Blog for pianist, composer, and improviser Catherine Marie Charlton.
Monday, August 23, 2010
back from cape cod
Catherine Marie & son at Cape Cod
We had a lovely family vacation to Cape Cod last week, despite the fact that I was inbetween books and had no idea what to do with myself during the little one's naps - with no piano and no yoga props and not immersed in a book. I was even out of magazines- did a crossword puzzle and browsed our hosts' bookshelves. Learned a thing or two about homeopathy and natural cures for babies, also got to think a lot. We're back home and today was a great day. Got the yoga studio (i.e. my old office before I moved the computer to the piano studio) set up and even squeezed in a short yoga session. Went to a new library and had fun picking out kids' books and several for me- even made my way through most of a book about organizing and throwing stuff out- physical and mental clutter. Was a good affirmation for the work I've been doing to live in each moment and actually DO the stuff I want to be doing. Tonight I had a great piano session - worked haltingly through a Hanon exercise in all 12 keys - lots of stumbles, but boy did it feel great to have warmed-up fingers- amazing what that one exercise can do. Then improvised for a long time. Lots of neat rhythms and patterns coming out from the Hanon and lots of sinking into old songs of mine (but ones I hadn't played in a long time, so old friends). Recorded a bunch but nothing really in one smaller chunk that I feel like posting. But, tomorrow is a new day!