My Profile

I am currently in my second year at Lawrence University and am majoring in horn performance.
Some ways that I fill my extravagant amounts of free time here at Lawrence are:

  • playing piano
  • swing dancing!

(There's a reason this list is so short.)

Improvisation is interesting to me for several reasons. Playing in jazz band my junior year of high school was the first time I experienced structured musical improv. I found the process of improvisation to be really challenging at first - especially improvising on the trumpet, which I had just started learning. Eventually, though I never became a top-notch jazz soloist, I started to anticipate solos with excitement rather than dread. The process of musically improvising became exciting.

Another aspect of improvisation that I'm interested in is that involved in dancing - particularly swing dancing. Social dancing (solo or partner) is usually completely improvised. The more moves learned, the more fittingly movements will be able to be incorporated with the music. And if one is feeling extra inspired, he/she can just make up new moves on the spot. In partner swing dancing, there is a lead (typically male) and a follow. The lead often has may more choices about what moves will be used - thus, more opportunity for improvisation. For this reason, I am learning how to lead in addition to how to follow. It's both challenging and exciting to control how the dance with a partner is going to progress.

Also, I do art when I feel like it.

Here's something to brighten your day just a little bit: kitten vs TWO scary things

Other Wiki Page

qualities_and_characteristics_of_synesthetes mentions several surprising facts about synesthesia:

  • it can aid in a sharp memory because of extra sensory associations made
  • synesthetes ofen have strong memory and cognition, but weaker spatial function
  • it can be very uncomfortable (like nails on a chalkboard) when two senses clash in a way not typical of one's synthetic perceptions