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If music be the food of love

April 17, 2009

What a great day, I was mildly productive whilst doing barely anything at all.  It was a guitar day!

I don’t know why I’m suddenly taking an interest in the guitar again.  I’ve been playing for about six years now, but have done barely anything with it in the year and a half before I came to Austria.  I brought my sister’s acoustic guitar out here with me on a whim and now I feel like I’m getting more out of it than I ever have previously.

I blame Travis.

I learnt Writing to Reach You about a month ago and it seemed to be a Goldilocks song; not so easy as to be dull, but not so hard that it can’t be perfected in a few days.  Since then I’ve been focusing on rhythm guitar rather than lead and I’m loving it.

I’ve spent the past few days learning songs like Drops of Jupiter and Wild World, songs which offer a fun challenge.  But today I tried learning American Pie and I can’t decide whether I love of hate Don McClean for this song.  On the one hand, there are a lot of chords, which makes it hard to commit the song to memory and the changes between them are sudden.  But everytime I pick up the guitar to play it, I feel happy, because once you have a basic idea (and a list of chords in front of you) it’s incredibly fun to play.

Also on the productive side of things, I learnt a new recipe.  I can now make a fairly decent carbonara sauce, though the next time I make it I need to make a few changes:

Problem: Started frying garlic and onion too early, so it stuck to the pan (I do this so often when I’m cooking)

Solution: Chop everything before you put anything in the pan

Problem: Egg sauce too thick

Solution: Well, that’s because you misjudged how small your eggs were and used four eggs when the recipe said two.  Also the crème fraîche was mostly solid when it was added to the egg; heat it gently before mixing it in next time.

In spite of those two hiccups, the sauce was delicious.

Now it is nearly midnight, I’m going to get ready for bed, listen to the Now Show and the listen to something less interesting to fall asleep to (podcasts are the only was I can get past my insomnia at the moment).