Out-of-Style instruments; hamstrings and MP3s

I am feeling pretty uninspired right now. Trying to track down an apartment is wearing me out. As is staying up until 3; 30 and then having to carry litter and cat food from the Brookly Target back to midtown. My arms are weak! As are my hamstrings, which I noticed burning a little after trying to gun it up some subway station stairs.

I didn’t have a hectic schedule of interviews and apt-hunting today, so I considered heading over to ‘Steps’ to take a class. It’s been awhile since I’ve been in a dance studio and I miss having a teacher there to force me to stretch and work hard. Then I realized that classes are 16 bucks a pop and I am poor.

I’m pretty terrified that my dance technique has completely gone out the window. It’s a harsh truth of the profession that if you are not constantly training, your strength, flexibility, and coordination goes away, or at least decreases. Yet, classes are expensive. How does one keep up with the bills and stay in if not their best, but at least good standing with dance skills?

The only thing that seems to change as fast or faster than the body is the world of technology. Sometimes I feel amazed at how easy access to EVERYTHING is with computers and iphones and all that stuff. Directions, music, language translations, and huge numbers of bad blogs are right at our fingertips! (Proof- you are reading this right now!) I fully admit to being tragically behind in the world of technology- I do not even have an ipod. Clearly, I’m living in the dark ages.

I’m not sure which is harder, staying on top of my conditioning or trying to stay even afloat in the fast-paced world of technology. The rate of change in both is amazing; the bodies ability to forget muscle-memory, and the computers ability to store and do more. I am also constantly inspired by those on the biggest loser, or from watching my fellow dancers train, and how quickly they could change and imrpove their sills and stamina. It’s almost a science fiction-esque question, or maybe more like Disney’s, “Walle”- which has the fastest rate of change: the building/demise of the physical body, or the advancements in the fruits of mental labor?

For now, I know that my bicepts are sore from lugging cat litter and that that act would have been easier to bear if I had newer music on an ipad (iwant!) instead of some crappy MP3 that still uses windows media player and has none of my new music in the library.

Writing this rant though, I realize that my sweet 89-year-old Grandmother would understand sore muscles, but throw MP3 in a sentence and her comprehension completely shuts down…like a crappy Dell computer.

7 thoughts on “Out-of-Style instruments; hamstrings and MP3s

  1. I just tried to picture you carrying around an ipad and listening to music…and I can see it! I guess an ipad could be the new age boombox. You could set a new trend! And you know what would be cool about that? Those fancy screensavers that change colors and shapes with the beat.

    p.s. I am also behind with technology. My brother berated me the other day for not knowing how to create a zip file on my laptop. I’ve failed at life.

  2. Um, only tech geeks who sit in their basements all day can “master technology.” Just consider yourself a specialist: classical ballerina, blogger, facebook expert AND lover of Pixar films (I heart Wall-E)!

  3. It’s funny how old technology can become part of the emotional experience of the art. I hear songs from the 50s with the fast-moving hisses and hiccups of 45 rpm. The songs of the 60s were quieter, but 33 1/3 rpms were prone to scratches and slides and some of my favorite songs have built-in repeats and skips. My earliest memories of technology were my parents’ old 78s, so heavy that repeated use wore down the hole in the center and the record wobbled and so did the melody, so I danced around the dining room to music that sounds very much like some of the slow-down technology I’m currently hearing in pop music. Technology, like fashion, may come in and out of style, and much of it repeats — but it’s never quite the same.

  4. Tapping on a keyboard resembles the wireless telegraph that was invented in the last century. You’re right about the sore muscles though, and I certainly enjoy being mentioned in your blog.

  5. It’s funny how the technology becomes a part of the emotional memory of the art. My recollection of the music in the 50s was accompanied by the hiss and hiccups of 45 rpm recordings. Song of the 60s and 70s were quieter, but 33s tended to get scratched and skip, so some of my favorite songs play in my memory with built in repeats and slides. My earliest memory of technology came from my parents’ old 78 rpms. They were so heavy that repeated use wore out a larger hole in the center and they wobbled when they played and so did the music. I danced around the dining room at age 7 or 8 to music that sounded like some of the new slow-down speed-up technology that’s used in some pop songs today. Perhaps, like fashion, what goes around comes around — only it’s never quite the same. That’s what memory’s for.

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