Studyin’.

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I apologize for the lack of post last night, and I’m sorry that I don’t have a decent post tonight either; I have my first music history test of the semester in the morning, so I’ve been studying for that. I’ll have a decent-sized post for you tomorrow, I hope!

Goodnight!

Chad

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Red velvet-y goodness.

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Confession: I missed my first class of the semester this morning. I woke up for my 8am COMS class AT 8am. Honestly, I could have gotten to class and still been there most of the time, but I figured that, since we took a test last time we met, it wouldn’t be a big deal missing this one (don’t worry, I won’t make a habit of it, I promise). I ended up dozing for a while longer before getting out of bed for my aural skills midterm at 9:30. I got up to the music building by ten after 10, which was good because my midterm was scheduled at 10:15. Like I said, it was only sightsinging, which I’ve been doing consistently since 7th grade, so it went swimmingly. Admittedly, the one she had me sightsing was fairly difficult, but the two-minute practice time proved useful; I ran the difficult part several times in a row to make sure I had it in my ear before the actual graded performance. It’s funny, actually: in middle/high school, we were only given 30 seconds to practice a sightreading piece at region auditions before having to perform it, so having a full two minutes to practice now that I’m in college is laughable. I also had two minutes to perform the line of music as many times as I cared to, which sorta had me worried…after I performed it the first time and was pretty confident with it, my teacher said something along the lines of “you have two minutes…do you want to try it again to make it better?” I was thinking that I had nailed it, but she had me doubting myself, so I sang it through twice more for good measure. I already saw my grade: a 94, which I’m not upset with, but I’d like to know what I got counted off for, considering the fact that I thought it was at least 97 or 98 material…oh well.

Strings was next; we’re playing more and more with the bow, which is cool, but we’ve still only played Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and a couple other easy songs…understandable, since we’re all still beginners. The weirdest part of my string class was this (STORY TIME!): right after we had finished singing/pantomiming a new easy piece on our violins, the teacher paused and asked, “Chad, what’s your birthday?” Naturally confused, I answered him and he said, “I just had a feeling. We’re only 3 days apart.” What the heck, man?! Very strange. I like the teacher a lot, though.

Outside rehearsal for Goin’ Band was easily the hottest it’s been in a while; we didn’t really do anything too stressful, but I had sweat nearly pouring down my face. It was AWFUL. All we did during rehearsal was run through the classical show, record us playing it (and another short piece), and then practice the first two movements of the Journey show. Music tech was immediately after, where I learned that I got a 94 on my first project (creating a website); apparently, the teacher ONLY gives up to 95s, no 100s, so I only missed one point. Yay Chad!

Once we had finished up in that class, I went to the honors college building to use the computer lab available exclusively to us, with the intent of printing something for horn studio only an hour and a half away. It was 20 pages, so I wanted to avoid using the computer in our room at all costs. Unfortunately, there was no paper in the printer there, so that was a letdown, but there’s a computer lab over in Sneed as well…which has no printers. Go figure. So, ultimately, I ended up printing from our printer anyway, but the printer had trouble halfway through, so I only got 13 of the 21 pages, which ended up not being a big deal since we didn’t get that far in the packet during studio anyway.

I returned to the room when studio had finished, playing inFAMOUS again (I didn’t have any homework to do!) before getting dressed in my Goin’ Band marching stuff and driving out to Lowrey Field, where Lubbock ISD was having a marching band “extravaganza” thing going on that we marched at. One of the bands there was playing a medley of songs that consisted of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” transitioning into Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”…I didn’t understand the relation between the two songs and the need to put them back-to-back like that, but I’m not going to bother thinking too hard about it.

After leaving the field, I called up Andrew, who had just gotten off work, and asked if he’d like to go eat dinner at Chili’s since we hadn’t been yet this semester. Megan, who worked the same shift as him, joined us, so the three of us enjoyed dinner in each others’ company at Chili’s. It had been WAY too long since I last had their queso! We had coupons that gave us a free appetizer or a free dessert; we almost used it to get our queso for free, but, when debating over whether or not to get dessert, our waiter mentioned “red velvet cake”…we were sold instantly, and, golly, it was good! Red velvet cake is delicious.

I dropped the two of them back off to get their bikes while I took my car to the garage so that I could ride my own bike back to the room, where I played more inFAMOUS, mostly, before just sitting in front of the computer.

Going back to our Journey show, I must admit something: when I heard that Journey was still around and touring, albeit without Steve Perry, I was skeptical…how could a band that became so famous for their lead singer’s voice continue without said lead singer? Well, after listening to recordings with the new guy, Arnel Pineda, heading the group, I must say…WOW. This guy is GOOD. You need proof? Listen to this:

I’m a believer.

Anyway, it’s time for bed; this is my first 1000-word post in quite a while! Maybe I’ll get back into the habit, and, who knows, maybe I’ll start using pictures again! Only time will tell.

Tomorrow is Nap Day! And a new episode of Criminal Minds! I love Wednesdays.

Goodnight, everyone!

Chad

Nostalgiarific.

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Today was a pretty standard, non-extravagant day. This’ll be relatively short, I think.

I arrived at the music building early enough before my first class to get a brief warmup/practice session on my horn. In music theory, we got an assignment back…the last few graded assignments have been good grades for me, and this one continued the trend, so I’m thankful. Piano was standard, as was music history. In Goin’ Band, we got our music for the first two movements of the Journey show that we’ll be marching at the A&M game: Separate Ways and Any Way You Want It. We haven’t gotten our third movement yet, but I believe it’s a medley starting with Don’t Stop Believin’ – this show’s gonna be a blast!

After GB, I had my horn lesson and then symphonic band, going back to the room after I had finished. I submitted an online assignment for my music history class before pulling out a PS3 game that I’ve owned for a while but never actually touched, called TimeShift. The best way I can describe it is as a cross between Call of Duty and Prince of Persia; you play a character who wears a suit with the ability to pause, slow, and rewind time (briefly, of course). It’s quite interesting; you can’t pass certain areas without figuring out which manipulation of time will best help you, so it takes a fair bit of thinking. I later switched to inFAMOUS, which I’ve been slowly working my way through again as a bad guy this time (I already beat it once as a good guy). I finished it, and Andrew was there to catch the ending…it sort of blew his mind. inFAMOUS is on my list of top 5 video games, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the sequel – video games that play like interactive films, complete with character development, cinematic cut-scenes, and top-notch dialogue/voice-acting/music, are the best.

In between the two video games and after finishing inFAMOUS, I started messing around with the NEW new Facebook…no, the change from last week isn’t the only thing different. Aaron sent me a message on FB with a link to an article explaining this new update and how cool it was (and also how much people are going to hate it when it first comes out); whereas last week’s update affected your home page, this one affects the profile pages. Aaron and I both figured out how to get this new feature, called “Facebook Timeline”, and we both LOVE it. Simply put, the Facebook Timeline maps out your entire life on your profile, literally starting with your birth. You can see every post made on your FB ever, every friend you’ve made, every picture you’ve uploaded or been tagged in, etc…it’s quite an update. I spent the vast majority of my night reading through all of my FB posts since I first joined in January of 2008, and it’s been one huge nostalgia-fest. I’ve remembered relationships that have since faded, I’ve laughed at memories with Andrew and Seth and other best friends, and I’ve just loved being able to reflect on how I’ve grown and matured since first joining nearly four years ago. It’ll take some getting used to, but I think that everyone will learn to love it. You’ll see.

Anyway, tomorrow I have my first midterm, a sightsinging quiz for aural skills. Stuff I’ve been doing for 7-8 years now, so no worries. Everything else should be pretty relaxed. Goin’ Band is actually giving a sort of exhibition performance for a local high school tomorrow night, so I’ll have that going on.

Speaking of band, my first official Court Jester performance/thing will be this Saturday at a volleyball game; there was a sign-up sheet available outside of the band director’s office and I signed up for all four available volleyball games. In CJs, there’s a point system in effect: you get certain amounts of points for participating in events, and, at the end of the official season, the people with the highest point totals get to travel for the playoffs and such. Lots of fun!

Welp, that’s all for now. It’s time for bed. Goodnight!

Chad

Eugene!

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Hahahahaha (title is an inside joke).

As I mentioned last night, I decided to sleep in this morning instead of going to church; I already explained my reasons, so I’m not going to waste your time here. I woke up at 11-something but didn’t get out of bed until 12-something, though I only half-slept between waking and getting up. When I got out of bed, I still remembered the dreams I had pretty vividly, so I decided that, instead of forgetting them like most other dreams I have, I would write them down, so I typed them out in a Word document on my computer. It’d be awesome if I could make a habit of this; they say that the real key to unlocking lucid dreaming is to be able to remember your dreams. If you don’t know what lucid dreaming is, it’s realizing that you’re dreaming and then having total control over what you dream and what you do IN that dream, i.e. the coolest thing ever! Imagine being able to live out impossible fantasies or playing out real-life situations while you sleep! I’ve never properly experienced it…there have been a few times in my life when I was conscious of myself dreaming but didn’t fully take hold of the possibilities.

Anyway, when I had finished typing out my dreams, I got dressed and took my dirty laundry (including my bedsheets and comforter) and put them all in the washer, returning to the room. When it came time to switch everything from washer to dryer, I did so and then drove to Cici’s to pick up a pizza for a late lunch/early dinner, and what a beautiful pizza it was! Beef, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, and black olives, all for less than $9! Though Cici’s may not be pizza of the highest quality, I like it a lot and that’s a heck of a deal for a large 4-topping pizza. I brought it back to the room and ate a little more than half of it (Andrew would eat the last few slices when he got back to the room) before heading up to the School of Music for the first Court Jesters meeting!

I’m really excited for CJs now that we’ve had our first meeting; no, we’re not getting paid, or, if we are, he didn’t mention it tonight, but it’s going to be a blast! The songs we play are a lot more standard than the typical marching band stand tunes, which will be a relief, and it’s cool that we will be doing this all the way up through February, maybe even some in March! That’s a long time for me to be playing on my marching horn, but I won’t mind a bit. I’m looking forward to it!

I returned to Sneed after the short meeting and took all of my clothes out of the dryers and back to my room, just hanging out. I eventually got started on my homework, which consisted of a lot of reading for online music history quizzes and music theory. I watched the season premiere of Family Guy on Fox at 8, but other than that the TV stayed off; yes, that means I didn’t watch any Star Trek today…maybe tomorrow?

Now, it’s time for a quick shower because it’s already late, and then I’ll be off to sleep under my freshly cleaned bedsheets! I’m looking forward to it quite a bit.

Ta-ta for now! Goodnight!

Chad

P.S. – I also ran across my old Xanga sites tonight…bleh. Be thankful that I type like an educated person now because I didn’t at that point in my life.

Time and Therapy

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What a day! What a game! Wreck ’em Tech!

So, about that whole “not setting an alarm” thing…I first woke up at 11:45 or something like that, decided I would like just a bit more sleep, and then woke up at 2:40…band rehearsal was at 3:50. Now that my entire pre-game free time was gone (wasted on a good cause), I walked across the street to Subway for lunch and then got my band stuff ready to go for rehearsal/the game. All of that mess ran normally, and the game was loads of fun; it shouldn’t have been as close a game as it was (we should have creamed Nevada), but it definitely made the game more intense and exciting. All of us in the band were biting our fingernails; we went from wearing our hats normally, to wearing them backward, to turning them inside out (“rally cap”), holding our instruments on our heads (“rally unicorn”, or “rally-corn”), and then finally wearing our “rally caps” backward. The football team can’t say that the band doesn’t support them because we were channeling everything we could to help them win! And it (apparently) worked! Ha.

After we had marched back to the music building and put our uniforms and horns away, I rode my bike to the parking garage and picked up dinner at McDonald’s. I got the double quarter-pounder, but there was something on the menu that definitely caught my attention: a caramel apple sundae/parfait. I didn’t get it, but, boy, I wish I had! It sounded super tasty. Maybe I’ll go back and get one sometime soon.

Back at the room, I ate my meal and started watching Star Trek: The Original Series. The only Star Trek I had seen in my life up to tonight was the 2009 film, directed by J. J. Abrams, which I really enjoyed, so I figured that it was finally time to give the OS a try. I first watched the original pilot, “The Cage” (which, after searching online, I shouldn’t have done, but oh well), and I really enjoyed it; I started to watch the first episode of season one, “The Man Hunt”, but decided it was getting too late (each episode is an hour long).

Tomorrow, I think I’m going to sleep in once more; I don’t like the thought of missing church, but the church I had planned on visiting this week has sent away their college students on a sort of trip out of the city, so I wouldn’t know anyone there or have any sort of companionship, so I figure that I’ll sit this week out and visit next weekend for sure. The church in question is the church that one of my Twitter friends goes to; I’ve never met her, but she’s a Tech student and a film lover, so we get along really well, and I’m anxious to meet her in person.

Tomorrow is also the day of our first Court Jesters meeting; we’re not going to be practicing this week, but we’ll get our music and other important information (hopefully, I’ll find out tomorrow if we’re getting paid for this or not…here’s hoping! If not, I won’t be too disappointed; the group itself sounds like it’ll be a blast). I also need to do my laundry tomorrow for sure, and I have a small amount of homework to conquer. I might even fit in a couple more episodes of Star Trek: TOS! We’ll see what the day brings.

Anyway, it’s sleepy-time. Goodnight, everyone.

Chad

My eye hates me.

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I have neutral thoughts about today.

Starting with theory, nothing was too out of the ordinary; we turned in the homework that I had stayed up really late to finish and went over some continuation of what we had already been learning, so nothing special there. Then I had an hour break before music history since there’s no piano on Fridays for me. so I spent my time going to Sam’s Place and buying a small bowl of Apple Jacks and an apple for breakfast. The cereal was fine, but the first bite I took from the apple left the inside looking browner than I found appetizing, so that was all I ate of it.

In music history, we took our first listening quiz, which I did alright on, and then a few of us talked about the composer we had been assigned to write up a miniature report on before class was over, making it time for Goin’ Band. We went over pregame a couple of times (bleh; pregame is probably the one thing in Goin’ Band that I HATE to rehearse, though I love performing it at the games), went over our halftime show, and that was pretty much it. I then had an hour-long lunch break and then symphonic band, neither of which were significant.

After symphonic band was over, I went back to the room and played inFAMOUS for a couple of hours before snacking on chips and salsa we had in the room for dinner. Andrew left for Mesquite at around 4ish, so I’m by myself in the room this weekend. Band rehearsal started at 7, and it wasn’t too bad except for the fact that the first hour and a half seemed to stretch on forever because it was spent entirely working on pregame, which is super exhausting…not cool. When band rehearsal finished at 10, I took my instrument back to the music building, picked up my car at the parking garage, changed clothes over at Sneed, and then drove to Wolfforth to my Chitty Chitty Bang Bang dance partner Clemmie’s house for a movie night; my good friend Conner was there as well. We watched White Christmas (don’t ask me why…I’m not complaining), during which my eye decided to start irritating me and watering up consistently. I added some eyedrops that they had and dabbed consistently at the eye, but I don’t know what’s wrong with it. It’s not irritating me anymore, but it still feels a bit waterlogged…hopefully it’ll be better by morning.

Going back to band, I have an announcement to make: on Wednesday, I auditioned for a group called Court Jesters, a band ensemble that plays at basketball (and apparently volleyball) games for Tech. I am proud to inform you all that I am the only first part horn player in the Red band (there is a Red CJ band and a Black CJ band); there are 4 horns in the Black band (2 firsts, 2 seconds), but only three in mine, so I’m alone on first while the other two are on second part. Cool! I’ve heard rumors floating around that we might get paid for this (according to Mr. Newman, he got paid as a Court Jester when he was a Tech student), so here’s hoping! We meet for the first “rehearsal” on Sunday at 5.

Tomorrow is a home game, which I’m excited about, but, at this particular moment in time, I’m most excited about going to sleep tonight and not having to set an alarm…band doesn’t meet until nearly 4! Hallelujah! I’m about to take a shower and then I’ll be sleeping gloriously in bed.

Goodnight!

Chad

Super sorry…

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…for last night’s lack of post, due to the fact that I was studying for my first test of the semester. It was in my communications class, and I took it this morning; I think I did reasonably well…I’ll make sure to let you know my grade as soon as I know it.

Today was a pretty good day, with a decent amount of free time. I don’t have much to tell you now because it’s late again after having worked on homework for quite a while, but I thought I’d let you all know that I auditioned for a group called the “Court Jesters” on Wednesday, a band ensemble that plays at Tech’s basketball games. I’ve heard talk of the CJs getting paid this year, but no confirmation yet (though the director DID say that he had some “incentives” for people to audition for CJs…we should find out tomorrow if we made it and if we’re getting paid).

Tonight, I went with a couple of other horn players to a sort of church service at the local FBC called “Paradigm”; they had invited me, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to check it out. I don’t know how it normally is, but tonight was great because they had a guest speaker, a Dr. Denison, answering tough theological questions about God and the Bible. Learned lots of new stuff! I might check it out again next week to see how it goes when there aren’t guest preachers.

Anyway, it’s time for a quick shower and then bed. I’m exhausted. Goodnight, everyone!

Chad

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