I looked at my calendar (which has been losing free space by the hour) and decided that if I was gonna take a chunk of time off, today was going to be my only chance until next Monday. Orchestra assignments are posted for weeks one and two, class assignments have been made (woohoo I got into the Alexander Technique class again!), lessons have been scheduled, quintets formed (Barber – Summer Music), work shifts doled out… And on top of all of this, I’m in a book club! We had our first meeting last night, it was splendid. If after all this I have any time at all to go on hikes, it’ll be a miracle.
I played for about an hour and a half this afternoon and it was a struggle. I worked a four hour shift this morning with about three of those hours spent in direct sunlight. I got burnt and have felt kind of drained ever since. Much was accomplished in the way of errands but I clearly needed some time away from the clarinet. I was tired physically and creatively I’ve been retracing the same ground for a few days. By taking tonight off I’ll feel more rejuvenated for the next seven days I’m sure and definitely after my first lesson with Joaquin. I have a lot of material ready for an outside opinion. That’s another cool side-effect of this four hours a day thing: I’m pretty much always ready for lessons!
No big practicing ideas today. Sunburn is bad, occasional days of rest are good.