Well, I didn't complete all of my goals, but I did a decent job. I ended up going on a self-imposed week of rest first week of break, because my body was just self-destructing from overuse. After the week, I felt FANTASTIC though, and training resumed, and it resumed hard. Tuesday I trained with Doc Akh in Westminster, at McDaniels, and then we went to Acro (gymnastics gym) and I helped him teach his Parkour class. Wednesday was training at AACC with Disciple, Thursday I went down to Primal Fitness to play with Disciple and take their Advanced Parkour class.
And then Friday. I got at text from hardcoretraceur at about 8PM, telling me he was coming down to DC (He lives near NYC) with Kasper (who was staying with him, and lives in the Bahamas). Long story short, I drove down to DC at 4AM to pick him up from the bus, we came back to my house and crashed for a few hours. After breakfast, we met up with nickm, Ben Horn, and Disciple to train at AACC, and then we went to Primal to build things, hang out, go through a few Crossfit workouts, a Parkour open gym, and then we slept there. The next morning, we trained at Primal for most of the day again. So anyawy, things I accomplished:
In other news, I don't think I ever posted a link to the presentation I gave to Campus Safety. You can find the Power Point presentation here. This does not include what I said, which really is the important part, but it is mostly just a list of topics I covered. Feel free to edit and use this for your own purposes, just give credit where credit is due if asked.
On Where Pianos Roam
I am a film score enthusiast. This should be a natural tendency since I am a musician. The perfect score, when expertly blended into a film, can really add to the fullness of it. Whether it infuses movement and rhythm to the plot or enhances the emotions being conveyed, it can be a powerful and evocative tool.
Today, I wanted to highlight one of my all-time favorite film scores. It hails from a gorgeous film entitled "The Hours". Not only are there fantastic performances by the actors in this movie, it also has a potent story line that travels through three different time periods and stories. In addition to some fantastic editing, the score plays a pivotal roll in blending these disparate eras together.
The piano's versatility, in terms of its rhythmic and melodic powers, is fully utilized in every movement. Philip Glass composed music that flowed and cascaded through each scene creating a seemless and cohesive presentation throughout. I really love this music, and I often listen to it on long road trips.
Here is one of the pieces from the score. By the way, if you like what you hear, the entire soundtrack is a magical gem. Philip Glass' distinct piano style is at the height of it's powers here. It would be well worth the price of purchase to have it.