*Whew!!*

Aug. 2nd, 2010 05:20 pm
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Well, the classical music recital is finished - ALLELUIA!!! - and all of the performers did well.

Our program included:

Piano solo by Simon B.
Prelude & Fugue - I.S. Bach

Violin & Piano by Olga M. & Simon B.
Liegsgruss - E. Elgar
Barcarolle - P.I. Tchaikovsky
Meditation - I. Messenet

Flute & Piano by Annie & Will D.
Für Elise - L. Beethoven
Canon - Pachelbel
Pradelium - J. Hook

Organ & Piano by Aeärwen & Nashoma C.
The Sunken Cathedral - C. Debussy
The Swan - C. Saint-Saens

Piano solo by Aeärwen
Klavierstuck - F. Mendelssohn
Waterfall - J. Schmidt

Other than the fact that my hands sweat so that I was almost sticking to the piano keys, and I'm now sitting here getting over the shakes that I simply couldn't allow myself to have ahead of time, it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon event. It was the first ever in that particular venue, and if the lady in charge has anything to say about it, it won't be the last.

NOW I get to relax and enjoy the rest of the busy week. Rehearsals for the musical program on Saturday aren't nerve-wracking, mostly because I'm only the accompanist - and not the only one, at that. It's the solos that get to me - although these folks somehow manage to convince me to play for them often enough that I'm getting better about the cases of nerves I get beforehand.

What I have to remember - and something for anybody having to get up in public and do something to think about - is what Itzak Perlman said one time on a TV interview I saw. His philosophy coming into a concert is not so much that he's performing, but rather that he's sharing of his skill and his talent with those who can't do what he does. It's a great way to think about standing forth, whether it's for public speaking or music or whatever - that what one is doing is sharing of one's knowledge and/or talent with those who for one reason or the other didn't have those opportunities.

It makes it a far less egotistical activity when one thinks of it that way.

Just sayin... :-D
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Ok. I give up.

Not only has the Muse that was helping me do my NaNo gone into hiding, but her place has been taken over by two substitutes: my fanfic Muse, who dumped a not quite 5k-word sequel to Ghost on me over the last two days; and my music Muse, who is now demanding AT THE TOP OF HER VOICE that I go back to putting in the 8.5 to 10 hours a week (or more) to try to get myself back up to my former skill level.

The manufacturers of aceteminophen and aspirin will enjoy a small boost in sales as a result of the latter, as I'm now working arthritic shoulders and damaged muscles in arms a heckuva lot more in the process of practicing. But I actually enjoyed my practice today (of course, it doesn't hurt to have access to a nice 6-foot Steinway grand to practice ON...)

I will *try* to keep working on the original novel, but without the pressure NaNo puts on one. I still have the start of the novel I worked on last year. Wonderful, having these beginnings on the hard drive, and tinkering with them from time to time.

The thing is, I've done 50k words/month before. I used to churn out that much and more when writing for my old fandom. I also burned out rather abruptly too. I truly have no intent to do anything to myself that will burn out my interest in writing per se.

But I'm jazzed about playing the piano with a little more discipline again. Music really is my first love – and the piano was the first instrument I learned (started it at age 4.) I'm hoping the workout of my arms will help the arthritis, and that working the muscles that I *think* I tore years ago will help them heal too. I've given up my violin and guitar - by Eru, I'll be blasted if I'm gonna give up my piano!!

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