Tuesday, May 01, 2007

After a long weekend

After two weekends of playing for Irish dancing competitions, I must admit that I'm pretty tired. In my youth it was nothing for me to play two competitions per weekend, multiple weekends in a row. As I grow older and as I'm still somewhat out of practice, it's hard to do. My back is still sore from this weekend and I've got a sizable bruise on my chest from where my accordion rested for many hours. Who'd ever have thought that playing the accordion might actually be deleterious to one's health?

With this in mind, I've not much to write about. Sort of uninspired, I'm just slogging through the last two weeks of class. My papers now written, I'm doing the obligatory "read for class" trying to maintain my waning interest in the material. Summer is nearly upon us and I'm falling headlong into vacation mode!

I'll read for the rest of the morning and then I'll try to get my tin whistle class organized for tonight. I'm still unsure what I want to teach -- probably another pub song or maybe a polka. In light of my experiences this term, I've totally revamped the course for the Fall; the trial-and-error approach to teaching many students using limited class time and YouTube has produced a decent pedagogical model, but now that I've established it it is almost too late to maximize the benefits for this crop of students.


Toonman said...

Dear Sir:
I am a member of a Jesuit church in Portugal (Pragal - s. Francisco Xavier) and have stumbled upon your blog while looking up tin wistle on the net.
I am still practicing with a homemade plastic wistle untill my local store gets the tin one.
Will be checking your videos abd blog.
Best regards.

Karen said...

I left you a comment and it disappeared. Are you shunning me again?

Karen said...


I left it on the wrong post.


But while I have your attention, please say "hi" to the Ciszekites and tell them I lit a candle for them in the St. Ignatius alcove at Blessed Sacrament on Sunset Blvd.

Ryan Duns, SJ said...

Haha, I shall. Thanks for the prayers!

BTW: an accordion feature would be awesome. I believe it would ensure a successful venture.

Karen said...

I have a subplot wherein a cajun Jesuit (I don't know, just a random stroke of inspiration) is planning a party and making gumbo... I'm going to come up with some bizarre feast day he wants to celebrate.

Anyway, at the end of the show, when Fr. Protagonist, SJ (who has had a couple of really bad days) is heading to his room to stew over various things, everyone else is in the rec room around the piano playing... I don't know. Something cajun with an accordian solo. Be working on that so you'll be ready for your cameo.