good bye fence


I was reading in Josef Lhevinne’s Basic Principles in Pianoforte Playing this morning. I was looking at the chapter on accuracy. Dang. He basically says if you are making mistakes in your practice, it’s too fast. Also he says you must always use the same fingers. Ahem. I haven’t done too much fingering since grad school. But my technique has improved immensely. I think it’s because I keep circling back and evaluating my rehearsal procedures.

After Thursday’s trio rehearsal I relaxed a bit about Sunday’s performance. The pieces are easier with the ensemble. That’s cool.  They make more musical sense of course.

We are madly trying to get ready to leave on Monday.


Eileen made an early appointment with a friend, Ken Freestone, to come and take away our old fence.


He is planning to use it in renovating.


It is a beautiful old thing.



These are before pics. I’ll probably put up after pics as well tomorrow.

Eileen walked downtown for a breakfast date with at least one other alto this morning.

Trump awakens the sleeping giant of America | TheHill

Like many brain dead liberals and others, I am having trouble getting my head around the Trump phenomenon. Here’s a link to a defense of him. Of course, it’s written by an extreme crazy guy, but still.


This is a link from Timmerman’s Trump defense. I haven’t had time to look closely at it. But it’s footnoted. Should be interesting.

Why Libraries Are Everywhere in the Czech Republic – The New York Times

I love this.

Trump Lawyer Sends ‘Art of the Deal’ Ghostwriter a Cease-and-Desist Letter – The New York Times

To quote Schwartz, “It’s nuts and completely indicative of who he is,” Mr. Schwartz said. “There’s no basis of anything legal. I suspect that Donald Trump called up his chief legal officer and said, ‘Go after that guy and do whatever you have to do.’ ”

Schwartz has been scaring the hell out of me with his up-close-and-personal terrifying assessment of Trump: short attention span, psychotic behavior…

North Korea Revives Coded Spy Broadcasts After 16-Year Silence – The New York Times

This is a quaint little throwback.




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