Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Doing the Work
Yesterday was very productive for me. I had many personal items to address. All of these took longer than I anticipated as is the nature of life. After dinner I had a brief nap with the intention of putting in my 2 hours of guitar work afterward. I was awakened from the nap by a friend in need. I was happy to respond but did not arrive back home until 9:15 pm.
After a snack and brief conversation with my wife, I went to work at 9:35 pm. I had made a commitment to practice guitar two hours a day while participating with The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists XI - Preparation Course at a distance.The first hour was relatively easy. After a five minute break I resumed, looking at the clock and feeling sleepy. At 10:55 pm I paused to do an Alexander Technique lie down. Oh did my body need this, want this, and then the urge to crawl into bed was so so strong. At 11:05 pm I was back on my stool. I asked the course for help. It did not seem to be arriving so I struggled, rationalized and refocused constantly; only to be distracted by my body and now my feelings.
Then with 20 minutes to go, I had a thought to look at an old score I found cleaning up last week. This score represents an idea I've not been able to complete. The working title is Corvus and dates from 2011. This is revisited about every 6 months. I can not find where to it wants to go, but I love what has unfolded. While refamiliarising myself with the notes and structure, energy arrived from the course and from the piece. Through I mistake, I saw the potential for where Corvus might take off. After putting away the guitar, I was exhausted. I then had trouble falling asleep. C'est la vie.
Photo by Magnus Franklin