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Following college commencements each year, I often realize just how much time I have devoted to practicing during the school year, and how much I’ve given up to accommodate that.
Most of the time, I’m fine with that. But what is summer for?
I am planning to mix it up. In fact, I’ve already started.
Each person’s life is unique, of course. And schedule requirements vary from year to year.
For me, right now, things have settled down. I am busy, but am doing much less running around. So there are blocks of time available. That means that more concentrated work can be done with fewer interruptions. (I have 10 more minutes to do this, then I have to leave for the next rehearsal/appointment/meeting.) This is a welcome change!
Seeking a balance
Like many people, I enjoy doing a variety of things. Although my college career was spent doing very little besides music, now I prefer to do more than that.
So whether it be watching tennis, reading, taking walks, going to movies, or meeting new people, I will be pursuing other interests in addition to music while the slower schedule is the norm.
As yet, there has been little time to plan ahead for my church job. My plan is to read through organ pieces, note which liturgical season each is appropriate for, note any hymn correlations, assign each to an appropriate category (prelude, offertory, postlude), and time each piece.
Anthems are in need of attention as well.
Last week at lunch, an organist friend told me about his database of church music. He said that setting it up took quite a bit of time, but now that time is paid back every time he chooses service music.
In addition to extra-musical activities, I will be working on two non-playing jobs for a while.
One is the transcription job about which I posted earlier. The remaining artist interviews are due by the end of June.
The other, about which I obtained details today, is proofreading and copy-editing additions to a book, due before the end of July.
Time to watch some tennis!
Do your summer plans differ from those of the school year? If so, how?
What are your ideas about how to mix it up?
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