Monday, October 8, 2007


I slept until 11:30 am again today, second Monday in a row. I was up to 4:30 am working on a deadline, but allowing liberal amounts of time for making JibJab "Starring You" movies for dear friends and my for sister, whose birthday it is today. Happy Birthday, Diana!

At least I did not miss cello lesson again today, as I did last week. There is no cello lesson today due to the Columbus Day holiday. I've been taking it easy--it is good to take a break now and then, even if the work piles up while you meander.

I took a little extra time to practice the cello today, writing in some fingering for the church concert pieces. Until today, I had only sightread the pieces twice with the group, but hadn't found time to practice them at home. We have a rehearsal at the church on Thursday, and I am hoping to be reasonably prepared. Amazing how much a little advance figuring out of fingering helps.

Thanks to my friend Carol, who alerted me to its presence at the library, I have started reading The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax, a novel inspired by the life of Pablo Casals. If you read the message boards, you probably know that Casals' autobiography/biography, Joys and Sorrows, is available to read online. I think The Spanish Bow is only inspired by Casals, not intended to be an historical novel, but it will be interesting to compare the two.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip about 'The Spanish Bow'. It sounds like the type of book I like.

Maricello said...

Hi Rallentando, You might also like Marrying Mozart by Stephanie Cowell, about the woman who married Mozart, and her family. Cowell is/was an opera singer, like some of the sisters in the family. I loved this book.

I forgot to mention that the author of The Spanish Bow describes herself as a "serious amateur cellist." It adds a little more authenticity when the author is also a musician.