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The big day is finally here! More to the point, the Pianos are here! Luke Jerram's public art installation, "Play me, I'm Yours" has come to Cincinnati. Here's a link.

My ambition since I first began hearing about this last month (on the local NPR stations, incessantly) was to play ALL the pianos set up all over town. Looking over the locations now, I may have to cough up the money for a ticket to a Reds game to get to that one, as it's inside the ballpark. But all the rest look fairly accessible.

I hit three today, all within a block of my work. I should be able to get the ones in Downtown and Northern Kentucky by the end of the week. Then the road trips will begin.

And yes, I am still writing on my HP stories, too. I'm not neglecting them while I play with the shiny new pianos.....

Wish me luck. I have until August 27 on most of them, and into September on the rest.

Update: there are 35 up until the 27th, and another 7 from then until September 17th.
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I finished a song today. Some of you may remember my friend K, who passed away in December. I've never been able to get that collection of stories together, as I couldn't get other people to contribute. I passed on what I had to the family, and it will do, I suppose. But I tend to write music about significant events like that, and I finally got the music for this in the shape I wanted it. No words, just piano, but I'm really pleased with it, and I hope wherever K is, she likes it. I'm wondering if I can do a voice post of the recording I made of it, if it would come through decently. I'll have to look into how to do voice posts.

Now I just am hoping I don't have to start another piece anytime soon. My fearless leader for the night mass, M, is off this month, which is lucky, as the lung biopsy she had last week did indeed find more melanoma, and they ended up taking a good bit of the bottom lobe. They think they got it all, but still. This is the 3rd time she's dodged this bullet. The first was a patch of skin on the back of her ankle she accidentally noticed while shaving. A bit over a year later, they found it in her lymph nodes and took out all of the lymph nodes in her left leg. And now, a little over 2 years later, this shadow on her lung. I realize she's extraordinarily lucky to keep catching it, and each time so far she's bounced back after the course of treatments. But stage 4 melanoma is pretty tenacious. Those who offer prayers or good wishes to the universe at large, remember M.

And I am wrestling with my Summer of Giles tale in earnest now. Needs to lose the Giles POV stuff entirely, and stick to Willow, and Ethan when he makes an appearance. I'm thinking, though, that there's about 2000 words of a scene I'm now going to lose between Buffy and Giles that might make a good backup for Summer of Giles if I can't get the novel completed and edited in the next couple of weeks now that I'm doing a major revamp of the material. Besides, a novel is really too much to ask people to read for something like this. I may start posting the novel proper earlier on ff.net and just provide a link when saying this is a deleted scene to this longer thing. Haven't decided yet.
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Music Meme - tagged by [livejournal.com profile] beatrice_otter:

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your LJ along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they're listening to.

Benjamin Britten - War Requiem, Op. 66 (Yeah, the whole thing. Particularly the Dies Irae)
Aaron Copland "Fanfare for the Common Man"
Claire Pelletier - "Kabir Kouba"
Loreena McKennitt - The Mask and the Mirror (Album) - particularly "Bonny Swans"
Morten Lauridsen - Lux Aeterna
Semisonic - "Closing Time" (I almost never listen to the radio, but recently I did and heard this and really liked it, so I bought it from iTunes)
Harry Gregson-Williams - Chronicles of Narnia Sountrack (Particularly"Only the Beginning of the Adventure")

All of these are on my "In Loco Parentis" Playlist. I also have an albums playlist, where the tracks play in album order, not the order I set for the other playlist. Good writing/ programming/ not killing annoying co-workers music, all.

I've never been tagged specifically for a meme, and it was kinda cool. So, I'll tag back, but I won't be offended if you decide to blow me off. I tag [livejournal.com profile] clavally, [livejournal.com profile] liz_marcs, [livejournal.com profile] sniggs, [livejournal.com profile] esmestrella, [livejournal.com profile] sahiya, [livejournal.com profile] gillo, [livejournal.com profile] whitestar_alpha

(Woulda tagged [livejournal.com profile] antennapedia, but [livejournal.com profile] beatrice_otter got her first.)

And now, I better get to work on "In Loco," since I will be attending the Spring Camporee with my Wee Hob this weekend. There was a waitlist for it, and we hadn't signed up during the Grounding, but I just found out we got bumped up. They'll be earning the Railroading Merit Badge. I, however, will not be able to take my laptop. Guess I'll have to rough it and use a fountain pen. Shame I can't read my handwriting anymore....
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Survived the trick or treating with good Sir Knight. And now, after a hard day doing battle with computer code, I have a couple of treats for you.

I recced this album the other night, when all I had really heard of it was the Lux Aeterna. But today, I listened through the whole thing, and ... wow. Everything on this album is exquisite. Here are a couple of other examples for you. Be warned: "Dirait-on" will stick with you-- in a good way. Possibly the most beautiful melody line I have ever heard.

The link for you to check them out is here. Let me know what you think.

After this, though, I think I'll steer clear of this file sharing business. I am so technologically challenged, it didn't occur to me until today to wonder, "Is this really legal?" But I had to share this with someone who's not 11 and hopped up on sugar. Let me know what you thought. (And if anyone has a translation for this text, I would Love to see it. I no longer have the disc, and so I don't have the liner notes....)

And good luck to all NaNoWriMo, mini nanowrimo, and any other people making a commitment to Write over the next month. (Note you've got only an hour and 45 minutes or so to get in on mini nanowrimo -- join the community, then find the commitment post and add your commitment comment. Heck, add it a couple of places so the mods see it. That's what I did.) You've got until 10pm EST.

Good writing to all and to all a Good Night.

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Ran across [livejournal.com profile] mini_nanowrimo the other day and decided to sign up. I am a single mom, after all, with responsibilities and, well, no life to speak of (see "single mom"). But 200 words a day is slightly less daunting and more realistic in my life than 1,667. And it's important to write every day, even if I crash and burn on this challenge, too.

Besides, the kinds of writing I want to do right now might be parts of unfinished stalled fics, as well as exploring new ideas. Yeah, I can write Anything, scramble it for the NaNoWriMo word count and go off along my merry way. But that's against the stated rules-- write an original 50,000 novel by the end of November. And Mini NaNoWriMo specifically allows everything from short stories and drabbles to ongoing works. I'm thinking, in addition to the habit of writing every day, this gives me the opportunity to Finish something, which has long been a weakness of mine.

And in other news, I got my hands on the Los Angeles Master Chorale's Lauridsen CD, and I got it its contents copied off onto my hard drive so I can listen to it at work all day and get those last 6 measures I'm having trouble with by osmosis.

I highly recommend this CD to anyone who finds this kind of music appealing, and if you're not sure that would be you, I'm downloading the middle movement of the Lux Aeterna (the only one that kind of stands alone) for your listening pleasure. A couple of days ago I mentioned the music of hope and healing, and this piece is the best example of that I've ever heard.

That link is Here.

Happy Halloween to all, in case I'm too busy tomorrow night to give proper greetings.

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Been in a funk for the past couple of days, and just now realized why. PTSD is such fun. And yesterday was an anniversary date of sorts, and that always hits me, even if I'm not consciously aware of it.

On anniversary dates, and battle aftermath )
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Liz Marcs has a fantastic service she provides her many readers-- she downloads music from her vast collection as sample tracks on this site and she provides ratings/ info about the artists-- how to get the whole CD.

I am not nearly so cool as Liz, but a friend of mine was feeling low today and I tried to suggest some music which might lift her spirits a bit. I sent her a couple of mp3's via e-mail, but one wouldn't go through. So I remembered Liz's music downloads and thought this might be a good solution.

Danger: Choral Music Ahead )
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