Relaxing during some extended time off can begin with a period where one’s head is still spinning. That’s how I’m feeling this morning.
Hope college spring break officially begins tomorrow morning but I don’t have any Thursday classes so my break begins today.
I have accepted a gig to accompany a high school cello player for Solo and Ensemble which is a week from this Saturday. He is playing the first movement of the Brahms cello sonata, so I will be scrambling to have it ready. A pleasant distraction.
Haven’t been paid for the Hope gig from last week. I will email the conductor tomorrow. That will be seven days since the gig.
I changed my postlude yesterday. I did have a boisterous postlude based on the closing hymn, “Lift High the Cross.” Instead I decided to play another quiet piece like last week. “Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund” BWV 621 from Bach’s Orgelbüchlein. No preludes in Lent, since we will be using a gathering refrain.
This morning I am feeling very cynical about my artistic relationship to Grace church. So what the fuck. Even though my organ playing seems to be not very apparent to parishioners, I persist and schedule excellent music and play it as well as possible. But sometimes it’s hard not to feel that I am persisting in a dying and unwanted art.
I’m hoping that in the holes where I usually would be doing ballet classes in the next week or so, I can recuperate and lose a little of this burnout.
I’m certainly planning to try.
1. The Spies Who Didn’t Love Her – NYTimes.com
Langly needs a come to jesus moment.
2. The Future of Internet Freedom – NYTimes.com
NYT tries to stay on the good side of Google by letting them pontificate in this article written by Goolgers.
3. Ukraine’s President Rebuffs Russian ‘Imperialism’ – NYTimes.com
I love it when people in the news write the articles. Interesting but one must remain skeptical.
4. The responsibility of adjunct intellectuals | Al Jazeera America
Interesting well written article about public thinking and writing.