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March 30, 2008 at 11:29 pm 1 comment

What is it like?

Quite a few people want to know why I make such a big deal out of piano competitions. Well, I didn’t really have an answer so I wrote a story. I dramatized it a bit and experimented with a different writing style to make it more interesting, and the rest is history (or should I say reading….) enjoy!

Words That Cannot Be Spoken By Me.

The ground seems to be shaking as I rise from my seat in the audience and walk up to the piano bench. On second thought, maybe it’s just my stomach. I cannot believe I let my piano teacher talk me into doing this again. You would think I would have learned my lesson after the first time. Or the second! But alas, I did not.

I’m so not ready!

I should be. I’ve had months and months to prepare, but something else always seems to get in the way of practicing. Juggling high school, friends, family, youth group, volunteer work, and activities is stimulating enough, but to add piano competitions on top of all that? Way. Too. Much. Again, I can’t believe I let myself get talked into doing this. Did I really think I had what it would take to ever become a professional piano player? What does it take to be one anyways?

Ugh. Too many questions, and now is not the time! Right now, I need to concentrate on making a delicate art come out of my trembling fingers. The adjudicators are still fumbling with their papers and making comments from the last performer. I wish they would hurry up. I could only imagine what dazzling remarks they were writing about the girl who had just played that beautiful Beethoven, and what miserable ones they would write about my Chopin. After all, I had barely memorized my piece yesterday, and everyone else seemed like they could have performed their pieces in their sleep.

All right, stop. You’re being negative again.

They adjudicators are handing the comments off to the assistant now, which means that any minute they’ll call on me to announce my piece. Gulp. Now the fat one with the ugly sweater is nodding towards me. Please legs! Don’t fail me now! I stand up and announce my piece to the audience. Thankfully, I remember it’s in major, not minor. Why do all of these classical pieces have such complicated names? I liked it much better when pieces had short, easy names. I really hope I don’t mess this up. Most of all, I hope I don’t start crying again.

The tears I hate the most because they’re uncontrollable. Most of the time I don’t even want to cry, but it just happens. I’ve heard a quote once that said, “Tears are words from the heart that cannot be spoken” so maybe that’s why I always cry when I finish my performances. I just hope that I won’t this time. I look out at the audience. Now all eyes are focused on me, posed and waiting for me to begin. I can’t delay any longer. Please God, just don’t let me completely butcher it. Just let me get through this. Hesitantly, I position my hands above the keys and press down.

Such sweet relief comes to my ears.

My hands, the same ones that had been trembling with fear mere seconds before are now assuredly moving as though they actually know what they are doing. Temporarily, I falter and the music dies. Please God. I know I’ve got to keep going. I’ve worked to hard to give this up. More assuredly this time, I begin again and focus only on the music. I continued to float up and down, twirling loud and soft out onto the keys until at last I come to the wonderful section known as the last measure. I lower my hands to the sound of the last note dying away, and practically melt with relief. I cry; but these are happy tears of joy that don’t embarrass me at all. Instead, these are liberating tears that seem to say from my heart to me “It’s over now. I knew you could do it.”

All right, well hope you guys liked that, cause there’s more to come in the future!


March 28, 2008 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

Tuesdays with Jane

“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.”

-Jane Austen

March 25, 2008 at 4:38 pm Leave a comment

Happy Easter!

Hey All~

I hope you all have a great Easter, and remember the real reason for the holiday 🙂

I’m excited- the “Easter Bunny” brought me a plane ticket to Arizona over Spring Break….. I can’t wait to be warm again! So ready for Winter to really end!


March 23, 2008 at 6:16 pm 3 comments

Tuesday’s with Jane

“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”

Jane Austen, Emma

This one was for you, Josh 😛

March 19, 2008 at 5:15 am Leave a comment

Tuesday’s with Jane

“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”

Jane Austen, Emma

This one was for you, Josh 😛

March 19, 2008 at 5:15 am 1 comment

My review of Ever

A few days ago, I finished reading my second ARC, which was Ever by Gail Carson Levine. Now I have long been a fan of Levine’s writing, because it really does flow like magic. The book Ella Enchanted has remained (and will remain) on my list of all time favorite children’s books. Her characters are detailed and the plots are beautifully executed almost without fault. Although I didn’t really like Fairest, her last book, she has fully redeemed herself with Ever.

I knew I was going to like this book, because yes, I judged it by the cover. I thought both the artwork and the title were a great indicator that this was going to be a very satisfying read. There were certainly parts that were lacking something, but for the most part the book flowed very smoothly.

Ever follows the story of Kezi, a mortal girl, and Olus, the god of winds. Distancing itself from Levine’s other works, Ever appears to be based off some little known or highly modified myth. I really love myths, and wish that more authors would make variations of them, so this was a real treat! Although there were times where I wasn’t particularly fond of the characters (mostly towards the beginning), by the time the plot had thickened and become a matter of life and death I was thoroughly hooked.

I also found Ever intriguing because it was one of the few children’s books I’ve read that asked life questions, like what if the God I’ve believed in my entire life isn’t real? To see what I fully mean by that it is essential to read the book, but it has to do with Kezi finding out that her god, Admat, might not be real. The whole plot of the book after the first hundred pages centers around the god thing, the romance thing, and the life thing. Without giving too much away, I would say that the ending and plot twists were well executed and some were definitely able to surprise me!

After reading and reflecting, I feel that Ever may be a deeper book then it appears at first. There are some HUGE issues addresssed, and certainly some responses worth reading. I’d recommend this book to later pre teens through teenage girls, and maybe a few guys. Fans of Levine’s other works will truly enjoy reading Ever.

It comes out May 6th, 2008.

March 17, 2008 at 2:08 am 1 comment

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