raystrobel47: (Director)
This morning I tried playing "Yakkity Sax" on the alto, and the best alto I have for use as the teacher. It went pretty well, and the gym teacher came in the room commenting on how he knew the song. :-) Visions of Benny Hill danced through my head, all at high-speed motion, no less.

This is a trying time for me. I was hoping to be farther along with the band than I am. The second song still needs a lot of work, and the third song has only been touched on for the most part. I know this will turn out ok, it's just a realization of how long preparing a concert really takes. I pessimistically think that I'll have to choose the spring concert songs right after Christmas and only work on those, leaving behind all the other lessons in the method book. While this isn't true, it will take more than one 'regular' year for me to get a good feel as to how far along I can have these kids perform for their second concert. It's still my first year. :-)

So, for those of y'all in Pgh., the "Spring Celebration of the Arts" is going to be next Thursday, April 30th, at 6:30 in the Wilkinsburg high school auditorium. The concert is free, and will feature all of the district's performing ensembles at the elementary, middle and high school level. The elementary band will perform after the first intermission so that their families don't just up and leave after their performance. There is a reception to follow, for which I'm playing in a jazz trio. If you're interested in coming, please comment. If not, comment about something else. :-P

Go Mitch

Jul. 24th, 2008 11:27 am
raystrobel47: (Ray 8-07)
This was the header on my gmail inbox this morning:

"My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them." --Mitch Hedberg
raystrobel47: (OMG!)
I never was a huge fan of Weezer. They're pretty cool, just not on my hot list. Then I caught this video of "Pork and Beans" as I was doing my workout this morning, and I was stunned. Think of all the 'Check this out on teh intarwebs!' posts/links you've seen over the years. This video contains nearly all of them. I can name about a dozen, but I know I'm missing maybe half of them. Can you find 'em all??
raystrobel47: (Normal)
Because I would try to think something like this up. Read Sunday's Pearls Before Swine.

And no drama.
raystrobel47: (TeXmas)
Ok sports fans, I know I haven't been in the hockey loop beyond how the Pens are doing. I certainly haven't watched a game in forever, and thus my question:

When did the home team start wearing colored jerseys and road team wears white?? It used to be home team wore whites, all the time. Now it isn't. Is this post-strike? Hockey ju-ju? Bettman was bored??? Wazzup wit dat?
raystrobel47: (Normal)
Like Bill Ingval says with a goofy grin, 'I'm just a guy!'

raystrobel47: (Princess)

You Are 22% Evil

A bit of evil lurks in your heart, but you hide it well.

In some ways, you are the most dangerous kind of evil.

raystrobel47: (Normal)
Character memeage!!

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?


Feb. 17th, 2008 07:40 pm
raystrobel47: (Play brass)
Foxtrot knows me too damn well...
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
Yeah, but is it art? )
raystrobel47: (WMS sing)
The winter concert is tomorrow. I *just* finished the accompaniment CD this morning, and had to juggle auditorium time again because we can't go a year without two performance classes being scheduled against each other. This year it's HS choir vs. African drumming. I did get some time with the choir today in the auditorium, and tomorrow I'll get the whole class. Did I mention the concert is tomorrow night?

I feel better about it, in general. Today helped. The MS choir has a lot of enthusiasm, now if I can keep them from spazzing out, that'll be perfect. More absences in the HS choir both hurt and helped things. It's all about who was absent. I wish I'd've been more prepared, and had more time to prepare, but it all should go fine.

So, this picture that made my eyes water from teh funny kinda reflects how I feel about the whole thing: LOLcat time! )
raystrobel47: (Ray 8-07)
One more day of vacation, then back to work. Lordy, lordy, this was needed.

Thanksgiving was wonderful. The company was nice and the food was superb. The 'buzz' mentioned refers to the haircut I got at SportClips on Wednesday that opened up near the new Target in Wexford, touting to be a sports themed salon for guys. Well, there were TVs in bunches of places and ESPN was on every one. To promote itself I got the MVP treatment for $9.99 (normally $22) and got a trim, hair washing, hot towel on the face with a face rub, and light back massage with one of those buzzy-beater-gadget thingys. Really, it was nice for the whole package. And my hair is shorter than it's ever been since, oh, I'd say 1974. Seriously. The stylist kept using the clippers on the back of my neck and moving up. The icon you see has much longer hair than what I have now. It still is kinda weird, but I'm adjusting fine.

Then there's the 'bling'. Friday we braved downtown Pittsburgh, but they had free parking! That right there almost made the whole thing worth it. We went to Macy's, had lunch, met up with [livejournal.com profile] fiannaharpar's dad, and effectively had cheesecake for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory in the SouthSide Works. We met up with [livejournal.com profile] fiannaharpar's sister and 10-month old son there. We really weren't hungry for dinner yet so we just had, well, cheesecake, and damned if that didn't sit for the whole evening. Now, it was good cheesecake, just not expected to be dinner, that's all. After leaving to head out, we decided to head to Target before going back to the house for a couple things. I'd realized that I still wanted an earring, something I haven't worn in about four years. And I have this perfect hole in my head for one! WTF? Luckily Target was having a jewelry sale and I scored some diamond earrings for cheap. Not CZ, real diamond (chips). My daughter is playing all conservative on me, saying that boys don't wear earrings. She doesn't see enough sports stars, does she??

Today was church and football and not going anywhere after two days of going places. It was nice. I was able to finish the arrangement of the church hymn and practice it after church, with some editing made this evening. Now I just have the last verse to do, which is different than the first three verses. The Texans, who I haven't been able to watch live, ever, embarrassed me against Cleveland to the point I just turned off the game. Don't that figure. The ladies shared pink cocoa after dinner, my wife watched Spice World this evening, and the best part is that I don't have to get up early again for one more day. :-)
raystrobel47: (Whoa!!)
Dateline, Manvel, TX:

In a move explained only by bat-boy and Dionne Warwick, my octogenarian parents just got cable. Well, the dish, to be exact. And this was something they were discussing about getting, like they felt it was time. My parents, in their 80s, are now entering the '80s. How quaint.
raystrobel47: (Play brass)
Must use "Chordal Fury" as an album name or something that spawned from my musical creativity.
raystrobel47: (Passion)
She just bought me a virtual yellow rose. It's in my profile. Thank you, sweetie!!!
raystrobel47: (OMG!)
It was 20 years ago this summer that I was a Prekkie at CMU, my first ever trip to Pittsburgh and the bloody reason I'm still here.

20 years. As a 17-yr old.

raystrobel47: (Bellyrubs)
I have posted on every Thursday of this month. So there.
raystrobel47: (Lake "So there")
This evening, in a moment when [livejournal.com profile] lstrobel was not acting like an insane monkey on acid, she proclaimed the following while 1) in the bathroom, 2) "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" is playing on the radio, and 3) I am having her stuffed hippo dancing in the doorway to the music:

L- No! It's a sad song!!
Me (as hippo)- But it sounds happy to me...
L- It's a sad song called, "Sad, Jesus, Sad" because Mary forgot to marry him.
Me/hippo- ...*snerk*..Really?? I thought Mary was Jesus' mother. And mothers don't marry their children.
L- But Jesus was all grown up, and Mary forgot!
Me/hippo- *bites lip*

Not gonna be one to get in the way of her theology...
raystrobel47: (Normal)
In the spirit of "Whose Line"'s World's Worst fame, I ask all y'all in LJ land:

What's the worst phrase that 'LJ' could stand for?

My answer is: )
raystrobel47: (Bellyrubs)
EDIT- Meme deleted.

And for the REAL Mojo jojo:


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