Wednesday, December 10, 2008


I'm having a mild freak-out right now. It doesn't involve Christmas knitting, such as that is (or isn't), I'm freaking out because I have another choir concert on Friday and I feel nowhere near ready, either vocally or musically. We're singing Vivaldi and Bach (the latter one singer per part!), and I'm a bit worried that I'm going to miscount, or accidentally transpose up instead of down (A415 + perfect pitch + accidentals + fast = all kinds of exciting), or sing the wrong text, or sing too quietly, or sing sharp, or squeak on my breaks or high notes or low notes, or look weird, or just get really tense (which of course worrying will solve!). Plus the acoustics still feel weird in that place. Fortunately we have one more rehearsal, and I have one more voice lesson, before it all hits the fan.

In more cheerful news, I finally took some photos of the hourglass sweater in progress.

Melon wandered over and decided the sweater would be the perfect place to do some light grooming.

He may roll in the litter box to relax, but at least he knows his yarn. Oh wait, maybe I should train him to appreciate something hideous instead.


Georgiana said...

Ah, perfect pitch... I swear it's more of a curse than a blessing. Especially when an organist or director spontaneously/accidentally transposes something at the last minute!

For what it's worth, I've found singing Gregorian chant really helpful in breaking away from dependence on fixed pitch. Doesn't mean my brain doesn't threaten to explode at the threat of transposition, but at least I can sort of read music like other people now....

Lindsey412 said...

Jesus...well I hope the concerts go well. I'm sure you'll be fine. But I don't envy your singing Bach with one on a part. My voice teacher told me yesterday that he sang the B minor mass with one on a part and it destroyed bach for him ;)

knitseashore said...

I can't write intelligently on music so I wish you luck with your concert. Hopefully once you get there and the music starts, you'll forget about the audience and just do what you need to do by instinct, without thinking about it too much.

Melon has acclimated quite quickly to the good yarn, hasn't he?