So, it's a rainy dreary Saturday and woe is me because I must return to school tomorrow. Of course there are about a million things I feel I haven't accomplished but
Okay, maybe not at the start. And the start would be....I PASSED MY LEVEL 5 CLARINET TEST DESPITE THE FAILS AND EVERYTHING!!!
I received a score of "excellent" for all areas (technique, performance, tone, etc.) except for sight reading which I got an "average." I think this is too generous because I completely screwed up the sight reading the first time. ^^; However, to get into honors, along with an excellent performance score you must have an excellent theory score to match............OTL The passing mark for honors was a 92 while I scored a measly 89.
To add insult to injury, I received the exact same score as my rival, in both theory and performance.
Well, we're moving on now and my teacher wants me to skip ahead and take Level 7 test....which apparently is at the level of a high school senior who has decided to do a music major. (Level 9 is the last, apparently college level) Since I've come this far I'm determined to follow through to the end! I'll work hard....after spring break. (My clarinet teacher gave me the week off as well \o/)
The next day I did the obvious thing for a person like me. I slept in late and then settled down to watch Summer Wars WITH SUBS!! I tried downloading it first, thanks to links given to me by strawberrykaoru but apparently my poor laptop couldn't handle it so I decided to make a dvd of it after watching it to see if it was worth the trouble.
I loved it. Such a funny story and all the characters are so warm and loveable. You really feel like Kenji...first among all these strangers and then next you're a part of their family, cheering them on. I loved that feeling, that sort of "part of the movie" feeling. The slight plot twists were great. Although I still like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time better, Summer Wars is definitely worth making a dvd of. xD
On Wednesday night, I went out with some friends to see the musical Wicked!! This was pretty much the highlight of my break. :) Wicked is a sort of backstory about the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the North from Frank L. Baum's The Wizard of Oz. It's the story of how the two became friends and what lead to their respective roles in the movie. This was the first professional show I have ever been to so naturally everything amazed me. The grandeur of the theater, the beautiful sets and gorgeous costumes, and of course, the singing. Several times throughout the show during the particularly powerful numbers, I'd feel this weird sensation, as if the color was draining from my face. I'm not sure if that means anything, but to invoke that kind of reaction...well it was really amazing. ^^; My favorite songs were For Good, closely followed by Popular, and then even after that No one Mourns the Wicked. Despite all that, I love a good story...and that makes me really critical about plots. And the sets, the costumes, the singing...none of that could really detract from my irritation at some plot points. I don't wish to give much away, but what bothered me the most was the ending. The script writers just HAD to give everyone a happy ending. :/ In my opinion, for one certain character, the tragic ending worked really well for the story. Completely nullifying that made some other emotional moments really...dry. :/
During the intermission, my friend and I crept down to the pit. What we saw there was just...I don't know, the word "cool" doesn't quite describe it. The conductor sits on a really elevated chair so we saw him clearly throughout the entire performance but the other members don't deserve to be in a black hole like that. There were 4 huge keyboards arranged in a circle with a laptop balancing delicately on the edge of each. Outside of the circle there were about 5 chairs, 2 of them contained musicians - one on a trumpet and another fiddling with his blackberry. The other three were really amazing though. Each of them played 4 different instruments!! One played oboe, some sort of base oboe, and two other "oboe type" instruments. The lady next to her played flute, piccolo, a really huge flute, and some strange thin reed instrument, and the guy next to her played clarinet, base clarinet, soprano sax, and probably one more sax. (I couldn't see well) And all these people were on the left side of the conductor. Over on the far side, I spotted all the string instruments. Oh how I wished to be able to see everything up close! My friend and I were peering down there so long, the trumpet guy finally stopped playing and waved to us. XD
Friday was a big day as well. It was our 3rd attempt to visit the Academy of Sciences! (Our last attempt was back in February, I probably wrote about it.) This time Lady Luck smiled down on us (coupled with the fact we got up really really early) and we found TONS of parking spaces. :) As soon as we got to the entrance, the first thing my father did was buy a family membership. \o/ The museum itself certainly lives up to its reputation. The whole bottom floor (of 3) was converted into an aquarium were all sorts of exotic fish could be seen. 2 large domes took up much of the first floor -- one used to simulate a rain forest, the other used as a planetarium. The planetarium show basically consisted of the history of how our universe formed (all a review since I have an astronomy class at school) but I still enjoyed it a lot, considering the graphics make you feel as if you're flying through space. The featured exhibit was called "Extreme Mammals" and hosted many fossils. As you went through the room, you'd be following the path of evolution. It was really neat except by the time we got to the middle, it was closing time so we'll have to go back again some other day. Yay!!
The last few days I spent updating my iPod. At the end of 2.5 hours of downloading, labeling, inputting lyrics and album art, I had acquired 85 new songs. xD Those will keep me going for a while~
And now, just one final relaxing Sunday to spend. Time to prepare myself for the daily grind of things.