March 21 - The Days Are Just Peaked
After organizing some early 20th-century music video excerpts for Theory, leave in plenty of time, but a broken keychain leads to a misperception that the house key has been misplaced (in the spirit of Dorothy Gale from Kansas, turns out the door could have been re-secured at any time). After losing time over this, encounter not one, but two freeway stoppages on the way -- try calling Jason, and two attempts later, the word may have gotten through, thanks to several assistants. Meanwhile, a strange wrong turn on a strange frontage road leads to further delay. Some things are not meant to be. Nevertheless, somehow make it only nine minutes late, and -- lo! -- the entire class is still there, in good spirits, patiently waiting. What a great group! We proceed post haste through a review of whole-tone scales and the turn-of-the-century-tinged progression IM7-I-I6-I64-V7-I64 (but neglect the Scott Joplin Entertainer keyboard-solfege, and probably the major / minor scales of the week), lateralling over to a look-see of the quiz, including audio-visual snippets of Igor Stravinsky's Firebird (Diabolic Dance and Finale), Petrushka (Russian Dance and Chez...), and The Rite of Spring (Introduction and Dances of the Adolescents) and a bit of conducting in 7/4. Imaginative student compositions follow, and the afternoon (with a high of 71 -- the seventh summer-like day of 2012) is spent again in the lab, finishing preparations to record Symphony No. 3 ("Recycled"): I.
Seems like a long time since a late afternoon commute has occurred,
and there is much scenic splendor past
Sulfur Springs Mountains,
Eden, Chinese Wall, Twin Sisters, Vaca Mountains,
a very distant Mt. Diablo,
Fairfield Foothills and
Pyramids, Poverty Hills, and
Lagoon Mountains --
all the way to an evening including pdf for the next Merton Songs page (43), and more composition of The Decameron (52, beginning First Day / Novel VI "A worthy man with an apt word puts to shame a friar minor) and Psalm 90 (11).