February 10th, 2008

abstract butterfly

sulphur butterfly

Today the weather proved fair if breezy, with temperatures in the mid-70s. When we walked our dogs by the little park pond, a preschooler came to pet them. They love the attention, and have always been good with children. I could see buds in the Bradford pear trees, which will bloom in a matter of weeks. I saw dusky sulphur butterflies in flight, sturdy and commonplace, ordinary butterflies. I might use the same description for myself.

The backyard feeder has proven to be a major success among the sparrows. In addition to the house sparrow which abundantly gathers, and the song sparrow who is more intermittent, I theorize that the yellow-tinged sparrow-sized bird is the vesper sparrow.
As we drive down Exchange Parkway, small kestrels stand on the telephone wires.

I visited the Eyemasters store today, to get glasses tuned and to get another pair of glasses. I like that each time there is always an entirely different sale going on, whose arcane formulae almost always cause the spectacles to cost about the same as the last time I bought glasses.

We watched Catch Me If You Can this weekend on DVD and enjoyed it. I like little, wry period piece films of that kind. We also watched a good documentary about horseshow crabs, which included the odd practice of bleeding them for medicinal purposes and of a bird species which eats the crabs that was saved by limiting over-fishing of the crabs by fishing bait salespeople.

I wrote two songs this weekend, with which I am well-pleased, but found that two spoken word tracks I added to two songs last weekend had "defective wave files", so that I will have to start over on any additions to the music. As I did a lot of creative editing of Creative Commons podcasts to create them, I am disappointed to have to re-do so much work. I suppose next time in addition to "saving" the song I will also export the file to an audio format. Tonight a perfect forest found sound track came out on the Freesound Project, but it stubbornly resists downloading like a truculent but passive-aggressive eighth grader.

I bought a piece of sheet music at an antiques store from 1919, which I intend to notate into my sequencer and use to create a new song. I like using public domain material and morphing it into new music. The song, "Just Like a Gipsy", was co-written by the singer Nora Bayes, who introduced the George M. Cohan song "Over There" to mass audiences in its first recording, and who died on the table during cancer surgery when she was just a few months older than I am now.

I interviewed in late January to see if I can participate in the Big Brothers program, which should prove interesting if it comes to pass. The interview was quite detailed and professionally done. We'll see if it works out.