No, this is not an add for a legendary periodical!
Prospero año y felicidad!
Bonne et heureuse année!
Glückliches neues Jahr!
Well if life begins at 40, I feel like I must be 80 because I don’t feel like a toddler, but rather like someone who wants to settle down and put into practice the wisdom life acquired through blood, sweat and tears.
Truth is, there are SO MANY THINGS I want to do, but I realized that 24h/day and 7days/week doesn’t allow for much. So which do I choose among:
|Musically, I want to:||At home I want to:||Professionally:||Adventure Craves:||My body wants to:|
|Re-Learn the piano and harmony (incl. jazz).||Read Lord of the Rings!||Make Studio Jam a serious tool.||Lots of blogging and Tweeting!||Do nautilus and stretching.|
|Get a cello and a flugelhorn and build a simple repertoire.||Install the new bathroom lights and caulk the sinks & tub.||Make CBIOOWTy a real development library.||Helping neighbours with their dogs’ behaviour and tricks.||Do body-building with an expert trainer.|
|Find some musicians and play with them.||Paint the house and organize the garage & basement!||Publish on Real Time collaboration and Music Technology.||Take my dogs to Gatineau and other parks every week.||Do winter cycling and snow-showing.|
|Do a bunch of orchestrations in Finale.||Fix the dogs’ walls and build a backsplash.||Learn and program in Python, QT and for mobile devices.||Research into parapsychology and religious mysticism.||Learn Tai-Chi and Brazilian martial arts.|
|Learn to improvise in Cuban and Jazz.||Get wood turning tools and make oboe bells!||Build my own collaborative web sites.||Off-roading!||Learn fencing and archery!|
… and these exclude those that cross my mind on whims!
Assuming I have another 40-50 years to live (and unlimited money!), I can certainly do all that and much more. Problem is, I have observed that a person’s attention span is usually limited to “today” and “this week”. We are capable of imagining “this month” and we can stretch our patience to “this year”, but beyond that becomes hope, dreaming and wishful thinking… planning, yes, but still nothing tangible to satisfy our immediate emotions.
As the song says “If I could save time in a bottle…”, so one has to chose what is most precious. In my case, many of the choices are imposed on me: I must work on reducing pain, preventing injury and slowing down natural degeneration. After that, my dogs require a fair bit of time to care (living sentient beings are note mere chattel) and a house demands upkeep… both of which could benefit from a stronger body!
By God’s Grace, may my job predict stability and calm in the foreseeable future or I would have no time left for music at all. So a choice must be made and I gladly choose the oboe, forsaking other leisures and interests.
Even so, how many hours a day are necessary to practice long-tones, make reeds and do scales just as a warm-up so that practicing the repertoire (alone) will yield real results in preparation for playing with others? Considering my last public performance was in 1998 (well below professional grade) and that I have essentially not practiced for 10 years until last summer, how many hours must I devote to attain my former abilities, humble as they were? No matter, the joy is in the journey and/or the chase!
So for the New-Year I wish unto you all the wisdom of time. May your minds be at ease with clarity in what matters to you, in your lives, and may your environments (social, professional, family and neighbourhood) leave you the time to spend on what matters and the discipline to use it right.
Happy 2011 to everyone:
may peace and happiness in truth guide us all!