Thoughts, musings and happenings from a feminist composer.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005
I knitted this for A for his birthday. It's based on the Mr Dangly pattern by on craftster. The link to the pattern is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=40974.0
Peter Manson is supposed to look like a white-cheeked gibbon (see pic above). I sponsored a gibbon from the zoo for A for his birthday, and made him a knitted one so he could have one at home with him.
Peter Manson is named after a character with lamb-chop sideburns in a film called "The Edge of the World." (no picture to be easily found online...)
Monday, October 10, 2005
Anyway, Diamanda's professionalism shone through; her performance was incredibly focused. I admire her artistic integrity and depth and her ability to confront and express political ideas through music so well. Her voice literally sounds like a sonic embodiment of the pain and suffering that she sings and speaks of. Her vocal work is incredibly skillful and varied. The range is huge, the kinds of voices she uses are varied, and underneath it all I can hear her Classical training quite clearly. I identify so much with her process of making music - it's similar to what I'm attempting to do. However, my attempts seem much less gutsy. Perhaps I'll get there one day?
Carolyn Connors was very humorous; she also displayed a range of vocal skills. Less polished, but experimental and interesting nonetheless. The intimate space of the La Mama theatre suited the piece too. It was the first time I've been there.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
I forgot to mention that tomorrow night A and I are going to see Diamanda Galas perform in the Festival, and on Saturday night Carolyn Connors in the Fringe. Two great vocalists - my first time seeing either of them perform. I'm sure they'll be inspiring.
No work yet this week on my nushu piece, but tomorrow and Sunday are study days, so I'll try to make the most of it then. Spoke to my boss today about possibly cutting back my work shifts to 3 days a week. He doesn't seem to have a problem with this idea, which is a big relief to me. I'm just trying to work out now whether or not I can survive on fewer hours. But what point is the extra money if I am just miserable and not balanced for it? If I don't have time to do what's important to me?
I may knit for a bit now - coffee rush still needs working off somehow...
Oh! My yarn has arrived in Melbourne - I've been tracking it avidly on DHL. I should receive it tomorrow, I hope!
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
I've just gone through and deleted a whole lot of old posts. They made me cringe. How do I manage to utterly misrepresent myself?
A lot has happened since I last wrote here. My beloved cat Pia died, rather suddenly, after succumbing to advanced kidney disease. I miss her every day.
Marcie, her mother, seems to be coping well. She enjoys the extra attention, but she does seem to get lonelier when I'm out and away.
I also have a new job, four days a week. My scholarship ran out. I dislike the job and what it's doing to me so much that I won't mention any more about it. It already takes up way too much of my energy and time.
Here is a photo of me taken by my (newish) boyfriend:
I'd post a pic of him, but I don't have any uploaded to photobucket yet. He likes to take photos, rather than be in them, even though he's a lovely looking creature! (A, I know you're going to read this!)
Composition update: Pope Joan is long finished, my second piece, based on advertising samples, called 15 Seconds, is also done. I'm just working on my third and final piece, then I have to complete the critical commentary, complete all the presentation aspects, and submit the bloody work!
It's only taken a full year longer than I expected. It's been an interesting, eventful time.
Knitwise (haha) I've progressed a long way with my skills. I've finally finished that damned purple cardigan, and it's way too big. It's no problem, as I've finished another cardigan that is wearable and countless other things. I'm excitedly waiting on a yarn delivery from handpaintedyarns.com... to knit a clapotis, of all things.
I may even be able to post some pics of these knitted things online, if I can cajole A into taking pics of them for me.