School's out!

School is finally over for me.  I will miss working with the teacher, Amanda Smith-Heynen. She has decided to stop driving from Grand Rapids and teach at Hope several days a week. A bit part of this decision is that Hope pays her poorly and will not make her official faculty because she doesn’t have a degree, only professional experience. I think she is brilliant and Hope is making an obvious mistake.  The dance department would have rectified this if the college would allow it, I am sure.

Amanda and I mutually decided that we didn’t have mixed feelings at our last class. We were both relieved and exhausted. She has asked me a couple times about continuing our professional work together. Yesterday she even said that we might collaborate on a dance piece, she, choreographing, me, composing. I always make positive sounds. I told her I would like to work with her again.

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It would surprise me if she contacted me again.


Earlier in the day, I attempted to relax after dropping off the Mini for Eileen at work. I walked to the coffee shop, ordered a latte, sat down and starting putzing with Spotify on my netbook. I wanted to see if I could use headphones and the netbook to access Spotify on my vacation.

As I was doing this, Google calender warned me that I had a Grace church staff meeting in five minutes.

I called to confirm.

Alas, it was true.

The secretary graciously offered to come and pick me up, since I was downtown on foot. She did so.

After staff, I was at church so I rehearsed organ for the second time that day having zipped in earlier before the 9:30 AM Eucharist for about 45 minutes. I had left the music I was working on at home.  This included a Dan Locklair piece I was goofing off with. So I played Bach for about an hour. I worked on the Eb trio, the D Major prelude and fugue, and a C major Prelude and Fugue. Fine music.

I had told Eileen that I didn’t need to go celebrate college duties ending, but by the end of the day I had changed my mind and we had a nice dinner together at the pub. Whew. I’m still running on inertia and look forward to slowing down over the next few days.


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