Alright... Have you heard of Kathaumixw? Chances
are that you haven't.. At least if you don't live around here. It's a week-long music festival that happens
in July every second year in Powell River. It attracts bands from around the world - besides Canada and
the US there are bands from Australia, Denmark, Turkey, The Philippines, China and more that I can't remember
right now. It started yesterday, and finishes.. Saturday I think. Joseph has actually been in past concerts,
and I'm hoping that by the next time I'll be in one of the PR Academy of Music choirs, probably the Academy
Singers. Anyhoo, we've gone to 3 concerts so far, each one with different choirs. They are all amazing..
I've done a lot of singing in my life and when people are singing the types of things that I learned to
sing I can tell when they make mistakes - I tend to be listening for these details, not to critisize but
because I'm imagining myself in their place. But these groups are singing very differently, which makes
it pretty much impossible for me to detect any small mistakes, leaving me to just enjoy the music.
I don't have time to say too much today, but maybe I'll have time tomorrow. The concert that we just
got back from was incredible... There was a choir from Denmark (Academic Choir of Aarhus) which we missed
part of cause we were a few minutes late, which was beautiful.. Then there was a tenor soloist - Colin
Balzer, from Canada. I wasn't really expecting to enjoy him all that much cause I am usually more interested
in choirs then soloists, but I ended up enjoying it quite a bit - I got to see what could make a soloist
interesting. When you're 1 member of a choir you don't really want to call attention to yourself by fidgiting
- you're supposed to stand reasonably still and sing with one voice. However, when you're a soloist, it's
more interesting if you're kinda engaging the audience by leaning forward, looking out at the audience,
that sort of thing - instead of standing still. Or at least that's what it seems like to me! And that's
what he was doing. It was neat to watch. Oh, and he had a really good voice too. <grin> The last
part of the concert was a group from the USA - Cantus.
They were incredible. I wish that we could see more of them... But this is the last concert that they're
taking part in that we'll be seeing. And yesterday, the afternoon concert was fun.. (we took Terry cause
it was her birthday.) One of the choirs there, the Orfeon
Chamber Choir from Turkey, was a lot of fun to see - they sang a version of Waltzing Matilda which
was hilarious and really neat... specially cause they pronounced it "Valtzing Matilda".
Off to bed.
Aah.. My hair feels dirty. It's cause I've been swimming a lot recently, and saltwater sure gives my
hair a nice oily and matted feeling! Woo woo. It's worth it though. It's been so hot here, (though not
as hot as it was in Kelowna when I was there - they said it was 40° C there!) that we've been going
swimming in the ocean every day so far this week. It's been nice.. We found this great spot that takes
10 minutes of easy biking to get to. We didn't know it when we first went there, but it seems to be the
place that a lot of the of the locals go to swim. It really is nice.
Speaking of Celsius vs Fahrenheit, (we were speaking of that, didn't you notice?) which one do you
use more? I personally us Celsius for everything except cooking and body temperature. I think that Celsius
makes more sense, based , as it is, on the freezing and boiling of water. Perhaps we should all use Kelvin,
as it starts with absolute zero (the point at which all molecular motion stops). To get the temperature
in Kelvin, add 273.16 to the temperature in Celsius. (Therefore, the temperature in Kelowna on that fateful
day in June, was 313.16 Kelvin.) To convert from Celsius to Fahrenheit you multiply the temperature by
9, divide it by 5, and add 32. Therefore, the temperature in Kelowna was 104° F. To change it back,
you do the opposite - start with 104, subtract 32, multiply by 5, divide by 9. I'm thinking of giving
up on both Celsius and Fahrenheit and just using Kelvin. I'd probably be too geeky then... Oh well. It
was a good idea (or maybe not!) while it lasted. Now wasn't all that exciting? I bet you're really glad
that you read all this today.
Hehe... I just had super yummy homemade raspberry ice cream. It was good. And yummy.. or did I mention
that already? I like fruit. I've been going a bit insane in my fruit buying lately.