Tuesday arrived with a thud (for me at least, I didn’t go to yoga, as I was a sleepy sleepy person that morning). We didn’t have any performance slated to attend so we finally managed to have our Gita lecture later that night.
Lessons are progressing for everyone quite quickly now; the voice students are singing their first song after a week of exercises and learning about different ragas and how to count the tala, and now are even adding words onto the songs (as opposed to singing the raga syllables).
The flute bros™ are also learning their first few tunes. One is by Dikshitar who was exposed to a court pianist who had studied with Haydn and played a lot of western classical music. I mention this connection because this joyful little tune I’ve been hearing quite a lot is quite reminiscent of the theme of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy which is just completely bizarre.
The mirdangam boys, I really have no idea what they’re doing because I always seem to be discussing other things besides the mirdangam with them; things like the DNC, the Gita, NYC.
I did just talk to John in the four hour absence between this paragraph and the one right before it, and apparently they’ve learned three tala’s – so that’s cool. Yay knowledge!
Then we had a Gita talk where we went through the Gita, book by book, and had some discussion about detachment (a big theme within the Gita).
Then we went to bed.
It’s a short blog today folks!
OH and Peter practiced wayy to much yesterday and so he took some time today (day 15 when I'm writing this) to actively chill and do nothing. It's important here to take time for oneself to recharge. It's so much easier to become exhausted here.
With a Short Attention-Span,