Tuesday, September 27, 2005


I'm sitting in a lovely coffee shop, taking a break from editing. I have to say, I love having one thing I do that's not music-related. When I finished my master's degree, I was very intent on being "a professional musician," and only took on music jobs. And I could make ends meet, and everything was fine. However, there were jobs I was doing that really didn't interest me all that much, even though they involved playing or singing. Now, I can be a little more picky about the music jobs I take, and fit in an hour or two of work between lessons and rehearsals, or between jobs, while at the same time enjoying a grande soy chai latte and a yummy piece of chocolate-almond loaf. :) And, I feel like I'm expanding my mind by thinking about something other than music for a change. It actually feels more like a break to me, and I love the fact that I could conceivably do this anywhere in the world my singing happens to take me. Of course, the fact that I'm being paid (very well) to take these "breaks" makes it even more enjoyable.

I'm just about to leave for the ferry terminal (I have to take about an hour's ferry ride to get to Hansel and Gretel rehearsals). Tonight is a run-through with piano, and we'll be wearing our costumes for the first time, as a representative from the local paper will be there taking photos. My costume is extremely comfortable -- I basically feel like I'm wearing sweats to perform. One of the benefits of playing a boy, I suppose!

1 comment:

Ariadne said...

There is such a simple joy in finding and "haunting" one or two tiny coffee shops. For some reason, I do that every time I'm in a new city, Baltimore, Milan, Vienna, Santa Fe, wherever. I like to find one that's just a little jewel, unique, non-Starbucksy. Makes me feel like I'm part of the community, somehow.

And I have my own espresso machine, too, at home! I get the little pods delivered, so I have lots of variety.

Next time you're "back East", please look me up. I've been fiddling with biscotti recipes these days, too .... !

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