Saturday, April 17, 2021

Mutterings - Apr 17

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Casino :: Royale
  2. Bone :: Dry
  3. Painting :: Contemplate
  4. Market :: Prices
  5. Shocked :: van de Graaf
  6. Curbed :: Dog (training)
  7. High :: Noon (I must be on a film kick)
  8. Quiter :: Patch
  9. Playroom :: Aughton (my aunt used to be on the staff at a children's residential nursery there back in the 50s)
  10. Feed :: Twitter

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Mutterings - Apr 10

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Song :: Funeral a moderately recent first performance of an early work of Stravinsky (who died 50 years ago this week.
  2. Glass :: Philip (I've started on Music!)
  3. Boat :: Skye (Song!)
  4. Junk :: -et
  5. Sheet :: (three) to the wind
  6. Knit :: Purl
  7. Gift :: Horse
  8. Truck :: No (with such and such)
  9. Small :: Bug (but they never are!)
  10. Title :: Noble (titled aristocracy)

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Swans

On a walk this week along the canal I passed 2 swans who were clearly far more interested in potential prey in the water rather than the threat from a human, I was little more than 1 metre from them.

Mutterings - Apr 3

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Bingo :: King of the Mornings (Brazilian film about the melt down of a TV personality)
  2. Sound :: Depth
  3. Correspond :: 1-1
  4. Moving :: Emoting
  5. Inch :: Shuffle (towards)
  6. Clog :: Wooden (I have some for the feet when piano playing)
  7. Video :: Nasty
  8. Bark :: Bite
  9. Cloud :: Memory (going fuzzy)
  10. Pig :: Napoleon (Orwell's Animal farm)

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Mutterings - March 27

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Frog :: Spawn
  2. Milk :: Yogurt
  3. Waist :: High
  4. Thrift :: Shop
  5. Brick :: Yellow (Road)
  6. Kneel :: Homage
  7. Rotate :: Axes
  8. Jumpy :: Lambs
  9. Style :: Rococo
  10. Bruise :: Ugly

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Mutterings - March 21

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Horse :: Saddle
  2. Green :: Fauré - one of his settings of Verlaine
  3. Stomach :: Strong
  4. River :: Wharfe
  5. Flirting :: Side-eye
  6. Red :: Shift - astronomical and the Alan Garner book
  7. Eating :: ones words
  8. Thyme :: Basket
  9. Eyeglasses :: Monocle
  10. Speak :: Silence

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Mutterings - March 13

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Keen :: Commander!
  2. Charger :: Arab
  3. Wearable :: Wristband
  4. Owl :: Tawny
  5. Head :: Salome (and John the Baptist!)
  6. Cow :: Frighten
  7. Records :: 78s
  8. Countdown :: Final
  9. Base :: First
  10. Kid :: Deceive

Saturday, March 06, 2021

ABRSM Performance Diploma

I see I first posted about my intention to do the ABRSM diploma 10 years ago - it's still not done, but I'm getting to the point of asking for the date! Here's my thoughts from 2011 The programme has changed a bit since then (as have the piano teachers, though I'm now back with the same one as then),and I'm now doing the performance diploma which is slightly easier and intending to submit it remotely - here's the lineup
  • Scarlatti Sonatas in C K 308 and 309
  • Stravinsky Tango
  • Chopin Mazurka in C# minor Op 50 No 3
  • Scriabin Preludes Op 11 Nos 10 and 13
  • Mompou Cancion e Danza no 6
  • Rachmaninov Etude Tableau Op 33 No 3 in C minor
The last 2 items are my own choice, I see 2 items are the same as in 2011, hopefully here I've lived with them a good long time, hoping to submit in April. Here's a recent video of me playing the Stravinsky.
very chunky chords! A couple of rhythmic issues still to be addressed!

Still waters

To go with the post from the end of Jan of Macclesfield in the snow, here are a couple from this week where it feels as if Spring has nearly arrived.

Mutterings - March 6

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Clap :: Carers
  2. Vision :: Perfect
  3. Prone :: Fall
  4. Congratulate :: Certificate
  5. Lean :: Hungry
  6. Thrill :: Chase
  7. Chrome :: Browser
  8. Host :: 127.0.0.1
  9. Learn :: Look and (magazine from the 60s - or was it the 50s?)
  10. Smell :: Rich