I've fallen off the practicing bandwagon, and resolve to get back on this weekend. My students have been crazy - where do they get all that energy - can't they channel it into their math exercises?
I have been a little down but last night I listened to Itzhak Perlman's recording of the Bruch concerto No. 1 in G minor, and found it so beautiful. I had been listening to the unaccompanied violin suites by Bach for awhile. In terms of listening (not playing) I tend to live with a piece of a music for a long time listening, learning, interpreting making it a part of me until I tire of it, and then move to another new piece. I did that with Bach's Ciaccona when I was an undergraduate. Someday, I hope to play it. Man oh man, I love one of the themes in the Bruch concerto - I'm listening to it right now as I am writing.
Earlier in the week, I had a stiff neck. I couldn't turn it to the left. Has anyone else ever had that problem? I have a friend who is an experienced acupuncturist. My neck on Monday was so painful that I couldn't turn it comfortably to the left. My friend put a thin needle into my left hand - I did not even feel it going in - he said "exhale" as he tapped the needle into my hand. I truly do not feel it was mind over matter, but the muscles in my neck did in fact feel more relaxed. He found another point on my forearm, and placed a needle there. I tell you I slept comfortably last night with minimal discomfort in my neck. I have never believed in the validity of acupuncture, but after last night, I feel more open minded about it. My friend didn't charge me, but the next time we go out, I will be buying the first two or three rounds!
Anyhow, two days to relax, recharge my battery, and of course PRACTICE!!
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