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Mendy Smith

Summer....... Break????

July 10, 2008 at 6:42 AM

I *thought* that I would have a musical break this summer. My CO did it's last concert in May, my last lesson until fall was in June. However, I find that my musical schedule is still overflowing over the summer.

Lesson nights have been replaced with another local CO that does "readings" in the summer time - open to everyone. I'm subbing for another CO (concert is tomorrow - if I get permission from the CO, I'll record it and maybe post a "clip" here). There are still quartet nights, and other informal musical get-togethers. Then there is Interlochen later next month. My personal practice continues to be limited to weekends.

One thing good about being a violist, and ONLY a violist: no matter what level you are at, you are always in demand. Keeps life interesting.

My mother told me recently that I *finally* figured out what I wanted to do with my life. And I mean my "life" - NOT my career (which I already have). Something that I can enjoy not just now, but later in life after I finally get around to "retiring". Mom's always right - even when you are pushing 40 (I mean 29 for the 11th time).

From putch panis
Posted on July 10, 2008 at 7:29 AM
That's great, Mendy! It's rare for people to find what they really want to become, much less already be what they've always wanted to be. I'm envious. Right now I'm also thinking of what to do when I retire. I'm thinking that this time it should be something that I sincerely want to do. I haven't found the answer yet.

Incidentally, I am really wanting to take up the viola but a bit afraid to leave the comfort of the violin.

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