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I have a new favorite YouTube music clip, this from a Ryan McKasson & Hanneke Cassel concert:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptd9paTkMI8

First half is just gorgeous, and second half is a lot of fun to listen to, especially if you're trying to figure out what's going on with the non-melody parts. Farewell to Tchernobyl also makes an appearance, which pretty much guarantees that I'll like the performance; in this regard, I'm rather predictable.

Haven't been playing as much recently, since BiCo and Swat classes are on break for the next few weeks. Am spending the time learning new tunes. I can actually play The Mathematician's Hornpipe at speed now, but it's something of a hollow victory, since it's not like I'm ever going to play the damn thing for a dance or at a session. Sort of the same as The City of Savannah. Suspect I have a glaring weakness for Skinner tunes that nobody else actually feels are worth learning. Problem with the realization is that it means I actually have to learn bariolage bowing if I want to play some of this stuff. I'm not sure I want to do that.

In 'played by the average fiddler' tune news, I have also discovered the Raivlin Reel, which is a heck of a lot of fun to play, and has a freakish number of possible ways to bow it. Still haven't decided how I'm going to come down on that.

It's probably good that I'm doing the tune learning now, since my February is looking incredibly full of stuff. We'll see if I go nuts.
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