Summer of Change

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Well, it’s summer, so I’ve decided to change some things. First, I restarted running again. I was running about 3 times a week before I joined Crossfit. My run pace is still more of a fast jog pace than actually running. I’d love to get my average 3 mile pace under/around 8 minutes/mile – which isn’t very fast but fast enough for me. Right now, my best is an abysmal 9:22 min/mile for a 3 mile course.

ShoesNext, as mentioned above, I joined Crossfit. I’m doing this 3 or 4 days a week and running on the alternate days about 2 or 3 times a week. There’s a lot of weight lifting, which I’ve always avoided. I realized that I’ve lost most of the upper body strength which I used to have, so doing pull ups, which used to be very easy, is now more of a challenge than I expected. I’m enjoying the variety of exercises and movements and it makes working out non-boring which is a good thing – because I get bored of working out really fast.

I’ve purchased a camera. It’s not too fancy of a camera, but it’s fun. It’s an introductory level DSLR and the kit came with a few lens adapters and an additional lens. It’s been pretty fun to just walk around the yard and take photographs. I’ve captured a lot of local insects, wildlife, and birds and I’ve attempted to identify each of the species. You can check out the photos in my Instagram account.

Acoustic GuitarLastly, I also purchased an acoustic guitar. I’ve always wanted to learn, so I’m also in the process of scheduling some lessons. I’m not expecting much, but if I can learn how to play a few songs, then it’ll be fun to practice during the winter.

Anthology San Diego – Nicole Henry

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Last night, I attended a Nicole Henry jazz performance at a local jazz venue. It was a weekday night and the venue wasn’t nearly as crowded as the last time I was there.

Her performance and the band’s performance were both great. Nicole has a great voice and vocal range. I’m not much of a music critic nor have I had any musical training, but it seems like I’m liking jazz a lot more now than I did before.

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Sunday in the Park with OSCAR®

The San Diego Symphony performed a free concert today at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Luckily, I just happen to be near the pavilion when the symphony was getting ready. They performed famous songs from movies (OSCAR as in the OSCAR awards).

Although, I had only seen a handful of the movies, they did play a few theme songs written by the great composer John Williams including the theme from Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Harry Potter. They also played the theme songs from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Wizard of Oz, Ten Commandments (to celebrate the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit), Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and a few more.

San Diego Symphony at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Date of photograph: Aug 19, 2007

Anthology San Diego – Larry Coryell

A few weeks ago, a few friends and I visited Anthology. Anthology is a new jazz bar/restaurant located in Little Italy and across the street from my new home.

Larry Coryell – A Renaissance musician who excels at all styles of playing, and a true pioneer of Rock/Jazz Fusion.

While we were there, we saw Larry Coryell and his band . For one song, his wife took the stage to sing a Tracy Chapman song. His set went for about 1 1/2 hours as we ate and shared a bottle of wine. Although I’ve never been a jazz fan, this style of music was really great. We had a table in the front row only a few feet from the stage and a three course meal, which was also extremely good.

While I continue to wait for my friend to make me a CD of various Jazz samples so I can get a better understanding, here’s a sample of Larry Coryell’s music.