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Celtic tree zodiac

24 December - 20 January: Birch - The Achiever: Driven, tolerant, tough, leader, quick witted

21 January - 17 February: Rowan - The Thinker: Cool exterior, original, motivated, thoughtful

18 February - 17 March: Ash - The Enchanter: Artistic, easily inspired, imaginative

18 March - 14 April: Alder - The Trailblazer: Passionate, charming, gregarious, focussed

15 April - 12 May: Willow - The Observer: Very creative, intuitive, mystical, patient

13 May - 9 June: Hawthorn - The Illusionist: Creative, passionate, curious, great listener

10 June - 7 July: Oak - The Stabilizer: Champion of the underdog, nurturing, generous

8 July - 4 August: Holly - The Ruler: A natural leader, noble, confident, intelligent

5 August - 1 September: Hazel - The Knower: Academic, organized, detail-oriented

2 September - 29 September: Vine - The Equalizer: Unpredictable, empathetic, refined

30 September - 27 October: Ivy - The Superior: Smart, compassionate, loyal, graceful, spiritual

28 October - 24 November: Reed - The Inquisitor: Easy to talk to, love stories and finding meanings

25 November - 23 December: Elder - The Seeker: Thrill seeker, thoughtful, honest, a bit wild

The Signs as Music Hoe Aesthetics
  • Aries: The slight rumbling you feel on the floor when you sit in front of the percussion
  • Taurus: the sound of the orchestra tuning, and you already feel your heart beating faster from a simple concert A
  • Gemini: The low chatter of anticipation from the audience before the performance
  • Cancer: Music torn at the edges with pencil writings scrawled all over the notes, a testament to somebody's time and passion
  • Leo: The feeling of playing a piece memorized; not just thinking about the notes but letting the music and your fingers work their magic
  • Virgo: The bright reflective lights on the keys of woodwinds and brass in the shining concert lights
  • Capricorn: When a person is so into the music that they start to dance and become a fluid structure, free and unbridled and emotional
  • Sagittarius: The feeling you get when you are in concert black with all of your friends, kind of like being a blurry smoke cloud in the night that moves together, breathes together, and performs together
  • Scorpio: when the string players are so into their music that their bow hairs start to fray and unravel and it's a mess of blurry lines moving like liquid silver
  • Libra: the conductor's arms, especially in staccato/scherzo moments, where movement is light and graceful and just there, showing its presence but not forcing it on
  • Aquarius: The adrenaline rush of playing a solo in a piece and the honor of standing up after it ends, where you have those few seconds just for you and only you
  • Pisces: The last note ringing around the air and the heavy, almost tangible silence which occurs for a microsecond afterwards
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Wanted to show off an oddball from my collection, a Bb McIntyre system clarinet. These were patented by the McIntyre brothers in the 1950’s and only a few thousand were made. The brothers owned and operated a music shop in Naugatuck, CT, and wanted to fix the “problem” of gretting over the break. They chose to redesign the entire upper stack by eliminating G#/Ab key and the A key.

G#/Ab is played by the left hand ring finger, add the middle finger for A, then the pointer finger for Bb/A#. Pressing the thumb or F key will close the top tone holes. Consequentially, the system did not catch on, but having a functional horn in my posession makes good conversation and an excellent educational tool.

Will get a video up soon!