Sunday, March 9, 2014
This week I played Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins. I've never really liked the movie very much but I love Julie Andrews so I would always watch it with my older sister Sophia (it's one of her favorites). Its a pretty easy song but I will admit I didn't practice it that much because I was super busy...My time management skills are really lacking and I know that I should put this project before going on my phone, but sometimes it's hard to treat this like it actually is worth a grade. It doesn't seem like school in the traditional sense to me.
I'm thinking about playing Someone's Waiting For You in my presentation. I really like playing it and also I feel like its right at the level of difficulty I want to be at. It isn't final but it definitely is one of my front runners to play. I am kind of hoping to dedicate more time to my project now that we don't have to blog every week, but at the same time, soccer is starting. I know I can come up with all the excuses in the world to put this off, but one of the things I am learning from this project is relaxing and easing up on the stress about school because it seriously isn't worth it 99% of the time.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Here is the video as promised even though it is a little late! This week I chose "Someone's Waiting for You" from Disney's "The Rescuers". This is my absolute favorite childhood movie and I used to watch it every day after preschool with my mom. This song embodies hope for the future, and to never give up because there is always someone who loves you whether you know it or not.
This week we were asked to review the overall 20 time project and what we liked and disliked. I like the idea of the project. But on the other hand I hate the need to succeed, I know failure is an option but seriously, who likes failing? I think this project could be a vehicle for great things but this whole format doesn't really work that well for me. Each week I have to do something in order to be able to blog about something interesting,and I know the blogs are the English aspect of the project, but sometimes it is stressful to have to learn a new song every week that is ready to be heard on the internet. I do enjoy watching the Ted Talks and learning what other people are doing but I feel like my project isn't really up to snuff with these other people Ted has featured, and I wish there was some way to fix that. The solution would be to devote more time to it, but with all the school activities and homework and everything it's hard for students to devote the full amount of time necessary to accomplish something truly great.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
This week I chose to play Hello by Lionel Richie. I didn't really know this song before I played it but I actually really like it now! It wasn't the hardest song I've played so far, but I'm still working up to a higher level of playing slowly. The song I'm playing next week is more challenging so the upcoming week will require lots of practice time!
I spent the entire week from last Friday to last night in London and Paris, and I think I'm in love with those cities and just Europe in general. I honestly have never experienced anything like Europe in my life. The landscape went from brand new sparkling skyscrapers to buildings that were centuries old and rich with history. We sang in two churches and two theaters, and the experience was surreal. We even saw "Book of Mormon" which is easily the funniest musical I have ever seen. We got the chance to have a talk back with Gavin Creel, who plays Elder Price in the musical, and he was one of the nicest most down to earth famous people I have ever met. He told us about how he got into musical theater and it was extremely inspirational, because even though I won't be pursuing music as a career, I still was able to learn hard work can get you far in life. Throughout the whole trip we were surrounded by music and exposed to the culture of Great Britain and France. Unfortunately since I was in Europe the whole week, I was unable to practice my piece as much and I wasn't able to work on my presentation at all, but in the coming week I am hoping to progress more in that area and maybe in the next month or so, be able to choose which song will be featured in my presentation.
Monday, February 10, 2014
This week I chose Baby of Mine from Dumbo. My mom and I used to watch this movie together practically every day after I would come home from Preschool. It brings back a lot of child hood memories, and playing it wasn't too difficult. There are quite a few sharps and flats, but that's just how music is, and I have discovered that through the songs I've been playing so far. All of them seem to be in different keys, and I'm learning how to learn and stretch my hands far enough to reach all the keys. I actually switched songs midway through the week because the other song I was planning on playing was not even close to being ready. I figured that I could crank this one out and continue to practice the other one and save it for another week so that it would sound good.
So for my presentation, I've been brainstorming a bit. I know for sure as I've said my topic is "Relaxation Through Music". I have a rough idea for the overall format of my presentation. It will be similar to this order...
-Open with talking about my first project and how stressed I was about it
-talk about my new project
-play something on the piano (song to be determined and I would have to figure out where to put the piano and how to transition smoothly)
-talk about the different things that are stressful in my life and the average teen's life
-demonstrate how I've been using piano as a way to relax
-wrap it up somehow (I haven't quite gotten that far yet)
Maybe this makes absolutely no sense, but it doesn't have to be perfect. My main concern with this presentation is to really just getting my point across, and of course relax. Grades are important too, but those are my main priorities. It is nerve wracking to speak in front of people, but being a choir kid I know I can overcome that, and I know the acting class I'm taking will also help with my stage presence. Even if I don't qualify to speak at the Tedx event I can still possibly play piano during the transitions and even that would be a great experience.
Next week over break I will be in London and Paris with the choir, and while I know this has absolutely nothing to do with my project, I am going to try and find piano playing somewhere, or maybe even a piano I can play. I plan to take pictures of all the things I see relating to music and maybe they can be included in my presentation. Who knows! A bientôt!
Sunday, February 2, 2014
This week the song I chose is Beautiful by Christina Aguilera. This is a great song, but my playing could have been a little better. I am still working on finding the right amount of time for me to practice each day and figure out what the level of difficulty I am able to do well with. The song I want to play next week is a little more challenging because it has lots of flats and sharps but I'm hoping it'll sound better.
So over the weekend I was in Findlay, Ohio at the Findlay Fest show choir competition, and was unable to progress as far as getting my presentation idea more concrete, however when I was looking through the sheet music we have at my house I did find a book full of Disney music that I used to play out of sometimes
1) Baby Mine from Dumbo
2) The Ballad of Davy Crockett from Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
3)The Bare Necessities from Jungle Book
4) Bella Notte from Lady and the Tramp
5) Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo from Cinderella
6)Best of Friends from The Fox and Hound
7) Candle on the Water from Pete's Dragon
8) Casey Junior from Dumbo
9) Cruella De Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmatians
10) Chim Chim Cher-ee from Mary Poppins
11)Ev'rybody Wants to be a Cat from The Aristocats
12) A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes from Cinderella
13) Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins
14) Following the Leader from Peter Pan
15) Give a Little Whistle from Pinocchio
16) He's a Tramp from Lady and the Tramp
17) Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor's Life for Me) from Pinocchio
18) I Wan'na Be Like You From Jungle Book
19) I Wonder from Sleeping Beauty
20) I've Got No Strings from Pinocchio
21) It's A Small World from the Disneyland World Attraction "Its A Small World"
22) Jolly Holiday from Mary Poppins
23) Kiss the Girl from The Little Mermaid
24) Lavender Blue (Dilly, Dilly) from So Dear to My Heart
25) Little April Shower from Bambi
26) Let's Go Fly a Kite from Mary Poppins
27) Love Is A Song from Bambi
28) Mickey Mouse Alma Mater from The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Show
29) Mickey Mouse March from The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Show
30) Once Upon a Dream from Sleeping Beauty
31) One Song from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
32) Part of Your World from the Little Mermaid
33) Saludos Amigos from The Three Caballeros
34) The Second Star to the Right from Peter Pan
35) The Siamese Cat Song from Lady and the Tramp
36) So This is Love from Cinderella
37) Some Day My Prince Will Come from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
38) A Spoonful of Sugar from Mary Poppins
39) Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from Mary Poppins
40) Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid
41) When I See and Elephant Fly from Dumbo
42) When You Wish Upon A Star from Pinocchio
43) Wistle While You Work from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
44) Winnie the Pooh from Winnie the Pooh
Sunday, January 26, 2014
This week I played Alone by Madonna. I am so happy with how my playing is coming along. It was nice this week to come home from midterms and just play for a half hour to help myself relax. Really what I've discovered by playing the piano again is that it is a great way to not think about all the things going on in my life. It is so low stress, and healthy to be able to use my brain in a way I don't always when I'm at school. The good thing about having all my music on YouTube is that I have something to show for what I've been doing, and it's concrete proof I am working hard.
As far as things I've been doing this week regarding my presentation, nothing really has been done. I've watched a few Ted Talks to try and get some more concrete ideas for my presentation, but at this point I've got nothing. My one new idea is actually to play something during my presentation. I don't know exactly how that would work, or even if that's allowed, but I think it would showcase all my hard work, and especially in June if I am really far along with my playing, and to demonstrate how playing is relaxing because I most certainly will not be relaxed during my presentation. Like I've said the past few weeks stress is what I'm leaning towards, but now that I think about it, I could present about finding relaxation through music, which may be more unique.
I am really excited to even have a small chance to talk at the Ted x Grosse Pointe South HS, I think that would be such a unique experience, and who doesn't want something like that to put on a college application?
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Wow what a week! We had 3 snow days and I babysat my cousins for all three days and was unable to post I Dreamed a Dream until today when it was finally quiet again (or as close to quiet as it gets at my house). I chose I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables because it is a beautiful song about how life let the character Fontine down, she lived a horrible life after the man who got her pregnant left her, and this song can speak to anyone, even if they didn't suffer as much as Fontine did. I think really what the song is getting at is that you should dream as much as you want but sometimes reality sets in and you're left with nothing, and when you have nothing, its time to start a new dream and carry on because you can't just sit around looking at the broken pieces of your life.
On a different note, my sister is a senior this year, and it is a long standing tradition that all the seniors in choir have to sing a senior solo in the final concert of the year, "Broadway". Her voice teacher had us order a book of sheet music in the hopes of helping her decide what song to sing, and it has many songs from Broadway musicals. I've decided one of my goals is to learn a bunch of songs from it and when she picks the song she wants to sing, I want to be able to play the accompaniment to help her practice because she has done so much for me and I want to be able to do something for her. The songs in this book are from a slew of musicals, some more well known than others. There are a bunch of musicals I have never heard of on here so this will be a good thing to broaden my horizons in the musical theater world.
1) And This is My Beloved from Kismet
2) Another Suitcase Another Hall from Evita
3) The Girl in 14G by Kristin Chenoweth
4) Goodnight, My Someone from The Music Man
5) How Lovely to Be a Woman from Bye Bye Birdie
6) I Could Be Happy with You from The Boy Friend
7) I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady
8) I Have Dreamed from The King and I
9) I Loved You Once in Silence from Camelot
10) I'll Know from Guys and Dolls
11) If I Loved You from Carousel
12) In My Life from Les Miserables
13) In My Own Little Corner from Cinderella
14) Is It Really Me? from 110 In the Shade
15) It Wonders Me from Plain and Fancy
16) Lovely from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
17) Make Believe from Showboat
18) Many a New Day from Oklahoma!
19) Much More from The Fantasticks
20) My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music
21) My White Knight from The Music Man
22) No Other Love from ME and Juliet
23) Once You Loose Your Heart from Me and My Girl
24) Out of My Dreams from Oklahoma!
25) The Simple Joys of Maidenhood from Camelot
26) Simple Little Things from 110 In the Shade
27) Sixteen Going on Seventeen from The Sound of Music
28) So Many People from Saturday Night
29) The Sound of Music from The Sound of Music
30) There's a Small Hotel from On Your Toes
31) Think of Me from The Phantom of the Opera
32) Till There Was You from The Music Man
33) We Kiss in the Shadow from The King and I
34) What's the Use of Wond'rin from Carousel
35) Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again from The Phantom of the Opera
36) Without You from My Fair Lady
37) Wouldn't it Be Loverly from My Fair Lady
In class on Friday we watched a Ted Talk and I'm not quite sure how I felt about it...I've given speeches at my church for the last 3 years in the Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival and won twice and moved on to the District level, but we are allowed to have notes in front of us when we are speaking. I'm not afraid of speaking, I'm more afraid of forgetting what I want to say, and picking a topic. Because of changing my project, it may be more difficult to decide what to present on, but I am confident if I watch more Ted Talks and I can get a better understanding on how they work, since I had never even heard of Ted Talks before this year.