Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Happy Saxophone-Kid came 2nd in the Under-13's Woodwind Class at Inverclyde Music Festival, Greenock. We're very proud.

I can do it! I've lectured on Haydn's 'Lark' Quartet, taken a seminar, and ditto for Mozart's 'Dissonance'. I work on the principle that if you do something challenging often enough, it becomes commonplace.

In about five weeks' time, I'm giving a lecture on late 19th/early 20th century Scottish music. But I'm allowing myself a few nights off before I start preparing for it. I have plenty of non-academic books crying out to be read, so I might as well indulge myself.
Mad hungry: feeding men and boys, by Lucinda Scala Quinn.

I've ordered a copy!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My horoscope in today's Evening Times: 'There is not a lot to be gained by overanalysing a simple but entertaining TV show, but there are other areas of life where a deeper investigation would be more in order. You could find a more enquiring side of your nature starts to boot up now.' Er - like analysing the Dissonance Quartet in depth, maybe??? I started on the Adagio, blinked, and four pages of lecture appeared...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Poor Pseudo Supermum, deflated Supermum, headache-smitten Supermum. I'm so TIRED of playing umpire and endeavouring to keep the electorate happy!

Someone give me a one-way ticket to anywhere that's not a war-zone!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I've clearly been a librarian way too long - I found a file in which I'd kept EVERY Lego, K'nex and Bionicle leaflet my boys have ever had.

But now I can officially call myself a musicologist as well, and I'm left asking, "What does this tell me about the person who kept these documents? Is there a deeper meaning?"

Yikes - do I declutter my home or my mind first?

Friday, January 08, 2010


I wanted my graduation to be a memorable day - and I succeeded! I was determined not to miss out anything that I might later regret 'economising' on! So here is the portrait of Pseudosupermum, SuperSpouse and Cello-Kid.

Viola-Kid and Saxophone-Kid came home from school and shared fireworks with us in the garden, and were satisfied with their share in the celebrations!