Monday, August 08, 2005

Home Sweet Home!


Well, I'm just about to hit the sack, but thought I might drop a line, or two. I've been back home now for a week and a bit in preparation for Thornhill summer competition. I'd like to say that I'm in top shape for this, but the plan is to be in peak form in February, NOT August. However, I had a great time skating in the 16th annual Mariposa Gala... Jamie and Dave, Steve, Jen, Brian, and everyone else in the show were great. The show is for such a great cause (The Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie), but even more impressive is the legacy that Doug Leigh has created here in Barrie.

I debuted my new short program to the music of "sing sing sing", though it still needs the mileage. Don't worry, it's nothing like the "sing sing sing" that you all know and have heard all too many times on the ice. It's a very unique version (actually, the original version) by Louis Prima with scatting and everything. What I like about this program (other than it being the most demanding in terms of spinning and steps), is that my true personality shines through while I perform it.

And.... as most likely anticipated, the long is something very different than the short. The long is a tribute to Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. The quote by Glenn Gould that inspired the choreographic tribute to his life is:

"The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity."

Anyways, I had better go to sleep because I compete in two days. Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their summer. It's gone by way too quickly!!!

Cheers,
Jeff.

p.s. The best part of being home is that my family (all 4 of us) are able to spend some time together... This usually only happens a couple of times a year!!!

23 Comments:

Blogger hillary said...

You're new programs sound great and I can't wait to see them! I love watching you skate you have such great charisma on the ice, like you don't even care if you win you're just glad to be there doing something you love. Its cool, I hate people who take themselves to seriously. So good luck this season, have fun!

8:04 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Thanks for posting, Jeffrey. Good luck this season.

Lynn

1:44 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Oh I know.. the summer goes by too quickly.. :( Ah well. Good luck at your competition!

Yeah, I saw a short clip of your new short on the internet and I really like what I've seen so far. Can't wait to see the rest of it and your long program!

Lisa

6:51 PM  
Blogger singerskates said...

Hi Jeff, you must be getting your rest for the Long program tomorrow in Thornhill. Before you head out to the ice if you look in your Blog, remember to "Just Have Fun!"

Check out my blog if you want to know what's going on in my skating life or lack there of. Just click on my ID next to the word said.

Wish I could be skating Jeff. So please do some awesome footwork and spins for me.

Brigitte

8:58 PM  
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9:22 PM  
Blogger Not In Service said...

Thanks for posting again Jeff...nice to know you got home from CA safely. Your sister has told me about your Father's work, so I know he is away a lot. It's so wonderful that all 4 of you get to spend some time together! What a great looking Family you have! I say... you have your Dad's looks and your sister has your Mom's look (but you both have a bit of both of them too)

HAVE FUN and Enjoy your time together.

~Terri
{BB's}

8:26 AM  
Blogger Suzie said...

I saw Sing, Sing, Sing at the Gala and really enjoyed it! Definitely my kind of program. :D I can't wait to see it develop throughout the season! Hope the competition went well and thanks for sharing the picture of your family!

10:40 AM  
Blogger ~*~Sarah~*~ said...

I really enjoyed both your programs at the Mariposa Gala..your new short is really good. Any chance the we'll be seeing you in Celebration on ice??

5:36 PM  
Blogger ~Kim~ said...

Hey Jeff

Gala was great as was the reception. Up here in Northern Ontatio we only get ice this week. Yeah! Anyways, congrats on the 2nd Place finish at Thornhill. Looking forward to seeing your programs this year. Hopefully they televise alot this year! GOOD LUCK this season. Will see you at Nationals..going down to watch this year.. can't wait!

Kim
Kirkland Lake, ON

6:09 AM  
Blogger ~Kim~ said...

Hey again!

Sorry, forgot to tell you that i posted a pic that was taken at the Gala on my blog. You and I! Check it out....

6:43 AM  
Blogger Erika said...

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for keeping your fans updated on your progress!! I for one really appreciate it and love reading your posts.

Music question - In your tribute to Glenn Gould, which pieces did you choose for the long? Gould was known for his Bach, of course, but he played lots of stuff, so I'm just wondering how you and your team came up with the specific music selections. Inquiring pianists want to know ;)

All the best for a great Olympic season,
Erika

8:28 PM  
Blogger singerskates said...

Jeff....... what did I tell you about just having fun? The quad is just one jump. Thornhill was just to see what the judges thought of your programs minus the jumps. Think about getting a few livelier sections of music for your long. Some fans thought the music was boring but not you though. You were interesting. Quit thinking about getting judged, relax, play with your music while having fun and just let your soul flow out through your whole body and blade edges. Skate for you and you alone. Skate because you find it fun. And once again, "Just Have Fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Skate for me, while I'm forced off of the ice with two herniated disks in my neck which may require surgery and which is most likely taking me out of my 3rd Adult Canadians.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Lisa Goulet said...

Jeff,

Sadly, I haven't seen your new progrm yet!! lol, I can't wait. I really should have gone to thornhill .. but we had a seminar :P oh well, next year ;) ... like sarah said, will you be doing Celebration on Ice?????(???!!!!??)

Lisa G.

ps - tell Michelle that Lisa Goulet says 'hi!!' lol.

8:47 PM  
Blogger sillysunflower said...

Hey Jeff, I hope all is well for you.
This is actually "Terri aka TRAxel" for some reason I couldn't get into my original blog??

Anyways, this is me now I'm a sillysunflower LOL

Good luck with the remaining training time before the new season starts.

:o)

7:18 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Bonne fĂȘte Jeff! =) You're getting old.. hehe i kid i kid.. don't think about it as getting old but think about it as getting wiser ;) Hope you have an awesome day! =)

Amanda

9:01 PM  
Blogger CaroMado said...

JEFF!!! Well it's been a few years yet again. It's me, Caroline from Timmins. Good job on the blog! Be sure to visit mine www.carolinemerella.blogspot.com
I just started but I love it. Still so proud of you for everything you've accomplished so far. Next time you skate in Ottawa I want to come see you!!! I found out the night of about half hour before the last time you were here.

Anyways, take care and skate hard!
Caroline xox

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Blogger cdnrok said...

for sure, there's definitely no place like home! and i can't believe the summer is over! lol. good luck!

6:58 PM  
Blogger Benmo said...

Jeff, I am very excited and inspired by the thought you have put into the Glenn Gould long program. You have once again picked some unusual music. I have a B. Mus. degree so I appreciate the attention you have given to the details of your choice of music.

I will be at Skate Canada in St. John's, NF in 3 weeks and can't wait to see the new programs. I am running an autism conference at the Fairmont Hotel in St. John's. Your tribute to Glenn Gould is particularly touching to me because it is said he had Asperger Syndrome which is an autism spectrum disorder.

Thanks for the updates on your training.

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12:44 AM  
Blogger singerskates said...

Hi Jeff and cool parents of Jeff,

I've already seen the Glen Gould freeskate which was skated in Japan over and over and over again. Someone from Japan saved it into a file and placed it on the internet and that's how I got it and saved in on my computer. That RFO Ina Bauer you do Jeff right on the music is so cool. I like your straight spread eagle into your 3Lutz double toe too. And man, how do you get your footwork to be so spot on the music during your circular footwork? I wish I had your program on DVD so I could study it over and over again. Just WOW!!!
I wonder what the Japanese commentator said after you landed your very loose 3toe? (I know you're setting yourself up for that quad, we both know you can do. In music I practice parts I have trouble with 4 times faster than needed, so that when I slow it down to the correct tempo, it's easy.) I think doing your 3 toe loosely and rotating it to look like you did a single is setting you up great for the quad toe. Good work Jeff!!! Always knew there was something between your ears.

PS:Next thing for Skate Canada International, do your 3 flip like you know you can, no doubles and don't be so hard on yourself. I caught you giving yourself a hard time after you were done doing your program in Japan. Judges might pick up on that. Besides, think about how much fun you just had on the ice doing the program, not what you messed up. You'll see it on the COP score sheet later. Enjoy your moment in the spotlight and Ham it up!

Your friend singerskates

8:14 PM  
Blogger Yoko said...

Dearest Jeff,

This is a first time to write my comment.

Somebody in TV said that your way to use a edge of your skating is incredibly beatiful.
I do not have any knowledges about figure skating. But I totally agree your smoothing moving around of the link.

Anyway, I am looking forward to seeing you in Japan.

Warmest regards,
from Tokyo

4:26 AM  
Blogger Narumi_Hal said...

This is my first comment to your blog.

I'm really impressed by your skating, Jeff.
Your skating was so amazing that I can't forget forever!
I wasn't know much about figure skating, nut I will study.
I want to see your performance more.

I am looking forward to seeing you someday. Please remember me(^-^).

enjoy your time and take care.

Warmest regards,

Narumi

4:47 AM  

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