This week, I have the honor of serving for jury duty.
Seriously, I’m not being sarcastic. Sure, it’s already been a long process and will probably go a few days longer still. Sure, it’s thrown off my schedule and left me scrambling to get things done at home. But it’s a pretty important part of our constitution and a way to serve my country.
Also, it’s my first time and, as a writer, I’m endlessly curious about all of it. The people, the process, everything.
Anyway, I haven’t had the wherewithal to come up with a brilliant post for you, this Wednesday. Instead, I dug out one of my favorite old posts. Think of it like those perfectly broken in jeans. They’re old, but they’re soft and fit you like they were made for you.
Okay…so this isn’t that amazing. But still, it’s a bit of fun for your mid-week enjoyment.
Also, it asks a very important philosophical question…
In terms of pets, I’ve never been a big fish person. They’re pretty (some of them) and soothing to watch, but I’ve never found them to be very interactive. I prefer something furry I can snuggle or play fetch with. But the fish in the video below has me rethinking things a little:
A big thank you to my daughter, who introduced me to this video. She’s like a walking search engine for good articles and videos.
Ordinarily, on Fridays, I share a funny, inspiring or otherwise interesting video. This week, I’d like to hear from you. Share your latest post link in the comments or link to another article/video you found interesting, inspiring or entertaining.
Last week, I shared one of my musical inspirations with you, Kevin Olusola. Not only does he create beautiful music on my favorite instrument, the cello, but he plays so joyfully. It’s beautiful to watch as well as listen to him.
Another of my inspirations are The Piano Guys. They both play so beautifully, and the cellist radiates passion and joy in his playing. My favorite piece of theirs is O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
I’m learning this piece on the cello right now. I’ve roughly got the first minute and a half or so, but I’ll need a lot more skills to play the rest of it, including learning new fingering positions. In the mean time, I’m enjoying absorbing every moment of The Piano Guys playing.
For the last week, my daughter and I have been participating in a strings camp (she on the violin and I on the cello), and tonight is our finale concert. It’s been a tremendous amount of work but a roughly equal amount of fun.
Yesterday, during the 433rd play through of the most challenging song in our lineup, there was a moment where we were all completely in sync. The difficult rhythm came together, and something magic happened. I don’t know about anybody else, but I felt relaxed, calm and totally in the moment. Although it’s a fast tempo piece, I felt like I had all the time in the world to make each bow stroke.
The magic lasted only a few lines, but it made me want more. If I wanted to play well before, I want to strive even harder now. I want to be able to slide into that little magic zone as often as possible, whether I’m playing alone or in group. I’m hooked.
In honor of the end of strings camp and that magic moment, I want to share a cellist that inspires me. Everything he does with his music is magic:
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I could go on all day about favorite scenes, but I’ll pick just one: The scene in Stephen King’s The Gunslinger, where Roland must choose between letting his young friend Jake die or catching the Man in Black. Jake tells Roland “Go then, there are other worlds than these.” And Roland lets Jake fall to his death, a choice that will eat at his soul. Continue reading “That’s Just Neat”→