me…playing the piano

It’s been a little while since my last post (she writes as she hangs her head in shame). I’d like to say I’d been on a lovely, relaxing holiday travelling here, there and everywhere without a care in the world. Not so, my friends, not so. I’ve been finishing off the teaching term here at uni. I’ve been marking essays. I’ve been trying to work on my library assignment. I’ve been rehearsing for choir concerts which are on this weekend. I’ve been teaching the piano. I’ve been attempting to make progress on a draft of an article. I’ve had a birthday. Of course, none of these things are any excuse for ignoring my blog. But it’s like my relationship with exercise at the moment. When I have the time, I don’t have the motivation. When I have the motivation I don’t have the time. So instead, here’s a little piece I’m playing on the weekend at our Celtic themed concerts. Percy Grainger is a fascinating figure in Australian classical music for many reasons. Most people know him for his arrangement of Country Gardens. He was also a wonderful pianist himself, also known for his complicated relationship with his mother, Rose, and his interest in sado-masochism. Anyhoo…’s me playing his arrangement of a Scottish folk song, Will ye gang to the hielands Lizzie Lindsay. Enjoy.


2 Responses to “me…playing the piano”

  1. 2paw says:

    Happy Birthday, hope you had a lovely day. I recognise that tune, maybe from Primary School!! Every Saturday we have a different version of Country Gardens played before Peter Cundall's gardening talk back. It s very funny and amusing. You should send one in!!
    I've seen a doco about Percy and my word, he and his mum and then his special interests!!!
    You have been so busy, I hope you find a little time to relax. Our Uni/CAE lecturer always said he marked his essays by throwing them up in the air in his lounge room: mantelpiece was a HD, table a D, lounge a C and the floor a Pass!!!

  2. Wendy says:

    Thank you. I did have a nice birthday. Country Gardens is such a great song. I imagine Peter enjoys all the different versions. The Grainger version for the piano is really very difficult! My student played it last year and she had to practise for months. I had a nice day off yesterday and a big nap which was lovely. I think your lecturer may have been on to something with that marking process!

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