The Joy of Driving and Music

Since I got my Ford Focus SE after graduation, I have been finding all sorts of excuses to drive it all over the town I live in. Tomorrow, I’m going to Nashville to do some tech consulting for a medical corp. I work part-time for. I just really enjoy driving my car. It fits me and I like the way it feels on the road. When I used to drive my ’92 Jeep Cherokee, I was so afraid the vehicle would fall apart, or worse, not be able to make it on or off the interstate. These days, I’m content in the knowledge that my car can play CDs, my iPod, and even has airbags. My jeep didn’t have airbags at all. I guess its the little things we take for granted, but I am quite thankful and grateful that I have a new car to drive around in. Speaking of driving, apparently the Washington Post did a guide of the 10 worst cities for drivers. I’m glad I have audiobooks and music on my iPod to keep me company during traffic snarls. 

Last night, I attempted to post a review of the 2013 remaster of Barbra Streisand’s 1976 album, Classical Barbra. Unfortunately, WordPress had other ideas and decided not to allow me to post it. So without further ado here is my review: 

Due out  tomorrow, is the 2013 remaster of Barbra Streisand’s 1976 album Classical Barbra from Masterworks, the classical/broadway arm of Sony Music Entertainment. While managing to go GOLD in 1999, Barbra’s foray into Classical music is to some an enlightening experience, while others have been seemingly mislead by the album title. I read the review of one lady on Amazon.com who posted, “Listened to this one probably once, I guess I just like pop music, because this stuff really strained my patience!” Classical music isn’t meant to enjoyed by the impatient. No. Classical music is meant to be enjoyed with a glass of wine, and thats exactly how I intended to treat this new remaster of an already classic recording. However, I was dismayed when I heard very audible hiss emit from my speakers, as the opening bars of Debussy’s “Beau Soir” met ears. I’m stunned at the album’s reissue producer, David Foil. The original album recorded during in 1973 with The Columbia Symphony Orchestra with arrangements and conducting by Claus Ogerman, is a lovely adventure into the realm of classical music by Streisand.  Tracks such as “Beau Soir,” “Apres Un Reve” and “In trutina” from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana are favorite tracks of mine. Since I have both the Lp and original compact disc edition of album, I was excited about the prospect of a new remastered album. Apparently, Barbra Streisand’s renewed contract with Columbia Records includes at least two or three remastered albums in addition to new projects. However, I figured that with a remaster of a now 40 year old recording would be complete with cleaned audio tracks, yet it all sounds like a regular, every day, run-of-the-mill, tape to compact disc transfer complete with very audible hiss. I mean very audible hiss. 

I thought with all the advancements we have in technology, a 40-year-old recording should be able to sound terrific. Right? Regardless of how it sounds, I personally love the recording, and applaud Streisand for her confidence in tackling such material. I find it funny that a sometimes artists who cross into different genres fall hard on their faces. For example when Renee Fleming released Dark Hope produced by David Kahne I was really quite excited and intrigued by the list of songs on the album; however, the album falls flat. Fleming’s voice is held back and kept in her lower register, while the arrangements are tepid and unremarkable. I enjoy the fact that Barbra’s classical debut is a straight, no frills album. It’s just Barbra and the music. Pity about the sound though..

Microsoft Word

Doing resumes are such fun, or they used to be. I remember when using WordPerfect and the first incarnation of Microsoft Office to create phony resumes when I was in the third and fourth grade:  I’d put in that I’d been to fancy schmancy schools, and I was the CEO of some bogus company. Little did I realize making up those silly resumes would come back to haunt me, because now, I’ve seemingly forgotten how to fashion a professional looking resume. The one I have on Monster.com looks pitifully juvenile, and when I compare it to the resume I used to secure my first “summer job” just two years ago, I cringe with disgust. 

Back to the drawing board. 

Dean’s List

Saturday, Dec. 15th – I walked across the stage at MTSU’s fall commencement exercises. Many of my friends, both old and new, also graduated with me. Being in good company at the end of your undergraduate career is really special, and I can not thank my family and friends enough for cheering me on. 

Final grades were released yesterday, I finished my last semester with 3 ‘A’s, and 2 B’s – making Dean’s List for the Fall ’12 semester. I am so happy! My overall GPA is solid, which means I can apply for Grad school when ever I jolly well feel like it. 

What is even better is the pride I have in myself. I achieved my goal, I finished strong and will have my degree in my hand in January. 

I guess now I can change my blog.. it’s no longer “thoughts of a college senior.” I’m graduated.. =) I am so happy! 

I turn 25 this saturday! Go Me!

The End

In the fall of 2006, I started my collegiate career. After a few minor academic accidents, and  few bumps and bruises later, I graduated with my associates degree in May 2010.

Now, I’m just a day away from graduating with my BA in English. I cannot say what a relief it is to be done, to be finished with papers, exams, and to be done with the stress.

I’ve learned so much in the years since I started this journey. Now that it’s so close to ending with my graduation on Saturday afternoon, I’m not sure whether to laugh, cry, or sigh with unadulterated relief.

I will post more later, but for now I’d like some sleep.

Days to go

I just have a little over a week to go before I’m out of college! It is so surreal. It seems like only yesterday I was a freshman in college and now I’m graduating. Finally. It’s been such a long, hard  road. 

I made an A on my proofreading paper for my English for Elementary Educators class. I can honestly say that is a class I will sorely miss; however, I do believe I learned things in it as well. 

I will blog more as the days get closer to my cap and gown. I have like ONE MILLION things to do. Papers to edit, study guides to do for exams next week. It all ends 12/15/2012. 

 

 

28 days

The days are counting down and I’m getting more nervous every second.  I’m graduating in 28 days, I will finally have my degree after years of struggle. I am not exactly sure how I feel about my impending graduation. I don’t feel like I’ve made much use of my education. I still suck at writing. Commas, punctuation, and mechanics I still have issues with. My papers still suck and I’m so close to the end. I thought people were supposed to be overwhelming confident when they were due to graduate from college. People ask me, “are you going to grad school?” I don’t know if I’m really ready for grad school for three reasons: I can’t afford it (I don’t want to take out loans), the application process is long, and I have yet to sit the GRE. I’m just not sure if carrying on with my education is the right choice. Honestly, I have half a mind to go back and just redo everything. 

Right now, I’m wasting time watching The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and trying to figure out game plans for 3 papers I have to write. I’m just not sure of things at the moment and I’m sure it’s because graduation is so near. What am I going to do after I get my diploma? I have no idea.