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Friday, April 22   >>


Every Friday, the music majors at my school have 2 mandatory classes. One is called Concert Hour, where we get to hear guest artists play free recitals for us. It's the best class ever because it requires no work, other than showing up. It's a nice luxury and break from my block of 16.5 units.

The other class is called Applied Music, and it's a class where us, the music majors, get to perform for our peers. Essentially, it's a class to teach live performance. Following a performance, a Q&A forum is opened with the students and a Simon Cowell critique from the professor. The prof has a double doctorate at USC for music, and he's no foolin' folk when it comes this class.

The pressure is high, to say the least.

Today was my performance day. I had to introduce the piece and give background info on who made it and why it was made. Then I performed. Then I finished. I heard the applause, got up, acknowledged the crowd in thanks mode, and sat back down for what could have been my live lynching.

"I've never heard you play, Hugo. I'm not trying to say I'm shocked, but I'm really happy with what you've done. That -- was good."

Needless to say, that was the most rewarding event to have occurred in my first year of college. I have a month left, but I don't think it could get any better than that.

I ... have improved.

Anyway, has anyone seen this show on the ol' television called DANCE 360? This is THE BEST SHOW EVAR. Man, you talk about wasting your time -- shit, this makes watching paint productive. What a retarded program.

Let's fake a dialogue.

"I want to watch TV."

"Ok, let's watch DANCE 360."

"What's that?"

"It's a contest for amateur hip-hop dancers."

"What do they do?"


"For how long?"

"Half hour."



"You don't know, huh?"

"Yeah I do."

"So the show is just ...dancing teenagers? Like that show from 10 years ago on MTV -- what was it?"

"The Grind'?"




Have a great weekend!