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!!!