May 13th, 2007



After an unusually stressful week at work, it was great to have a lovely date Friday night with the_ogre at the Fly Trap Restaurant, where we enjoyed delicious cuisine along with fine jazz music adeptly performed by my voice teacher blueclews, accompanied on piano by Ken Muir. boyziggy also provided a bit of piano entertainment at home later in the evening, which Aaron and I quite enjoyed.

Saturday was my usual voice lesson and contemporary band workshop rehearsal. We've now covered eleven songs in workshop, including two new ones today, one of which I like and the other I'm lukewarm on, but I'm not singing lead on the latter as it turns out. With the new songs I'm getting some additional opportunities to play keyboard, which is good practice. I feel confident that we'll have a good show, especially as we're trying to schedule an extra rehearsal on Thursday of each week. We do need to earmark some time to work on vocal harmonies; though I'm singing lead on most of the songs, having three singers among the five musicians is a definite plus.

Last night I did nothing of note, and today lazed about most of the day until I forced myself to start on some much-needed laundering and housecleaning. Ziggy pitched in soon after coming home from the opera; he's much better about this than I, normally. While life is generally good right now, motivation is at an all-time low and procrastination at an all-time high. Hopefully I will find some way to reverse this trend.

Josh Kornbluth Show alert

The episode of the Josh Kornbluth Show (joshkqedblog) that boyziggy and I saw filmed live is airing tomorrow night (Monday May 14) at 7:30 p.m. on KQED 9. No idea if we'll be in any of the audience shots, but the guest, Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson, is worth watching regardless. If, like us, you lack decent television reception, you can watch it streaming or download the podcast soon after the show airs.