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Sunday, February 15th, 2009
9:38 pm
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Monday, October 22nd, 2007
10:44 pm
I don't know what could happen that would motivate me to start writing here again.

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Friday, May 18th, 2007
3:33 am - summary
At the end of a lot of days, I briefly think of how glad I am not to be in Ann Arbor right now.

Things are good.

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2006
6:32 am
After you try to find a surfboard, you'll be right back where you started on the sidewalk.

current mood: asleep

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Saturday, November 12th, 2005
3:25 pm
I made a myspace band page in order that a wider variety of people may hear my music. I know everyone in the known universe has a profile of their own, and all of them are welcome to add my profile to their friend list, as they are welcome to give my music a listen if they haven't already got a copy of it on CD.

Cool.

http://www.myspace.com/alexdrosen

current mood: massive

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Monday, October 24th, 2005
10:01 pm
I made a cupcake with a hole in it so I could fill it in with solder.

Then I lobbed it at your sister!

current mood: awake

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
2:57 pm

Who wouldn't want to see my schedule?

AP Physics with Clement
US Government with Seppanen
AP Calculus with Seeke
German IV with Ahlers
Wind Symphony with Ludwig
AP English with Cook
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AP Physics with Clement
Cultural Geography with Swadley
AP Calculus with Seeke
Physical Education I with Zenti
Wind Symphony with Ludwig
AP English with Cook



current mood: bananas

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Wednesday, July 6th, 2005
10:49 pm
Comment on this entry with something about my personality that really bugs you. Any one element of my existance that you wish weren't present. Anything I do, say, cause, whatever, that you could do without.

The comment should be entirely negative, and should only touch on one element. You can comment anonymously if you prefer. This entry is not friends only, so if it's anonymous it really could be anyone.

current mood: bored

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2005
8:27 pm

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Sunday, February 20th, 2005
8:42 pm
I've decided that I'm going to make future entries friends only. No real reason. I just decided. I'm not going to bother to set my old entries to be friends only, because I'm far too lazy.

I don't think I have any non-friend readers, so this shouldn't be much of a problem. I'm happy to add pretty much anyone, though.

current mood: bored

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11:42 am
So Kenny Garrett wasn't everything I'd hoped for, but it was still fun.

He started off with an "original" that sounded like it came straight from the Coltrane Quartet songbook. It was exciting and very good. The band was full of ideas and the interaction was strong. When that one finished, after about 20 minutes or so, they immediately jumped into another. It was basically another Coltrane tune, this one a bit more avant garde. It was absolutely stunning the way they played on it. The piano player took the first solo, and his McCoy Tyner styled playing was very impressive. After his solo, Kenny and the bassist each launched off on long solos of their own. Then they began trading with the drummer, which was a very exciting display of talent and musicality. Still, I was waiting to hear something that Coltrane couldn't have recorded 40 years ago.

The third tune featured the piano player on Fender Rhodes electric piano, and Kenny on soprano saxophone. It was a much more fusion-styled tune, which was a welcome change of pace. I think it may have actually been my favorite part of the concert, even though the piano player sounded better at the grand than at the Rhodes.

The third tune was where things started to take a turn for me. The drummer and bassist left the stage, and Kenny and the pianist dueted on a medley of Asian folk songs. They were very pretty and all, if a bit sappy in the piano accompaniments. However, the playing simply went on for too long. Late in the tune there were brief strokes of interest, but it mostly became bland as they sunk into repetitive playing, presumably to fill time.

The fourth tune again started pretty well. The drummer and bassist returned to the stage, and they played a funky tune. It was fun, but once again, only for a while. They stretched the tune out to well over 20 minutes for basically no reason, demanding that we clap and sing parts that the band had played a milion times already. They got a standing ovation from the audience maybe 15 minutes before the tune ended, because they kept stopping like they were finished and coming back in to play the exact same thing again. It was insanely irritating.

They came back out to play an encore. A pseudo-rap song in which Kenny demanded that the audience repeat the words "tick tock, don't stop" for an eternity. By then my patience had been tried, and I really didn't enjoy it at all.

The sound system for the whole concert was really hurting. Kenny's microphone was so distorted that you could not understand a word he said. The bass was not nearly loud enough, and there were times where the piano got lost, too. My father and I were discussing it, and he said that he thinks it would have been better without any sort of amplication whatsoever. I don't know about that, but I think they could have done without micing the drums. It's OK for a drummer to bash away like this guy did, as long as the other members of the band are appropriately loud in comparison.

A fun night with some drawbacks.

current mood: tired

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Saturday, February 19th, 2005
6:25 pm
Well, well, well,

What's new guys? I'm off to see Kenny Garrett in a bit. I'm very excited, because he's a great player with quite a reputation. I love live jazz.

I just watched The Last Waltz moments ago. It's a movie that documents The Band's final concert in 1976. I've never listened to The Band, but this movie came in a Martin Scorcese boxed set that I recently purchased. I really enjoyed it.

Health has returned quite nicely now. I'm only holding onto the flu a teensey little ounce.

Check the new icon. It's from the cover of Explorations by Bill Evans. I have it to basically signify my love for the band in general, not that particular album, though. Beautiful music rocks.

current mood: bramp

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Thursday, February 17th, 2005
8:10 pm
What's up, friends and rakeholders?

Not much is new in this neck of the woods. And I mean that. Woods. Anyway, I have to say that world is OK. By OK I mean adequate.

Yeah, I'm more boring than your grandparents when they nap.

current mood: mambo

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Tuesday, February 15th, 2005
9:47 pm

Whuddup,

Today was a drag, but what else is new? School should quit.



current mood: tired

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Sunday, February 13th, 2005
7:23 pm
I was just sitting here when I suddenly started to think that maybe the M. Sord show and the Kenny Garrett performance were the same night. But I did a quick search, and Garrett is playing on the 19th. Good thing.

You should go see both of these guys, by the way.

current mood: relieved

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Saturday, February 12th, 2005
2:39 pm
On Thursday we had college students in English class. They were there to give us a lesson in poetry. In my class, we were broken into small groups, and each group had one or two college students. In my group we had two. One of them told us to read and interpret that one famous Frost poem. Fine. The other one, however, was a really BONEhead. This guy, an aspiring gym teacher, even said himself that he knows nothing about poetry. For his part of the activity, we were again given a poem to read. His poem, however, was found on funnypoets.com, and it was probably the most god-awful piece of trash I have ever read. I just don't understand how things like this can happen. What is happening in high schools? Here's the poem, since I'm sure you're all quite masochistic:

EXERCISE!

Every day I am bombarded
In each direction that I turn
By those who claim that EXERCISE
Causes flab to crash and burn!

I did jumping jacks and sit ups
Went out and bought that darn machine
The one that guarantees in 30 days
I'd be trim and fit and lean...

I put it in the extra room
That we affectionately call the "gym"
With all the other paraphenalia
That will one day make me slim!

Ab mats for doing crunches
A small tramp to run in place
That awful, go-nowhere pedaling bike
That only leaves me red of face!

I have workout clothes and sweat bands
Even a "get-fit" coffee cup!
But that scale hasn't budged an inch
So, I'm on the verge of giving up!

I've just about convinced myself
That it's true what some folks say...
You have heard it too......Eat Right!
Get Fit? Die anyway!!

So for those who are devoted
To trying to make me over, PLEASE!
If God wanted me to touch my toes
He would have put them on my knees!

I believe He loves us as we are
That includes both big AND small
So when I reach the gates of Heaven
It will be with flab and all!


Yikes.

current mood: bored

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Wednesday, February 9th, 2005
8:56 pm
Don't make me scalp you, punk.

current mood: mathed out

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Tuesday, February 8th, 2005
4:41 pm
So I've been sick. Flu or something, I suppose. Whine whine whine. You'll be happy to know that I'm feeling better though, and may even attend school tomorrow.

I really only made this entry so that I could check out my newly crafted user picture on various friends pages. The truth is out.

current mood: almost human

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Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005
10:13 pm
So english essays and spirituals and stuff make me unhappy.

current mood: awake

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Sunday, January 30th, 2005
4:57 pm
I think I would like to be some kind of bird. An owl.

But then again, maybe I'd rather just find myself a nice cottage with high ceilings. If I did both, then I could fly around my cottage, and swoop and things.

Squawk!

current mood: death metal

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