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Three New Awesome Pieces of Gear

One of the major advantages of having almost no possessions is that I can spend time to make sure that each thing I own really is the best possible product. I spend hours researching alternatives for just about everything major that I own, hoping to find something good enough to warrant the hassle and expense of replacing an existing piece of gear.

I got pretty lucky this time-- I have three new pieces of gear; two replaced more than one item, and all three cost less than I sold the old ones for.

I've written about my Epson R-D1s rangefinder a few times, and it's responsible for all of the pictures on my Flickr. I thought that I'd never give it up, but there's finally a new camera that is tempting enough to wrestle it out of my hands.

Early On a Sunday Morning: The Cello Recital

On Where Pianos Roam

On Tuesday, May 31, I performed on the cello in public for the very first time.  My teacher, the lovely Ms. Ronda Armstrong, orchestrated a charming little recital for her music students in the library of the Stratford Montessori School in Nashville's Donelson area.  There were three very young piano students and two adult cello students who performed. 

Before the recital started, we did a quick practice in Ms. Armstrongs music room, and I totally bombed on every piece.  Thankfully, I've always accepted this as a good omen.  I always wind up playing well when this happens.  I guess I just needed to get all the nerves calmed down and ironed out. 

After the practice, all five of us walked in singe-file line to the library.  We sat in the back, and before too long, the show began.  On the piano, all the kids that played were just adorable.  Jordan Widener played "Donkey" and "It's Halloween".   Sam Crow played "Minuet and Trio" and "I've Been Wishing".  Later on, Bella Dobson performed "German Folk Song" and "Kangaroo Family".  Watching them reminded me of a couple of piano recitals that I did when I was young.  I hope all of them continue to perform music in one way or the other.  It's just a fun skill to have even if you don't do it professionally.

Then, it was time for the cellists to play.  I was on first and played two solo pieces ("Go Tell Aunt Rodie" and "May Song") while Ms. Ronda accompanied me on the piano.  Here's a photo.  (There's a look of determined Asian concentration on my face.) 

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