Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Livin it up at the Hotel California





Sittin' in the morning sun, I'll be sittin when the evenings comes....
Sounds great doesn't it Lorraine! (She will be here tomorrow around midnight. She's on MY time schedule now) Mwaaaaa ha ha haaaaaa. We have lots of work planned for LaM. I have found the ultimate printer/embroidery place. They will be making all our t-shirts. g-strings, journals, hats, etc. We're getting so pro about all this "swag" as Lorraine calls it. I'm sure Sherpa, our faitherful bodygaurd would love a g-string..he could use it as a sling shot when we do small bar gigs. So, we'll keep you updated.

I also want to publicly swear to play the violin more often. I used to be a first rate violinist. Oh how I loved the symphony and the opera. For many years I put my violin away and didn't play it. When I met Lorraine, she sent me her old violin...(the one she wrote all the Flash Girls songs on.) Because I hate the fact I can't play like I used to, I don't play very often. Something happened to me today that made me remember how much I loved to play. I shouldn't let that talent waste away. So, as of this day, I will start playing REGULARLY. There's no NO reason to let the past repeat in the future. (Maybe I could bribe Lorraine and Kitty to go see Joshua Bell.) He did The Red Violin Soundtrack. Check out his website.www.joshuabell.com
THAT music inspires me!

We will be sure to let you know what day we are doing the LaM-CAM conference. I'm sure it will be hilarious. Dan, you'd love to play dress-up in all these costumes! Ce-le-brate good times COME ON!



photos taken in Santa Barbara on Sunday..

18 Comments:

At 4:22 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

I played the violin and viola for fourteen years and then stopped cold turkey when my teacher told me I had to choose between going to a music conservatory with plans to go pro or not coming back anymore. I loved playing but was tired of performing, so I never went back.

I'd taken my violin and viola out maybe three times in the eight years since then, playing Christmas carols along with my grandfather-in-law who just started taking piano lessons. I kept my instruments at their house, even.

After listening to "Mirror, Mirror" and then going back and re-listening to Folk Underground and even some Flash Girls I felt inspired, though, and retrieved my viola. It still feels very familiar. My fingers still remember some of the songs I practiced over and over for competitions. I wish I had all my old music.

Lorraine gets some amazing tones out of her violin, and amazingly clear! I am in awe of her. I remember how hard it is to record a violin without it sounding shrill. (So I guess I am also in awe of her soundperson.)

Maybe I'll look for some music online to play when I get home today.

 
At 6:42 AM , Blogger vandaluna said...

Wow danth guyth, bring your violin to Baltic Con.

I will be in Nirvana being around so many wonderfully creative people. Music is such a special thing and I've always loved going to parties and someone(s) pick up a guitar(s) and start jamming. I've never been able to do anything with music more than appreciate it. My daughter, otoh, is becoming quite a gifted pianist. It is so awesome to have hear her play.

And Malena...that you can play at all is fabulous! You can always get better.

Hmm...bat-wing thongs? Oooh!

 
At 7:42 AM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Playing is one of those things that will come back to you, you can walk away form it, but at some point it will start nagging at you, until you have to do it again.

I am glad Missie Malena is going to start up again, two violins would be SO much fun.

There are actually three different violins on MIRROR MIRROR, hardunger ( an 8-stringed intrument from Norway ) , an electric 5-string , and my regular guy.

 
At 10:57 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

A good friend of mine was a gifted violinist in his younger years, and stopped during college - now he has MS and wishes he could play again, but his right hand won't cooperate. Between that and reading all your posts, makes me feel like trying to get back into the piano again - I stopped during college and have never really played since. That's great your daughter is doing well on piano, Vanda, my 3 learned enough to read music and play with two hands, but none of them really loved it enough to pursue it farther. And I agree with danth on Lorraine's playing - it is phenomenal, I have nothing but respect and admiration for anyone who can play that instrument - its gotta be one of the most difficult.

 
At 11:22 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

(I love that I am now "danth". LOL)

I want to see this hardunger!

 
At 12:53 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Danth, tried to take it's picture but my camera seems to be weird. I'll try again when I get back as it is a cool instrument. It has a Dragon for a scroll at the top.

Now I am off to the gym, then the airport.

And then SUN! ( tho not perhaps at midnight when I arrive )

 
At 2:40 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Wow! Lots of folks returning to instruments put aside. Congratulations to all of you!

 
At 2:42 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Oh! I did a quick Google on "hardanger violin" and it came up with pages of hits, including pictures. You might also try "hardingfele."

 
At 5:58 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

By "see" I meant "examine in person, possibly hold (at your discretion), and perhaps even attempt to play (with your indulgence)". Which is to say: I don't suppose you're bringing it to Balticon? Regardless it sounds *lovely*.

 
At 6:16 AM , Blogger K said...

My poor fiddle hasn't been played for ages, but I'm hoping to go back to it once life's calmed down a bit (like, post-wedding). Sad to say, I was never very good, but I love my fiddle. It's a piece of our family history - my great-grandfather, who was a carpenter, made it himself!

My violin teacher played violin, viola and rebec. I always fancied learning the rebec properly - the soprano one is perfect for small hands...

 
At 9:45 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

K, how lovely to have such an heirloom! I am sure you treasure it. What the heck is a rebec? Never heard of it - tho I am guessing a tiny string instrument? Hopefully you will find some time and space after your wedding (when is this happy event??!?)

 
At 10:33 AM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

I am normaly a very mild tempered gal, but let me tell you , tuning the Hardunger fiddle brings out evil in me! It may not come to Baltic Con. I want to have fun!

 
At 11:36 AM , Blogger mistress mousey said...

Should I worry that when I read the phrase "g-string" the Squid Boy started kicking me? Yay for swag!

And while I've never played one in my life, I LOVE the sound of violins - keep up the string chatter!

 
At 1:59 AM , Blogger K said...

Ivenotime - This'll tell you more than you really needed to know about rebecs: The Rebec Page. They come in soprano and tenor sizes (and possibly more) - the soprano is tiny, and usually rests on your waist rather than on your shoulder, while the big one is balanced on your knee and played like a mini-cello. Or at least that's how they did it in my teacher's Early Music group.

 
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