Out-and-About of Shape, with Schubert

I haven’t been for a run in weeks! If I don’t run, I start to feel very self-conscious about my weight as I don’t do any other exercise other than walking everywhere. I’m not fat – in fact I’m quite tall and skinny – however it’s just the whole self-confidence aspect that’s causing me problems right now. Unfortunately I don’t have suitable running shoes at the moment as my previous ones have lost the spring in the sole from use. It’s quite funny as most of my friends think I’m crazy in that I like running the most out of any kind of exercise or sport (although I love tennis as well).

I’m generally not a sporty person, mainly because I don’t like the competitive aspect of it. I hate conflict and disputes. Running, on the other hand, can easily be both, and I go running to free my mind and relax myself. When I go running with friends, it’s a nice time too, primarily because of the laughs we have as one of our number starts complaining about getting out of breath.

Recently I started swimming again, although I have bad knees sometimes which means that it’s painful to kick in the water repeatedly. I like swimming lengths on days when I can (i.e. when I don’t have knee pain); however because I’m out of practice I get tired more easily than I previously would. This may seem a stupid thing to be worried about but it’s had a knock-on effect on my confidence, because when I go swimming with my friends I see them zooming up and down the pool and it makes me feel so a) useless and b) unfit. However, I was initially confused about why this was as well, because I’ve got good stamina for running and I barely get out of breath. Confusing…

So, my two goals for these next couple of weeks are:

  1. Get new trainers for running – vital that I get back to running regularly to maintain my confidence, relaxed mood, concentration capacity and fitness
  2. Stop worrying in the mean time!

Now for the music part of the post…

On Saturday I have a long day of rehearsals, which are actually completely voluntary and have been made just within ourselves. I have a band rehearsal from 10am till 12pm, in a new rehearsal space which is exciting! Then, after half an hour for lunch, I have several hours of Schubert String Quintet with four friends!

Ah, Schubert String Quintet – how amazing you are! If you’re not familiar with the Schubert String Quintet in C Major, you can find it here. It is, in all seriousness, a fantastic piece, so please listen if you’re at all interested!

I was talking to one of my best friends today (she plays 2nd Violin in our Schubert Quintet), and how she found the 1st Violinist, Violist and 1st Cellist (not me – I’m playing 2nd in this particular quintet) overwhelming. She is the only lady in the quintet, and is also the second youngest (after me – the youngest), so I can understand how she could feel overwhelmed. It’s also because of the intensity of the dedication that these three guys have to the piece – it’s always in the forefront of their minds. For us two, the Schubert String Quintet is perfection, however we love it – we’re not obsessed with it.

Sometimes in Schubert rehearsals I too feel overwhelmed. The other three guys take the lead of each rehearsal, ultimately making a larger impact on the decisions we make as a group. I contribute often, and my cello tutor is also our chamber music tutor for the Schubert Quintet, so I have been taught in such a way that means that my teacher and I have similar tastes in style. This means that when she comes in to guide the rehearsal once a week, contributions I make tend to be what she ould say. Theoretically this should save us a lot of time, doing things that sound better in advance; however the three guys also have different natural tastes, which means that they won’t initially think of a different way of doing it, even if my suggestions may ultimately sound better.

Goals in the next couple of weeks regarding Schubert are:

  1. See what I can do to make 2nd Violin’s and my suggestions more influential within rehearsals
  2. Gain a mini-score of the whole piece, and go through it with possible interpretations

As always I hope you all have a nice evening!


Daily Prompt: The Luckiest People

Who was the first person you encountered today? Write about him or her.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us PEOPLE.

 The first person I encountered today was my dear friend Anna C, who is the singer in our band, and who I’ve known since primary school. She’s always been different, funky, stylish. Even in primary school she dressed in funky clothes outside of school. Singing is her passion. We were both choristers at the same time, although I started a year before her. In the unique environment of the cathedral where we practically grew up, we were trained in the tradition of a daily choral regime, singing services every night apart from Saturday. This was where Anna shined, singing increasingly more solos towards the end of her chorister career, and under the instruction of both the choir master and her singing teacher her voice gradually developed into what it is today.

I have always been the youngest of my peer group, and Anna is only a couple of months older than I, so there has been that connection to an extent as well. We were the two Deputy Head Choristers in our final year as choristers, however my voice had broken quite suddenly in the summer before term started and, at age 12, was the youngest bass in the choir…

It was actually quite hilarious, but because we both have had the vocal training we enjoyed singing together in private with our other friends. I’ve never really been into singing since my voice broke, because after your voice broke in the choir we were a part of, you are more or less discarded and get absolutely no training in your new vocal range, something I didn’t appreciate at the time. I sing sometimes to myself, especially our band’s own songs, and because I have a kind of trans-Atlantic accent thing going from watching far too much American TV throughout my life, I think I sound like Anna (she’s not American, but does have a similar accent to mine, although I do sometimes go quite Scottish depending on what I’m talking about).

Anna is a massive Noel Fielding fan, and dresses up in funky costumes like him (not quite to the same extent but wacky all the same!). She got her hair cut like a lead singer in a band she likes, so she would look quite gothic if she dressed in all black and got some piercings. Despite being known in our peer group as someone who doesn’t go out with a lot of guys at all, she does get a large amount of male attention. It has to be said she is very good-looking and I remember several occasions (which she knows about now) in primary school and the early years of high school where I did have quite a bad crush on her!

So we have a lot of history, and we have such a laugh all the time. She is incredibly funny and I often ask her to do some kind of surreal or just plain hilarious stand-up at my birthday events – always a hit with our friends. If I didn’t know her I don’t think I would be half as jolly as I am today.

She has also influenced a lot of my life. An example of this is my taste in music. In primary school she was often teased for being different – whilst others listened to recent pop music, she would listen to bands like the Oasis and Metric, and big names like David Bowie. As a young kid from the countryside who had previously never been interested in anything other than games and could never remember celebrities, I took the chance to learn a bit about the music she listened to, and instantly fell in love with it. Now we are part of a band so we can create music of our own that we like, influenced by all the bands we listen to.

Anna is just a great and very talented person, and I don’t tell that to her enough. I have no idea what I’d do without her as she is one of my best friends, and has been for a long time. I will be seeing her tomorrow for recording another of our songs! Hopefully alternative-rock enduced mayhem will break out!

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