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Saturday, May 21st, 2016 11:27 pm
When John Denver says "you fill up my senses like a night in the forest", is that supposed to be a compliment? Because I don't get it.

Forest floors are full of stones and roots, and dead needles if it's a pine forest, and you can't get comfortable. There are mosquitos hanging around, as well as other nasties that want to bite you. It pours with rain, and then the trees carry on dripping on you for hours.

It gets really really dark, with weird rustling noises, which is terrifying if you can't find your way out of the forest. And if you CAN find your way out of the forest, why the hell are you still in the forest?

I'd assume forests are different where John Denver comes from, except I know they're even worse because there are venomous snakes and poison ivy.

So if someone said I filled up their senses like a night in the forest, I'd think they meant I look pretty good from a distance, but when you get up close you'll wish you hadn't. IDK, maybe that's what John Denver meant too.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 02:01 pm
Latest version of the List of People I Have Seen Make Music Live In Person.

It is, of course, long. )

Coming soon: Harry Connick Jr, Weird Al Yankovic, Postmodern Jukebox, Andrew Bird

Related: my list of performed choral works which I've been updating over the years instead of reposting.
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 01:27 pm
Spring is winding down as I finish rehearsals this week. Saturday is our long-waited sci-fi concert with the symphony, with the chorus participating in two of the Star Wars selections. Here's the program, it's pretty awesome, and yes we have a theremin player:

Concert program... )

Meanwhile, the kids will be out of school a week from tomorrow. I've queued up a couple of week-long summer day camps, and scheduled some swim lessons starting in mid-June with a private instructor (who happens to also be the spouse of my nerdy chiropractor). Hopefully that will make up for the lack of summer travel.

I've been notified that Will is going to receive an award at the 5th grade recognition ceremony, but I don't know the nature of the award yet. It might be academic, or it might just be for perfect attendance.

I also found out today that Andrew Bird will be here in town in October. He's pretty high on my list of favorite musicians I haven't seen in concert yet (which I should probably bring up to date, hmm.)
Monday, May 16th, 2016 09:19 pm
The koan thing has always messed with my head. I once had a coworker who converted to Buddhism and got very excited about koans, and for the first few months we had conversations like this:

Me: I can't decide how best to fake up the credit card handling on the staging server. Any thoughts?
Him: Does a man who owns a forest buy his own axe?
Me: I don't know.
Me: ....
Him: ....
Me: Hey, I have a friend who owns some woodland. I could phone him and ask?

It might not have been that particular sentence, I forget now, but I could never make anything of things he said like that. He stopped doing it after a while.

Someone explained the "one hand clapping" one to me once so I get that.