. I have that sheet music memorized and knew I was just where I needed to be on every measure. I even learned a trick to always hit the eighth notes. I did this a second time and was spot on. I then declared the rest of the day to be a no more "Oliver!" day. It is possible to over practice and lose the edge. I felt like I had it and wanted to keep it. Last night's performance - The piece opens with the introduction, the music stops and this is the point where I can set the tempo and begin the piece. I established my march in place and opened. It was there. I was even able to interact with the cast (acting as passersby, the actor's Mom is one of the people I hawk him to) and audience, showing Oliver off, I treated the audience like buyers showing Oliver to them. I have about 90 seconds on stage which is a long, long time lol... I had chicken skin (goose bumps), at the end. Timing perfect. I sold it. I felt it in my bones. I had that audience hooked. I was hated, the bad guy. At intermission, Walter said "All that hard work paid off! You did it!". A few members in the orchestra complimented me. They knew what was going on. I was told that now it was learned, the bell couldn't be unrung. When real musicians offer compliments, I know that can be taken to the bank. High fives all around! Comprehension. I am sorry this became so wordy. I really needed to get this out of my system. This has been a tense production. Suzi is in Civil Defense, disaster recovery efforts, and this. A mutual friend of ours mentioned she is burned out because all she deals with is hearing people's loss and trying to help which never seems quite enough. For a time, I was considering not working with KDEN anymore but now my resolve is strengthened. I understand she was pushing me so hard because she believed I could deliver. That feeling of accomplishment is better than anything in the world.
  2. 8 points
    TX_Clint

    Are you on a diet to lose weight?

    Down from 206 to 189 since May 1st. No more sitting behind a desk and a lot of pool cleaning and yard work must be good for me.
  3. 8 points
    Diana_CT

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    On this TGIF (Yup, it's Friday) morning I got another 100 on my test this morning.
  4. 8 points
    TX_Clint

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    100 today
  5. 8 points
    TX_Clint

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    81 today. It appears yard work and pool cleaning is good for me.
  6. 8 points
    FunDad62

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    98 Had my 4 month checkup yesterday. A1c was 7.3 (up from 7). Other than that and my triglycerides being a little high she said all of my numbers were "beautiful". My bad cholesterol was 11. She said that's the lowest she's ever seen. For whatever that's worth. She prescribed me Qsymia for weight loss. Not sure if I'll try it or not. I've always been nervous about weight loss pills but she said the doctor loves it (she was the PA). I go back in October. TGIF everyone.
  7. 7 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    83 today which is a surprise considering it was rainy yesterday so no running or cycling. Usually in the 90's when this happens. Kala bought chili from the local take out which I enjoy. No beans but I still have to eat sparingly because I really don't know what is in it and I am afraid to look lol... Started the day with a 50k ride. Great way to start the day. I need to be on the road by 515AM to finish in time for work (one benefit to working from home). Dawn is just breaking at this time of year and I love watching the world wake up. Eventually, the dawn chorus of the birds begins. It is cooler. You can see the sun rising on the 14,000 foot mountains and watch the light slowly progress to the sea. Not much traffic. I usually ride at the end of the day and while I enjoy evening and dusk, I think I prefer early morning rides even though I have to get up pretty early to prep (dress, feed cats, and so on...). I can prep the bike (tire pressure, clean drive train, etc. ) the night before so I just get out as quick as I can.
  8. 7 points
    Diana_CT

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    117
  9. 7 points
    FunDad62

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    169 No surprise. Ate a lot of carbs yesterday then didn't take my Tresiba last night. I have to stop doing that. On a brighter note I'm down 10 pounds. Been motorcycle shopping the past month. Think I'm going to pull the trigger on one today. Another Suzuki C50 Boulevard. All blacked out.
  10. 7 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    76! Nice surprise considering I ate a larger dinner than usual.
  11. 7 points
    TX_Clint

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    102 today.
  12. 7 points
    Diana_CT

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    112 I went out with some friends last night for pizza and a beer.
  13. 7 points
    FunDad62

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    You had 97 beers???? Had my yearly physical yesterday. Everything's where it's supposed to be inside and out. Lol.
  14. 7 points
    Ahnanimus

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    97, beers and nuts were kind to me. @adiantum my birthday is on the 21st and I would be delighted to toast the auspicious occasion with you 😁 Also, you're right...ice on your knee during the winter would be"grievous bodily harm"πŸ€•
  15. 7 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    86 this morning.
  16. 7 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    83 today. Another good run at "Oliver!"
  17. 7 points
    Ahnanimus

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    Good morning guys, I'm back. Finally got my computer to work, not as well as it should, but I'm happy to connect with y'all again! I certainly missed the daily routine of posting my numbers. Adiantum, hope your knee feels better, maybe you can try putting ice on it, that usually helps. Meyery2k, congratulations on Oliver. 92 today and hopefully it won't be too high tomorrow as I'm having a World Cup party to kick off my birthday week!😁
  18. 7 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    95 this morning. "Oliver!" had a good opening night.
  19. 7 points
    FunDad62

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    151 Drove to the parents house in GA after work yesterday so didn't get to walk, then forgot to take Tresiba. And mom fed me good. Fried shrimp, fried okra and potato salad. Dad is....well, dad. About the same for the last six months. He was telling me that Steve McQueen's motorcycle from the movie The Great Escape was "next to him in bed". Mom said he was asking her yesterday when I would get here so I could tell him how to start the motorcycle. Here's the weird thing...I was sitting next to him feeding him dinner later and flipping channels and what do you think I found on tv just starting? The Great Escape. Isn't that crazy?
  20. 7 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    90 this morning.
  21. 7 points
    FunDad62

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    133
  22. 7 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    Mr. Bumble had an 84 this morning... I love the costume but it gets warm quickly...
  23. 7 points
    TX_Clint

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    98 today. Temps here high 88 and low 80 with high humidity. It’s going to be a nice week.
  24. 7 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    82 this morning.
  25. 7 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    90 this morning.
  26. 7 points
    FunDad62

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    131
  27. 7 points
    FunDad62

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    129 My couch was delivered. I'm not crazy about the color (gray) but boy is it comfortable. I fell asleep on it last night.
  28. 7 points
    Diana_CT

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    111 was my reading this morning. Yesterday morning I went with my cottage guests to walk around Nauset lighthouse and beach in the Cape Cod National Seashore.
  29. 7 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    89 this morning.
  30. 7 points
    FunDad62

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    I'm too embarrassed to post my reading this morning. Over indulged last night and drove 20 miles to a little town west of here to get a fried chicken gizzard and liver dinner from one of those places that have been around forever and everyone loves. Ate about half of it and paid for it this morning. Today's a new day. Finally getting the couch I ordered 3 weeks ago today. I have only had one place to sit in my living room since I moved here in April.
  31. 7 points
    Diana_CT

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    On this morning after the 4th cookout my was FBG wasn't that bad... 110. Highland Lighthouse, North Truro, MA As you can see Cape Cod needs a little rain.
  32. 7 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    Gotta love IT 94 today. Marching in a parade to promote "Oliver!" then plan to ride some afterwards.
  33. 7 points
    FunDad62

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    135 Happy Independence Day to everyone in the USA! And happy 4th day of July to everyone else.
  34. 7 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    90 this morning.
  35. 7 points
    TX_Clint

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    81 today
  36. 7 points
    Diana_CT

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    I got a 100 on the test this Monday morning.
  37. 7 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    87 this morning.
  38. 7 points
    FunDad62

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    88
  39. 7 points
    Orlando

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    83 mg/dl early this morning.
  40. 7 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    88 today
  41. 7 points
    TX_Clint

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    103 today
  42. 7 points
    Diana_CT

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    This morning's reading was 116 Yesterday I went to Elizabeth Park Rose Garden...
  43. 7 points
    adiantum

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    6.9 I like Mondays since retirement, they sound better then Sundays. I hear the buzz of traffic but only for about an hour in the distance as everyone goes to work . Sundays everyone seems to mow their lawns, blow the leaves from the paths or cut trees down.
  44. 7 points
    TX_Clint

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    103 today
  45. 7 points
    FunDad62

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    128 Come heck or high water I'm going walking today. I miss doing it and I need to get this weight off (again). SO hot but I'm going anyway. Several fires burning along railroad tracks a mile from me from yesterday. Apparently a train had something creating sparks and started fires for miles. One of them is pretty big and right at the bridge to the island. Happy Sunday all.
  46. 7 points
    adiantum

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    6.7 Hello Sunday
  47. 7 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    84 this morning.
  48. 7 points
    Orlando

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    85 mg/dl for me this morning.
  49. 7 points
    Diana_CT

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    On this TGIF my reading was 106.
  50. 7 points
    adiantum

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    6.3 Please realise how much I value and appreciate you. That photo was taken of her when I was in fits of laughter. She'd been watching this de-cluttering process thats been happening . I was about to gather the artwork I'd stored behind her sofa & when I pulled the cushions off the sofa, she jumped on it as if telling me it was hers & it had to stay.
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