Our studio recital went blazingly well yesterday. I sat and knitted for the entire first forty minutes during everyone elseâ€™s soli, and you know, I think I may take a break from doing a solo every couple of years or so. It was so relaxing. I got to really appreciate everyoneâ€™s pieces more than I usually do because I wasnâ€™t stressing, keeping feverish track of who was playing so as to ready myself to move up and take my place, or running fingering patterns on my right forearm. The four group pieces all went brilliantly. Itâ€™s such a joy to watch everyone get better and better, and to welcome new cellists.
Speaking thereofâ€¦ guess who said heâ€™d like to try cello again? I suspect watching the three other eleven-year-olds who joined right around the time he quit two years ago may have something to do with it. Heâ€™s older now, and I pointed out twenty minutes of practice a day would be his responsibility — Iâ€™m not going to argue with him about it — and he agreed. We’re working on autonomy, self organization, and socialization with other kids outside school, so this may slot in nicely. I get to tell my teacher this week at my next lesson.