Tokyo Bunkakaikan Journal: February 10, 2006 -- Rehearsal 2
7/27/2017 6:34:43 PM - I spoke with Lew (my stepfather) a couple of days before thanking him again for lending me his beautiful flute for the first rehearsal, and he offered to lend it to me for the Bunkakaikan concert!!! I'm so psyched, especially since my flute is just deteriorating on me, needs an overhaul badly.

Went to the Japanese Consulate before going to Mama's to drop off Sasha's and my passports and papers for our working visas to Japan and took the bus uptown to Mama's. What a mistake -- Manhattan buses take forever.

Today we rehearsed again "Sumie," "The Island," "Round About Midnight," "First Night," and the instrumental part on "Warning: Success May Be Hazardous To Your Health." I had just transcribed to my key on the train ride over from a trombone part, but it turned out that I was half a step off. I got confused about the key we were doing it in. Mama tried to write it out for me in the right key, but as she was in a rush, her writing is just too hard to read, so we couldn't rehearse it properly.

Another solid rehearsal but I still feel we have further to go before it's really solid. Mama has it harder than me because she's having to transpose things to suit my register on several of her tunes, and the standards she knows in their original key, and also has to learn tunes that she normally wouldn't ever perform in a different style from what she's used to. I can see "The Island" (by Ivan Lins) is a real stretch for her and even suggested we drop it, but she said no, saying it's a "nice song" and is being a real trouper. We'll see how it shapes up.
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