survey-just a few questions for the class…

I actually meant for this poll to be on the student dye forum blog but mistakenly posted it here.  Instead of deleting it thought I would just leave it and let people answer it here as well-  will have to go and re-do it over on the other blog.

But as long as I am here, and I was meaning to get to a post here today sometime, I guess now is as good a time as any…

I recently took a short break to drive up north and see some musical performances at SJSU where one of my sons goes to school. It was SUCH a pleasure to see and hang out with these kids and teachers who are so passionate about their music, their artform, and their lives.  Even though they talked to me of their fears of what lies ahead as musicians (and very well trained ones I will add) they are sure they are still doing the right thing. I like that they are working through those fears and pressing ahead in “the arts” regardless of how impractical it may seem to them at the moment.  They just know they have to persist.  Deep in the core of their being and soul they know it. They are in pursuit of their dreams at a time when many are setting them aside. They know it is going to be tough going and we talked about that too.  We talked about persistance, about service, about training, about caring.

SJSU orchestral percussionists and “amma” (icelandic for grandmother)

~and then we listened to some very fine work. It was amazing.  If they have any doubts about how what they are doing and how to be of service through music I can say to them that those two evenings of concerts restored my faith in several ways.  We heard some amazing percussion work laced with theatrics and comedy-lighthearted and very entertaining.  A good experience for them to present some classical works in a new way and very approachable to any audience.  Thank you SJSU percussion studio!

four “martians” playing Martian Tribes by Emmanuel Sejourne, on one marimba

The next night we saw the SJSU Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra perform at the Santa Clara Mission sanctuary on the campus of Santa Clara University.  Conducted by Dr. Bensen who has newly joined the staff at SJSU, it was magnificent.  The last of the three pieces was Beethoven’s Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op.80. which was sung in German but in translation speaks to the harmonies of life, love, strength and beauty, and how music engenders the wonderful.  It certainly did. And when we walked outside into the light of the the super full moon…well, it was sheer perfection.

SJSU concert choir and orchestra inside the Santa Clara Mission

Now, back working and after retrieving the silkworms from their weekend caretakers (thanks delia,cory,& cylus!) here is how they were looking yesterday:

lean mean (mulberry) eating machines

And after returning the fermentation vat is still going strong (my favorite).  I stopped at the San Jose Quilt Museum’s May Day Sale and found some vintage cotton threads that I overdyed in the F-vat (indigo crop update in the background):

Oh, and I almost forgot this…an idea for silk cocoons and percussionists  gleaned from my visit to the San Miguel Archangel Mission and some research on the Salinian Indians that lived in that area. I love visiting that mission.  Something keeps drawing me back to it.  Eventually, I will figure out what and why.  We actually visited 4 missions on this trip: San Miguel Archangel, San Juan Bautista, Santa Clara, & Santa Barbara missions- a great way to break up the driving and see some history. And the little volvo that could drove like the champ that it is-getting us everywhere without the assistance of AAA! YAY!

Now , I have several days of ribbon dyeing to get done so off to work…

mata ne!

5 thoughts on “survey-just a few questions for the class…

  1. pdlugos

    great post. my daughter is graduating from Santa Clara this June so I know the are and the mission. Beautiful places.

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  2. Chrissie

    I think it is hard when your child chooses to pursue the ‘Arts’ and especially in music you know it will be a hard road and all you can do is to talk to them about perseverance and faith in themselves and follow the dream and listen to the voice in the heart.My son graduated from a music degree and has not had 1 days unemployment during the past 10 years and feels honoured to earn a living doing what in his words ‘makes him open his eyes in the morning’

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    1. shiborigirl Post author

      perseverance, faith, and creation are all great lessons being learned here-and useful anywhere in life. there was an after party at my son’s house where we were staying where i had the opportunity to talk with many of the students as well as Dr. Bensen which was so interesting. there were also a few non music majors who were in the chorale (engineering and marketing majors) who told me they were there simply to add balance, joy and beauty to their curriculum. and we just keep on cutting the arts out of kids lives…
      both my boys are finishing up music degrees and both have been working in their related fields throughout school…so yes, imagine it! then do it!

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