Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What I'm Into (February 2013)

     I'm linking up to HopefulLeigh's What I'm Into today (via Modern Mrs. Darcy). I'm excited that Friday is March 1st and February will be over, because that means I'll soon be hearing back from schools. It also means that I'm not dreaming, and I really am done with all of my auditions. You can imagine my relief to be done, especially since it feels like I've been preparing for two or three years for this past month.

     Here's what I've been up to in February:


    I started keeping a reading journal this month, which means I'll actually be able to look back and see what I read! My favorite reads this month were:
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard. I finally finished this book, and it is one of my new favorites. I kept having to remind myself that I didn't have to copy down all the parts that I loved, because I own the book. I'm so used to borrowing library books that when I finally get my own, it's a treat to be able to underline! For a better idea of the content, see this post.
  • Unseduced and Unshaken by Rosalie de Rosset. Though I am not usually a fan of Christian non-fiction aimed at women, this book was terrific. I found a recommendation in World magazine and reserved it at the library. I'm so glad I did! I can't stop talking about this book; everyone I talk to has probably heard about it at this point, and I need to order it so I can re-read it and write in it. Rosset challenges young women to live lives of intentionality and dignity, using classic examples such as Jane Eyre throughout the book.
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson. This book made me laugh out loud too many times to count, it is witty, whimsical and charming. Anne over at Modern Mrs. Darcy called this "the book I can't stop recommending", and ever since I found out Emily of New Moon is one of her favorite books, I've trusted her book recommendations!
I'm in the middle of The Kodály Context and Gilead, and I'm hoping to finish Out of the Saltshaker soon.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

IV. Obedience in the Ordinary

    I am excited to be continuing my obedience series today with a passage from Luke. But before I begin, here are a few things to look forward to in the next few weeks:
  • a new poem on Friday!
  • What I'm learning about the Kodály method and how it's changing my understanding of music pedagogy
  • Pop culture vs. Traditional/Folk Culture and
  • How an understanding of the differences confirms my growing discomfort with the worship style of the evangelical church.

     Obedience in the Ordinary

     "The word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness." (Luke 3:3)

     This ordinary verse speaks of much that is extraordinary. Quite plain in its language, the verse simply tells us that the word of God was spoken to John while he was in the wilderness. And yet we know this: that John was already in the wilderness, he was waiting for the word of God. His whole lifeeven his birth!was a preparation for this moment of receiving the word and acting in obedience. God had chosen him from before birth with the task of proclaiming the coming of the Christ, and it is here the proclaiming begins. Yet what strikes me is that John was exactly where he needed to be in the moment that God gave the word. There were many obediences before the one recordedthat of proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. He was obedient up to that moment, we know, because he was in the wilderness, and he heard. And he obeyed the call upon his life.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Music Alphabet worksheets

    I have a young student who has had some trouble with note-reading. Joy at Color in My Piano suggested some steps for helping review some fundamentals and solidify concepts. If you are interested, you can read the post here.
     The first thing I wanted to do was make sure my student was comfortable with stepping up and down the musical alphabet, so I created some worksheets to help her.


Monday, February 18, 2013

a tour of Boston and a glimpse of Massachusetts

    The past month has been crammed full of auditions, which means I have been flying from  state to state. Since January 31st I've been in South Carolina, California (with a layover in Arizona), and Massachusetts, and this weekend I'll be flying to Minnesota. It's been a whirlwind, and I've slept in my own bed only seven of the past nineteen nights. Until I am settled back in at home and back in my routine, here are some pictures from our quick walk on the Freedom Trail in Boston and our stay in Beverly, MA.

The Massachusetts State House, Originally completed on January 11th, 1798

Park Street Church and the sign for the Boston Common

Monday, February 11, 2013

Annie Dillard

     Thanks to travelling a lot, I've had a ton of time to read lately. I am currently in the midst of Annie Dillard's A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and I feel as though she's waking me up. She sees the world in a unique way and she helps me to look at things with new perspective. Eventually I'll type up an essay I wrote a bit ago and put it up, but in the meantime, here are some excerpts from Pilgrim, which is quickly becoming a new favorite book. (Thank you Allison!) This month has been chock full of auditions, so once I'm done I'll post a little more substance.

  'I used to have a cat, an old fighting tom, who would jump through the open window by my bed in the middle of the night and land on my chest. I'd half-awaken. He'd stick his skull under my nose and purr, stinking of urine and blood. Some nights he kneaded my bare chest with his front paws, powerfully, arching his back, as if sharpening his claws, or pummeling a mother for milk. And some mornings I'd wake in daylight to find my body covered with paw prints in blood; I looked as though I'd been painted with roses.


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