Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Ups & Downs
Up: assigned to the "eye room" today to give anesthesia for my
Down: long talk with my (great) boss about various issues around us at work. A good talk, but one that conjured up considerable stress.
Up: not on call today, so got to see my kids at dinner.
Down: husband away on business.
Up: had an oboe lesson this evening.
Down: it was bad. Well, no, IT was wonderful, but I was bad. Pachelbel's Canon is kicking my caboose. (My 7-year-old patted me on the arm while I was practicing the darn thing last night and said sympathetically, "Just do your best, Mommy.")
Up: Kyoko is patient and full of mirth.
Down: Orlando had to cancel the next 2 chamber orchestra rehearsals & move the concert date to one that I can't make, because he has a big gig.
Up: Kyoko has the same gig: all 6 Brandenburg Concerti at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum.
Down: the gig is sold out.
Up: I tried to transcribe the Wexford Carol in F# off a CD onto some staff paper a couple of weeks ago. Plunked it down in front of Kyoko and begged her to play it to see if my transcription makes any sense (my music theory being totally rusty). She sounded so beautiful; I felt like someone was applying healing balm directly to my frayed nerves. The transcription totally works.
Down: When I try to play it I sound like - well, you know. Plus, all those accidentals! But she had some helpful pointers for how to start working on phrasing.
Up: Watched Shrek the Halls and How the Grinch Stole Christmas with my kids tonight. Got to laugh with them - always one of the best moments of my day.
Time to get some rest and start all over again in the morning.
Addendum December 1, 2007:
I have to thank Bardiac for alerting me to the following HILARIOUS work of genius on the subject of Pachelbel's darned Canon, performed by comedian Rob Paravonian (RobPRocks.com). It is just brilliant!