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Thursday, March 25th, 2010
11:58 am
Dear Heart,

Thank you for making me feel so awesome. It's making my week incredible!

Love,
Chris
Friday, February 19th, 2010
1:11 am
Paul,

Mentor, teacher, director, instructor, friend.

I am where I am because of you. I'm striving to become what you saw in me. I pledge to carry on your legacy, your constant motivation and positive energy. I will continue to teach what I know, and hopefully to master your art of teaching even what you don't know.

In every song, every phrase, every chord and note I sing, I know you will be with me. I will know by the overtones that you're singing with me, every step of the way.

You made the world a better place, and touched more lives than one can possibly count. Your passion for life and learning is what made you strong. I am eternally grateful to have met you and worked with you.

I am honoured to have called you my friend.

Take care, friend.

Love,
Chris
Sunday, November 29th, 2009
3:26 pm
I suppose there's a bright side to be achieved in a new day. I had a quartet practice yesterday, for my Christmas quartet. It was awesome! Just singing for hours, we nailed the song we've got to learn, and sang tons of tags. It really brightened up my day - and my whole week!

I hope this quartet has some staying power... or that we can find a college-age bass who could rock a collegiate quartet for Spring!
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
12:27 am
Hello world hear the song I'm singing, come on get happy!
Come on, come on, come on...

Too bad I can't actually mean that! The chorus is struggling, unfortunately, and it's not a case of membership. We have numbers. It's just that we don't have enough guys willing to actually learn the bloody music. It's not that hard. Not that hard at all! Just some notes and words. Not so demanding. Yet there's always some reason to not have them learned.

I have fun learning music. I have so much fun doing so that I learn songs I don't even sing! That's okay, since I get to sing them with the learning track. Yet others don't want to learn the songs we're learning for the chorus. It's not cause they don't like the songs... I love them. Well, I should, I picked them. And they're choosing not to learn the music. I don't know why.

Oh, I think I know, it's cause they don't want me to get accepted into a Masters' program for choral conducting. They're plotting against me to make sure my chorus sucks, so that the people watching the audition tape are going "Well, his group sounds horrible, like they have no idea what notes they're singing. I don't think he's fit for our program."

IT FRUSTRATES ME TO NO END. Singing is
1) Fun
2) Rewarding
3) NOT stressful

...so why is it UNfun, NOT rewarding, and EXTREMELY stressful? It shouldn't have to be!

Oh, if only I had a bass section willing to learn their notes. Seriously- they're the easiest notes in a barbershop arrangement! But that's stretching their lives too thin. If that's the case, why are they even feigning commitment by being a member of the chorus? Might as well be a member of a caterwailing club.
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
11:56 am
http://socialnomics.net/2009/08/11/statistics-show-social-media-is-bigger-than-you-think/

Am I causing a paradox by posting this?!?!? O_O

In other news, good luck Stacy! Have a great time at World Skills. =D
Monday, March 30th, 2009
9:22 pm
On school
Well, the end of fourth year is very close at hand indeed. I've got one more lecture Thursday for 3rd-year Jazz, where there are a few presentations left to go and then the "party" where we perform everyone's pieces. I have another meeting with Dr. Piper for counterpoint Wednesday, and then I'll have to do my final edits of my fugues to get them in for the 7th. My last (!!!) piano lesson is tomorrow. The 80th lesson I've taken for school. (10/semester really adds up, doesn't it?) and then I'm playing my Jury on Saturday... then I'll be DONE PERFORMANCE! It's been forever since I started, and I wanted to quit pretty much from the beginning, but I held on since I'm learning so much about music. My teacher is honestly the best.

I start summer school Thursday, before this semester is even out. I have my first meeting with Dr. Wright for my composition portfolio! I'm SO excited to be undertaking this project. For one, it's double-weighted. For two, it's an Honours project. For three, it's composition. And to top it all off, I get to work with Dr. Wright again! He's my hero, and I miss taking theory classes from him.

I have an exam scheduled for the 18th- when I'll be in Collingwood, competing with the Northern Stars Chorus (http://www.harmonize.com/northernstars) at the Ontario District convention. So i'll have to get that deferred. Hopefully it will just be a few days away, and not 2 months away like the last time I had an exam deferred...

Then next semester I'll be taking another post-tonal theory class. I don't know if I'll take any other classes- I might, if they sound interesting enough. THEN I'LL GRADUATE IN DECEMBER. (assuming I pass everything. =D)

After that... ehhh.... I'll take some time off of school. And see if I can get into a Master's program. I'm thinking one of the following:
1) St. Charles, Missouri: Masters in Music Education. This would mean I'd have to take teacher's college beforehand... but I'd work with Dr. Jim Henry.
2) London, Ontario: Masters in Choral Conducting. Highly useful for my barbershop training!
3) Wellington, New Zealand: Masters in Composition. I'd be able to get out of town, province, country, AND continent. Bonus: I'll have my portfolio done in time to apply!

I'm learning about a new move in Tetris, the "T-Spin" http://tetrisconcept.com/wiki/index.php/T-spin . I've been using only Tetrises as my playstyle for so long, I wanted to learn something fancy. THIS SHIT IS HARD. But I'm getting used to the patterns. Not sure how to clean up the garbage lines it leaves behind, though...

Now, back to practicing. Jury in ... 5 days. =S
Saturday, February 28th, 2009
1:06 pm
Sunday, December 28th, 2008
12:51 pm
On Trouble, which starts with T which rhymes with P.
...which stands for Pool.

Just think about it for a second. Pool. You'd figure it'd be an enclosure filled with water to be used for swimming. Or simply, a large amount of water amassed in one point. But wait, there's the game! The one with the green felt, 6 holes, and the balls that you sink into the holes. What meaning of "pool" made the developers of this game to call it that? Maybe it's cause the balls sink. Who knows.

But thinking of more descriptive names for the game. Like Basketball- a game involving a basket and a ball- there should be a more appropriate name for this game. So I began thinking about it. What is involved in pool?
-sticks
-balls
-holes.

And that's it. So we can give it a name like "Sticks and Balls". It makes sense, you use your stick to hit balls into other balls to make them go places. I don't see how this could be taken any other way. Oh, wait. People are perverts and I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE THINKING. So let's think of a new name.

How about "Sticks, Balls, and Holes"? ...Okay, I get it. Next!

"Holes and Poles"? Still not good. It needs to be a descriptive name about the game that can't be confused with something else. (Why are you still thinking about things like that? Shame on you. Shame! ...shame.)

"Cup the Balls!" sounds good, if you rename the pockets as cups, which they pretty much are. OH COME ON, PEOPLE. Fine, I'll try something else.

Okay, if we REALLY want to get descriptive about it, where you can't possibly mistake the title, why not "The Game Where Everyone Takes Turns Bending Over"? Oh I see. Your thoughts betray you again, do they?

Fine. "BALLS!". It's probably what I'll be shouting when I play it anyway, since I'm not very good at the game.
Thursday, December 25th, 2008
8:13 am
Merry festivities!
Thursday, December 11th, 2008
6:09 pm
Well, I am Canadian...
What American accent do you have?
Your Result: North Central
 

"North Central" is what professional linguists call the Minnesota accent. If you saw "Fargo" you probably didn't think the characters sounded very out of the ordinary. Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot.

The West
 
The Midland
 
Boston
 
The Inland North
 
The South
 
Philadelphia
 
The Northeast
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz
Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
11:07 am
Yet again, OMG Transpo is trying to screw us over by striking.

What's the difference between an onion and a union?
Nobody cries when you cut up a union.
Monday, December 8th, 2008
7:49 am
It was so cold yesterday I got cuts on my hands. At least I couldn't feel them!
Saturday, November 29th, 2008
11:27 pm
"But I can't play a tritone! That's devil's music!"
"Don't try. DO! There is no tritone, only dotones."

Current Mood: amused
Monday, September 1st, 2008
8:38 am
I still don't know what I want to do with my life. Funny, that.
Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
1:46 pm
Coffee makes me fidgety. I can't stop moving.

*zoom!*
Monday, August 18th, 2008
8:32 am
http://www.ontariodistrict.com/ccc/posterfinal-8_5x11-ad.jpg

The Capital City Chorus (Canadian representatives at the Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention 2008) is having their show September 19 + 20 at Centrepointe Theatre.

Tickets:
online: www.centrepointetheatre.com
by phone: 613-723-SING
by e-mail: tickets@capitalcitychorus.org
Friday, August 8th, 2008
11:54 am
Happy 08-08-08!
Friday, July 25th, 2008
4:02 pm
Warhammer is expensive.
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
11:20 pm
I have Wii Fit.

I am now sore from 30 minutes of use.





I think I need to use this more and get fit!
7:48 am
Things I've noticed about the summer:
-It is hot outside!
-It is hot INSIDE!
-It is very, very, VERY cold at work. A/C is set to make the place like winter.
-I like video games.


...okay, so that last one is applicable to All Seasons of the Year, but it still rings true today.
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