Here in the USA, it was Thanksgiving day.
A day I prefer to be alone.
Last Saturday I arranged the music for the service of my godfather- it was impressive for a memorial service, if I say so myself. I could not have done it without the help of my amazing colleagues, but particularly Katherine. She was my Albertville liaison, and a friend for a long time, she is a master of music, and all the arts, I simply cannot say enough nice things about her.
Jeremy Benson played flute, Shane Kennedy performed- tenor, soloist and ensemble. There were about a dozen people that collectively participated in the music. I believe if my godfather could have heard the product from beyond the grave, that he would have approved.
Amidst all this- I had other funerals, myriad rehearsals, and a lot of practicing to accomplish. Life is busy, but this new sense of depression or solitary introspection has been perplexing. When I am angsty- the best way for me handle things, is by practicing, and working. Since my house is a disaster of remodeling, I re-touched up my office (at work), and it is providing an organized, and welcome place until I clear my psyche enough to tackly my home interiors.
I will be playing "Rhapsody in Blue" in April, it appears with the Jacksonville Orchestra, with Jeremy Benson conducting, and looking into doing (for a second time) the "Vox Belanae" by George Crumb with flute and cello- during the same week. It seems do-able, and promising.
Adding to the upcoming calendar, it appears that I will be the pianist for "A Little Night Music" with the local opera company. Time has spanned years since I have committed to playing an opera/show, as I don't do that anymore. However, I am playing for this, because Shane is the master, and is in charge of what I need to do.
Adding to those performances, I am preparing for:
Carols of Christmas- I'm playing "Bugler's Holiday", and Jo Lynn Burks is the special guest soloist
Trinity Keyboard Series: My Annual Holiday show- featuring Camilla Pruitt, Jo Lynn Burks, Torin Kyemba
All the school performances etc....
So on and So on-
Today I practiced:
Jerry Westenkeuhler's "Crown Him With Many Crowns"
Andrew Carter's "Trumpet Tune" (Resplendent with "love song")
Adding to all this- maybe tis a state of mania, though I ordered some new oil paint liquids and have been working at my Samurai of praise painting, and a new "re-dub" of a painting.
Blessed# Bah Humbug to all holidays.