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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Hot Summer Nights

It still is summer, I think...until the twenty-second of September. And it is quite warm here. I haven't had a guitar lesson in a couple of weeks. Monte is getting the school kids back and rearranging his schedule, so we have been missing. I haven't practiced much (I know, shame on me) and I dread lessons when I don't practice. Not that Monte cares, but I do, because I feel like I am wasting his time. I try to have questions when I go, because he likes that. He said many of the kids come in and just go through the motions...never asking questions about anything. Monte plays a variety of instruments. Tonight he had a keyboard lesson, a guitar lesson (several, I believe), a banjo lesson and he tells me he also teaches violin. Anyway, we hand an excellent lesson tonight. I asked Wicked Kitty about taking a break, and did she think I should do it. Never one to give advice (darn her), she merely talked about when she took piano lessons and had a summer break. So, Monte and I talked about it before the lesson began and he said to take a break. He thinks a month off will do me good, re-energize me, so to speak. Said he will always find room for me if I come back after a month, and if I don't, it's okay. Tonight we ended up playing two Springsteen songs together, and I ALMOST kept up with him. It is fun. I signed up for photography classes and I am looking forward to those. It is for digital cameras and I called and said I had and SLR and could I use that and the instructor got all excited because it is the same camera she has. I don't think the camera makes a lot of difference. Michele uses a point and shoot, as does Bean, and their pictures are as good as my camera takes. Hmmmm, maybe it is the photographer and not the camera.

8 comments:

Sassysam said...

I'm sure it's not the photographer, mia, your pictures are great. You sound like me, trying out lots of new things, always on the move. I have a point and shoot, and I love it, fits in my pocket. The pictures are ok, and sometimes I even get a good one (by mistake, I am sure). Keep playing the guitar, just have fun with it.

Ben said...

Kitty plays piano AND is an artist! A multi-talented cat. I have an old 35 mm camera which is getting harder and harder to find film. I know I should get a point and shoot, but I don't have a lot of things to take pictures of!

Jen said...

I played the guitar for awhile in high school. Never took lessons, but just kind of picked my way through tunes. I still pick it up now and then and play, but you need to build those callouses up (I don't know how to spell that!). Anyway, have fun with it and have fun with the photography class. How's the training for the race?

Jessica said...

Keep that guitar close by and keep playing. As for the photography, I also have a point and shoot. It's small and easy to carry around. I mainly take pictures of kids, and that is always fun.

Elizabeth said...

I use an inexpensive camera at the day care. I use it once a week and let the older kids take pictures with it that I put on my bulletin board. The parents love to see the pictures and some of them are actually very good! The kids love to see something that they have done on the board. I help them print them so the task is all theirs.

Wicked Kitty said...

Luv the visual of the rock-n-roll (guitar teacher) violinist.

My grandpap taught himself in his retirement years to play the violin. Story goes he sold a valued, engraved family heirloom pocket watch for a "no so worth it" violin bkz great grandpap forbade a violin in the family home.

My piano playing ability stems more from a love of the piano and perseverance over the years rather than any real talent. So Mia, while all good social workers never give advice, there is a moral in the story. Somewhere. Pretty sure. I think.

BTW, my 2nd fav instrument is a tie between the sax and fiddle.

Cathy said...

I love the sax! We have a CD of sax music because my husband played sax in high school and we both love to listen to it. And mia, you must like Clarence if you like Springsteen! We like the milder sax music for listening, but Clarence is good!

ginger said...

I play no instrument so I have no comment on that other than those of you who do, I applaud you.

I love the roller blade shots and I am with Jessica, I think who couldn't stop on roller skates. I could skate like heck but would run into the nearest wall to stop.