Sunday….. Bloody Sunday.

Alarm. Snooze. 

And I thought I was done. 

Alarm. Rehearsal. Surrey. Damn. Snooze. Alarm. Damn. Rehearsal.Surrey. Grunting. Moaning. Shoulder-sore. Head- hurts. Back- aches. 

Shower.Grunting. Moaning. Coffee. Grunting. “Breakfast?”

(Say yoghurt, say yoghurt, say yoghurt)

A croaking sound “bacon and eggs…” 

Who said that? Don’t feel up to eating, much less digesting… 

Won’t get lunch today. Won’t get dinner til 10 PM.

 Bacon and eggs it is.

Food- eaten. Yum. Coffee- drunk.

Scores. Batons. Shoes. Pat dog. Kiss wife. Must do these in the right order. Once patted wife before realized who I’d kissed.

Car. Road. Drive. Drive. Drive. 

Gas, coffee. Call dog. Realize dog has no phone. Call wife. 

Car. Road. Drive. Drive. Stop. 

Sit in car. Look at bag of scores. Possible moaning. 

Sit in car. Scores still in bag. Get out. Moaning. Grunting. Back-aches. Shoulder-sore. Head-hurts. Everyone is smiling. Why? Who are all these people? Do we really have to rehearse all afternoon? Smile Ken- it’s not their fault. A= 440. “Beethoven. Allegro.” Sounds good. Balances. Bow strokes. It’s a nice day outside. Lets try the coda. “Schumann.” This is great. I’m thinking in sentences. What a wonderful piece. Band sounds good, we can work on stuff. First movement is just balance stuff to fix, otherwise a joy. Second movement is usually hard to find one tempo for all three themes, but it grooves. Shoulder- fine I’m not queasy. Last movement. Too slow.  Haven’t been queasy in a long time. Slowing down. Head-fine. Slowing down. Get rid of extra accents not in score. Tempo- good. Back- good. Bobby rocks. Bobby Schumann rocks! Out of time. Now who’s smiling? Am I a vampire- they come in fresh and leave exhausted, I come in half dead and leave bouncing off the walls. Bobby rocks. Car. 

Road. Drive. Drive. Drive Home.

More Smiles.

 

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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2 comments on “Sunday….. Bloody Sunday.”

  1. Arnaud

    Quite interesting to see that tonight’s show was prepared IN SUCH PAIN… iT DOESN’T SHOW ON THE RESULT THOUGH. SORRY FOR BEING LATE, I MISSED THE BEETHOVEN. BTW WE ALSO FEEL LIKE VAMPIRES AS THE AUDIENCE, BUT OF COURSE THAT’S THE VERY POINT HERE 😉

    aRNAUD.

  2. Kenneth Woods

    Hi arnaud, and thanks for the comment. a certain number of aches and pains are just part of a life spent on planes and in cars, and Elgar 1, which was the night before, will test the conditioning of anyone! Glad you enjoyed the show and thanks for reading. Ken

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