Driving out to $WESTERN_PART_OF_STATE for a day trip to visit my grandfather tomorrow, it's his birthday. It's been a while. I thought I hadn't been out there since I moved out here, but he apparently moved into the assisted living after that and I've been there. The annoying bit: snow forecast in the afternoon and I do not want to be stuck there.
I really need to get work done, generally.
This doesn't mean anything to most of you, but here's a quote from a review of a book (by Dunlop, apparently) about some aspect of the history of Russian church music:
Such weaknesses, however, are more than compensated for in Dunlop's discussion of Lvov's Obikhod, that corpus of oversimplified music, barely recitation tones, bereft of any real musical content, in which little attention is paid to proper textual accentuation. ... Ironically, the Obikhod has stood the test of time; it is still in use in Russian churches to this day, and has even been translated into English.
Guess what some people are extremely insistent about using. For many parts of it, it's fine, but there are a few things where doing something slightly different is actually easier and sounds better, especially with a smaller choir. The inflexibility is what gets me, especially when there's a somewhat flip attitude about other things.
I got a new phone recently. It's ancient by smart phone standards, but it's adequate. However, I can't figure out how to make it, by default, put more stuff on the SD card, as it only has 2GB of storage otherwise. That's a tight line to navigate. I also can't get my lunix box to talk to it right. And I only use lunix. These two aspects seriously diminish the utility I get out of this thing.
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