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06 February 2009 @ 05:52 pm
a night in  

I’ve had LA Confidential from (the Irish equivalent of) Netflix for about two months now, and so, because Ted is going off to watch the new Punisher movie, which I’m sure is too violent for me, I’m going to have A Night In. It will involve popcorn and orange juice and hopefully a kitty snuggling up with me, and possibly a viewing of Stardust after I’ve watched LA Confidential, but probably not because there’s some kind of international dance competition thing on TV at 9 that I kind of want to watch.

I spent a while practicing my tin whistle this afternoon (I need a tin whistle icon). It’s been about 6 days shy of a year since I crunched my hand and stopped practicing, which I’d been doing almost daily in January last year. I’m not nearly as good at reading the music now as I was after a month of practice last year. Also–and this isn’t new, just a comment–unless I already know what the tune sounds like, I really have no skill at all at timing or note lengths. I mean, I know what 4/4 time or 3/4 time or whatever *is*, but it’s meaningless in terms of trying to make the tunes sound like music. Conveniently, this particular book comes with a CD so I can hear the tunes played, but I have to find the CD….

In other news, the colors for Chance #4 are done, and it’s going to be a really truly gorgeous issue. Sadly, I don’t have an update on when Chance #2 is going to be out, and probably won’t get one before next week, because New York Comic Con is this weekend.

‘k. I think that’s all for the moment.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: contemplativeanticipatory
Beshterbeshter on February 6th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
I have the same exact problem with music...except I studied music for years and majored in it once. Imagine my Professors surprise when I told them I couldn't read music.

Worst feeling ever.

But I did have this demonic flute teacher who made me learn. I'm still not great at it, and as I sing more than I play an instrument I tend to fall back on my old habits of listening to the melody. But if I REALLY try at it, I can sometime eek out the tune.
Lady Doomlithera on February 6th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Y'know, at some point, if you're in person, I can help with that sight reading thing.
kitmizkit on February 6th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's a matter of practice, really. I could do it when I was a kid. :)
Lady Doomlithera on February 6th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
*chuckles* I have musical talent in a way that could never be a career but is still entertaining. I can play pretty much anything without strings.
kitmizkit on February 6th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
...I'm envious!
Lady Doomlithera on February 6th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
It is a talent. I'm just not good enough at any of them to make a career out of it and you almost have to be that good to keep playing the instruments I liked playing.
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on February 6th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
The easy solution to your tin whistle icon situation is to put your tin whistle into a visually appealing situation and take a picture! :)
Xixpioti on February 6th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
An Irish musician (as in, an Irishman who plays, not just someone who plays that style) once recommended Mary Bergin's albums as something to listen to if you want to learn tin whistle by ear. I still haven't gotten 'em, but I've been a bit distracted. :) I mention this because I have a similar problem with the music, mainly because I'm used to playing exactly what's written, and that's not how Irish music is really played.
kitmizkit on February 6th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
This CD is in fact with Mary Bergin playing. I don't have the exactly-as-written problem (probably because I've never done anything nearly as intensive as you've done musically), and am already inclined to change things when they don't match the music I know. That doesn't bother me. I just need practice reading the music, and I have to put some time into listening. :)
Min: Retro/Oohphantomminuet on February 6th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
You are so going to love "L.A. Confidential". I wish I could be watching it for the first time again.
kitmizkit on February 6th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've seen it about five times. :)
madkestrelmadkestrel on February 6th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
...and possibly a viewing of Stardust after I’ve watched LA Confidential...

Okay, now that is an unusual combination. But they're both wonderful movies - have a great time!
Krystntwin_trauma on February 7th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
Hmmm. Going to NYCC tomorrow and planning to pick up Chance #1. I will brow beat them (DB, right?) until they tell me when Chance #2 will be available. OK, really, I'll just ask or at worst use my mommy voice. Have a great night.
kit: chance_heroineaddictmizkit on February 7th, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
Awesome. You do that. :) And have fun at the con!