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April 14th, 2004


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01:30 pm - huehuehue
What the hell have I been up to? Let's see if I remember.

I saw my fourth Dream Theater show on March 13th. To be honest, I hadn't been playing much attention to them in the past couple years. I still got new albums and followed what they were up to (the guys in that band I find to be great musicians and interesting people) and such, but I didn't listen to them much. It's just not what I needed to hear lately. I thought seeing them alive would confirm my disinterest, but I realized that I forgot that they always put on a great live show and are incredible to watch. Been listening to them a bit more as of late.

I also got to see Weird Al live this past Saturday. You probably heard some way or another his parents died this past Friday. I was not aware of this going into the show. They screens opened with a message saying, "This performance is dedicated to the memory of Nick and Mary Yankovic." I thought that seemed fishy, because I never heard they died, and the fact that both of them were dead, something bad must have happened. When I got home I looked around online and got the news.

I was in shock and awe that Al continued on with his performances as this went on. Weird Al might as well be my first musical influence (I think my dad got me the Polka Party tape when I was five years old), and it really was a dream come true to finally see him live. I was completely amazed in the next few days after that performance because he still went out there and did his whole the day after he lost his parents. His performance was great, and the band playing for over two hours. My respect for Al is even greater after seeing him do what he does during such a tragedy.

Well, my senior recital is pretty much set. It will occur (whether I'm ready or not) on Sunday, May 2nd, 1PM, at the Performing Arts center at MSU. As of yesterday, I have my "set-list" confirmed, now I have three weeks to learn how to play it! I really have been cutting it close, but stupid classes like Biology and Ethnics have been keeping me a bit too busy (almost failing Ethnics, it seems). I feel my biology grade is good enough to pass now, so I'm not going to try very hard in that class. Here is what I will be playing, most likely on May 2nd:

The Winner- Some snare solo. I figured I'd start with something I could still play despite being very nervous. I haven't played a snare solo and 4 years, and this was the last one I played. I forgot how to play it.

Smadbeck Etude #1- This might be pushing it to do this one early on, but I might as well get it out of the way. I played it last semster for juries. I don't know how to play it very well anymore.

Mayazumi Concerto- This is a 13 minute xylophone "epic." It's really fun to play, and I think it's an awesome piece. It's originally for xylophone and orchestra, but I'll be playing it with a pianist. I feel bad for her, because the piano part is ridiculously hard.

Beck Sonata for Timpani- This is a standard for timpani players. Not too difficult, but very cool sounding.

Prayer- A simple four mallet piece, but it's pretty.

Metric Lips- This is a 4 player percussion ensemble piece arranged from a Bela Fleck tune. It's pretty cool. I play Vibes on it.

Etude for Latin Percussion Instruments- A piece for timbales, bongos, cowbells, and shaker sticks.

Drumset Dedication- This is something I arranged. It's basically just a bunch of drum grooves piled together by drummers that have either influenced me or I felt wrote some memorable drum parts.

Let the Big Dawg Eat- Another percussion ensemble piece. I play drumset.

Super Mario Medley!- This is a 2 marimba (plus concert bass drum and glockenspiel) duet that I arranged for Mike's recital and my recital. It consists of 4 songs from various Super Mario Brothers games.

3 Dances for Snare Drum- 3 short pieces for Snare Drum that I can't play yet.

Musser Etude- Close with a four mallet piece. It's short and nice (if I don't suck)

Yeah, I typed a lot, but that's okay if I don't update for another two months.
Current Music: Beatles- Goodnight

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From:jeffxl
Date:April 15th, 2004 06:35 am (UTC)
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That mario thing is going to rule. I'll be in the back row cheering. Is this event BYOB? Or will it be provided?
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From:caulkrocket
Date:April 15th, 2004 06:59 am (UTC)
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Be careful what you yell or shout, I honestly think it will cause me to screw up.

Hey... You wanna tape this for me? :)
From:jeffxl
Date:April 15th, 2004 07:56 am (UTC)
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That would mean I'd have to be seen by people, wouldn't it? And aren't the taping duties usually left up to a family member? That way, if anything gets botched...that family member can be ridiculed for the rest of their existence? I think this would put a lot of pressure on our friendship. That, and I really just want to chill out and listen to you without having to have to worry about whether or not you're in the frame. Won't the music department video tape it? And more importantly, how can I slam beers AND operate a video camera? I can't.
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From:caulkrocket
Date:April 15th, 2004 02:42 pm (UTC)
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Nah, you can just turn it on, get the whole stage in frame, and let it go. :)
From:tommyhollywood
Date:April 29th, 2004 06:08 am (UTC)

Super Mario

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A Super Mario Brother's medley? Dude, that rocks! I won't be able to enjoy the music in-person, so you should put it online so I can check it out, eh? That would be neat-o. Good luck with the recital, and I look forward to hearing the Mario Bros medley.
From:jeffxl
Date:June 24th, 2004 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Good luck on your senior recital.

Oh wait, that was months ago. JA JA JA JA
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From:caulkrocket
Date:June 25th, 2004 03:08 pm (UTC)
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Yeah.
From:tommyhollywood
Date:September 3rd, 2004 06:34 pm (UTC)
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Hey, you're right! My excuse is that I replied to Sam's LJ message while either drunk or after getting up at 6:00 in the morning after a sleepless night. Let's just forget about the other possibility (that I'm a stupid idiot).

The recital WAS months ago and I STILL haven't received a copy of the Super Mario Bros Medley. Man, Sam's a dick!
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From:caulkrocket
Date:September 4th, 2004 09:44 pm (UTC)
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He sure is.

To be honest, our performance of the Mario Medley at my recital didn't go so well. I mean, there were no train wrecks or anything, but at that point I was on auto-pilot and played some very obvious bad notes at some points. I'm waiting to get copies of the 2 other times we performed it, and hopefully they sound better.
From:tommyhollywood
Date:September 5th, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)
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Well at least he knows he is.

It's understandable that you want to find the best copy of the Mario Medley available. I'm VERY discriminating when it comes to orchestral versions of video game music. Hook me up when you get the copies of the other two performances.

Just so you know though, I plan on thoroughly whooping you at Super Mario Kart next summer for making me wait so long to hear the sweet, sweet melodies of the Mario Medley.
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From:caulkrocket
Date:September 5th, 2004 06:15 pm (UTC)
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Ha, you'll be so rusty from sitting there in China, while I hone my Mario Kart skills. You won't stand a chance. I'll beat you in Mario Kart while using the controller with my ass.
From:tommyhollywood
Date:September 6th, 2004 02:51 pm (UTC)
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You will definitely win if you use the controller with your ass because I'll forfeit the game and get the hell away from you.

I've been looking at lots of Asian porn and other activities lately in order to perfect my hand-eye coordination, so I'm confident that I will be crowned Supreme Kart Grandmaster when we determine who the ultimate kartsmith is early next June. Sorry, Sam, but you's be in big, big trouble if you have the misfortune of playing against me.
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From:caulkrocket
Date:September 6th, 2004 08:51 pm (UTC)
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You bettah bring it.
From:tommyhollywood
Date:September 7th, 2004 03:44 am (UTC)
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Consider it brought.

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