I began Tuesday with this view from my bedroom window. I can open my blinds, and on my pillow, rest my head on my hands, and watch the sun arise in all her glory. What a sight it was that morning, with the sun reappearing after so many days of greyness. The day was to be busy, because, among other things, I had to chose and print off a blog entry for our afternoon writing group. I spend many hours writing, and if I´m not careful, I will develop square eyes through staring at a computer monitor for too long.
Just before Chirstmas I tried to leave the "Creative Writing Group." Hands were raised in horror by the other members, and they said, "No!" So a truce was arranged, and now I will present a blog entry with historical interest at our meetings. I find it easy to write newsy blog entries, and with the help of photographs, I can write an interesting article at the drop of a hat. That´s not the case when writing of a short story! That demands much thought, blood, sweat and tears, and I don´t have enough time to write short stories, particulary when I´m concentrating on writing as much German as I can.
The Devizes Chamber Choir met on Tuesday evening for the first time this year , when we practised Mozart´s "Te Deum." This short, exciting piece of music, lasting about seven minutes in toto, was written when Wolfgang was 13 years old! I was still reading girly stories about horses at that age, but this young man, although dominated by his father, was writing these masterpieces at a tender age.
We are singing in latin of course, and much discussion ensues about the correct pronunciation of the words, particulary the "ch." Fortunately we have a latin expert singing with us, so all will be well. The score is printed and written in German, so no problems with the universal language of musical notation, but I have learnt a few new words from the text. Every little new word goes into my long term memory, it´s the getting it to stay there that is another matter!