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Brain Training

One day last week I drank too much tea too late in the day. Instead of going to bed at my normal 1:30-2am time, I went to bed after 3am. The next morning I woke up around eleven, feeling a bit slothful for sleeping in. Usually I make some nice green tea in the morning, but I skipped it that day, half because I had overdosed on tea the day before, and half because it was almost the afternoon. I sat down at my computer, but instead of doing my daily planning, I started researching Persian rugs.

By one in the afternoon I was still sitting at my computer in my skivvies, having done nothing more substantial than gain a comprehensive amateur understanding of what to look for in a Persian rug, and maybe answering a handful of medium-priority emails.

The day was off to a bad start. Not a horrific start, like the kind where you lose your arm in a grain combine, but the kind where you've gotten such a slow start that the day begins to feel like a waste.

I opened up Google Calendar to plan my day, but then closed it. What's the point, I thought, when I've already wasted so much time? There was no chance it was going to be an excellent day, so my brain was trying to steer me towards just writing the day off and refocusing on the next one.

Early On a Sunday Morning: The Cello Recital

On Where Pianos Roam

On Tuesday, May 31, I performed on the cello in public for the very first time.  My teacher, the lovely Ms. Ronda Armstrong, orchestrated a charming little recital for her music students in the library of the Stratford Montessori School in Nashville's Donelson area.  There were three very young piano students and two adult cello students who performed. 

Before the recital started, we did a quick practice in Ms. Armstrongs music room, and I totally bombed on every piece.  Thankfully, I've always accepted this as a good omen.  I always wind up playing well when this happens.  I guess I just needed to get all the nerves calmed down and ironed out. 

After the practice, all five of us walked in singe-file line to the library.  We sat in the back, and before too long, the show began.  On the piano, all the kids that played were just adorable.  Jordan Widener played "Donkey" and "It's Halloween".   Sam Crow played "Minuet and Trio" and "I've Been Wishing".  Later on, Bella Dobson performed "German Folk Song" and "Kangaroo Family".  Watching them reminded me of a couple of piano recitals that I did when I was young.  I hope all of them continue to perform music in one way or the other.  It's just a fun skill to have even if you don't do it professionally.

Then, it was time for the cellists to play.  I was on first and played two solo pieces ("Go Tell Aunt Rodie" and "May Song") while Ms. Ronda accompanied me on the piano.  Here's a photo.  (There's a look of determined Asian concentration on my face.) 

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