Piano Etudes in the Break Room

I am sitting at lunch with my trusty laptop, earphones in and classical music blaring. First, it was O, Silver Moon by Antonin Dvorak. Now, it’s Petite Piece Concertante, by Guillaume Balay. Next, perhaps a little Bach Goldberg Variations or Handel’s Let the Bright Seraphim. I love anything that connects me to my past, or makes me dream of the future. For that, I count on Hindemith, Ives, Cage, and Glass. I also (obviously) have a tremendous crush on trumpet virtuoso Alison Balsom. I listen to her, and I think, “if I’d only practiced a little more.” And then i think, “I will never be a leggy blonde.”

I was wrong. The next one is Procession of the Nobles by Rimsky-Korsakov. This is one of my favorite pieces of all time, because from the time I was little, my grandfather would play me the record of it in which my father was the star. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this or not, but my dad made all-state band three years running, and his senior year, he was the best trumpet player in the entire state of Texas. He got 26 scholarships, including one to tour Russia with Frederick Fennell.

I can’t even find my car when I park at the mall.

And now we’ve arrived at the first movement of the Hummel Trumpet Concerto, one of my favorite pieces to play of all time. It’s not that hard, and sounds so much more impressive than it is. I’ll have to dig out my copy and see if my mom will help me make a video. Did I mention that my mom is an accompanist?

Boy, did I get lucky.

My mom is not a pianist. She’s an accompanist, and it takes a musician to know the difference. You know, the kind of piano player that will catch your ass when you’ve accidentally skipped a measure? She’s worth her weight in platinum.

And on that note, I have to go back to work.

Oh, wait! One more thing! I had my first review today and I’m doing great. They asked me what career track I wanted to take, so I said that I wanted to do threat analysis so that I can make Linux Ninja my official job title. They said yes. I have to start studying for the GCIA immediately, which is good because in three weeks, I’m moving to nights. I can spend literally nine hours studying at a clip.

It’s a great day to be me, y’all. You just don’t even know.

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