Sort of, at least…
I would like to announce a rather major website overhaul that just went up! It's a lot better than the stale (and crappy looking) old design I've had up there for the past two years or so. Check it.
Also, things are ramping up here at Fuller for Spring Arts Festival next week. Tracy is involved in a Dance/Poetry night (as in choreographed modern dance, not booty shakin'), both as an organizer and as a presenter. She's reading A Prayer for Restoration, which she wrote for me to set to music, which I've begun and not finished… it's a beautiful text, and I would post it here but then she would kill me. So you'll have to fly out to Pasadena by Wednesday night to hear it.
As for my own involvement, I organized and have been quasi-directing a performance of Terry Riley's minimalist masterpiece In C, in which I am playing electric guitar. This is notable for me, as it is the first time I've made use of the guitar in an other-than-rock capacity. You may know that, while in Michigan at least, I stayed active playing with the band, but this is a completely different animal, and I'm psyched.
Of course, just because Arts Fest and web design are happening doesn't mean lots of school stuff isn't. I'm just kind of ignoring that, instead. Which is a bad thing. We have two papers due early next week, which we both have yet to start. It's gonna be one of those weekends. (Not the fun kind)
Totally random other piece of info: a few weeks ago we bought an exercise bike as our tax return present to ourselves, and I'm proud to say that we've both actually kept up using it! I can't tell you how many times I've thought I was going to really dig in and start exercising, only to slack off after a few days. This is going on 3 weeks, now!
I really need to go to bed. First I will mention that I've also recently re-re-re-discovered some old favorite music that I seem to routinely forget that I love. Mahler's 5th symphony, Sibelius 2, Shostakovich 5 and 10 (and his String Quartets), Brahms 1 (and 1st Piano concerto)… and a whole lot of Mozart. I have a box set of the complete Piano Concerti (Barenboim – ecstasy) which I've finally finished iPod-ing. We went on Good Friday to a church service/concert of the Requiem, which is much more stunning live than on recording, especially given the context of the presentation. I don't think I ever realized the real power of the Requiem Mass texts until that night. It was followed by the Dona Nobis Pacem from Bach's B-minor Mass, which made for a wonderful end to a wonderful service. But I'll tell you, it got Mozart on my brain, and that lit up all the other stuff. Oh yeah, I do like "old tonal music!"