Wednesday, August 25, 2004

it's not spring anywhere in the world, but look what's happened -

an engagement

an anniversary

a wedding

maybe it's the olympics.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

after two hours of sleep, i shouldn't have been able to talk as much and as fast as i did during the interview. nath said i did really well, so i'm happy. now i'm nearly no longer a student! now onto job apps.

it was his birthday on sunday and i made him a mix cd. all the music on it fits into man with acoustic guitar or funk categories. it's all about sly stone, man.

his mum asked me to give a speech at his party on saturday. it is going to be tricking balancing being honest with sounding like a sap.

do you have three spare minutes? in my story, Brandon was swinging for a living.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

prac is winding up. i can tell i've been there a while because i really feel at home, and even kids that aren't my students stop and say hi. i can tell the other teacher's moods and we've all loosened up around each other. it's good. next week is the interview that my friend marty referred to as "more important than 4 years of study", in which i'll get a rating that determines how far i'll get to the top of the people education queensland should give jobs to list. daunting.

i've been looking at full-time music teaching jobs in private schools, and there are two - just from looking at today's paper - that look really, really good. one is at a grammar school up the coast and the other is where i've been doing vacation care.

if you're out there, wish me luck.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

music stuff.

i got this cd in the mail this week, and every note speaks.

this should also be a good album.

the next album i'd like to remember to get when i'm at the music store is this one. The return to CD of New York's favorite sons, the Holmes Brothers, is a welcome one. Indeed, while fans know what to expect — a killer mélange of soul, blues, gospel, and funk — those combinations are always surprising... music like this deserves to be played from every open window. This is the first great record of 2004.

did you know that you can go month-long music camps in west africa? how amazing would they be!

non-music stuff.

after i found out about the scholarship falling through i got really down, health-wise and mentally. i was in slump with school work, and was feeling uninspired, tired and sick. now i am acknowledging that i'm very sad that it didn't work out. happy to stay, but sad not to go.

that friend of mine is playing an hour-long solo set on friday night, and then the band he's in has an hour set. it's his birthday on sunday.

and now - radioactive boy scout.

Saturday, August 07, 2004

we stop every thursday night and talk outside before we go home. before, it could have been mistaken for coincidence. but now we both know that the other cares.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

time is funny. sometimes, maybe once every four months, i get a really strong sense of deja vu. today it happened when i was helping a kid who drives everyone else in the class crazy, and he was listening and caring about his work for this brief sliver of time. the last time i had deja vu like that was when we were all camping at Easter time, sitting around the table having dinner, and i got the feeling that i was making an important connection with someone there on that camp. i didn't know who it might be, but now i think i do.

i don't believe in astrology, at least the way they do it now, or fortunes or anything like that. but there is something real in those feelings that catch you by surprise when you are immersed in ordinary life. it's like revisiting a moment when you are only just living it for the first time, and even if it doesn't mean anything, at least for that second you know that you are where you are supposed to be.