Friday, December 30, 2005


We're back from Detroit. It was nice meeting my wife's family. It was hard on her. Then our dog died before we got back. We buried him yesterday. Wife just had too much and wasn't sleeping last night. I gave her some medication that helps her, but that she refuses to take regularly.

Anyway, meeting "long lost" family is always strange. This was no less. At least we went to the Motown Museum. That was fun.

No working out. I have a killer cough. I have a reserve Rx for antibiotics (in case I got worse while travelling). I'll decide today if I need them.

Since I didn't go directly to sleep yesterday because of the dog burial we went and rented a couple of movies and stuff with gift cards. I rented a movie called Make it Funky! Looks pretty good from what I saw this morning. I let the kids watch their movies last night since they were kinda bored for the week.

I'm glad people liked the "self-induced hot flash" bodybuilding version.

I finished reading a short book called How to Practice Jazz. It was short but actually pretty good. It was more like a long article. What is good about it is how it ties things together. Not just for jazz, but music practice in general. I've tried tons of things for practice. What this does is create a very inclusive model and gives you an idea of how to put it together. It has sample practice sessions ranging from 1 hour to 4 hours. It talks about guys who practice 8 to 11 hours. But most of all it gives you a method to put together different things and to continue to keep moving.

He lays out 18 things to work on, and 8 supplemental studies. Then he mentions that of course drums, keyboards, bass, and guitar have other things to add and that all instruments would likely to have something specific. It gives me reinforcement that I'm on the right track with some of the things I've tried, but just haven't structured them most efficiently.

The book also gives me an outline for teaching music. And for helping my kids develop practice habits that will likely get them to a good place much quicker than I got there. And hopefully I'll get to a much better musical place by this time next year. Let me know if you want any of that practice stuff posted and I'll put it up.

I'm considering doing an arm and leg workout for this evening. Again, I'll just see if I'm still coughing up brown stuff.


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