26. March 2009 · Comments Off on What Do I Do? · Categories: Ramble, Symphony

Today is our first concert (of three) for the set with the English horn solos. And yes, I’m nervous. I’m at the point where I accept it, even though I don’t like it. I laugh at myself, even while I’m annoyed because I can’t control it. It’s just the way it is.

So some might wonder, “What does she do on a day like today?”

Much of the time I have other work which is good to distract me. Today two of my three students canceled, so I only have one 45 minute teaching job which doesn’t take up much time. In a bit I’ll fiddle with new EH reeds to see if I can get anything else up and running. I probably will toot once or twice on the Reed Of Choice (ROC™) and make sure nothing horrendous has happened to it. I’ll toot more on other reeds for fear of doing something to the ROC™ while practicing. I’ll probably veg out on TV shows I’ve recorded just to take my mind off of the evening’s job. Oh wait! I already did that. (Yes, this early in the morning. Watching TV before the 6:00 news is sort of like drinking in the early morning. Sigh. I’m embarrassed, but there you go.) I might clean the house a bit. And right now I’ll put on some music as I browse the internet because otherwise tonight’s EH solos will continually play in my head and that gets really annoying.

… pause here for iTunes moment …

Ah, there we go! I just put on Respighi’s Trittico Botticelliano since we are doing that next season. (There’s only one oboe so I’m not sure if I’ll be playing or not; that’s the same set our principal will be soloing on Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto No. 5 in D minor. Will she play the Respighi as well? Hmmm.)

One thing I never do on concert days (although I would only rarely do this anyway) is yard work. My hands hurt too much after, and I don’t want to take the chance of getting bad allergies. Nice, eh? A legitimate excuse to skip yard work! 🙂

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