Three things from today

I don’t have a specific topic in mind to write about, but I’d like to post something. So I thought I’d just write down three little things that made today unique.

  1. I’m fairly sure I’ve broken a rib coughing. Or at least, done a good job of bruising it. If it is broken, that’s kind of exciting – I’ve never broken a bone before!
  2. I spent a few hours today helping to ‘refurbish’ the pond at a local school – largely, that involved shifting big blocks of concrete and brick out of the area around the pond, to an out-of-the-way corner of the school yard. It was really enjoyable to be doing a bit of manual work in the sun. Feeling it now though!
  3. Had a pleasant night jamming with one of the bands I’m playing violin with at the moment. I’m trying to learn to listen more attentively to what’s going on in the band, and to make sure that I’m ‘adding’ to it, and playing sensitively. It’s quite tricky! I initially thought of trying to write a blog post about it, but I don’t really know what to say. One trick is to try to play fills during gaps in the vocals — it’s unexpectedly difficult to do, as the vocal line kind of ‘draws you in’. My phrasing tends to end up strongly influenced by phrases in the vocals. I wonder whether it’d make sense to think about ‘patterns’ (a la Christopher Alexander or the gang of four) and ‘anti-patterns’ for ensemble playing? How would I go about collating such a list?

Right… that’s good. I have a post.

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