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I cannot tell you how many times I have shown up at events with a couple of cameras around my neck, a gadget bag full of odds & ends and a lighting kit and have been asked that question. If it happened once every few years, that would be one thing. But it happens a LOT. It's like getting pulled over by the police and he's standing there with uniform, gun, flashing lights and asking him "Are you a cop?" I would love to come back with a witty reply, such as "No, I am Jesus. Don't you recognize my beard?" However, I cannot be that rude.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Day 175: No Rain Today

It was 55 degrees and a Sunrise this morning in Chaumont, NY. At last the rain has neded. Hopefully for a couple of days. There is a water advisory in the village today. Residents are warned to boil their water befor drinking it. So I boiled a kettle of water. Condensation formed on the kitchen windows, photographed at 6:45am, and shown here.

Yesterday and today I spent quite a bit of time playing and slowly polishing Estudio Brillante, a difficult guitar solo by Francisco Tarrega. I am a bit hesitant to post a video of it here, but, I AM! This video has poor audio. I usually use an external microphone and touch up the audio afterwards, but I didn't do so for this video. The piece is also somewhat twangy, and coarse sounding. IT was recorded back in May of this year.

Progress on such a piece is slow, incremental. It's a good idea to record yourself every few weeks or months so you can see/hear your progress. I am in know way satisfied with the above performance, but it was about as best I could do at the time. How I wamnt to play it and how it comes out are two different things. It is most confounding. I always welcome comments and criticism, and ideas on what to do differently with it.

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