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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Maestro: A study in black and white

Most nights at our house you will find Joel studying scores. He either has a recording on of the piece in question, or his very own symphony going on in his head. Either way, he has no idea what's going on around him in the real world, because he is in an alternate reality where he is on the podium in front of the Chicago Symphony. Or maybe the New York Philharmonic. I don't think he's too picky.

I decided to catch some photos of the nightly event, and you'll see that he didn't even notice my existence. Even when I flashed him, he didn't so much as blink. (Get your minds out of the gutter! I didn't flash him like that, I meant with my camera. Although, if I really did flash him, I'm quite certain he wouldn't have noticed that, either.)

Meet the maestro and his imaginary orchestra (he is currently conducting "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" which you might know from Mickey Mouse):





Sorry they're totally blown out. That's what happens when you have to use the stupid onboard flash, especially when there are white shirts involved. Someday I'll get a nice one. Anyway, what matters is that I captured this moment. Even though it will probably happen every night for the rest of my life. Since I live with an orchestra conductor and all.

31 comments :

  1. wow~ he's so animated! your evenings are so entirely different than mine, but I'll bet you love them just as much as I love mine. It would seem like yours would be quiet, but on second thought, I know even classical music gets pretty rowdy now and then. Do the girls play act things inspired from the music? My brothers always played war during the 1812.

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  2. Wow he really gets into it. That is awesome. I just love to watch conductors.

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  3. I love to watch conductors, too! I loved my choir conductor, he was hilarious! The best ones are the ones that REALLY get into it.

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  4. Awesome shots, Lara! I'd love to hear what he thought of the pictures.

    And no, I wasn't thinking that kind of "flash" until you put it in my head. :D

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  5. They are great shots!! He is really into what he is doing.

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  6. That's awesome to see him in action! Your house must be a lot of fun.

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  7. That is seriously cool to see. (And the mentally GONE thing? Sounds like me when I'm thinking about my books or actually writing--the house could burn down, and I might not notice.)

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  8. I love it! It reminds me of the hall outside of our Conducting final exam. All of us trying to learn Nimrod the Mighty Hunter...

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  9. Those are AWESOME! Poor Joel when he sees these! Chris hates being on the blog...so I try and do it as often as possible!

    Love that you captured the moment regardless of all the photography nitpick. That's my 2009 goal. More reality, less posing!

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  10. That is great. You can tell he is good at what he does because he is so involved that he doesn't even notice you. And he is so animated.

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  11. What a great memory that will give your kids! When they're on their own with their own family, I can just picture them saying, "I remember that every night my dad would sit in his big arm chair and conduct a symphony. We used to watch as he waved his arms around and made funny faces!..." How fun!

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  12. This is priceless! Though I'm having a hard time believing that if you had flashed him in the other way, it would have gone unnoticed... ;)

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  13. Can I borrow him for an evening? We wouldn't even need to disturb him. We would simply come in and lift him in the chair he is in. I just think it would make me feel all cultured and fancy to have a mistro in the house.

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  14. I'm always amazed at how different your life is from mine sometimes.

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  15. Beautiful shots. What a rare thing to catch a loved one in every-day activity and go unnoticed. I try to do this with my family, but it never works, and the moment my presence is known, the whole feel changes. fabulous.

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  16. What a wonderful sight! I miss you kids always playing the piano every evening as I made dinner and I would sing to whatever you played. Music changes your whole mood! those girls are lucky to have so much of it! I grew up on opera and classical music being played day in and day out, and it made life so beautiful!

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  17. yes...i recall those sweet moves. very fun to play to.

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  18. I love that he's so into it that he didn't even notice that you flashed him!

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  19. I can relate to this on every level. I conduct a symphony and chorus here in Las Vegas, and no matter where I am or what I'm supposed to be doing, I'm usually waving my arms and 'cueing' imaginary performers. My oldest son (the grownup, who doesn't have much interest in music stuff) loves to remind me, "They can't see you, mom."

    I assure him that the musicians in my head absolutely CAN see me, and because of my extraordinary gifts with the baton they are playing and singing "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" better than any symphony and chorus on either side of the veil ever have!

    Sassy kid...

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  20. Tee hee....
    Drew doesn't do this, btw.
    Joel is a freak.

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  21. I think, Mr. Holland's Opus. Is that what he's really conducting? cool pics.

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  22. That's great that you captured the moment! I love the black and white, I think they look great.

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  23. That is so fun. I do that type of thing in the car, leading music on the radio that is, but don't usually study scores in my free time :). About your flash...you should talk to Joey. I know they got something at the school that was fairly inexpensive and he raves about it. Can't remember what it's called though...

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  24. I've seen similar things in my house many times from my daughter, the drum major, who wants to be a band director.

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  25. I particularly like the third one down. :-) That should be your computer wallpaper. :-) ...Jill

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  26. I love that Joel found the perfect outlet for all of his focused energy-I love that he is so passionate about music!

    (will you hug him for me?these make me miss him so)

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  27. Wow! Thanks for sharing. I had no idea a conductor would practice so much. I like how he is so "into" what he is doing. Great photos.

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  28. I can relate. I'm married to an orchestrator. All music all the time. Oh, and golf.

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  29. Love it !
    My Dad used to conduct symphonies on the weekend at home, accompanied by a recording...he was not a musician, a teacher or a professor...it was kind of nutty but believe it or not, it gave me a great appreciation for music of every kind.

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  30. You guys are some of my favorite people! I'm glad you posted the pictures--very fun shots.

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