October 2008

Back After a Long Break

October 25, 2008 13:18

It has been two months tomorrow since I posted a blog entry. It's been a busy time. Last month we went to Maine to celebrate our anniversary and my birthday, and it was lovely. We stayed at the Kennebunk Inn in Kennebunk, a 200 year old house that was turned into an inn about 90 years ago. We ate lots of lobster, made the requisite visit to LL Bean in Freeport, visited with a cousing of my late mother's (all her family are in New England) and I discovered something called "Punkinfiddle" in the town of Wells. This festival was started to foster the stewardship of estuaries and includes many crafts, a lot of food, and of course, fiddlin'. That was on my birthday/anniversary, so from there we went to Portland for a wonderful lobster dinner.
Back here on the homefront thing have been hectic. I have been getting physical therapy for my MS, as I have had a lot of problems with neck and back pain. Also, my knees have been killing me, no doubt due to a combination of inactivity and weight gain (gotta love those steroids). But I have had time, in between online chess games, to work on my violin technique. I have found that to combat the tremors in my arm, it helps to make exaggerated bow strokes, which happily also helps my sound production and interpretation. Apparently my strokes have been too passive, if that makes any sense.
Anyway, I'm taking a break now from a long practice session: tomorrow I play the nursing home again, and in honor of the upcoming festivities, I'll be playing all "Halloween" music: an arrangement of Toccata and Fugue in d minor, Danse Macabre, the Funeral March, and some pieces composed by Fabrizio Ferrari, the arranger of all these pieces (VirtualSheetMusic.com).
I'll let you know how it goes.

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