This is always my favorite time of the year… It’s a little windy and brisk at times, but the chill can be easily deterred by a huge mug of hot apple cider. Normally I’d be outside enjoying the sunny (and rainy) days with my horse and my friends, but this fall season has been a little different.
For the last few weeks, I’ve practically lived in my room, accompanied by a huge mirror and a music stand. Here I can be found, reliably practicing from the time school ends to the unholy hour I finally decide to stop playing and go to bed. I take tons of short breaks as well as a few longer ones, to get the most highly prioritized homework completed and to eat. I realized early on that I needed to turn my phone off and put it far away in order to really focus… Some of my friends started to send concerned messages, wondering if I was becoming some sort of nocturnal hermit.
Oddly, these past few days have been more like “normal” for this time of year. I’m actually spending a good chunk of time outside of my practicing bubble. I’m so unbelievably excited for the concerts this weekend! But, I’ll psych myself out if I keep running through every possible place in the concerto where I could potentially mess up. Instead, I’m thinking about other things, like the really good book I’m rapidly devouring, or how amazing the new “House” episode was, or how much I love seeing my friends.
I’m pretty sure that this should be the week where I’m a stressed-out nervous wreck, but that hasn’t happened at all. And I’d like to keep it that way.
Sally Bruce, violin (Photo: Stina Plant)
Friday, October 2 – 8:00 pm at Saint Mary’s Church, Saint Albans
Adults/Seniors $5; Students $2
Tickets available at the door.
Concert Sponsors: The Dressing Room & Mousetrap Pediatrics
Sunday, October 4 – 3:00 pm at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Adults/Seniors $15, $12, $10; Students $12, $10, $6
To purchase tickets, call 802-86-Flynn or visit www.flynntix.org
Season Sponsor: Champlain Orthodontic Associates
Concert Sponsor: Physician’s Computer Company