Without music, I tend to get distracted easily. Or I clean. Something about having to study or write a paper makes a person realize how cluttered/dirty the space is. So much so that everything has to be cleared before a modicum of work can get done.
I've found rap in a different language isn't too bad to study to either. It's engaging enough, but since you can't understand the words, it doesn't distract too much.
Whenever I had a big exam the next morning, I'd also often put a movie on and study at the same time. Of course, the movie couldn't be too intellectual, which is why it was always either a horror movie or a chick flick. I've simultaneously cultivated a love of zombie flicks and a continuing abiding disgust with chick flicks.
A fellow Master's friend and I studied hardcore for the exam and I went in ready to write a dissertation on the entire history of Flamenco. What I found instead were questions such as: "Name one flamenco performer you saw/heard this semester and what it made you feel."
It appears I should have spent more time examining my own feelings rather than how the migration of gypsies in Spain caused the diaspora of styles from Andalusia and the Romani people.
Eh, to each one's own, I suppose. Not to say that my time at CalArts wasn't valuable, because it was. Nor that it wasn't difficult. I actually lost weight during my time there because I never had time to eat.
It was an amazing two years jam-packed with experiences, which I believe better equipped me for life rather than say, a course about Tolkien books that I don't remember now (yes, I took an honors course at UW entitled "Reading Tolkien").
It was a school of hard knocks, in a way.
- I've accepted a position as an office manager and content writer at a design firm called UX ROBOT, Inc. It's temporary for now, but we're all very excited to be embarking on this project together.
- As mentioned before, I've started teaching flute in the Seattle region. You know you have an awesome student when your phone goes off with a Final Fantasy Victory Fanfare and she (at eight years old) not only recognizes it, but can name it.
- Also, for you writers, the WriteOnCon conference starts this Monday, August 13th. I'll be there, editing, critiquing, and getting some feedback on my writing as well.
- I'm putting together a musical trio that will remake/medley-ize some favorites. Look forward to our work!
- I had the privilege of sitting in on a rehearsal of Seattle's newest dance company, Ate9. It was beautiful and raw. I can't wait to see their final work in progress at the end of the month. The performance is called "Sally meets Stu" and it's August 31, in the Century Ballroom. During the open rehearsal, we got a chance to talk to Danielle Agami, the choreographer and director of the dance company. She said many interesting things, including how "98% of all human experiences are shared" and how performance is not about hiding, but exposing yourself on stage...
Both are things I'd like to explore in my own writing and performance in the future.