April 6, 2011

Post-recital Slump

After every performance, all of the momentum that had been building up to that recital comes to a halt, and I find myself in a temporary state of inertia. In some ways, this is still an exciting time, as I sit down to figure out what project to take on next, and which pieces to add to my repertoire. The danger lies in sitting down for too long while planning, getting out of the habit of practicing.

Earlier this week, I did something to ensure that my little break would last extra long: I slammed my left middle finger in the door. The fingers may be little, but there are a lot of nerve endings crammed in there, and I must confess, I cried like a baby.

Fortunately, I didn't break anything besides the skin under my fingernail, and I'm getting my full range of motion back after only a few days. But I'm reminded of something Heifetz said, “If I don't practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it.” I'm no Heifetz, but my fingers were a little listless when I picked up my violin for the first time since my collision with the door.

As I was looking up Heifetz quotes to find the one above, I found more on this page. Check it out!

Here are some of my upcoming projects:

*Repeat of Spring recital in Twin Falls?
*Collaboration with guitarist Gary Garofano.
*Christmas Performances with Dave, and Todd and Marie Bigelow in McCall!
*Collaboration with Daniel Bishop, the Story Teller--a night of Ghost stories and spooky Halloween music.
*More collaboration with Robyn Wells--violin/piano as well as piano trio.

AND...drum roll please...I may be performing all of this on a new Terry Borman violin! Details coming...


julie said...

If I know "slumps" and I think I do, this is NOT one. What a list! And YAY YAY YAY for Spring Recital in Twin. I really really want to hear it.

Judy said...

I've done some research on the Terry Borman violins and I am so looking forward to hearing you play on your very own!