Friday, August 31, 2007


After that depressing outcome, I am happy to inform you that I had a WONDERFUL lesson.

RECAP - Ignore if you just want to read about everything but the cello right now... There will be some bits of news at the bottom, after this paragraph.

So anyway, I walked in, sat down, didn't say much... So Mrs. Lopez assumed that I was grouchy, when really, I was trying to be good. I was trying to be a good little doggy who was looking at her glass as half full for once. Of course, the first topic of the day was ASYO. Let me just give it to you in script form.

L: So did you try out for ASYO?
M: Yeah.
L: And.
M: And it was a learning experience.
L: (Is surprised by this answer) Well I see that you didn't quite make it, then. So tell me, what happened?
M: I panicked.
L: You panicked? Like how?
M: Well I walked into the orchestra room at the junior high, and I was fine. I sat down to warm up, and was fine, then I walked out onto the stage and those guys were sitting two feet away and I didn't have a strap and it was scary, but I was fine... I made it through the Swan ok, though the stupid rock stop slipped once and made my cello slide out like this. (Shows her what I mean) But it sounded decent. Then I started Rondo and was fine... It wasn't until I got to (Points to the place that Mrs. Lopez was expecting all along) here. (Pokes the measure with my bow)
L: Mmhm well, what caused the panic? Was it a sudden burst of self-consciousness, or what?
M: Hm I'm going to go with door number one.
L: Well that's just all in your head Maddie Brown, all in your head. That's why I am here. You have progressed pass being too afraid to even audition. Now you can go in and feel fine. It's when you sit down in front of them that you lose your courage. That's what I've got to work on now.

And we continued to chat a bit about that. Yes, I know, this post is boring so far. I promise, I won't bore you for much longer. So, we played through Rondo with the piano then she sat back down, turned on the metronome, and turned it up to 96... Though I was playing it at 78ish somewhat comfortably. It was quite a laugh the first time, so we did it twice then the turned it up again. 102. Apparently my fingers aren't staying close enough to the fingerboard, because they slipped and slid all over the place, but never seemed to make it to the note.

Now I must interrupt here to inform you that there is a fly buzzing around here and it is louder than most normal house flies. It's driving me crazy.

Anyway, we played it at 102 a few more times, then I looked in reflection of the window in the window of the door (Wow... what? Lol) and saw somebody coming. I didn't have any idea who it was and didn't take any time to really think about it because Mrs. Lopez was saying something about "120 before you leave. Ready GOGOGO!" so I had to play or die. Haha. I listened to the person come in as I flew through the beginning. It was flawless and that was at 108. YAY! Then she cranked it up to 120. From 108 to 120. That's when I turned to see that the person sitting on the couch waiting for me to finish was...


Noah. I was inspired. I played it at 120, almost flawlessly, with a huge grin on my face. He actually talked to me afterwards! Mrs. Lopez said something... One of her trademarked lines from one of her "lectures" and he said, "Well, Maddie, I don't refer to them as lectures exactly..." and Mrs. Lopez started listing the things that her students called the "psychological discussions" (< Noah) Then, I was sneaking out of the room whilst Mrs. L was talking to Noah's mom, and Noah said "Goodbye Maddie!" Yes, it was a tiny little thing, but I just about exploded. 1) I was pretty sure he wouldn't talk to me if his life depended on it, 2) Well I don't have a two, so I'm going to just emphasize 1 by saying it again. I was pretty sure he wouldn't EVER talk to me even if his life depended on it. I was sooo giddy. Hehehe...

Oh so, I have to reschedule my lessons so I can make it to the football games on Fridays (Since I'm playing the cymbal... ROFL!) so I'm rescheduling them for Thursdays... Since... Well... Guess.

I'll post my special post tomorrow... Don't let me forget. ;)
<3 you all!


MusicGal said...

Haha, awesome for you! I know, it's crazy when just a few words from a certain someone can make your entire day better! :D

cellodonna said...

That wasn't boring at all! You have great courage and enthusiasm, Maddie. I admire your spirit. I know you'll succeed. (and that's super about Noah!)

allthingspink said...

i hate flies. i had a lovebug stuck to my comtact yesterday. that hurt.

so anyway, im lad that you go the rondo down. especially with him in the room! now what do you think would have happened if you had looked to see who it was? ;) and i think you and noah have a chance. lust play good, and he'll always love you! teehee.


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