Today in the morning I spend a lot of time practicing Toccata by Paul Ayres in my church. I stopped at every quarter note and did it 3 times. Then sight-read through some music by Ad Wammes and Tore Bjorn Larsen.
After a while composer Kristina Vasiliauskaitė came to the organ balcony and I helped her to sort out her PayPal earnings from the royalties of her compositions and taught her to use her new tablet. She has sold 15000 copies of her Agnus Dei for choir since 1999! I found it quite remarkable. She needs to have her own online store like I have though because now she is not in control of her inventory.
She gave me a 70 percent chocolate bar for my work and also her 4 Christmas carols for the organ from 1992. I sight-read through them when she left and went to make a copy. Audiences would love this piece. I thought such music would be quite successful in the US because there is a need of quality liturgical music which also sounds good to the average listener. But for this she needs to continue to create.
For lunch I met Ausra at the university cafeteria and we ate chicken cutlet and vegetable soup with tea. Of course, we shared half of that chocolate bar!
When Ausra left to continue teaching at school I went to work at church at the computer. Submitted my request to play organ duet or improvisation recital to Holy Rosary Cathedral Concert Series in Canada. We'll see if this proposal will be interesting to the organizers.
At home I prepared for our next harmony class by typing 6 hymn tunes with an empty bass line for students to fill out tomorrow. My Fitbit device notified me about 10000 steps taken today. Then talked for 93 minutes on the phone with a friend. Finished the day by writing and reading the diary of David Sedaris.
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