Spring Reading Thing 2009

Katrina at Callapidder Days is hosting Spring Reading Thing 2009. This is my first time participating in any of her challenges, she also hosts a Fall into Reading challenge.

For this challenge you put together a list of books you want to read between March 20 and June 20 and then simply read them. Your list can be as long or as short as you’d like and you can modify at any time during the challenge. If you would like to join along you can sign up here, Spring Reading Thing 2009: Let’s Read!

So here is my list, I have chosen to read six eleven twelve books by our 20 June deadline. My list is real short compared to others that are participating in the challenge. This year I’m also challenging myself to read books outside of my usual genre, True Crime. I’m keeping my list manageable, I have to take advantage of the great riding weather this Spring.

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Persuasion by Jane Austen
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Quickie by James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
Intensity by Dean Koontz
Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark
Malice by Lisa Jackson
Your Heart Belongs to Me by Dean Koontz
The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Have a great day ~ Jovi

Piano House

I thought this was pretty interesting. I wonder what the inside of the house looks like! The Piano House is located in Huainan, Anhui, China.

I’m enjoying my piano lessons and I continue to practice reading notes every evening. My instructor gave me a book to play from that is suppose to help me recognize the notes, for the next two weeks I’ll be playing from that book.

Since I last posted, I can now play the melody of Passacaglia, I play it as a duet with my instructor. I can also play I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)… remember the Coca-Cola commercials? It took me about three weeks to learn it and I have a tendency to play it faster than it should be played… I have to remember to slow down. Until next time, enjoy your day and thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Twilight DVD

Did you get your Twilight DVD? If so, how many times have you watched it?

Friday night I took Austin, Riley and her friend to a midnight release party at our local Wal-Mart to get our DVD's. While waiting in line I took the time to browse over the camera selection… ended up coming home with a couple Twilight DVDs and a new camera (I’ll post more about that later). The kiddos enjoyed the Twilight cake and all the hoopla that went along with the release, they especially enjoyed staying awake until 3 am watching it… we were so exhausted Saturday. ~ Jovi

Thriving Ivory

Last night my sister and I took a trip to Denver to see the band Thriving Ivory at the Bluebird Theater… and WOW they were awesome. I’ve been listening to their album for months while working out and once I found out they were coming to Denver I just had to get tickets. I’ll definitely see them again on their next tour… maybe next time they’ll make a stop in Colorado Springs! Company of Thieves (from Chicago) and then State of Shock (from Vancouver BC) opened before Thriving Ivory took stage and both bands were great… I have new songs to add to my playlist.

Before I left the house I grabbed my camera, I wasn’t sure if cameras would be allowed in the venue. Good thing I brought it, I took over 100 pictures and got my photo taken with Clayton Stroope (Vocals-Thriving Ivory)… I was in awe! He also autographed my concert ticket… wow!

Here are some (of the many) photos from last night and a video of Thriving Ivory – Angels on the Moon (Official Video). After I resized the photos some of them don’t look so great… believe me they look so much nicer in their original full size, maybe one day I’ll get around to adding those to my Flickr album.

Sorry I had to separate this into three different posts, for some reason blogger didn’t want to cooperate with all the different html codes… ugh! Enjoy! ~ Jovi

Thriving Ivory Post 2
Photos of the Thriving Ivory

Thriving Ivory Post 3
Photos of Company of Thieves & State of Shock

My concert ticket with Clayton Stroope’s autograph!

WOW… My favorite photo from the evening!

Thriving Ivory (2)

Back to the original Thriving Ivory post

Paul Neidermier (Thriving Ivory – Drums)

Scott Jason (Thriving Ivory – Keyboards & Piano), Bret Cohune (Thriving Ivory - Bass) & Paul Neidermier

Scott Jason

Clayton Stroope (Thriving Ivory – Vocals)

Clayton Stroope

Clayton Stroope

Paul Neidermier

Clayton Stroope

Bret Cohune & Drew Cribley (Thriving Ivory – Guitars)

One more of Clayton Stroope... I can never have too many pictures of him, right?!

Drew Cribley

Tickling the Ivories

Just look at this adorable Gruffies card that my dear friend Jennifer sent me, the image is Beary Nice Song. Thank you Jennifer, I have it placed beside my piano. For those of you that don’t know, Jennifer and I started our musical journey about the same time, Jennifer with her cello and me with my piano. Jennifer is also a Harley rider… maybe one day we could ride together. This is one stamp I never added to my Gruffies collection before I made the decision to give up stamping. It’s been a little over three months and I still have no desire to get back into it. I actually went through my supplies this last weekend and gave away a bunch of accessories.

Given that the little bear is tickling the ivories I thought this would be a great time to update about my piano lessons. I’ve already had six lessons and every week I look forward to my next one. I never played a musical instrument (I did mess around with my sister’s violin but that doesn’t really count), everything that I’m learning is totally new to me.

For the first couple of lessons I’ve learned about technique, sitting at the piano and the proper positioning of my hands. I played Mary had a Little Lamb & Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star thumping away using one finger. I then moved onto Old MacDonald Had a Farm adding one of my left fingers into the mix. Then I was assigned She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain using all my fingers on my right hand, once I was able to play it perfectly I was then asked to memorized it... which earned me a sticker! For every song I learn I get a sticker in my notebook (I have four stickers)… I’ve mentioned to my teacher that I don’t really need a one and she should save them for her other students… she wouldn’t hear of it. She said I’m doing such a great job that I deserve my sticker just like her other students. This week I’m working on a beautiful waltz (playing using right and left hands together), and I’m sure my family is happy that this week I’m not pounding away one note at a time!

Also, in every lesson, music theory is incorporated somehow into what I’m learning that day, which I’m finding very interesting. I’ve began learning to read notes and note values and I was assigned this wonderful little workbook, Notespeller for Piano (Book 2) and even though it geared towards children I enjoyed it. I usually practice about a half an hour or more every day on the piano. I haven’t yet been able to read notes on the staves without some hesitation and I know from memory where a few of them are and can pick those out with no problems, for the others I have to go through the notes in my head before I come to the right one… and it’s really frustrating for me. Every evening I challenge myself at 8notes and Music Theory to work on identifying notes... one day I’ll know them all without hesitation!

Until next time, thanks for visiting ~ Jovi