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Where the pigs don't fly - shadows of echoes of memories of songs
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Where the pigs don't fly
Gods, I'm tired. Surely some day soon I'll find the time to rest and recover...? (See subject line.) Anyway, earlier this week I managed to get myself into a minor road-rage incident, which wasn't very interesting but involved dangerous driving and a lot of subsequent unpleasantness from some van-drivers, and a lot of shouting on both sides which I'm certainly not proud of allowing myself to get drawn into... but which really wasn't adequate justification for them letting my bike tyres down while I was inside trying to register a complaint about them with the people who were employing them at the time. I'll be giving a statement to the police if they ever have time to take it (they didn't turn up yesterday morning when they said they would, though I stayed in all morning waiting), but I don't delude myself that they'll care: 5 years in Cambridge has taught me that being an ugly girl on a bike is quite adequate justification for earfuls of verbal abuse from any vehicle with an open window, and if you shout back, then, well, whatever they do to you, you asked for it, didn't you? :-/

Fortunately there's been a lot of positive goings-on as well to offset the hassle. In the last couple of weeks we've been to 3 gigs, 2 clubs and 3 plays, most of which have been great (and the rest of which have at least been interesting in one way or another) so it's small wonder I haven't had time to write them up! I'm not actually trying to beat last year's gig-a-week average, but October's a good time for it: lots of stuff happening to convince freshers that Cambridge is great; my finances picking up again after the summer; the weather grey enough outside that hiding away in dark smoky venues full of beer and guitars seems like a good idea; warm enough to not mind being poured out onto the street late at night with sweaty t-shirts, aching feet and ringing ears.

I've also been pretending (in my head, at least) that I'm a fresher, and signing up for loads of new stuff. Last month I started going to tap-dancing classes again (I did it for a while at university but let it lapse), and I'm loving it. There's something about the sound of tap-dancing that just picks me up and makes my feet dance; even the simplest little tappity-tap step that we learn makes me feel all excited to think that I'm making that magical noise with my own feet! I'm not very good at it yet but I'm picking up the steps again quickly and trying to keep focused on getting the technique right as well -- it's like with all (other) languages, I've got a flypaper memory for the vocabulary which tends to make me lazy at putting in the groundwork with the grammar, and then further down the line I suddenly find I'm floundering.

Then earlier this week I auditioned for Peterhouse College choir. Singing in a chapel choir is something I've really missed since leaving Oxford, and I've been meaning to do something about that ever since coming to Cambridge, but it's taken me 5 years to get round to it. I was fairly nervous about the audition -- it was the first time I'd done any kind of audition since freshers' week in 1996, and that was for Hertford College choir, and I didn't get in. (Pembroke Choir didn't bother auditioning, though they probably should have tested the drinking ability of prospective choir members.) But the organ scholar at Peterhouse was friendly and made me feel a bit more at ease as he put me through the sort of aural tests that you get in music exams (again, something I hadn't done since the mid-90s) and got me to do a bit of sight-reading. I thought my sight-reading was messy, particularly in terms of getting the words/underlay right (though, bah, if you get "Praise him, the hea- [page-turn]" you can be forgiven for guessing "heavens"; but then when you realise the word is actually "heathens" you find yourself midway through entirely the wrong vowel-sound), but when I'd finished he looked at me and said "Well, sight-reading obviously isn't a problem for you!" Which was reassuring. Anyway, they're happy to take me if I can keep up with their rehearsal schedule; it's going to be a bit busy, but I'd like to try it for a term and see how it goes.

[Things I meant to write about at some point: gigs, patterns, work, spots, lost songs, and flapjacks. Don't hold your breath.]

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pseudomonas From: pseudomonas Date: October 7th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Anyway, they're happy to take me
Hurrah!
taimatsu From: taimatsu Date: October 7th, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm impressed with the tap-dancing and singing. Does one have to have particularly good balance for tap-dancing? :)
j4 From: j4 Date: October 7th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not really sure... you have to do a lot of jumping (though not very high) and stepping mostly on your toes (i.e. on the tappy bits), so if walking on your toes (not on tiptoe as such, basically just on the balls of your feet) requires lots of balance then, um, yes, probably. (Dunno if that helps at all.) I was always told that I wouldn't be able to do it because of having weak ankles, but I actually found that it really helped my ankles, which really made me feel like a Noel Streatfeild heroine. :-)

If you think you'd enjoy it (& can find lessons you can afford -- I'm currently paying £4 a lesson, just for a general order-of-magnitude wassname) it's probably worth a go! It's really good fun, and good exercise for the legs. Though I really probably need to do something that exercises something other than my legs for a change...
From: bibliogirl Date: October 7th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
shuffle-hop-step, shuffle-hop-step, shuffle-hop-step, stamp, stamp, oh good grief why do I remember this stuff? I gave it up aged 10...
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: October 8th, 2005 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I started when I was about 7 or 8 and took about 18 months to get even as far as a time step. Which is about when I stopped, at about the same age as you.

Unrelatedly, Janet, I do like your "Where the dance is" sidebar, which I've only just noticed.
From: hsenag Date: October 7th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
5 years in Cambridge has taught me that being an ugly girl on a bike is quite adequate justification for earfuls of verbal abuse from any vehicle with an open window

n years in Oxford and Cambridge makes me think that the essential ingredients here are "bike" and "vehicle with an openable window".
pseudomonas From: pseudomonas Date: October 7th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds about right, yes.
lnr From: lnr Date: October 7th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I get more abuse fat than thin.
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j4 From: j4 Date: October 7th, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
*giggle*

Probably just as well I didn't mention that I got the old boiler to work properly yesterday, too...
From: besskeloid Date: October 7th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
letting my bike tyres down while I was inside trying to register a complaint

That is entirely dishonourable. Oaves!
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