why i haven't been around

As evidenced by this stack of books on my nightstand...you can see i've been rather pre-occupied...hence the lack of posts. This is all the research i have for my two essays I'm submitting with my graduate school applications. The only things left to read are the three Mahler books on the bottom of the stack...but I'm back...and things are going to get good.*

*in case you're wondering...the thin blue book is a miniature score of Rhapsody in Blue, since you can't get a full score easily without going completely bankrupt.