Sunday Salon

Played // This weekend I accompanied a (large) number of middle and high school band students for Solo & Ensemble Festival. I rehearsed with them all throughout the week, which made for some very long days. I think I’m going to take a break from playing piano at all this week. Wow, my fingers are tired. The kids played so beautifully! The 6th grade flutists from the middle school I play for completely blew me away, especially.

Read // This week I read This House Is Not For Sale by E.C. Osondu (which I felt kind of “meh” about) and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (which I very much enjoyed).

Discussed // Thursday evening was book group. We discussed The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. What a great group of minds these ladies are! Someone brought up that stunning passage that begins: “The second thing that I thought was that I knew everything. Lettie Hemstock’s ocean flowed inside me, and it filled the entire universe from Egg to Rose.” That inspired some searching and reading about the world egg. Another person mentioned that Gaiman’s descriptiveness reminded her of Maurice Sendak’s illustrations. I thought that was such a cool perspective!

Reading // I’m currently reading A Flute in My Refrigerator: Celebrating a Life in Music by Helen Spielman. It’s turning out to be a great boost during this hectic, burnout-susceptible time of auditions, competitions, and assessments. I also started next month’s pick for book group: Walking Home: A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed by Sonia Choquette.

I feel like my head is finally above water, for a week or two, at least!