Friday, September 29, 2006

Two Months from Yesterday

SAVE THE DATE: My Final Recital

... and the beginning of a new chapter! :)

Dearest family and dear, dear friends,

It's all systems "GO" for the Sheila S./Madley K. Senior Composition Recital to receive my B.A. in Music.

Please save the date:

Tuesday, November 28, 2006
7:30 pm

Occidental College's Herrick Chapel
Los Angeles (Eagle Rock)

(Anyone know of a local grad student or semi-professional who might be willing to conduct an award-winning 7-9 minute chamber orchestra piece, please point them my way asap!)

Invite to follow -- YAHOOEY!


Took forever to send that out to my nearest and dearest, BUT IT'S BEEN SENT! YAY!

More importantly, I have a RECITAL DATE, the huge campus chapel and a potential Jury date end of October.

Good old Norm, my therapist, really nailed me on "trying to look good by going to therapy but not doing the work -- especially when you are one of the most CAPABLE people I know."

Wow. For once, I really heard that, from someone strong and firm, objective, who's feelings I wouldn't be afraid of hurting if I had a visceral reaction to that statement (which I did) -- and had no agenda except for my best interests.

I was thrown -- I told him I couldn't agree 100% with that statement and that 85% was more true. "I wouldn't have been where I am now, looking at the hardest time of my life, if I hadn't been in therapy at all."

And yet he was right, I needed to seriously STEP IT UP, because my very firm agreement with him was that I would (1) either finish the recital by December 31, 2006 (a date I choose carefully), or (2) let it go forever and GET ON WITH MY LIFE.

I'm choosing to finish it, and today, two days after booking everything and having my first meeting with my composition prof -- it's REAL and THERE'S NO WAY IN HELL IT'S NOT HAPPENING.

For my jury there are going to be NO SURPRISES. I've been through this before! And getting my B.A. is only a step on the way through to the rest of my life.

WHEW. It feels good to say that.

Next -- catch up with all the events I've been to lately -- most recently (Sept 26) -- The Contender finale at the Staples Center -- GO GRADY!