June 20, 2008 at 9:25 PMToday is the summer solstice, and we can feel it here at V.com world headquarters in Pasadena, where temperatures are well in the 90s and creeping toward 100.
In other words, it's summer!
It's time to get to music camp and practice eight hours a day, to soak in all the music possible. It's time to play summer concerts, form a new chamber group, review three etude books just for fun and learn a new concerto.
It's time to put away my fiddle and go to the beach! Concentrate? During the summer? Time to go on a month-long trek down the Colorado River on a raft, and the fiddle's not coming along!
What does it look like for you this summer? Is it the time when you can cast everything else aside and work on the violin, or have you been so hard at work during the rest of the year that you need to take a break and feed your soul something else?
I think either answer is all right. For me, it's a mixture of both. Though I'm taking a monthlong sabbatical from teaching, I plan to brush up on some Bach, polish some Ysaye. I also have a few performances, as well as some jam sessions planned with some non-classical musician friends. Still, I'm going to call it a break.
What's your plan for this summer?
Happy Practicing, everybody!
It's been exciting and fun interviewing candidates to fill the openings for Violin Professer. I'm excited to see who we will get!
Lot's of outdoor activities: Bar-B-Que, Camping, Panning for Gold/Silver (I'm an ammature prospector and just joind a club with productive claims...Lot's of Fun!). Fishing, shooting sports, hiking trails to find herbs and wild flowers while scoping out potentual hunting and prospecting sights. And doing things with my Congregation's Brothers and Sisters!!!
But most of all, all these activities are far more fun now that I can buy out time to play my violin while engaged in my summer activities, especially when either friends or strangers listen and have a goodtime! I love playing something they are familiar with and get them involved like singing, etc.
Have a great summer Laurie, and the rest of you folks too!
With a bit of relaxation, I find my motivation returns and my batteries are refreshed to supercharge my practise and advance more quickly.
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