It’s beginning

20 November, 2014
Rat Fink

Beginning to what? Look a lot like Christmas? Yep. :-)

I don’t know why, but I’m more excited about the holidays this time than in past years. It’s not that I’m more flush with Christmas coin, or that my two upcoming concerts have me stressed any less; rather, I think it’s a case of looking forward to that “down” time more. You know how teachers never work and have all those vacations? Yeah, that.

I made a comment to a couple people last week that after each show closes, I find it takes me a little bit longer to bounce back — like that’s a major character flaw or physical limitation. It’s really not. I have come to terms with the fact that while I’m slowing down a bit, I don’t have to let it occupy my every thought. I ain’t 35 anymore — so what? And you know what else? I used to feel guilty for having down time. It was like I was wasting valuable minutes doing nothing, when I could be getting stuff done. J’ever feel like that?

Well, those days are numbered for me. Over the last couple of months, I’ve actually enjoyed lying on the couch reading, or watching TV. I’m learning to take pleasure in time off — something I’ve rarely done when we’re not on an Odyssey or having grandchildren over.

So, as it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, I’m beginning to look forward much more to some leisure time: shopping, going out to eat, visiting with family and friends, reading, watching sports, and generally just being a bum when I want to. I mean, haven’t we earned it after all these years? I think so.

But first — concert stuff, other school issues, and the Hamsgiving menu. That’s me, TCB.

It’s almost Friday, luvs. Friday and payday: a match made in ze heavens.


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20 November, 2014 9:47 am

Yeah, I hear ya, sister. I close the studio every December, and have endured a lot of flack about it. When I first started doing that, it was because my duties as a church music director made Advent a huge burden and teaching during that time was just too much. I no longer serve a church, but have kept the practice just because I need the down time, and usually have lots of gigging to do. Voce Camerata and Consort has become pretty popular of late!! I’ve reached the time in my life when I can thumb my nose at… Read more »

20 November, 2014 11:03 am

I love it Kiddo! For so much of our lives we run around trying to balance the “Big 3” of what we do, what we know and who we are. Most of us spend the majority of our time concentrating on those first two hoping that the “who we are” will sort of evolve and “poof” happen. It is my belief that the most important aspect of all this is the “who we are” and that comes from that healthy balance of down time. I know what you do and you are so tremendously good at it, the fruit of… Read more »