You didn’t know we have tornadoes in Saranac Lake? Sure we do.
Every Spring – when Easter arrives, every school presents its musical, every theatre opens a show, community groups start their concert season, and high school musicians participate in solo and ensemble festival. All in the same month or so.
And those are just the things I was/am involved with, each of them a big project in its own right.
However, we’re winding down. Saranac Lake made an awesome showing with very high scores in both vocal and instrumental music (as usual). The school musicals have sung their last until next year. Easter music has been prepped and presented. The pipe organ project is wrapped up and the Organ Geniuses have gone home. Remaining – The whopper of a production of the musical Chicago is in its final weeks of rehearsal, and I have an orchestra concert in June.
Next year – less stuff. I enjoy all these things, or I wouldn’t be doing them in the first place. But each is very, very, time-consuming. It’s too much. There were a few weeks that had me at my own rehearsal in the morning, a different rehearsal late afternoon, and straight to another rehearsal late into the evening. Three or four times, I didn’t have the time to eat lunch or dinner, and I was still late to the next rehearsal. My April calendar had a total of two days without performing or rehearsals. Any-hoo. A good time was had (and is being had) by all. For the most part. That I cannot deny. But next year – less stuff. Far less.
Based on this year’s experiences, I have a new system – Work comes first, and that’s a pleasure. If I am needed, the high school kids’ solo and ensemble accompaniment ranks high as well. Anything else (and only if it’s easily manageable) comes third. Nothing comes fourth, and the places in which I’ve found myself feeling insulted or taken for granted have been filed in the Never Again folder. (It happens.)
But we can smile. The next month is going to be awesome. I get to spend time with a few good musician artsy-fart friends (that I adore) in the next few weeks. The Organ Geniuses did a fantastic job with the pipe organ – it sings like an angel. (A big one.) And that Nook Color tablet computer you’ve heard me talk so much about? I typed about half of this blog post on it, read a part of a new book on it yesterday, and played Angry Birds on it half of last night.
You see, now that I have a bit of spare time, I like to unwind by shooting angry birds at egg-stealing pigs who live in little wooden … oh, never mind.