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Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes! New York was fantastic, just what I needed, though we ended up seeing Rent instead of Avenue Q. But, of course, nothing in life ever works out perfectly. . .

Graaaaar. Here I was, all set for Comps to begin Friday morning at 9 with the Modal Analysis take-home, and be over on the 14th at 12:15 with ConFounds. But the grandfather of one of the other ethnoids taking Comps died suddenly, and his funeral is this weekend. So Modal Analysis has been rescheduled to next weekend. Pick up on the 14th at 4:00, due on the 17th at 4:00.

Why this might suck: I had planned on being able to crash on the 14th at 12:16, and then maybe make it to the Illinois Convention. Instead, I have to keep going through next Monday.

Accentuate the positive: I've got all of the weekend to study, an extra week to work on Modal Analysis, and I might even be able to get my own grocery shopping done. And I can still get my reward of a Swedish massage, just on Tuesday, not on Friday.

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bodkin_ra
Sep. 7th, 2007 07:31 am (UTC)
I saw Avenue Q in London earlier this year. I enjoyed it!

I'm glad the birthday celebrations went well.
frenchpony
Sep. 7th, 2007 01:01 pm (UTC)
Avenue Q won enough Tonys that it'll still be around in December, when I'll be in New York again. He said we could see it then. And Rent was fun, especially because we were the only non-groupies in the theater.
dawtheminstrel
Sep. 7th, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)
I've been wondering how things were going, FP. Glad you had a good time in NY.
frenchpony
Sep. 7th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
New York was just what I needed. And, with the new schedule, Comps actually lasts one day less than before (Tuesday - Monday instead of Friday - Friday), so this is good. Right now, I start with my Ethno subject exam on Tuesday morning.
jelazakazone
Sep. 7th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
Aw bummer. Sounds like things are generally positive though, which is reason for some happiness:)

We are planning to go to Rochester NY for the NY State Convention. I'm pretty excited to get to go to a big convention. We were in Portland last year and that was fabulous, except for the baby with chicken pox which meant we had fairly limited time that we could actually be inside singing:(
frenchpony
Sep. 7th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely looking toward the Accentuate The Positive end of things. I like the extra week to study for Modal Analysis, since that's the exam that I had to do the most self-teaching for.
jelazakazone
Sep. 7th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
Ah then, double yay for the unexpected extra week!:)
dot_o_choillmor
Sep. 7th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
Glad you had such a good time in New York!

That was nice of them to reschedule. I'd have thought it'd be your own problem if you couldn't make it. At least it'll all be over in ten days :-)
frenchpony
Sep. 7th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
The e-mail we got said that rescheduling the Modal Analysis exam worked out to be more convenient for the Music Department as well as my fellow ethnoid. By handing out the exam next Friday, they get to hand out all the analysis exams together -- Modal, Tonal, and Atonal -- and then grade them all together.
meggins
Sep. 7th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Welcome back, Pony! Glad New York was fun. I expect "Rent" was worth seeing though groupies? The show has its own groupies? Or is there someone in the show right now who has groupies?

Good luck with the exams. Sounds like the amended schedule will work out.
frenchpony
Sep. 8th, 2007 01:36 am (UTC)
Actually, the groupies kind of make Rent more fun. You don't just watch Rent, you also watch the groupies watching Rent. And, yes, it's the show itself that attracts the groupies. Relatively few Broadway shows do that.
meggins
Sep. 19th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
Well, it'd be a lot more expensive to be a Broadway groupie. It's not like going to the midnight showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Maybe they are taking advantage of the off-price ticket sales.
frenchpony
Sep. 19th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
Even the off-price tickets to Rent are kind of pricey. I guess they must be independently wealthy groupies or something.
elliska
Sep. 8th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
Glad you had a good time in NY. I only barely even understand the topics of your comps, but I am sure you will do brilliantly on them. And soon they will be over. A massage... that is an outstanding idea. Think I'll have one too next week. I've done nothing to deserve it, but I like the idea. :-)
frenchpony
Sep. 8th, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
Modal Analysis is an exam where you analyze a piece of
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Modal Analysis is an exam where you analyze a piece of <insert whatever the topic of the last time it was taught was about -- Indian raga/Persian dastgah/Arabic maqam> according to the rules of that system. The ethnoids do Modal Analysis, while the historical musicologists can choose Tonal or Atonal Analysis. This year, the Modal exam is on dastgah, which is the best possible choice for me, since raga puts me to sleep, and what I know about maqam wouldn't half fill a teacup.

ConFounds is Conceptual Foundations -- the history of ethnomusicology.

The Ethno Essays are subject exams, and I can babble about Jewish music till the cows come home, are put away in their barns, milked, and the farm family is sitting down to dinner.

Historical Essays -- I'm doing 1800 to the present, which means that I have to babble about 19th and 20th century music. Not a problem. I'm good at babbling.

Single Sheets -- the game show of Comps. Ethnoids get twelve examples. Four are notation from your historical period (1800 - present for me), four are notated world music, and four are recorded world music. You have to identify them. Since you have only three hours for this exam, that works out to about fifteen minutes per single sheet.

I figure that getting a massage will be a great reward for surviving Comps. I'm splurging on the one-hour Swedish massage. One of my fellow ethnoids is going to spend about the same amount of money on a bottle of really good bourbon, which he intends to drink all of. Fellow Comps-takers are welcome to join him, but if no one comes, he'll be happy to drink the bottle himself. I may stop by, though I'm not really all that fond of scotch.
meckinock
Sep. 8th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
What's a Swedish massage? I think I wants one.
frenchpony
Sep. 8th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
The brochure from the spa says that it's the kind that uses long sweeping strokes, as opposed to the kind where the massager person either hits you or pokes you real hard with their fingers.

The place I'm going to is here.
perelleth
Sep. 9th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
And a good, and well deserved reward, that! Good luck with the remaning tasks!
frenchpony
Sep. 9th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
Countdown starts on Tuesday morning!
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frenchpony
Sep. 10th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Right now, the Comps nerves (fifteen hours! auuuugh!) are starting to kick in, so the dearest wish may end up being "survive the week." But it's a start.
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