2. Practice doesn’t make perfect, but it works wonders.

When pondering things I learned this year,  I started to think about how I’ve made playing  piano a bigger part of my life.

I’ve been taking lessons since third grade, and after graduating high school, I never thought I’d continue. Then I started taking lessons with Laura Peterson at St. Bonaventure. I’d practice for my lessons once in a while, if I thought to, but I didn’t really put too much effort into it. Instead of practicing Bach or Schumann or whoever I was supposed to be playing, I’d play Fiona Apple or Regina Spektor.

I played in a bunch of recitals, and I prepared increasingly more for each one. This year is my fourth year of playing at Bona’s, and I feel like I’ve improved so much. Now, instead of playing pop songs in the practice rooms, I’m warming up, playing scales, tinkering out chords, repeating hard spots. I’m working really hard. I think it’s paying off.

At my last recital, my other music prof told me he had never seen me play so confidently. That felt great because I knew that I was confident. It’s all due to practicing.

Pete took this photo of me practicing Chopin in the Quick Center.

Summer in the city

Here are two songs that perceive New York differently than I do. I’d like to think that NYC is classier than that.

Which song do you think best describes Summer in the City? Both of them make me feel lonely. Hopefully, that’s not how it will be.

Word of the day: schism


This is another one of those words that just jumps into your head and stays there for the rest of the day. I don’t understand.

According to Merriam-Webster, “schism” means a division or separation.

I’ve heard the term used in religious context before so I went to the Catholic Encyclopedia online to find out more. If anyone can decipher this, let me know. The theology professors love this site, but I find it incomprehensible. From the site, I understand a schism to be a disassociation from the Church.

Also, I’ve heard ‘schism’ used in a Regina Spektor song. It’s a good example I think. And it’s fun to listen to.

Word of the day: kitsch


Now this is a bit embarrassing. I’m 20 and I don’t know what it means. It’s in the title of a Regina Spektor album and I don’t know what it means.

Luckily for me, I have internet access.

Wikipedia defines kitsch as “a form of art that is considered an inferior, tasteless copy of an extant style of art or a worthless imitation of art of recognized value.” They give the example of a lawn gnome.

Merriam-Webster defines it as something that is of low quality and appeals to the “popular or lowbrow taste.”

I get it. So the hologram of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci I saw in the thrift store would be kitsch, right?

If you have any more examples of kitsch, leave them in the comments. Also, would you define Regina’s “Soviet Kitsch” as kitsch?