Wednesday, July 23, 2008
P.P. Practiced horn. In p.m. read “Northwest Passage.” Alden came up and brought his clarinet. We played duets for some time. Astonishingly, he plays very well by ear but can’t read well. I would play the air in F—he would improvise in the same key, then I would take alto parts and he go over the air again. Worked at Doc’s in p.m. and evening. ($1).
Posted by Umbriel at 5:50 PM
Saturday, July 19, 2008
P.P. Today Robbins Bros. Circus is in town. In a.m. Alden Thrasher and I went to the grounds and worked all morning putting up the big tent. We got a free pass. We earned more but I just did it for the fun, anyway. In p.m. took first French horn lesson. Did O.K. In evening went to circus with Laura—got a reserved seat. It was a nice show, pretty good sized.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
P.P. Practiced horn. Helped around house because Ma doesn’t feel good. Shined my horn in p.m. It now looks almost as good as new. In evening went to Armory for 2nd Band Concert. I took my French horn for its first concert with me but after the first four numbers it began to rain so we stopped the concert—got my horn a little wet but wiped it off well.
Slept late. Practiced my French horn. I have a French horn method book. I have trouble hitting the correct tones—there are so many of the same fingerings. Went out with Pa and drove in p.m. to Surry and back. I do all right. Went swimming at Belle’s camp at Munsonville from 5 to 7. In evening took French horn to Keene City Band rehearsal. It has an E-flat slide—could play better in a group—easy music, too.
P.P. Collected. Went to Beedle’s Music Store and by chance found Mr. Beedle there. Gave him a check for $35 and became the proud possessor of a genuine French horn. In p.m. cleaned and polished old horn and fixed up my new one. Went to Sherm Reed’s and played badminton on his court. Practiced, of course, on F. horn. It has a very small mouth piece and is much more difficult to play than my mellophone.
Posted by Umbriel at 3:26 PM
P.P. Helped Ma around the house. In p.m. took horn lesson at 3:30. Mr. Beedle said he would sell his French horn for $35—case and all. Pa says he will help me buy it or but it all himself tomorrow. In p.m. drove the car around the yard. In evening drove to Surry and back.
Posted by Umbriel at 3:25 PM
Sunday, July 6, 2008
P.P. Went to library—read on Beethoven’s “Eroica.” Got a set of rules for badminton to study. Played horn for 1 hr. as per schedule. In p.m. worked at Doc’s (25 cents) and then went for a ride on my bike. Went up beyond Surry and across to Gilsum and down to Keene in 2 hours, 15 minutes. Played badminton in evening. Listened to Beethoven’s seventh symphony.
P.P. At 9:45 went to Doc’s ($1.00) while he went to an auction. Listened to the all-star game. The Nationals won 4-1. At 5:30 I went to Munsonville to Belle’s cabin where a select crowd was gathered to give Mildred Ralph a birthday party. Beautiful supper, swim, and boat ride. Home at 9:00 to listen to an orchestra program on radio including Beethoven’s “Eroica.
P.P. Rested mostly from yesterday. Aunt Netty left for Aunt Flora’s this morning. She is coming back when Ma goes to the hospital, which may be any time. In evening Keene City Band gave first of six outdoor concerts at the Armory. All went well. Play too many popular numbers, 3 marches, a medley and an overture “Jolly Robbers” with a pip of a horn solo in it—the 1st horn played it, of course, not me.
Posted by Umbriel at 6:06 PM
P.P. Played badminton in a.m. Worked at Doc’s p.m., then to show “Prisoner of Zenda” at Colonial. Bought a box of firecrackers and fired them. In evening at about 9:30 Bob and I set out for the carnival grounds to se the town fireworks. Walked around with Laura, whom I met there, until midnight. Rode on Ferris Wheel. Saw beautiful fireworks. Home and bed at 1:00 a.m.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
P.P. Read. Practiced horn. In p.m. at 3:00 I went to Beedle’s for a horn lesson. Everything went well. I may get a real French Horn soon. In evening I went to “The Hurricane” with Laura. A thrilling picture! Bob has gone to the Summer Theatre tonight on a pass for all seniors. Learned that the Robbins Bros. Circus is coming July 15.