100 Days of Practice, Round 2, Day 6: The Silver Lining

A great weekend of music and two nice long and lovely practice sessions. Concert with Caravan on Friday night at Middlesex Community College, then woke up bright and early Saturday to work on new ideas from the night before. And a nice gig Saturday night with The Lindsays for St. Kevin Emerald Knights Senior Drum and Bugle Corps' golf tournament... Then, tonight a long practice session that just wrapped up. We were at an all-day birthday party today and after a while, I was just itching to get home to practice. I got home, and immediately pulled out the soprano sax, and worked through Joe Viola's Scale Studies for Saxophone, a Berklee publication. What fun! Sometimes it's like that -- you play and get the feeling that you're doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing, that this is what you are meant to do. Ooh, that feels great. A gift.

I realized tonight how much things have changed. The true measure: On Thursday, Steve announced that he'd gotten laid off from his job (yes you read that correctly). Rather than fretting about the mortgage, I thought, "Wow! How cool! He'll have so much time to practice now!"

Please send help. Soul Mama gone mad.

But, on another note: I just got an email, this very second, from a co-blogger, who was inspired by the 100 days, and started one of her own: working on a novel she's had in her head for years! Rock on, Troutesse!