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Over the past few years, I’ve played on and off with the Robert’s Wesleyan College Community Orchestra. As a percussionist, and one that can’t go to all rehearsals, I end up with small parts and get a lot of rests and tacets. (A tacet is a movement or long period of music in which a player does not play. Rather then writing out a page of rests, the music will say “tacet” after the title of said movement.) During tacet times in rehearsals I take out my sketch book and have some fun!
Here are my tacet sketches from late 2012 and this spring.
I got a job at a day care center. I get to take care of, play with, entertain, feed, and chase around tiny humans. My one moment of quiet rest on the job is nap time. Thus Nap Time Doodles were born. (Its even more fun when you sing the title to the melody of Juke Box Hero by Foreigner.) I LOVE my new job!! Playing with kids all day is crazy fun!
Thank you to everyone who followed my Christmas music countdown! Christmas Eve, Day and week were very busy for me and my family, and hopefully for you, too! I know I didn’t have much time for blogging or interneting. My blog has never received so many hits before (average about 10 a day- which is enough for me!) and most likely because I was just updating each day, but I think I may do a countdown like that again next December. However I may stick to a theme. .. either Christmas movies or strictly Christian based Christmas carols. Speaking of that, I LOVE singing Christmas carols,and there just aren’t recordings of all of them, which kind of bums me out. Singing in church for Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve is what makes Christmas so special for me and my family.
I hope you all had a family filled Christmas, and please have a safe and fun New Year’s.
Getting close and I’m running out of ideas!
*December 23* So This is Christmas – John Lennon
*December 22* You are a Mean One, Mr. Grinch…
Where would this world be with out the writings and illustrations of Theodore Geisel, AKA Dr. Suess?
The songs of the Whos may be catchy, but nothing beats this song about how horrible the Grinch is. Don’t act like the Grinch, kids, you’ll get nothing but coal for Christmas! Though Boris Karloff narrated The Grinch who Stole Christmas, singer Thurl Ravenscroft provided the singing for the television special and the recorded soundtrack. The Grinch who Stole Christmas first aired in 1966. The video below is just a selection of the whole song.
*December 21* Duke Ellington and his Jazz Orchestra- Jingle Bells
Fun Fact: Jingle Bells was originally a Thanksgiving tune!
*December 20* Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town- Jackson 5
Nothing beats an adorable little Michael Jackson. From the Jackson 5 Christmas album, this was released in 1970. I’m not a big fan of this song in general, but I love this version because Michael sure can sing, the bass line is groovy and you can dance to this version! Its not dry and square like other versions of the tune.