Hi readers. Kia Frank and I have successfully relocated our lives to Bloomington, IN. It was an arduous process, but I think we made it through unscathed! It’s a beautiful area, and we’re excited to start this new chapter in our lives. Thanks for all of your support along the way!

Wait, What’s in Bloomington?

            Bloomington, IN is the home of Indiana University, a school of almost 50,000 students! I’ve been accepted into the MM in Composition program and will pursue that for the next two years. The campus has been named one of the most beautiful campuses in the country by travel bloggers, and it totes the impressive Jacobs School of Music.

            The plan is for Kia to apply to the Early Music program at IU for next year while I’m studying composition. So far, we love Bloomington! The chaos of move-in day has gone, and we’re well into refinishing old furniture and waging war on the yellow jacket nest on our balcony. Fun times.

Books

            I just finished John Grisham’s A Time to Kill. I’d been intrigued by courtroom dramas for years, but I hadn’t read one until now. It was pretty great. Occasionally, the pace of the book would slow due to a mass of detail, but, in general, the book kept me interested. The book is about an African-American father of the past taking revenge on two white men for violating his daughter in the South. It presents the viewpoints of blacks, whites, churchgoers, and the KKK, just to name a few. Very realistic and blunt as it explores a huge moral dilemma.

            Next on my reading list are textbooks! Now begins my studying regimen in preparation for IU’s entrance exams. This includes music history, counterpoint, and theory. Wish me luck!

YouTube

            If you haven’t seen it yet, Defiance Duo has released its first “Episode” video on YouTube. It’s entitled “In Another World,” and you don’t want to miss it. This episode compares the sound of a professional instrument with a…less-than-professional instrument.

Climbing

            Now that we’re in Bloomington, we can check out the Hoosier Heights rock gym. It’s located very close to our residence and should provide us with great exercise and fun over the next few years. If you’re interested in the facility, check out their website. They offer classes, an equipment shop, and a separate room for bouldering (my favorite)!

            Also, you need to see this video that EpicTV Climbing Daily just released. It showcases an augmented reality, virtual training wall and an impressive new board that measures finger strength and aerobic/anaerobic capacity. The board can then be used to create individualized workout plans and track the progress of an athlete. Cool stuff!