Jason (jcreed) wrote,

Yesterday: Got some work done, and then went on a spree of wasting time into the wee hours of the night in roughly 2 hour chunks. From 6-8 got some kazansky's and went to the monroeville mall with sally, bought a hat and gloves and other minor items. From 8-10 listened to the CMU Jazz band's concert. Good stuff, but I still have a hard time getting into all the brass instruments and such. The ideal of jazz for me is bass, drums, piano, and maybe one or two other solo instruments. Actually, now that I think about it, I should, among the people playing last night, especially complement maxim's job on the flute and whoever it was on the violin. They had some pretty awesome solos. I don't think anyone in the rhythm section got the chance to take much of a solo the whole night, which was sad. Anyway, I remain ever more secure in my conviction that the blues form itself is, however simple that it is, like, one of the greatest musical achievements of humanity.

From 10-12 I headed over to the OSC drill deck with music buzzing in my head wanting to play the piano there and found some other guy doing the same thing. So we dorked out over chord changes and he taught me a few more bits of how to play the early part of "paranoid android". Around midnight my fingers gave up and I left for home, but on the way ran into william lovas at the UC and he convinced me to go see the McConomy showing of "National Treasure". It was cheesy, but a fine bit of ridiculous entertainment for my dollar.
Tags: jazz, movies, music, piano

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    Well I am certainly glad I saw Arrival so that I get the wug joke in http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=29480#more-29480

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    Saw "Arrival". It did have some nontrivial linguistics content, but it still felt kind of wrapped up in a discernible layer of Hollywood Woo. The…

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    More things to add to the "chord progressions that aren't cliches-I-already-know-about nonetheless covertly appearing in multiple places" file.…

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