Happy Friday, readers! The first week of April is proving to be calm and rather rainy. Frankly, just a generic week of school. Although there were many opportunities on campus this week, other obligations and simple want for relaxation got in the way. Not that I’m disappointed for missing out on some activities, but it leaves me with few out-of-the-ordinary things to report.

    I’m pleased to say that my Paideia paper is officially complete. With long-term projects like this, it’s very easy to get burned out. Six weeks is a fair chunk of time to spend delving into Roman theaters and ampitheaters, but in the end, I’m happy with the result. We only have two books left to read in Paideia: "Giants in the Earth" and "The Piano Lesson." Hopefully these books will be more interesting than the previous. This semester’s books are much more difficult to enjoy, and consequently much harder to analyze. "Myne Owne Ground," a non-fiction, thesis paper-like book about slave life in 1600’s Virginia isn’t the most enticing thing I’ve ever read, but I did slog through it for the sake of my participation in Paideia discussions. Seeing the end of Paideia I in sight makes me feel a little nostalgic only because of the community developed in my Paideia class. One of the virtues of the Paideia program is the camaraderie that all first years feel, whether it’s the completion of a paper, or the mutual angst felt toward a particular novel.

    In other news, I performed in my piano seminar again this week, and it’s safe to say that it was a mediocre display of my abilities. I became much more nervous than I usually do when I perform, and with Beethoven’s tricky ornaments and fast pace, I missed more notes than I should have and had tempo issues. Fortunately, this was not a graded performance, simply a trial run, so hopefully next time I will accomplish what I should. Other musical happenings included the first combined rehearsal with Collegiate, Cathedral and Nordic Choirs and Symphony for the 150th Anniversary Celebration. Dr. Hightower, conductor of Nordic Choir, is leading these groups in the “Nelson Mass” by Haydn and the “Luther Mass,” written by Stephen Paulus. Our first combined rehearsal was a little harried, though we have a few more rehearsals to pull it together. I promise to report on our performances in next week’s blog, where Luther will showcase our musical talents at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis!

    Although I dubbed this week to be ordinary, I’m now realizing that it wasn’t ordinary in the least. It must be a good thing that Luther makes “ordinary” mean playing music with 300-some other musicians, and looking forward to playing at Orchestra Hall. Truthfully, even finishing my Paideia paper is a “once in a lifetime” experience, so really, I guess I should be praising what an extraordinary week this has been. I hope you have an exceptional week, too, readers. Until next week’s adventures...

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