Moving, again, in about a week. I wonder when this will stop becoming a yearly ritual (slash feat of strength) for me. First to Washington, CT, to dump the contents of my apartment on my parents for a month (thanks, parents!) and then moving all that to NYC in August.
Moving involves lots of interesting chores. For instance, finding creative ways to use up the varied contents of the pantry and refrigerator:
Couscous, sun-dried tomato, a vidalia onion, green olives. And a cucumber. And some eggs! It only gets more improbable from here. Actually this was surprisingly good. I love this pan in the photo; it’s from the 70’s (I think) made by some Danes, and it weighs about 15 pounds. Found it at Salvation Army for $4!
Also, inner ear self- irrigation using a MUJI dishsoap pump! Highly recommended. Now I can hear high frequencies again. I’ve been seeing neti pots all over the place recently, but I really think ear cleaning is more necessary. People say I have tiny ears so maybe stuff just gets trapped up in there more easily.
For the past 13 years or so I’ve had these reels of 1/2‑inch tape sitting in the top of my closet. They were made by the legendary engineer David Hancock, the last recordings he made before his death (of Parkinson’s disease). I must have been about 11 when these tapes were made, and had been studying piano with his wife, Eleanor, for a couple of years.
Gene and Jason at the Fred Plaut studio rolled out their reel-to-reel machine the other day and helped me transfer them to digital files:
Here is 11-year-old me playing Prokofiev’s third piano sonata (approximately six and a half years before I learned what the marking p stood for):
Here is a little about the microphones David apparently used to record this.
Here are the Fred Plaut’s microphones, all in a pile:
The original cartoon that predicated this piece got lost a couple years ago, so I decided to re-draw it from my memory. I think this one is better because there is an added dog/sheep.
I’ve been doing headshots for a bunch of musician friends over the past few months. It’s a pretty enjoyable way to spend time, and mutually beneficial as well. My subjects always start out kind of awkwardly smiling into the camera for a few seconds, then turning away, self-conscious, and I like the process of getting them to gradually forget about the camera and act as though we’re just hanging out. Here are some of my favorites so far: