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Spring Has Sprung. Take Two.

We're on our third of a string of warm 60 - 70 degree days. Sunshine, flowers everywhere, t-shirts and cropped pants, and how did I spend the day?

In a mildly disreputable church basement, under fluorescent lights, banging on gongs and metallophones. Yes, folks, this was our all-day dress rehearsal for the gamelan concert tomorrow evening. To the surprise of everyone involved, we seem to be ready to perform. We don't drop cues during Pangkur (much), the syncopations in the dhangdut* segion of Caping Nggunung flow out of the hands of the saron section like water, the singers have all learned how to sing riddle in Old Javanese, and yours truly is the mistress of the gongs in Janji Allah and has bent the two-against-three patterns in Penataan III to her formidable will. We are ready.

Now all we have to do is carry the gamelan upstairs and practice how to switch between instruments with a certain amount of grace. Javanese Fire Drill!





*The Indonesian version of rock 'n' roll. Really.

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dawtheminstrel
Apr. 22nd, 2007 10:44 am (UTC)
Is this concert tonight, Pony? It sounds... um, unusual! I wish I could be there.
frenchpony
Apr. 22nd, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
It's now Sunday, so, yes, the concert is tonight. You'd probably enjoy it. The music is interesting, and we have a dancer performing for one of the pieces, and Gamelan Sri Sedana is a really lovely set of instruments to look at.
dot_o_choillmor
Apr. 22nd, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
You'd think after knowing you this long I'd understand more of that.

But have fun!!
meggins
Apr. 22nd, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
Dot, yes, Pony was speaking in tongues there for a bit. lol
frenchpony
Apr. 23rd, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
Tee hee! Sorry. That was primarily a reference to the names of the pieces we were playing today, and the instruments that I was personally playing. We done real good, and the audience loved us.
meggins
Apr. 22nd, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry you had to miss nice weather, but it's for a good cause. If you are not already in concert, you are probably about to be. Hope it turns out splendidly. (I'm sure it will.)
frenchpony
Apr. 23rd, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
I just got back and finished eating the mango that I got from the gong offering after the concert was over. It was a grand concert, very well received, and an excellent mango. And the lady who manages the batik shirts we wear said I could keep mine! It fits well, is a nice color, and no one else ever wants to wear it. And since it was bought in Indonesia, it's worth maybe ten dollars, if that. So now I have a nice peachy creamy batik!
elliska
Apr. 22nd, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
Except for the fluorescent lights (I can't stand those), this sounds like a lot of fun! I hope the concert went well! I don't doubt it did.
frenchpony
Apr. 23rd, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
The concert went very well. The audience loved us, especially the Indonesan rock 'n' roll. I walked away with the gift of a batik shirt, two oranges, a mango, and the satisfaction of a concert well performed.
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