January 22: Hike early, music later

I went back onto the trail today. My goal was to find if it was better to start hiking at the end of Liberty Canyon rather than from Juan Batista de Anza park in Calabasas. It turns out that on both distance and time it’s about the same, though it’s easier to get to Liberty and the parking is better, especially on weekends.

Averaging 18,000 steps and around 40 floors climbed on each of my last three hikes I have concluded that I am in lousy shape. Everything held up Ok until today when my bad knee felt crappy by the time I got back to the car.

Hmmm…

If I’m going to do 15 miles in a day, let alone 30 over two days, I’ll have to be in better shape otherwise I’ll be hurting’ after such a fun couple of days.

Later, we went to a concert at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena. It was done by Pittance Chamber Society and featured music by Ingolf Dahl, Barbara Kolb and one of my favorite contemporary composers, Arvo Pärt. I hate to be biased, but the the piece by Pärt, Spiegel Im Spiegel was worth the price of admission all by itself. The acoustics at the church are marginal though it’s a lovely place to walk into. It was built in 1924, the same year as many of the larger churches in Pasadena. I have no idea what was special about churches and Pasadena in 1924. The room is slightly diffuse sounding. It’s very difficult to localize instrumental sounds and timbres tend to blend together in a less than pleasing way. I recall it was better for choral groups so perhaps the room simply needs more energy to really come alive. Anyway, it was a rare pleasure to actually attend a concert, any concert, with things as they are. I hope it’s a sign of more good things to come over 2022.

Tonight’s writing soundtrack is Tabula Rasa, by Arvo Pärt. It’s fantastic…

January 22: Hike early, music later

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