Improvisation

15 October, 2009
Rat Fink

In the movie Risky Business, Tom Cruise says something about yanking down your drawers and sliding on the ice. That’s kind of what’s going on here.

I’ve had to make all kinds of adjustments/cuts in the vocal and orchestral score for this show, and the kids are doing well with it. (Haven’t had orchestra rehearsal yet, so I don’t know about those krazy kats…but I’m sure it will be fine.)

Some people do really well with flying by the shoelaces; others freak. Some people do their homework little by little and just put finishing touches on it the night before it’s due; others wait till the last minute and pull an all-nighter (I’ve been guilty of this). Some people are like, “Feh,” and others worry and fret about every little thing in life. Takes all kinds, I suppose.

What kind are you? Are you the last-minute guy, or the “I’ve had it planned out and gradually processed for weeks” type? I guess you could be both, depending upon the situation. I tend to procrastinate on BU stuff, entering grades, the district website…but I am just about always prepared for choir rehearsals every day, and musical rehearsals every night. Me funny.

Several of my RtB fiends asked me what was going on with yesterday’s post (my wanting to commit various & sundry felonies). It was very much along the lines of improvisation: taking the unexpected garbage and making stroganoff out of it. Lemonade. You know.

All right. Enough psychoanalysis for today. I’ll leave that up to the Thriller.

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Stein
Stein
15 October, 2009 7:26 am

So what does this creepy conehead-esk guy have to do with any of your post? He looks a little too…. pleased about something. I am the last minute type of guy when it deals with things pertaining just to myself. I don’t plan meals, my wardrobe, shopping times, oil changes, personal work. I do plan and work out ahead of time those things that affect more than just me. I plan the music selection (I have a great idea for marching band shows for next year!) for my bands. I plan how each rehearsal is going to go, as well… Read more »

Hiltbrunner
Hiltbrunner
15 October, 2009 8:19 am

I guess it depends on the situation at hand. Sometimes I do my best work when I am rushed, sometimes I utterly and completely fail by waiting.

[sings] If I could I surely would [/sings] have most things planned out, I like a little bit of structure in planning.

Hilt of the sword Brunner out.

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PKPudlin
PKPudlin
15 October, 2009 8:20 am

Usually I try to be organized and planned out well in advance. Twenty years in the nursing field has taught me to be well prepared before I embark on a project; gathering supplies and information etc. However, being a creative person, I am not above pulling ideas out of my back pocket at the last minute and accomplishing them in a flurry of activity. I will go into rehearsal well prepared, either as a singer or as a director and then suddenly decide on a different tempo or improvisatory device etc. My ensembles have come to deal with this well,… Read more »

Mavis
Mavis
15 October, 2009 12:34 pm

Need your sister even comment on this? :0) You know me – I’m planning ahead for 2011 already! Just call me, “The List Lady”.

HUGZ!!!

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Kodye
Kodye
15 October, 2009 1:28 pm

When it came to homework I was more of a “Don’t do it… then get to school, find Matt Conger, ‘borrow’ his, and copy it in the boys locker room” kind of person.

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Meg
Meg
15 October, 2009 10:11 pm

I am a professional procrastinator. I actually procrastinate procrastinating…

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Hiltbrunner
Hiltbrunner
15 October, 2009 11:33 pm
Reply to  Meg

It really is a skill.

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Krissy
Krissy
15 October, 2009 11:52 pm

I am a terrible procrastinator. I wait till the night/morning before which is really bad as an English major. Lots of papers= planning that doesn’t happen.

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Greg
Greg
16 October, 2009 10:08 pm

I’ve never understood why so many people procrastinate on getting all those “chores” done for Christmas. I have a friend who was terrible at this. He did his shopping on the afternoon of Christmas Eve., went to the midnight C of E service, then came home to wrap all his gifts–then he wondered why he was so tired on Christmas Day and couldn’t enjoy things.
I start working on Christmas two weeks before Thanksgiving. (Ok, I do most everything in advance–well in advance.) If you’re going to enjoy something, don’t wait until the last minute!

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