14. May 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

So I just walked in the door. Yes, it’s late (early). But there you go.

Actually I had promised a friend a drink because she gave up smoking. She has, in fact, gone five months without a cigarette. I’m so happy for her … and I hope she’s proud of herself. Having never been a smoker I don’t know what it’s like to give up something like that, but I do know it’s difficult, just from what everyone tells me.

The Concert went well, I think. But right after I’m never in the best of shape, so it’s hard to be objective about it. I only go over what I should do better. That’s how this brain of mine works. It’s the old “carrot in front of the nose” thing for me; perfection is never achieved, only desired. I believe I’ll keep silent on most things for now (but let me just say that I’m ticked off about two notes, and playing the second oboe AND the EH part is just plain rough; I wonder what they do in SF?) and prepare for the final concert of the season. I did think, though, that Paul Polivnick was wonderful with the Berlioz. (Debussy too, for that matter, but that piece isn’t the challenge that the Berlioz is.) Every time I perform Symphonie fantastique I fall in love with the work all over again.

Tomorrow—make that today! is a long day; we play the concert again and then we play Beethoven’s Fifth for another event. Really. So I know I’ll be a bit weary when I’m done. But it’s all great music, so I’m happy about that!

It’s also Mother’s Day. My two children who live (too far) away from me sent me flowers. Can you imagine? I was shocked and touched and just so happy. I love flowers! I love my kids! Jameson is planning on taking me out to breakfast this morning. Awwww. What wonderful children I have! Being a mom is really a tremendous blessing. So Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!
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