Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Brass Monkey

You might remember that a couple of weeks ago I purchased a used flute from a local woman who no longer plays. I was pleasantly surprised when I looked at it because it was in such great condition. While it's only a "beginner" flute, it still plays nicely and has beautiful sound quality. My fingers were twitching with anticipation and the first time I played, I played for over 3 hours!

I was really proud of myself, too, because I picked it right up and played pretty well. I'm amazed that I am still able to read the music and that I remember the fingering too. The only notes I have trouble with are the ones that I was just learning when I stopped in junior high (the really, really high pitched ones) and while my fingers still stumble over some of the faster music, I play very well. There are 2 things that are holding me back now though. The first is that the music books I currently own are the advanced ones from when I was younger. I need to find music that is maybe one step lower so that I can build my way back again. This is an easy fix, I just have to find a music store that sells music. I haven't really looked yet, so I'm sure I'll find one soon. The second thing is that I don't have a music stand anymore. And because of my back problem, I can't sit on the bed or the floor for hours playing the flute like I used to....not without being stiff afterward anyway. So I've been looking on CraigsList for a free/cheap metal stand. In my search, I came across this beauty:

Isn't it pretty? It's an adjustable brass stand-pretty rare, I'd say. I mean, I've never actually seen one in person so I know they aren't a dime a dozen anymore. The guy was asking $50 for it-which is probably a fare price, but much more than I wanted to pay. So I offered him $30. He countered with $40 and while that's also a good price, I'm sure-it's still more than I wanted to pay. And it's not something I really NEED...so I wrote back, telling him that if he decides that $30 is OK, to please let me know.

And he did! I asked B1 what he thought about it and he thinks that if I can get it for $30 and I want it, I should get it. (Which is what I knew he'd say-he's a firm believer that I should buy pretty things for myself-and while I won't be wearing this-I can see it being pretty in our home for years to come!) Now, the only thing I'm waiting for is a time for me to go pick it up. It lives about 1/2 hour away from Boston and we're going away on Friday morning...so I'm hoping that he will let me get it tonight after work.

Hopefully by tonight I'll be playing slightly too hard music on a beautiful old brass music stand!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Birthday Cake #9

Here is my first sketch of this year's cake for Rye Bread. She's having a karaoke party and I'm thinking of having a read IPod under the cake in a platform so music really plays out of it. However, I don't think this screams karaoke party...even with the added microphone in front. Trouble is, kids her age would have NO idea what a record player is-which is what my original thought was (it would have moved!) My other option is a Juke Box...but it'd have to light up.


What do you think?