2013 into 2014

I don’t blog that much these days, but felt the need for some reflection especially since 2013 was so rough (but eventful). So many things have happened, and I’m desperately looking forward to 2014. Things I accomplished in 2013: Presented a senior recital Graduated (with highest GPA in English) Helped coordinate a classical music festival … Continue reading

life changes

Ever since I graduated, I haven’t been in one place for more than a few weeks. The day after graduation, I was on a plane to Taiwan, where I spent three weeks seeing relatives, eating, and sightseeing. I came back a bit more than a week ago. This Wednesday, I’m leaving for Indiana to scout … Continue reading

It begins, as most things begin, with a song.

The idea of music’s power is deeply ingrained into daily living, from ideas about what we get from the musical experience, to fears about its pervasiveness, to our creation myths. I’m somewhat obsessed with the idea of a¬†sung¬†creation myth, where it is not merely the words that “speak” everything into being, but the tune. Think … Continue reading

old dispensation

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. It’s January 1st, and like Eliot said, “next year’s words await another voice.” At this time last year, I was thinking about my thesis. At this time the thesis is finished, and I still have three schools to apply … Continue reading

I don’t think banishing expectations is productive.

Because they exist, and they exist for a reason. Unreasonable expectations are one thing. To have a goal to work toward, one needs some kind of expectation of some sort, as low as that expectation might be. And why not aim high while you’re at it? I’ve been way too complacent lately. … Talking to … Continue reading

convincing-ness

At the end of the day, I do know the answer to my own question. Whether it will be convincing depends a lot on the steps I take and the work/effort involved to make my point to the people I want to convince (in this case it’s my English professors and grad schools). Depends also … Continue reading