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August 17, 2005 at 8:15 PM

I’m back in the ol’ cubicle after the second of my 2 back-to-back vacations. I think I managed to get some R&R this time around… but it seemed very hectic all the same. Other than some heavy-duty errands, it was most great. Along with my usual orchestra gig, which was very lowess this time around, I even got to play an evening of 4tets, which was great…..outside of that my violin certainly got some rest.

Now it’s time to buckle down and get into the best possible playing shape so that the upcoming season is as enjoyable as possible, then continue to build from there. I’ve barely reached double digits in the exercises in ‘Basics’… so much for that plan. I had one particularly amazing practice session just before I left on vacation and I could’ve sworn I could detect improvement in my playing a couple of days later. It would be nice to experience more moments like that… and to string a couple of those back-to-back? Wow.

I’m already getting a little angsty because I may be lining myself up for another one of those lord-just-get-me-through-to-Christmas-vacation-and-then-I-can-collapse kind of seasons. I have a few more orchestral commitments than I’d like, especially in light of the fact that I hope to get involved in more chamber music. On the other hand I may be putting the cart before the horse again. I shouldn’t worry about that until I find myself actually having to turn down chamber music because of orchestra.

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