(1) Nice 2 1/2 mile run on that pleasant shady trail called Paradise Path. Didn’t time it (heaven forbid!) but I clearly ran faster than usual. It is an intriguing source of great gratitude that an O.G. like me can even still be running, after all the toll life has taken on me.
(2) Sure feels nice to be in the air-conditioned Co-Op on a day when many businesses are closed because it’s too hot for the workers in their buildings without air conditioning. Nice that the Co-Op has reopened completely, and nice to be enjoying a salad of my choice for the first time in over a year.
(3) The fifth draft of the Vocal Score and Draft 5-T of the EIB Script are complete and have been uploaded on the Box links now indicated. I am pretty sure I’m done, except for I need to insert a Table of Contents in the vocal score, which attempted task grossly challenged my aging nerves.
(4) Great conversations with my sponsor Matt lately, who is interested in my tutoring him in Music Theory.
(5) I can’t explain it, but I feel a bit freer than usual. Something about the Kids, something about the workshop. All’s well that ends well, I suppose. Nothing like quitting when you’re ahead. A folded hand is better than a hand spinning out of control. At least I was able to finally love. Only a small, select group of people received it, but I finally knew that what I experienced — for one — was Love.
“Better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.”
— Alfred Lord Tennyson
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(1) Stocked up on groceries last night during the wee hours. Glad I didn’t postpone it much longer, it already being the 6th. Enjoyed a brisk two mile walk to Winko’s, and took a cab back with multiple bags. Seeing all the food in my cupboard gives me a great sense of abundance. Chances are, I won’t go hungry for another month — and for that I am grateful.
(2) I had begun to think the players were drifting again, but now it appears we’ve been able to manifest a major rehearsal on Tuesday. The idea is to be ready to film our respective videos on site, and thus successfully add new female back-up vocals to the piece we’re working on. I suspect it will all come together by Friday.
(3) Good thing the Kids didn’t resurface for rehearsal till when they did, because in the interim I heard something fantastic in my head. It’s a beautiful adjustment to the back-up harmonies — much more authentic than the previous harmonies. Whereas before, I had constructed the harmonies almost arbitrarily according to my knowledge of four-part theory, now the true harmonies are emerging from a place that transcends four-part theory. (And the Kids show up just in time to sing them!)
(4) Paid the rent, did the laundry, and am putting things in place. Enjoying the vigor of hunkering down for another month of sheltering in a place of my own choosing.
(5) Getting ready for a 7-mile bike ride, for which last night’s brisk 2 mile walk was like a warm-up. Looking forward to my morning run tomorrow. When I lived outdoors, I used to feel this rush of gratitude every time I happened to get inside and have a place to myself for a while. Now I live indoors — and since sheltering in place I’ve discovered that same rush of gratitude every time I step outside to exercise alone. The Lord works in strange and mysterious ways.
“Let us temper our criticism with kindness. None of us comes fully equipped.”
— Carl Sagan