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Interest In Music March 4, 2018

Filed under: Musical instruments — Janet @ 6:00 pm

28468084_1886242118054536_3684617893976741023_n  Playing the flute in the time of Anne Boleyn



Eric Clapton June 18, 2016

Filed under: Eric Clapton,Guitars,Music,Musical instruments — Janet @ 7:04 pm

eric clapton  Slow Hand at 70     Eric Clapton’s 70th birthday concert at the Albert Hall in London

Great listening!


A Photo That Looks Like A Painting March 24, 2016

Filed under: Music,Musical instruments,Paintings,Photos — Janet @ 5:43 pm

Violinist  A Russian violinist scheduled to play a piece by Prokofiev with the Seattle Symphony


Recorder Playing Again November 16, 2015

Filed under: Music,Musical instruments,Recorders — Janet @ 3:00 pm

Apart from singing in the church choir, music has been taking a back seat in my activity schedule.  BUT – I have resumed                  that activity with my attendance yesterday at the meeting of the Moss Bay Recorder Society over in Kirkland.  And happy was I to be playing again even if I couldn’t remember much of what I knew before and I have developed arthritis in my hands since I last played 3 (?) years ago.  The fingering was difficult.  But I was very happy to be playing again and to meet up with some old friends.

IMG_0001 photo of husband Ian, unrelated to recorder playing except if he is listening

003    Katerina lurking behind my scarves, pretending she is not listening    miscellaneous-ian-009 photo taken in 2009, Janet trying to play the bass recorder


Larry McMurtry’s Memoirs October 3, 2011

Filed under: Authors,Books,Music,Musical instruments,Recorders — Janet @ 9:15 pm

  I have now read all 3 volumes of Larry McMurtry’s Memoirs.  Slightly out of order since I waited for the soft cover edition of the one pictured above.  This memoir is actually the 2nd  of his 3.  The first one was titled Books and the third one was titled Hollywood.  I am a fan of Mr. McMurtry and have read most of his work.  We are of similar age, that’s part of the attraction.   He is a prolific writer and his themes/topics are of interest.  He loves books – so do I.  But he is a successful author – I just dabble.

As well as trying to read through my long list of unreads, I have joined another recorder playing group.  A small group which meets on Tuesdays at mid-day.  Most of the members are advancing beginners.  That is the category I fall into in an effort to learn the bass clef and play my bass recorder.  Here is a sketch I did a few years ago in Dublin – this is supposed to be an aide memoir to help me remember the positioning of my fingers in relation to the notes produced.  I did the sketch in my painting group there at Kenilworth – I miss that group very much – as well as the lawn bowling which we did in season.  Old pals well remembered – it’s time to move on as I find myself 6000 miles away with new friends to make and new activities to build on the former ones. 


  this is not the photo I was looking for – this is the Yamaha alto, my first recorder that I bought in Cambridge England

This is the photo I was looking for:


Small World July 19, 2011

Filed under: Music,Musical instruments,Recorders — Janet @ 2:34 am

This past week was so interesting at the Early Music Workshop, named Port Townsend, but now held at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma – only every 2 years so it was a real opportunity to find that this was the year.  I really liked the setting and the ambience of the University.  It seemed a smallish college/university – very attractive and elegant brick buildings, not too far apart except the distances seemed to lengthen the more musical instruments one had to carry – and the shorter the time between classes.  Oh well, I was glad I wasn’t lugging one of those big viols.  A music stand and several recorders and a bottle of water and a miscellany of other items seemed quite enough.  The university is expanding and there was a fair bit of construction going on – it was hard at first to find one’s way around – some people got lost.  I didn’t get lost but I did miss several events due to poor planning, mostly on my part.  The security system was daunting for getting into the main building where everyone was staying and was the focus for many of the events.  Actually getting into the building was o.k. since the main door  was unlocked during the day – but then there was the problem of getting into one’s suite (shared with 2 others) and then into one’s room.  By the end of the week I finally had those keys and locks figured out.  I was on the 3rd floor of this building so that of course added to the drama – fortunately there was a lift/elevator.  I had 4 workshops each day, interspersed with coffee and meal breaks.  The locations of these workshops did shift a bit.  Of course, the dining hall was in yet another building.

What a surprise it was to find that among the 75+ participants and 15 or so tutors there was actually a classmate from Middlebury, for one; and two, a woman hailing now from Kelowna B.C. but who went to Trinity in Dublin and went to secondary school on Zion Road – when we first moved to Dublin in 1968 we lived on Zion Road, just a block from the school she attended.  I walked past it every day.   Her attendance there preceded our arrival but all the same, that’s quite a coincidence.  I so enjoyed chatting with her about all things Irish and Dublin.

  a sample view of part of the campus

  another view

  one of my classes – that’s me on the left in blue

  Trimble Hall – our dorm and action center.  The dining area was down the hill to the left – not far.

  Our percussion group – a bit blurred but never mind, maybe that’s what happens if you play percussion all the time.

  my room was on the 3rd floor


  Elizabethan dance instruction in mid-air

Another very nice thing about this week-long workshop was that by the end of the week I was getting to know various people and where they came from.  Hopefully we will be able to get a little group together of people who live near me here in Seattle and I’ll be able to play more often than the once a month meetings of the Seattle Recorder Society.


Continuing the Thread June 2, 2011

Filed under: Music,Musical instruments — Janet @ 1:18 am

I am just going to go back a few days to write about what kept us busy before we went to Anacortes.  Womderful visits with old friends.  One of my college roommates, Rachel, and her husband, Jim, came to Seattle en route to a Road Scholar trip in the San Juan Islands.  After graduation from Middlebury College, Rachel came out to Seattle to teach in one of the elementary schools in West Seattle.   A year later I came out to visit her and ended up staying and working here for about 8 months.  This was back in 1959-60.  It was through Rachel that I was introduced to Mary Ann who was also a teacher and needed a third housemate in Magnolia.  During those months when I was here in Seattle, Rachel and Mary Ann and I had many good times together.  Now 50+ years later we added to the good times as of old.  In the meantime through the years our 3 lives had intersected at various points and in many different parts of the globe – Colorado, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Minnesota, Hawaii, London England, Heidelburg Germany, Nairobi Kenya.  The list could go on.  Let me just say that it’s very special to get together with treasured friends of many many years.

  Rachel and Mary Ann,  at the University of Washington, May 2011

A few days later we had a visit from a friend of almost as many years – a neighbour from Dublin.  Again I could tell you of many ways in which our lives have intersected.  In this case it was a chance to get caught up not only on his news but also life in Dublin. 

  Ian and our friend Phillip

So now after these wonderful visits we feel more in touch with the world we left behind in making this move to the far Northwest corner of the U.S.  And the visits also opened our eyes a bit more to travel opportunities for the future.

Meanwhile here in Seattle there was a big music and entertainment festival over the 3 day Memorial Day weekend.  On the Monday, just back from Anacortes, I was in time to participate in one of the events.  Folklife 2011.  The University of Washington Klezmer Band.  I only recently joined but the convenor was kind enough to include me in the big performance.

  University of Washington Klezmer Band, on stage at Folklife 2011.  I’m there with the blue shoes, behind the fiddle player in red.  The girl on the cello is the choir director at Ballard First Lutheran where I’ve been singing for the past few months.  It’s thanks to her, Maren, and the director Ethan, that I have been included in the band.  There are numerous clarinets.  A very talented group and fun to play with (or at least hold my clarinet and try to play).  The photo is courtesy of Ann Maki, who was in the audience.

Folklife was really big.  Very very crowded but our performance venue was fine.  A large theatre, nearly full.  The music was so catchy that some of the members of the audience danced in the aisles.  That was such a boost to see.

After the performance I wandered around for a little while but found it just too crowded to enjoy it for long.  I did buy something though.  I am signed up for a Music Camp, the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop, scheduled for July 10-16.  This is primarily for playing the recorder but a couple of percussion workshops are on offer and I want to give that a go.  With that in mind, I found a sweet little hand drum, made in Vietnam.