Sunday, May 16, 2021

Mutterings - May 16

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Tweet :: Mob
  2. Chill :: Breathe (deeply)
  3. Toe :: Hold
  4. Early :: Riser
  5. Plenty :: Drink
  6. Repeat :: Mark
  7. Blank :: Mind
  8. Quarter :: Note
  9. Synapse :: Connection
  10. Earlobe :: Pierce

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Almost ready to record

I have a first go at recording my ARSM diploma programe tomorrow - I've done a few rehearsals already but tomorrow it is on a rather different piano, a Steingraeber piano at Shackleford's a local piano dealer. If it doesn't work tomorrow I have another morning booked, so I can choose the best recording for submission.

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

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Mutterings - 20 Feb

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Row :: Column
  2. Happy :: Grumpy
  3. Storm :: Welcome (to my life, at present!)
  4. Clink :: Restaurant (the local women's prison at Styal runs a restaurant called the Clink, sometime we're hoping to go)
  5. Mindful :: Calm
  6. Massage :: Flesh
  7. Water :: Reflection
  8. Bingo :: Shout
  9. Stomped :: Snow
  10. Farm :: Barn

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Mutterings - Feb 17

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Mime :: Siegfried (must be that BBC Radio 3 is doing Wagner's Ring this week - though I have problems with that Opera!
  2. Jinx :: High
  3. Animal :: Run
  4. Woman :: Gender
  5. Correspondence :: Matching
  6. Eggs :: Pancake (this is what happens when I do this late)
  7. Tax :: Code (tries to find mine on gov.uk!)
  8. Lima :: Ponte (Portugal rather than South America - we went there in 2019)
  9. Squander :: Waste
  10. Expert :: Driver

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Mutterings - Feb 3

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Recording :: Sound
  2. Tumble :: Drier
  3. Fixate :: Obsess
  4. Border :: First (He's at the border first.. he turns and.. the end of Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale)
  5. Humming :: Bird
  6. Scratch :: Orchestra (see Cornelius Cardew)
  7. Exhausted :: Mine (as in excavation)
  8. Gurgle :: Pipes
  9. Nostalgia :: Musical
  10. Squeak :: Bubble

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Mutterings - Jan 28th

This week's (well last week's!) free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Wanting :: Waiting (maybe the old Access card ad - "taking the waiting out of wanting", maybe yearning of separation)
  2. System :: 4 (ICL...)
  3. Home :: Screen
  4. Excessive :: Alcohol
  5. Handy :: Andy (I think the cleaner rather than any TV person!)
  6. Traditional :: Carols (listened to some earlier)
  7. Buying :: Scheme
  8. Tone :: Lean (tanned..)
  9. Modern :: Technology
  10. Needing :: Loving

Over the town

First thing in the morning is good for quiet walks, sometimes you get a sunrise but Monday was cloudy though with lockdown it was good to be out and enjoying the cold quietness.
View of St Paul's - it was the day the church remembers St Paul that day!

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Mutterings - Jan 24

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Finale :: Season
  2. Old man :: [of] Hoy
  3. Sticking :: Plaster
  4. Hardship :: Fund
  5. Change :: Better
  6. Suppose :: Assumption
  7. Jacket :: Bomber
  8. Volatile :: Cocktail
  9. Five :: Fingers
  10. Pajamas :: Trousers

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Teaser - err Tuesday - Jan 21

The rules are:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) 'teaser' sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title and author of the book that you’re getting your 'teaser' from .. that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you've given!
He took a beer out of the fridge or made himself a mug of tea, and while Roxana perched on the sofa to paint her toenails with deft strokes of silver glitter he told her about providing technical support to editors who could spend days honing a manuscript, somehow manage to lose all their work with a couple of keystrokes, and want him to recover it for them.

It sounds highly responsible business.

From a book group book of a few months back - `Constance' - Rosie Thomas - I'm a little uncomfortable with some of the phraseology in that quote, but I was very impressed back when I read this very powerful story of loss and re-connecting - see this review

Teaser Tuesday is hosted here if you wish to go and thank Ambrosia or get other ideas.

Monday, January 18, 2021

In a window

On alleged Bue Monday here's something to encourage, spotted this in a currently closed cafe on a walk
unfortunately, it has now gone, probably Christmas decorations, the words changed periodically. You may also spot me!

Monday, January 11, 2021

Across the car park

An early morning shopping trip produced these lovely winter colours in the snow and the unromantic surroundings of a supermarket car park.

Mutterings - Jan 11

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Crass :: Trump
  2. Raging :: Trump (is this a competition ;) )
  3. Delivery :: Turpin (highwayman - nearly!)
  4. Cash :: Outmoded
  5. Streaming :: Music
  6. Trip :: at home
  7. Business :: Call
  8. Tiger :: Jungle book
  9. Sneeze :: 7 dwarves - more Disney!
  10. Bribery :: Trump (again!)

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Mutterings - Jan 6

This week's free word associations from Unconscious mutterings are:
  1. Discount :: Dat Count (sorry!)
  2. Gluttony :: Christmas
  3. Hype :: Social media
  4. Imposing :: Edifice
  5. Segment :: Chord (I think a geometry connection here rather than musical)
  6. Controlling :: Abuse
  7. Suspicious :: Glance
  8. Prime :: Function (maybe 2n - 1?)
  9. Auction :: Car
  10. Epic :: Agile (software terms strike back!)

New Year

Another new year and as an intent let's try to breathe more new life here with some catching up and positive views. An early morning walk today along the local canal, quiet, frosty with the local birdlife giving a reminder that some things still go on. A bit too cloudy for good dawn pictures but then a boat with some heating appeared after rounding a corner under a bridge.