Sunday Salon: The Hills are Alive

Musical Happenings:

Friday evening, some of my teenage flute and piano students played a casual recital downtown at the local piano store. This recital was specifically for contemporary music: Broadway/movie tunes, popular music, etc.

If you have any flute players in your life who love popular music, let them know about my student Erin Clare’s YouTube channel, FangirlingFlautist. Her videos are so fun! She covers songs by 5 Seconds of Summer, One Direction, Demi Lovato, Fall Out Boy, and more. She takes requests, and she plays all of these covers by ear. Erin Clare just started lessons with me last month after her former teacher moved away, and she’s a pretty great classical player, too. I love working with her and seeing how enthusiastic she is about music.

Today I’m working from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. or so. I’m subbing for two church services at a local United Methodist church, then I have double orchestra rehearsals for The Sound of Music. So obviously, I’m writing this post Saturday night!

Bookish Happenings:

I didn’t have a ton of reading time this week, but I did finish Blind by Rachel DeWoskin. I’m still reading Violins of Hope by James A. Grymes, which is amazing so far.

I’ve been in a review-writing slump lately. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say about the books I read, it’s just that I’m taking forever to write the reviews in a thoughtful, coherent way. Hours, you guys. I don’t know what’s up with that.

There’s a Bout of Books Google+ chat tomorrow evening, 8:30 p.m. central time.

Mini Bloggiesta finishes up today. I finished everything on my to do list, though I decided against a separate contact page. I do wish I had more time to work on some of the challenges, but I’m bookmarking them for later. I’m going to try to check in on the Twitter chat via my phone (12:00 p.m. central time). I hope the rest of you who are participating are getting a lot done!