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a picture *IS* worth a thousand words. summer, i will miss thee.
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Hi! I just posted a new entry entitled ” fact.” Weirdly, it got attached to the comments I received a month ago when I was ranting about target.com. So the entry is new..today...but the 8 contents belong elsewhere., interesting what happens when updating from ” smart” phone!
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today: called target. hold= 20 minutes.

transfer to order verifier. cancelled order. told me he would send me to a phone rep so this could happen "real time." back on hold = 25 minutes.

back to "guest services" who processed order- except she had $100 less on my gift card. said her "system was down" and she couldn't confirm HOW MUCH WAS GOING ON MY CREDIT CARD. i wasn't happy w/that. she put me on hold. DID NOT COME BACK. time= 25 minutes.

hung up.

went to target.com website. ordered camera. thank Ford, they did have my $423 gift card as intact. applied it. put the remaining cost, $6.83, on a credit card. theoretically, order went through.

we'll see.

this has been a huge disaster all around.


Sep. 11th, 2011 02:14 pm
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it was just a regular wednesday for me...my sister called me up sobbing and told me to turn on the tv. i just sat there, numb. i went to the studio to teach and nobody was speaking...it just seemed too huge to comprehend. the previous spring, my ex and i had stayed at the millennium hotel in the financial district- one of the buildings that had been destroyed when then towers fell. the space in the skyline where those towers should be will be felt in the heart and soul forever.
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to quote inigo montoya: "you keep saying this word. i don't know the meaning of this word."
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coeur de lis77, originally uploaded by spiralflmz.

The other day I was thinking about photography, and what makes someone a "good" or "talented" photographer. I was thinking that in many ways, you just have to SHOW UP..beauty and interest are already all over. Point. Shoot. Enhance with the computer, since darkrooms are no longer necessary. Pinch. Tweak. Get a good camera, if you can afford one. World changing events have been captured on cell phones.

The flower's already there. I just record it at a certain moment in time. There's no "me" included. I'm just the historian.


So now why not the same simplicity in music. Beethoven's there, perfect, already. I just have to observe, and bring my skill as an observer into my mind's "dark room" to make the silent notes speak.

My "issues" shouldn't make a damn bit of difference, any more than my "issues" influence your enjoying the lily pictures I've been posting.

Lily is perfect. Beethoven too. I don't take a lily photo, copy it, color it, cut and paste it by hand and glue it to a board so it can be really, REALLY strong.

Watch. Be there. Don't screw w things. It's already perfect.



Aug. 3rd, 2011 02:24 am
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I'm thinking this might be the year I begin to accept the fact that I am meant to be solitary. Dunno how I feel about that.

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take it here: http://psychcentral.com/personality-patterns/

my answers )
really not anything new, but always good to know i'm not totally wack...
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here's what i made:

heart of the forest2, originally uploaded by spiralflmz.

from this reflection:

sometimes words are not needed.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] brahmsop117 at 6/26/11 recital: andre' watts


andre' watts gave a sold-out recital on sunday in winona, minnesota, as part of their summer beethoven festival.

(what? winona? beethoven fest? mmhmm. also appearing in solo recital- thomas hampson and the 83-year old LEON FLEISHER. why the twin cities cannot attract these artists, but they come to a small town in minnesota which calls itself "the stained-glass capitol of the world"? goddess only knows.

here's what he played:

scarlatti- 2 sonatas
beethoven- rondo in C, op 51
mozart- rondo in a minor, k.511
beethoven- sonata op 10.3 in D
liszt: etude "un sospiro"
bagatelle without tonality
nuages gris
lugubre gondola
etudes after paganini #5 and $6

this was a beautifully-wrought, thoughtfully programmed, respectfully prepared concert. watts is somewhat of an "elder statesman" now, honed and burnished, sound mature and multi-faceted.

what struck me as different from many of the newer pianists? he was WORKING. the beethoven presto sounded HARD. he missed a few minor notes. the liszt-pag etudes were physically strenuous. he took a few well-placed risks. the late liszt was downright spooky- one really got into the mind of the late 18th-century pianist/composer who was hinting at scriabin and even early shoenberg.

newer pianists can play perfectly, razor sharp, effortless presto, and toss it off like a child's game. unfortunately, intellectually, that's what it is, when speed and cleanliness are virtues unto themselves and, ultimately, the highest aspiration.

it was wonderful hearing (just mis-typed the word as "healing" and maybe it was.) this master pianist at the height of his musical power.


old meme

Jun. 12th, 2011 02:22 am
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Which movie was this quote from?

Get your own quotes:


Jun. 9th, 2011 11:18 pm
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So, spiralflames, your LiveJournal reveals…

You are… 8% unique (blame, for example, your interest in wally & the beav), 27% peculiar, 40% interesting, 17% normal and 7% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy writing). When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are wary of trusting strangers. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is absurdly obscure.

Your overall weirdness is: 61

(The average level of weirdness is: 28.
You are weirder than 91% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!

moi? "absurdly obscure"? muahahahahahahaha...ummm yezz.
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harmony's asked me to provide a list of favorite tunes as possible wonderful things to listen to in the classical music world. mine's admittedly piano-centric, so i thought i'd make this public- feel free to chime in with additions?

1)chopin: piano concerto #1 or #2

2)brahms: piano concerto #2

3)Chopin: etudes and/or ballades

4)beethoven: piano concerto 1,3,4 or 5

5)barber: adagio for strings

6)gershwin: rhapsody in blue

7)beethoven: piano sonatas, "moonlight", "waldstein" or "appassionata"

8)js bach: brandenburg concerti

9)rachmaninoff: piano concerto #2 or #3

10)saint-saens: carnival of the animals

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2 you-tubes of jake at my students' recital tonite. kiddo's 14..been with me since he was "five and three-fourths." this is the year when he came into his own...


life is good.
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Astounding how the greatest pain can occasionally bring about the greatest art.

Sometimes i'd rather the art be average.

Actually? On 2nd thought? I'll take the art.

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A. Nonny Moose sent me a "virtual gift"...that of a Tinfoil Helmet.

why thanks!!

it will keep me safe from alien abductions, and that's always a danger.
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I think I am a bit broken. Working a bit too hard trying to keep too many people happy. Was sick again last week, yet another kidlet totally in the middle of an annoying cold when I show up for lessons. So damn inconsiderate.

Starting to do some good piano work- beethoven waldstein, hindemith trumpet sonata, the wagner wesendonck lieder. Yum!

And there's a vague possibility it might be spring.

So how's by you?

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Ocean. Windows. Piano. Man home on the week-end. Finis.


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