Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Retirement Again

I think my Father-in-law retired four times. I feel as if I have retired a second time, but not from a paying job. Today I completed a two year course in music theory at SUNY Adirondack Community College. I can't believe it. I now have the tools for analyzing and composing music. On my shelves now are a bunch of books on arranging and transcribing that I want to work on next (maybe next winter).

More important, I need to play my saxes more and actually learn how to play piano and guitar. (I plunk and pick at each.) It is easier to read and think about music than to perform it.

Yesterday, I was humbled about my understanding and performing ability. Here is a Youtube video that makes me feel quite unaccomplished.

Happy birthday this past week to Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. Interesting how music can be both ephemeral and immortal.

1 comment:

Dennis Maher said...

I am both inspired and overwhelmed musically. The last few weeks we have been reviewing 12 tone serial atonality, minimalism, and other 20th century contributions to sound. One can learn to love it all. For years I have listened to and loved symphonies, and yet only recently learned some of the sonata related forms involved in constructing them. No matter what we learn, there is always more to it.