The other night I had a nightmare that I was going to play a concerto with an orchestra and on the day on the concert I realized that I forgot to practice the fast part of the concerto…. So I started to look through the music wondering if I could sightread and it was impossible. I panicked like crazy and ran to the conductor but couldn’t think of an excuse, I couldn’t just say ‘I forgot to practice the difficult part of the concerto because I wanted to focus more on my tone in the slow part….’’ Anyway this post is longer that I thought it would so long story short the anxiety was unbearable and I was SO HAPPY to wake up!!!
Anyone else had any scary musical dreams? Please share them with me!!
In 2008 a concert was held at Tokyo’s 14,000-seat Nippon Budoukan venue to mark 25 years of musical collaboration between composer Joe Hisaishi and film maker Hayao Miyazaki and as a thank you Hayao Miyazaki created this portrait which would be used for the event poster.
This massive concert featured performances of these signature Miyazaki film scores composed by Hisaishi, conducting from the piano, and the 200-member New Japan Philharmonic World Dream Orchestra, along with six featured vocalists, the 800 combined voices of the Ippan Koubo, Ritsuyuukai and Little Singers of Tokyo choirs, plus a 160-piece marching band. Altogether there were some 1160 musicians and singers on stage, backed by images from Miyazaki’s films projected on a giant screen.
I had a dream that I was Peggy’s understudy in Hamilton and it was my first time going on but I was hungry so I brought a sandwich onstage and ate it during The Schuyler Sisters. I was also on my cell phone for a lot of the performance (which was like a mini iPad, on full brightness). Also the guy playing King George did a Rent 20th anniversary tribute during You’ll Be Back by being wheeled in on a giant couch (???) and dressing like Roger. And he tried to moon the audience like Maureen does but his belt was too tight so he just gave up. And when I wasn’t onstage I just casually sat in the audience. Patti LuPone was the music director, and at one point she stopped the show to say to everyone “You know how much music arrangers are paid? Not enough!!!” One of the set pieces was supposed to be wheeled over to stage left and someone just pushed it real hard and watched it go and the whole cast stopped and watched in horror cause we thought it was going to fall off the stage (it didn’t). This all happened in a high school auditorium and the set pieces were amateurish but yes this was the official Broadway production, and it was a sold out house. After the show I found one of the theatre staff and asked if I would be paid. She scoffed and said “eventually.”
To play in the Orchestra
Was the Orc’s dream
They announced they were looking
To build up their team
He ran out from the crowd
Hearing nothing but screams
Til they heard him play trumpet
do you hate being ignored? Want to be a child prodigy and have all the solos and love to back stab people for that first chair?? Want nothing but melodies and egos??? The violin is just for you!!
if you were bad at the violin, fear not! The viola is waiting with open arms!
if you have expressive facial expressions, like to rock back and forth, and if you have been called "overly dramatic" in the last five days, the cello is for you!
want to do nothing but play tonic and dominant notes all through the piece????? LOOK NO FURTHER!!!
never want to be heard?? Do you have an extra $30,000 to spare???? The harp is for you, my friend!
DO YOU LOVE DUCKS???? YES!!!1!1 PLAY THE OBOE!!
If you excelled at oboe, level up to bassoon! If not, stay there.... In the oboe section,.Please
want to make grown men cry and shriek with terror at your high notes?? flute gives you all the power you could ever want!
do you like hardly ever being heard in the orchestra??? But you want a lot of solos?? Is cappricio espagnol your dream clarinet-orchestra piece?? Make that dream a REALITY!!!1!1!
Clarinet.... But with more OOMPF AMIRITE YES!?,,??2!
play as loud as you can, whenever you can!! Want your lips to fall off as well??? Come join the trumpet cult!
If you like long slidy things that go woo-OOO then this if for you. Or if you like alcohol. If not, don't think about it.
Silent, yet do you secretly judge everybody??? Play this, and you can judge everybody WHILE PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT!!! 10/10 IMPROVEMENT!!
If you are a double bassist wanting to expand your notes that you play by three more, come to the tuba section!
want killer biceps??? (Jk not really) join the perc section!
are you lonely and melodramatic at heart? Then the piano is perfect for YOU!
Day 39: Lzzy Hale Born:
Bands/Projects: Halestorm (1998 – present)
Collaborations: Adrenaline Mob; Trans-Siberian Orchestra; Dream Theater;
Shinedown; Black Stone Cherry; Seether; Stone Sour; Alter Bridge; Device;
Lindsey Stirling; Eric Church
Curiosities: ♦ Hale started learning piano at the age of 5; she later progressed to a
guitar at age 16 with her brother Arejay learning how to play drums. ♦ Halestorm was the last band to share the stage with Ronnie James Dio for
his final performance on August 29, 2009, as they opened for Heaven And Hell at
Atlantic City’s House Of Blues.
Personal life: ♦ On October 11, 2014, Hale came out as bisexual
on her personal Twitter account. ♦ On October 30, 2015, it was confirmed that she
has been in an on-and-off relationship with fellow guitarist Joe Hottinger.