5/14/09 Preparation

So this week has been a “lazy” week.  Quotations are needed because I have actually accomplished things, just not running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off.  School is over for the year as I have logged yet another year of college.  I hope to reflect on that more in a later post.  Anyways lets do this blog thing…

The sports world has been pretty crazy lately with MLB in full swing, NHL and NBA playoffs, and the KY Derby.  Great games and performances everywhere.  My Red Legs are currently sharing a lead for the NL central which is quite delicious.  A lot of game 7’s lately which is exciting.  On the homefront, GMU’s baseball team is still rolling over teams as the catcher has been nominated for NCAA catcher and player of the year.  Can’t wait for Puerto Rico!!!!

Many of you know about the problems I’ve been facing lately and I appreciate everyone’s support.  I have resorted to applying for credits cards as a very temporary solution.  Got a lot to take care of and nothing seems to be lining up the way I’d like it.  Hopefully I emerge from this fire unscathed and stronger.  Time to play some Kanye methinks.

I’m moving out of my apartment and everything has to be into storage before I leave for Indianapolis.  It’s something I do every now and then I guess.  The funny thing is that I have no clue where I’m living when I return to fairfax.  In fact, I don’t even know if I’ll even be enrolled in school.  Too bad money doesn’t grow on trees.

I have a twitter account now so I can provide updates while I’m on tour.  Look me up…. Sir Don VII

Well I’m heading out soon to see Angels & Demons with some friends.  Should be pretty awesome.

Quote/ Scripture Of The Day

Work it harder make it better,
do it faster makes us stronger,
more than ever, never over,
Our work here is never over

-Kanye West

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5/3/09 Backstage Ponderings

Gotta make this one a quickie due to the fact that I’m waiting to go on stage for the orchestra concert.  Playing Carmina Burana in the second half.  The first half has been concerto winners.  Katie Kane(oboe) and Amanda Cook(flute), two of my good friends did quite well.  Congrats to them and Marshal and Vinny on some great conducting.


Life has been crazy, and I know I sound like a broken record, but it really has been that crazy.  Got finals this week.  :/ I hope I’m able to prioritize my time and commitments to make it work.  Starting some more strenuous workouts this week in preparation for move-in (Blue Stars) on the 22nd.  And at the end of the week is a test session for one of my students.  She is only testing one dance, so it should go well.

On a side rant, I really miss the old days.  And I mean that in 3 ways.  The first being the good ol times in Wauseon, second being the later 3 years of high school in Northern Kentucky, and the third being freshman year of college here in Fairfax.  Its been very interesting to see how everyone has grown up and/or changed.  The and/or in that statement is important because there are a few of my friends that have remained mostly unchanged.  I like to think that they found themselves at an earlier age and have been able to just be chill during these years of change.  I feel like I’m somewhere in between. …..

Well, the violinist just finished and the choir is about to invade the backstage area.  ttfn

Quote/ Scripture of the Day

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
Andy Warhol

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5/1/09 Mayday, Mayday

Basso Continuo   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pdNHZ2VydM&feature=related

Well here I am.  Its about 2 am….. this is not how I planned today.  Would have rather been with my buddies, but whatever.  Crap comes up and it’s completely understandable.  Instead I spent the early part of the evening on my own at home playing NcAA March Madness as always.  Probably should’ve started organizing my room, but whatevs.  The later part of the night was spent at Anita’s partying it up with some peeps.  Good times all in all.  Hitting golf balls at 1am is always a blast if you ask me.

This whole time I’ve been trying to distract myself from today.  Most of you have no idea what makes today significant for me, and thats great.  I find myself asking why, why am I trying to hide from this.  It seems silly and immature, but okay at the same time.  I really need to keep my faith with me at all times to help out during these harder days.  The conventional cop-outs just don’t cut it.  I still end up thinking about crap and losing sleep over it just as I would before.

This week hs been quite interesting to sy the least.  And it seems like there is only more of the interesting type to follow.  I have been under a ton of stress lately, and have dalt with most of it in the right way.  The smaller percentage is kind of wearing on me though.  This is getting to be far too long a post and it is far too late.  Gotta teach in the morning too.

tut tut, looks like rain…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pdNHZ2VydM&feature=related

Quote/ Scripture Of The Day

Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a teardrop.


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4/21/09 BUSY

Well I guess I should get caught up on here.  This has been one of the busiest times of my life.  I actually can’t think of another period of time where I’ve been busier.  It has been crazy at school writing papers, taking tests, ensembles, etc.  I feel like I’m really dead.  Pure exhaustion.  15 hours of sleep in 5 days is no bueno.

Quick side note… I just looked at my “purchased” playlist on my itunes and found that I have recently purchased two songs by Sigur Ros, a band from Iceland.  I’m glad I’ve stumbled upon this because they are awesome!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWMDfJEkQDs

So yeah, Im VERY tired.  Had a long day which just ended after playing in the pit for the chorale’s broadway concert.  It was pretty good for sight reading the music during the concert.

The Reds are 6-5….thats above .500, so I’m happy.  Unfortunately my Columbus Bluejackets are down 3 games against Detroit in their first ever playoff appearance.

I’ve been in a moody blues mode of late… Nights in White Satin (full version with the Late Lament)  Golden!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lazdg-eqmQ

Ok, I’m def going to bed now.

Quote/ Scripture Of The Day

Breathe deep the gathering gloom,
Watch lights fade from every room.
Bedsitter people look back and lament,
Another day’s useless energy spent.
Impassioned lovers wrestle as one,
Lonely man cries for love and has none.
New mother picks up and suckles her son,
Senior citizens wish they were young.

The Moody Blues

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4/11/09 Being Irish

So I went to this Irish pub last night.

I know, I haven’t posted in like 10 days.  I has been a busy person.  I’ve been writing music history papers on Luther and the Reformation, practicing, doing some 12 tone studying, and performing in concerts.  I hit the driving range for the first time in a few months and drove my first shot 300 yards straight ahead.  No joke.

I actually turned in my MHS paper on time thanks to 2 all nighters in a row.  The orchestra concert was alright.  As always, it was nice to have my parents come out for it.

So I was at Auld Shebeen last night with a bunch of friends to watch Mike’s DMB tibute band.  Really good times there.  It’s too bad 2 of my friends couldn’t get in.  It was great to see the people who were there.  Met some new friends and hung out with others for the first time.

I woke up at 2 today, whoops!  Oh well.  Gary came over and we shot some hoops (both real and virtual).  Then I went to see Slumdog Millionare with Amanda followed by food time at Denny’s.  Good times.

Time for bed.  Pretty excited about tomorrow.  One of the best days of the year.

Frank’s new hair looks horrible by the way.

Quote/ Scripture Of The Day

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

1 Peter 1:3

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4/1/09 April Fools

Get it?….cause my last post said consistency is key, I have been all but consistent.  Whatevs

My problem is that I’m going through baskeball withdrawl.  My solution is playing NCAA March Madness before I go to bed.

Mason is going to the Puerto Rico Tip Off Tourney next year…ftw.

This have been purty good lately.  Still busy as ever with the school schtuff. I have been helping with the Mason Colorguard, which has been a lot of fun.  They left for Dayton this morning and I wanted to go with them.  Sad Panda Face

..,,,,see guys, I don’t have much to talk about.  I is lame.

Quote/ Scripture Of The Day

It’s too big a world to be in competition with everyone. The only person who I have to be better than is myself.
Colonel Potter from MASH


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3/23/09 Forgot that Consistency is Key

Oh man, where to begin?

So its been a while (cue Staind) … Life has continued on and for whatever reason I haven’t felt like blogging until now.  College basketball has been fun and interesting.  My bracket sux compared to last year.  Actually watching the Davidson vs. St. Marys’s NIT game now.

Classes have been getting tough.  Sight singing and ear training is getting better though.  Hope to pull off a strong B in that class.  Theory is really tough because we are starting the 12 tone row matricies and such.  I’ll be happy with a C+ in there.  And then there’s music history I… gotta listening quiz tomorrow….*gets up and brews pot of coffee to aid studying*… ok, that should help.  Gonna start the MHS paper tomorrow after I finish with rehearsals.  Hoping for a C+ in that class as well.

My playing on the trombone is coming along.  Had a couple of good lessons and practice sessions in the past couple weeks.

The Colony is coming down the home stretch towards approval for phase II.  We visited Shenandoah yesterday, which was a blast.  Mainly because of the post Shenandoah shenanigans. Love those guys.

Work has been going pretty well lately.  Had a test session with two of my students up in Maryland Saturday morning and had some good lessons earlier this evening.  Which brings me to my next topic.  So I had an amazing night teaching my youngins in Woodbridge.  I board the red van and make my way home.  Listened to some great music putting me in an even better mood. THEN, Don decides to put on the one song in the world that will 100% of the time result in tears.  Don’t ask me why I did it because I have no clue.  Its crazy because of the high I went from to the emotional 6 minutes that followed.  Im SO confused.

…and on a similar note, I have decided to give up my searching for special females.  Its just not in the cards right now and i’m crazy busy with school, work, and drum corps.

Its time to get uber active.  Daily running goes into effect on Wed. morning.  Trying to actually skate today made me realize how badly out of shape I am.  Its business time, and I got my business socks on….if only that were true….wah wah…hehe.


Quote/ Scripture Of The Day

When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; nay, God is within, and your genius is within. And what need have they of light to see what you are doing?


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