Time grabs you by the wrist
The work is getting behinder and behinder. Let us not speak of it.
Instead, let me tell you about the girl I saw driving home from Studio 2 last night. She was maybe 9 years old, with brown hair pulled into a pony tail and glasses. She was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt and an enormous pair of bright yellow rubber boots. She stomped down the street walking her dog with her eyes closed and her hands held out in front of her, pretending she was blind. Out the window of my car I could see her lips were moving. She appeared to be playing the starring role in a story of her own devising. I smiled as I drove past her and for a minute kind of wished I was her.
It’s recital time again at studio 2. I have 6 students there now (one of my students recently moved away), plus I’m playing custodian to three more for the other violin teacher who can’t make the recitals. So far I’ve only got students at the first three (of four) recitals. I’m hoping it stays that way – then it would only be a six hour day. All my students are performing solos. Two are also performing in bands, one doing Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” the other Aerosmith’s “Dream On.” After working up the violin part for “GoodRiddance,” I am seriously thinking of arranging it for string quartet, because I think it would sound great. Also, it’s really fun to play.
One of my high school students keeps surprising me by the amount of work she puts in. I threw a piece at her last week that was challenging for her in a whole lot of ways and she played it so well this week, that I almost hugged her. Have I mentioned how much I’m enjoying working with teens? I think I have. It is not something I expected.
Still ahead this week: a meeting with my advisor on Friday morning and a quick sprint home afterwards. Why? Because AJ and I are going camping with the Cub Scouts for the weekend. It is currently looking like it is going to rain all weekend. Of course it is! Why should it be any different from any other day? But at least the temperature is supposed to warm up into the 70s. The last several days have topped out in the 40s or 50s. We are still wearing jackets and hats. It’s ridiculous. Still, AJ and I have been looking forward to this for some time. Hopefully we will not be too miserable. I’m currently trying to decide if my guitar is coming with us. The rain may have a say in the matter.