Saturday, December 4: The first few days of December were spent trying to go to the gym, but I wasn't successful until the 4th. I spent an hour in the gym exercising my upper back, traps, lats, biceps, sides, lower back and ab muscles. That was after 3.5 kilometers on the treadmill which included about 9 minutes jogging which was the first time I've tried running since injuring my calf muscle. It felt OK, but not quite 100%. More like 99%.
I had hoped to record this earlier in December, but finishing off my Masters Degree and my teaching semester left me with little time for hobbies. Now that I've finished studying (perhaps forever) and have almost finished teaching for the year, I can put most of my energy into the things that give me pleasure and music pretty much tops that list.
A collection of around 30 of my favorite Joe Hisaishi melodies minus a few I had to leave off to keep this under 20 minutes. No many people write melodies as clear, memorable, and .. well "melodic" as Maestro Joe Hisaishi:
A montage of books I've read these past few years with ratings out of 5 dancing bananas given for each accompanied by Danny Elfman's Serenade Schizophrana:
Saturday, December 4: I had a real nice post-exercise afternoon nap listening to the heroic (and at times etheral) sounds of James Horner's score for Star Trek 3: The Search For Spock which was recently expanded and remixed by the busy boys at Film Score Monthly. Here's the majestic and contemplative piece that opens the film:
November 1 - 12: I started the month by coming across this video of Christopher Parkening performing "The Days Between" from John WIlliams' 1998 Stepmom score. That's john Williams conducting in the background and Christopher Parkening also performed on the soundtrack CD.
Tuesday, November 2: I started the month a day late with 20 kilometers on my exercise bike in the evening after work with a season 1 episode of Star Trek DS9 to help pass the time:
Here I am late at night when I should have been sleeping practicing Wes Montgomery's arrangement of "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face" from the 1964 film My Fair Lady. The sheet music is included below for any other guitarists out there. It's a beautiful arrangement with a lot of interesting (and difficult) chord voicings:
Oops, my anticipated personal best half marathon time was ruined by a calf strain just three kilometers into the race. On the positive side, I got a free ride in an ambulance with the siren on. And I still got my completion medal: