First concert tonight for the new season, and it is a bear. Not easy, lots of work to get ready, and while I will do well, I am not enamored of the compositions. But I am not paid to love the music, only to render it with the best skill I can. Not giving works I like more care or attention. In fact, it is usually the works I dislike the most I have to pay more attention to as I do not retain the practice as well. So a trick, which I do better now than I did years ago, is to like everything until I am done, and then say, “Yuck.”
And this week proves to be giving me challenges. I may have to miss teaching a class to do jury duty. My civic responsibility. I hope the event is postponed a few weeks. It is on Halloween, and I want to be able to see and enjoy my grandsons on that evening. Not nurse a headache or feeling residual stress from a day of sitting and possibly making a decision on the freedom of another human being.
Outside of that, the week can be pretty pleasant.
For now, enough procrastination – practice for tonight, even if I do not want to. And then lessons to students before I go to the concert.