May 21st, 2012


Writer's Block: Eeeeeeeek!

What animal (or insect, etc) are you most afraid of? Was there a specific incident that led to your fear, or is it just a general thing?
Animal: Dogs. I don't like dogs. They scare me. I don't know why, other than many of them are big, fanged, rambunctious, and noisy. But even the small yappy dogs startle me and make me mildly nervous.

Insects: Wasps. Because while I've never been stung, I know what they can do, and something about them... they just radiate a "don't fuck with me" vibe. Probably why one of Lyria's creations is a spirit similar in personality to a wasp.

This weekend

Saturday night, I got tired early, and went to bed by midnight. Because of this, I woke up at 8:45 AM. And because of *that*, I changed my plans. My initial plan was to go to the OTO's gnostic mass at 3 PM, then go on to this "Rhythm" thing at DeForest House. Since I was up so early, I decided to go to the UU church, which I hadn't done in a while.

The UU church service this week was mostly music, and there was no sermon. It seems that the pastor who was supposed to do the sermon was elsewhere, tending to his wife, who had gotten hurt. (She'll be fine, I hear.)

The sermon was, thus, replaced by this three-part music thing that was very beautiful but long enough to get tedious toward the end.

After the UU service, I went to the library briefly. Then I went to the gnostic mass. Almost didn't make it in time, because I missed a bus stop. But I made it, and it was beautiful again.

When I was done there, I left for the Rhythm thing at DeForest House. Basically a drum circle kinda thing, lots of drums and stuff there to choose from. That was lots of fun, I'll definetely be going again.

One of my favorite things I tried there was combining two instruments together. There was this pair of bell-like things welded to a u-shaped metal rod, which was fine on its own, but at one point I put this pair of wooden clackers in my hand, one half in the hand holding the bell thing. Whenever I hit one clacker with the other, it caused the bell thing to make a metallic clank at the same time, which I liked a lot.

I found, while there, that I'm really good at finding a place in a group's playing to fill a hole with a simple complimentary bit. For one example, I rang the bell at a certain point in the pattern. A lot of what I did was counting, or feeling the pattern, until I got to the point I did my thing. Though I also did some continual pattern stuff, like 1 2, 3... 1 2, 3 continuously. When it came time for me to start something and lead, I was horrible at it. I chose to try to mimic a song bit I made up the other day, but it was too complex. I had a hard time doing it right, a hard time getting into the rhythm of it, and an even harder time maintaining it. We were about halfway through mine when I gave up and changed to something simpler, and by that point I doubt anyone noticed.
But all in all, I had a lot of fun, and I will most definetely be going back to next month's Rhythm thing. :-)

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