Monday, April 26, 2010 @ 1:45 AM
Well done, Band! Great concert!
For the record, joie de vivre pronounced 'zhwah duh veev-ruh' ><
We have put in a lot of effort these past weeks, and so now (I guess) it's time to re-direct some of our efforts back to school work.
NB : I said 'some'. I know nothing can stop you from thinking about Band :P
Oh, and for those who are curious, NB is the abbreviated form of 'nota bene', which means 'observe carefully' in Latin.
It does not stand for 'hotpot' in Japanese.
To quote Mr. Lim, "When one phrase ends, another begins" (I believe he was talking about Hymn).
Granted, the quote's taken out of context, but J1s, it's your time. The J2s have stepped down.
Though we're never far away :)
It's your Band now.
It's time to turn your reveries into reality.
Time to make things happen.
Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 11:49 PM
Mr. Lim was clearly unhappy with today's rehearsal. Ignoring the fact that it's less than 3 days (!) to concert, we have done better, could have done better, and you know it.
*Edited 25 Apr, 2.50am (!)
14 hours, 10 minutes to Joie de Vivre!
Some words to jolt your memory :
Play with common sense (hais... NOWHERE else will this ever make sense)
Phrasing (esp. long ones)
No pulse = No rhythm
The above list is, unfortunately, non-exhaustive, and is in addition to having all the correct notes, tone, good intonation, being in time, and looking at Mr. Lim before you start playing.
Also, some gentle reminders :
Before Enemy God and Starlight, watch Jia Wei (from Flute) for cue to stand
Between pieces, please do not talk. Use the time to scan through your score, to refresh your memory and prepare yourself for what needs to be done.
Optional : Similarly, I refrain from talking before a concert begins (maybe half an hour before or so) to do a mental run-through of the entire concert, focusing on things like who I need to listen out for, what kind of emotions I want to portray/evoke, what kind of emotions Mr. Lim wants us to portray/evoke, how he goes about doing that (tempo changes, phrasing, articulation etc.), and where these things happen.
For Castles (and So-ran Bushi *crosses fingers*), when it's time to shout, shout! It's part of the performance, so don't need to shy; it's probably just as important as playing in time, in tune, in tone, in style. Hey, if it helps, think of it as a note, and 'play' it loud
The acoustics at NAFA LFT will be very different from that in our Bandroom and in the Hall, so please watch Mr. Lim for directions how to make your sound sound better
Look at the countdown. Less than 12 hours to concert!
Please do not let all the hard work we've put in over the past weeks go to waste.
Make this concert just as enjoyable for your audience as it is for you, if not more.
Please let J2s step-down with a peace-of-mind
And a phrase never more apt than now :