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my public face to the world [14 Mar 2006|11:55am]
Hey everyone. I've been crap at updating lately. Life is still much the same, really.

But I've launched a new, public blog: http://journeymuse.blogspot.com

Check it out
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The hands of a surgeon...? [27 Feb 2006|10:37am]
I never pass up a good challenge! Can you get past level 3? Sound does help...
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Lego Brokeback Mountain [23 Feb 2006|12:42pm]
I don't know why I laughed at this, but I did.
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Have they invented intravenous caffeine drips yet? [22 Feb 2006|10:19am]
As I alluded to in the last post, I moved house on the weekend - to Eltham, a suburb about 25 kms north-east of the Melbourne CBD. I found a great studio in the garden of a house owned by two lovely people, who appreciate music, and are very happy for me to play my harpsichord all day long. There are possums who play on my roof at night, and chooks who cluck away in the morning. The stars are very bright in the clear air. The space still feels bare, because I haven't had time to properly unpack, and there are still a few things at my old house that I have to pick up tomorrow. I have great hopes, though, that it will be the perfect music making and thesis writing space.

The travel is really the only bad thing about living out there. It takes 45 minutes to get into Flinders St on the train, and this morning the train was jam packed with school kids, leaving us humble workers standing down the end of the carriage. I'll get used to it, though.
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[21 Feb 2006|04:32pm]
Moved house. Really tired. Want a nap. Can't because am at work :(
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Worst rehearsal ever [16 Feb 2006|06:16pm]
Can someone please remind me NEVER to go to a rehearsal without getting the music and looking at it first. Sight reading is not my strong point! I just had a run through of some parts of the Mozart Coronation Mass with the mezzo and tenor, and I sucked ass. I got my notes muddled up, I got the timing mucked up, I was all over the place. I am never doing that again. I don't want to feel this crap again. So... in future: get the music and practice first!!
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Being in the Present [15 Feb 2006|10:19am]
Last week joined a group at SPAN doing The Artist's Way, and last night we talked a lot about being in the present moment, rather than constantly dwelling on the past or future. One woman pointed out that a lot of depression and anxiety stems from worrying about something in the past or future, and that a way of controlling that can be to consciously focus on something in the present moment - by looking, listening or touching.

As I was walking through the city this morning on my way to work, I really tried to stay in the present, looking around me, and experiencing the sounds and smells of the city streets. I bought a latte at the fabulous Elizabeth St Espresso and found myself smiling as I walked across the river and through Southbank. It felt good to be alive, and I noticed all sorts of little things that I have never seen before - like the old sign on the corner of Elizabeth and Flinders Sts that tells which trams to catch to the show. There was a woman riding her bike along Southbank with her long blonde hair blowing behind her, and a man walking across the pedestrian bridge holding his open laptop. It is amazing how often we walk through life not seeing the things around us, in a daze of worry, stress and preoccupation. Even the seemingly mundane, everyday world has so much interest and life when we just open our minds, eyes and ears.
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This crazy town we live in [10 Feb 2006|12:14pm]
I realised how much I loved Melbourne last night, sitting in Dante's drinking red wine with Deb and talking about crap. We went to see a show that Becky was teching for, as part of Midsumma. They were trying to boost audience numbers, so Becky rang Deb and Deb rang me, and there I was going to some crazy lesbian cabaret, where I had no idea what to expect. I actually quite like going to shows when I have no pre-conceived notions or expectations. It was quite amusing, but probably only to a limited audience of independant arty-types. There was a great gag about applying for funding from Arts Victoria, which wouldn't have been at all funny to someone outside the arts scene, but we all had a good laugh, being the wanky arts crowd that we were :)

A quote from Deb:
"There's always going to be a reason for doing something, otherwise people wouldn't do it."

After another glass or so:
"See, now I don't make sense."
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[10 Feb 2006|12:14pm]
I realised
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Music news [09 Feb 2006|04:41pm]
Last night I went to the first meeting with my fellow students for my course. Barry took us through the course documents and the syllabus, and we discussed the curriculum and our theses and plans for the year. I think it's going to be a good group of people to work with. I'm the only keybaord player - there are two percussionists, two singers, a clarinittist, a saxophonist, a conductor, a trumpeter, a guitarist, and one other person who wasn't there. They all seem very friendly and I'm looking forward to our first class on Monday.

I also found out that we get 2 hours of principal study lesson time per week - and we can split it between two teachers if we want to. So I'm going to go back to Priscilla, a teacher I had in high school and who I went back to last year in preparation for my auditions. She is just a fantastic, wonderful, inspiring, warm person. I'll be with her for one hour each week. And then I spoke to my friend and colleague (and amazing jazz pianist) Tim and he is going to give me improvisation lessons! I am very excited, and scared at the same time. I am used to playing notes that someone else has written down, not making them up myself, but this is something I have decided I really want to work through, so I'm going to suck it and see!
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I got phone scammed! [08 Feb 2006|12:08pm]
Last night I was perplexed to find a missed call on my mobile that hadn't gone to voicemail. Luckily I didn't ring back, thinking if it was important they would ring back. This morning I find that it was part of a phone scam. So let this be a lesson to you all - think twice before ringing back random phone numbers that don't leave messages!

x-posted to starsoid & melbournemaniac.
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Movies I like [31 Jan 2006|11:29am]
Does this just show that I have a very varied taste in movies...?Collapse )
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Stars's music recommendation of the month [24 Jan 2006|02:25pm]
I'm sitting in my beige office (yes, I'm back at work) listening to this recording of Vivaldi's opera Bajazet. This is the most amazing music I have heard in a long time. It has all the best elements of Italian Baroque music - fire, passion, virtuosity and sensuality. The singers are all incredible, and the orchestra is vibrant and energetic. Two standout tracks are number 7: Nasce rosa lusinghiera, sung by a divine Patrizia Ciofi as Idaspe (it is a pity that Amazon only give you the first part of the track, because the way she finishes this aria is mindblowing); and track number 17: Qual guerriero in campo armato, sung by Vivica Genaux as Irene - this is an incredibly virtuosic aria to start off with, and she still manages to elaborate in the da capo.
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Photos from Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand [19 Jan 2006|11:00am]
Photos from Ball Pass trekCollapse )
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NZ Day 17 - 13 January 2006 [18 Jan 2006|04:14pm]
Bad times, good timesCollapse )
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Random website [18 Jan 2006|04:12pm]
I just came accross this website http://www.rivertrout.com. It's just a collection of really amazing letters. I like it.
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NZ Day 16 - 12 January 2006 [16 Jan 2006|05:40pm]
To the beachCollapse )
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NZ Day 15 continued - 11 January 2006 [16 Jan 2006|09:15am]
Tongariro Crossing part 2Collapse )
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NZ Day 15 - 11 January 2006 [14 Jan 2006|10:18am]
Tongariro Crossing, part 1Collapse )
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NZ Day 14 - 10 January 2005 [11 Jan 2006|04:55pm]
Driving, driving, driving. I picked up my hire car in Wellington, and decided to high-tail it out of there. I didn't like the hostel I was staying in and didn't really feel like spending a day hanging around in a city. So I started driving north!

My first glimpse of Mt Ruapehu was so amazing and unexpected that I exclaimed out loud, even though I was the only person in the car :) I was driving through pretty green hills, when all of a sudden I turned a corner and there was this massive snow covered VOLCANO! That was pretty cool.

I arrived in Turangi at about 6pm, and checked into the Extreme Backpackers. They are very friendly, and organised my travel for the Tongariro crossing the next day. After I settled in I chatted to a German guy, Jost, who was staying in my dorm. He was also going to do the Tongariro Crossing but was going to keep going for another 6 days and do a whole circuit around Mt Ruapehu as well. We chatted about gear and trips with another German girl in the dorm (NZ is crawling with Germans!) while I mended some holes in my thermal leggings.
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