All posts tagged: music

If We Were Having Coffee

Monday, March 4, 2019 If we were having coffee, I would tell you that today I didn’t go to work because school was cancelled. I went to Starbucks to buy myself a cup of coffee and a sausage, egg, and cheddar sandwich. I rarely go to Starbucks.  Before I went out, I brushed off snow from the car. Even though I don’t like cold weather, for a moment I was grateful for the cold, for the snow, and even for winter. Breathing in the cold air brought me to my senses. I felt my aliveness. It helps that it’s a sunny day. Had it not been a sunny day, I’m almost sure I wouldn’t have been so grateful for the cold. Thoughts on Blogging Lately, I’ve been feeling this need to check myself for plagiarism when I post a blog post. I think that I relate so much to other bloggers, especially the ones that are more personal. Has this happened to you? Sometimes I find myself wondering if I’m using their wording when I …

A Weekend Without Music

Saturday, March 2, 2019 I’ve been feeling like writing all day, and now that I’m in front of the screen, I don’t want to write anymore.  This weekend, my goal was to try to better listen to myself. (My most recent lesson on not listening to myself came from a tiredness that wasn’t normal. I’d stop listening to the thoughts that said I don’t want to do this or that.) To better listen to my inner voice, I decided that I wouldn’t listen to music, wouldn’t drink coffee, and would be away from the internet as much as possible. And so far the one goal that I’ve been able to keep the most is not listening to music.  I have been mad about my need for music. I wonder why I desperately need to have music at certain moments. When I was reading a nonfiction book earlier, taking a nap, and driving, I felt this need for music.  Would I say that I have achieved the goal of being able to better listen to myself? …

To Become an Expert One Must First

Friday, March 1, 2019 My morning at school started with music. One of my students wanted me to listen to a song she’d composed on a music website. I let her play it because she’d actually wanted to show me the song a week ago or so. I’d told her I was busy grading and that I’d listen to it another day. Since we had trouble getting my computer’s earphones to work, she gave me permission to play it on the speakers so that the class could hear. Her song reminded me of a time when I played the violin. I loved how playing my part contributed to a whole. I stopped playing the violin 9 or 10 years ago. I often wonder what it would be like to be part of an orchestra again. I wonder if I could play the violin again and well. I fear that I would suck at it, since I never became a pro. She said that a specific section of the song had taken her a while to …