Thank Ceiling Cat, we have two entries in the tank (one after I post this). Send in your contribution or I’ll shoot this cat!
Today’s reader is Steven Nelson, and I find we have another talented musician as a reader (be sure to watch his YouTube video linked below). I’ve indented Steven’s captions:
I am Steven Nelson, Australian by birth but resident in Japan for more than forty years now. I’m a professor in the Japanese department of the Faculty of Letters, Hosei University, Tokyo. I have posted under the name SteveninTokyo, though not very often. This academic year (April to next March) I am on sabbatical, and had planned to spend most of it in China, traveling to ancient sites on the Silk Road and surveying the musical riches depicted in cave murals and the like. But COVID-19 put a stop to all of that, so here I am, in my Tokyo apartment.
My first photo is a frame from a video that I made on July 20, recording one instrumental part of a virtual ensemble online performance premiered at an online symposium held on August 1. I used Japanese parts scores for five melodic instruments, mainly of the 11th to 13th centuries but including melodic ornamentation in the wind parts from scores of later centuries up until the 19th, to demonstrate what ‘Tang music’ (music of the Chinese Tang court, some of which was transmitted to Japan) might have once sounded like.
If anyone is interested in the final product, please have a look! This is the first time I’ve done this sort of recording, and the gradual increase in tempo throughout the performance didn’t go as smoothly as I’d intended, which caused the other players some problems. Still, it’s an interesting start. There are 200 more pieces to record!
My second photo is of a rescue cat who has been living with me since July 8. She was one of 20 or so cats rescued from a dire situation early in February this year, and had been kept caged at a shelter until she came here. She had little contact with humans before she was rescued, and won’t let me touch her, but we’ve got into a fairly good routine of eating, sleeping and playing with toys that I can manipulate far enough away from her for her not to be frightened by me, like feathers and fake insects on long strings. I’ve named her Nana, using nice Chinese characters to express the idea of ‘seven,’ since she was the seventh cat rescued, and called Hepta at the shelter. Any hints from cat lovers about how to get along with better with her? Food looks like the best way to get into her heart at the moment; she has begun to take treats from my hands, and eat them without moving away. I’m happy with her the way she is, but it would be nice to hear a purr or to be able to scratch her neck occasionally!