Memorial Day Weekend: Hodge Podge

Yamaha C2 Grand Piano

Going for Baroque

I know the above title sounds so cliche, but I’ve been hooked on Baroque music lately and practicing a LOT of Baroque on the piano. It’s been my latest obsession.

But, I’ve been doing my research and in the days of Baroque the great musical masters were improvising this stuff daily. So, that is my goal… to be able to improvise my own Baroque pieces at will. And I’ve been performing it pretty poorly so far, but am getting a hang for the common chord progessions and theory behind Baroque, so I’m beginning to get a better understanding (in theory) about the concepts.

My current favorite composer isn’t J.S. Bach. It’s actually Georg Philipp Telemann who was a contemporary of Bach. And I learned he was actually the more popular and widely renowned composer/performer during that era. George Frederic Handel and Telemann were good friends.

Double Header

Tomorrow I have a double header. Two gigs. The Smooth Jazz Festival in downtown San Diego (in the Gaslamp Quarter) from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. And, a trio gig playing some latin-jazz up north in San Marcos from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. The first will be a combination of latin, jazz and funk. So it’ll be a long day tomorrow.

Cougars vs. Sophista Cats

I was watching the news earlier this afternoon and there was a story about middle-aged femmes who go for younger men… Cougars! And they shown photos of Demi Moore and Mariah Carey. And a new show is coming out called “Cougar Town” starring Courtney Cox.

Some ladies are turned off by the whole label of classifying “women in their 40s who drink and smoke and chase after younger men” as Cougars… well, that’s what they said and I didn’t know part of that label included smoking and drinking, though I’m sure many of these so-called Cougars hang out at bars, drinking, smoking and partying it up anyway, and of course, chasing after these younger guys.

Someone mentioned that they really should be called Sophisticats, and another said (I suppose, based on the stereotype) “No, I don’t think so…”

Anyway, I wonder what all the real Cougars (the animals) think of all this?

Online Homeschooling?

Anyone out there know much about online homeschooling? Or just homeschooling in general? I have a nephew who’s interested in doing this, and so I’ve been doing all the research online.

I’m just amazed how this whole homeschooling thing is gaining in popularity and that top universities like Harvard are accepting homeschoolers. Plus, the fact that it’s possible for homeschoolers to actually graduate with a high school diploma earlier than students doing the traditional education.

And now there’s online homeschooling? Most of the educational institutions are going online more and more each year. I wonder what kind of impact this will have on people in general.

Remembering Traditional High School Days

Me, I went through the standard, traditional education and school kind of dragged on at times. Sometimes I wish I would’ve going through a more accelerated homeschool, self-study thing and finished much earlier.

I could’ve graduated from high school as a Junior, but I just needed a couple of classes in Fall of my Senior year in order to graduate. And for my final semester I took all music classes and really finished strong. I won the John Philips Sousa award which was the school’s top music honor. I remember I didn’t attend the Music Awards banquet, and the next day at school they awarded me with the trophy. I don’t remember why… I mean, I must’ve forgotten there was an awards banquet and didn’t expect to get any kind of award. But, I WAS in the marching band, symphonic band, jazz band, and I played percussion, piano, tuba and sousaphone. Plus, I also performed in my Music Director’s family combo at Elk’s Lodges, VFW Halls and such, including my R&B/funk band, so I was immersed in music back then.

Memorial Day Weekend

Anyway, for those of you who get the three day Memorial Day weekend, and are observing the holiday… have a great weekend. I just got back from UC Riverside after picking up my son there. I rest tonight because I’ll be busy all day tomorrow, and on Sunday I’ll be at Balboa Park checking out the art exhibits, museums, see the organ concert and check out the botanical gardens. Then Monday I’m going to just rest and relax and try to not do much of anything…. hope yours is a good one.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

4 thoughts on “Memorial Day Weekend: Hodge Podge

  • Sunday May 24, 2009 at 10:32 am
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    how did they go, your saturday gigs? ^__^

    and the cougar remark, hah! i agree: identifying demi moore and mariah carrey as cougars should be classified as an animal rights violation somewhere…

  • Sunday May 24, 2009 at 2:32 am
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    how did they go, your saturday gigs? ^__^

    and the cougar remark, hah! i agree: identifying demi moore and mariah carrey as cougars should be classified as an animal rights violation somewhere…

  • Sunday May 24, 2009 at 4:20 pm
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    @tokyorose … the gigs went very well yesterday. the afternoon gig was downtown and part of the Smooth Jazz Festival. of course, it was pretty crazy with something like 20 venues plus the big stage, and several bands playing each venue.

    the evening gig was a trio, and the atmosphere more relaxing, though we still played some demanding latin-jazz, with fast tempos and lots of solos.

    i think there were a few cougars at these events, but not sure. ;o)

  • Sunday May 24, 2009 at 8:20 am
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    @tokyorose … the gigs went very well yesterday. the afternoon gig was downtown and part of the Smooth Jazz Festival. of course, it was pretty crazy with something like 20 venues plus the big stage, and several bands playing each venue.

    the evening gig was a trio, and the atmosphere more relaxing, though we still played some demanding latin-jazz, with fast tempos and lots of solos.

    i think there were a few cougars at these events, but not sure. ;o)

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