Long Absences and Changes

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“I promise it won’t be three months before you hear from me next!”

…obviously, I have an apology to make because I’m now coming up on six months after my last post. My movie review site has taken the priority for me; coming up on a year later, it’s still going strong and I’m loving sharing my opinions with people. More news on that further down.

This semester has been a good one. My first as a senior (though this was my third year, I completed enough credit hours to be classified as a senior this semester), it has been pretty busy but in a completely different way than past semesters. I started off the semester enrolled in Advanced Brass Methods, Texas History, Music and Your Mind (an honors seminar), Symphonic Band, Matador Singers, The Superhero in Film, Television, and Popular Culture (another honors seminar that I just took for fun), Instrumental Conducting, and, of course, horn and voice lessons. I ended up dropping Texas History due to it being too reading intensive in addition to all of the reading I was already having to do in my honors classes, but everything else went just swimmingly.

Advanced Brass Methods was great until after spring break, but the second half of the course was taught by a teaching assistant who I just do not care for. Music and Your Mind has been lots of fun; it is taught by a professor I have had twice before, but I was the only music major enrolled since it is an honors course, not a music course. It’s sort of like music philosophy and physiology, and it has been very interesting. Our final project was a presentation and a paper over a subject of our choice, so I did a study on the recognizability of film music, which ended up being incredibly fascinating…more to come on that later. Symphonic Band with Dr. Allen has continued to be extraordinarily rewarding; he’s one of the best directors I have ever had, and I really enjoyed everything we played this semester. Being back in Matador Singers was also a lot of fun, though I wish that our concert hadn’t been so early in the semester…it was back in March, I think. But I’m enrolled in Matador Singers this fall for the first time (I’ve only been able to participate in the spring semesters so far), and Andrew will be joining me! Exciting news. Going back to classes with Dr. Allen, conducting was also a lot of fun this semester, with the focus being less on conducting and more on rehearsal techniques and lesson planning, which was a very enlightening experience. My superhero class has been interesting as well, with us learning about how superheroes came to be and how they were and continue to be reflections of the world we live in. As far as my lessons go, horn has been about same-old, same-old, though I plan on getting even better over the summer, but voice lessons go things were a lot more active this semester because I did a recital! It went quite well and was fun to put together. Video for that will hopefully be posted soon, once I can figure out how to split up large video files without losing quality. Soon!

Summer plans are pretty basic at the moment; go home, practice horn, make an attempt at working out and getting fit (I’m down to 200lbs now!), etc. I wish I could say that I was returning to my job playing horn for Garland Summer Musicals again, but, unfortunately, the guy who was music director for South Pacific last year is not returning this year and didn’t pass on his information to the new guys, so the orchestra spots have already been filled. I am hoping to return to teaching French horn private lessons at Kimbrough and Poteet, maybe even North Mesquite, but we’ll see how things go. In any case, I will be teaching at Poteet’s band camp again this summer, so I have that to look forward to.

Now onto the “more news” I referred to above. As much fun as it was to maintain this blog for my first two years at Tech, as I said, my movie review site has taken the priority as far as my writing goes. This does not mean that this blog is going away, though; rather, it is now being re-purposed. In the coming weeks, I will be re-structuring “chadadada.wordpress.com” into a supplemental editorial-style blog for my ChadLikesMovies.com review site. This space will be a place for additional commentary I may have on movies or their soundtracks or on anything else that I find relevant. The first post for this will be a thorough write-up of my findings in movie music recognizability, which will be up in the next week or two.

I want to thank you all who have kept up with my blog these past couple of years and who care what goes on in my life, and who knows? I may even keep up a portion of this site to allow for the occasional personal update or two, but your best place to keep up with my day-to-day ramblings will be over on Twitter or on Facebook. I hope that you all enjoy this new idea of a supplemental blog for ChadLikesMovies.com and will give feedback as those changes are implemented soon.

God bless,

Chad

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The way you do.

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Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.

The only thing that happened that was even remotely interesting or out of the ordinary in my morning classes was that a kid fell asleep in our woodwind methods lecture, and the professor had a whole conversation with the class about him while he sat and slept. We were all laughing, but he still didn’t wake until the end of class. I have some playing assignments due in that class next Monday, so I may start working on them tomorrow if I can manage. We’ll see.

I had my usual salad for lunch, and then the rest of the day was exhausting. It really kind of stinks that my ensemble classes are in the afternoon because that’s when I’m most tired, and I can’t chew gum during ensembles to keep myself alert like I can in my normal lecture-based classes. Nothing exciting happened in any of these classes today, though. After my piano class, I came back to the room, got ready for my nap, talked to Mom on the phone for a few minutes, and then slept for a few hours…another great nap! When I woke, I played Batman: Arkham Asylum on my PS3 for the first time. It’s pretty awesome! I played for a few hours before starting on my homework; I know, it should have been the other way around, but it wasn’t much. The only reason I’m up later than normal is because I napped a bit longer than I had originally planned.

In between playing my video game and doing my homework, I talked with my Memaw on Skype for the first time! She called and asked me how to get it set up (I didn’t really have to help much), and then we talked for just a few minutes before saying goodnight to each other. She pointed out that I look like I’ve lost weight, which means that I’m doing well for myself! She knew that I’ve been working on losing some weight and eating healthier, but it was nice to hear that I actually look like I’ve lost it.

Andrew and I didn’t work out today, though; after yesterday’s workout, we were both aching like crazy today. I’ve been feeling the burn in my thighs and in my triceps (I think…I’m no muscle expert), to the point that it hurts to move and to stand up…it’s that bad. Hopefully, I’ll be feeling better tomorrow so that I can do another workout after the band concert or something like that.

Tomorrow is another busy day, though it’s not as class-filled as the first three days of the week. I have three classes, an hour-long horn lesson, and then I’m singing “When Words Fail” from Shrek the Musical at the Voice Area Recital tomorrow. I sang the same song for my final grade at the sort of mini-recital that the grad student voice teachers put on last semester, but this will be the firs time for the vocal department as a whole to hear me sing this. I’m excited! A couple of hours later, I have my first band concert of the semester! Excited to get on with that and move on to some new music.

Well, I’ve stayed up late enough. It’s time to get some shut-eye. Goodnight!

Chad

Living and Active

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For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. -(Hebrews 4:12 ESV)

Despite going to bed REALLY late last night due to preparing for my first science test, I managed to drag myself out of bed early enough to get a much-needed shower before class. The test wasn’t bad at all. It consisted of three essay questions: a story containing certain elements of science, a description of two plate boundaries, and a “yes” or “no” question. It was kind of silly, really. I’m not going to complain, though, because it wasn’t difficult.

Since it didn’t take me long to complete this test, I went to the music building and warmed up/practiced on my horn for half an hour before grabbing some yogurt for breakfast…my Cuties and apples are gone. Time to go buy more! The rest of my classes were nothing special. For lunch, I had my first salad in nearly a week, and guess what? It tasted SO GOOD. I didn’t know what was wrong with me…do I really actually LIKE salad now? It sure seems that way. Steps in the right direction!

We had a short studio class today, so I was back in the room before 6 rather than after, meaning that I had extra time for a nap before a bible study that I was invited to at 8. And what a glorious nap it was! I got up at about 7:45, picking up a Coke Zero from Sam’s Place on my way to the bible study, which was basically around the corner. I really enjoyed it! It’s a great feeling to be in an atmosphere where you can delve into God’s word with your peers, promoting discussion and analysis of God’s word. There were a few people in the group who could reference specific verses elsewhere in the Bible like it was nothing, something that I can’t do at the moment. I need to get into the habit of reading my Bible everyday, but I need to make sure that I’m reading for the sake of learning more about God rather than for the sake of checking off verses on a list.

After the bible study was over, I went back to the room, where Andrew and I grabbed a small dinner before doing a P90X workout. We only did about half of it because it was kicking our butts, but right now my only concern is getting a good start to getting active…the endurance will come later. When we had finished, it only took me about 5 minutes to do my theory assignment, and now it’s time for bed…tomorrow is my long day. There will definitely be another nap tomorrow after class! I’ll also have my evening to myself again tomorrow, so I may try to go for a run in addition to the P90X workout…maybe.

Anyway, goodnight!

Chad

P.S. – At the bible study, I saw a familiar face that I had only seen twice previously since graduation: Chasya! It was nice to see an old friend.