Here it is! Anything goes!
Too bad about the snow! We had a fair sized dump last week on top of our couple of inches that we still had from early November, so people are skiing here. We still don't have (XC) gear for Fiona, so we haven't been out yet. Downhill is pricey, so we don't do that very often.Still waiting for snow!
How do different molecules absorb different wavelengths of light? (complete with his own long complicated theory). Why do electrons like to be in pairs
So funny how different everyone's building blocks of the world are. I was just today reading him a book that compared the periods of the periodic table to groups of instruments in an orchestra. He understands the periodic table just fine, but didn't really know what an orchestra was!if you have a violin or a guitar, you sing the note D above middle C, and with a good instrument you can actually see and hear the D-string vibrate sympathetically. If you sing a D#, nothing.
It is the septuagenarian's free spirited style (she started out as a "fat chemist", then made a career change, mucking out stalls at a racetrack or some such, and is also a well known conservator of 18th century textiles)...but disquieting to my "schooled" self. And it does kick me in the pants with the realization that daughter likely needs her own land and her own horse. How that's gonna happen...let's leave it up in the air for now!Deborah--If it's happened before with the same mentor, I suspect it's nothing to do with you or your daughter--just a person with a brusque style not giving a lot of thought to how what's best for her will come off to you guys.
The last kid I knew that did that was a bit older (16)...he picked a Mozart sonata, the Spring...I forget what else, a couple of pieces (maybe Kreisler P&A & a Sarasate piece?) for his first real solo recital...he's now a professor of violin at a small liberal arts college. So, you never know where that may lead...at the time I thought he might be a wilderness outfitter or something some day.Beethoven's Spring Sonata. Unlike most of the pieces she's learned in the past, she's never heard any of her older siblings play this one and wasn't familiar with it by ear. She fell in love with it herself as she came to know it, and asked her teacher if she could learn it. The business of discovering it from scratch was a new experience for her. I think it's helped her take complete ownership over the learning. She's been at it for a couple of weeks and the first movement is well under her fingers...If Fiona gets comfortable playing it with piano by her first lesson in January, she might be able to convince her teacher that she can do it on the end-of-January recital.