The past semester seemed particularly draining. I can honestly say I have never felt so relieved to finish up a term. I know many of my peers share my feelings. Even my bass buckled under the pressure. The center seam decided to open just before exams. The light colored line is the creeping culprit. The switch from 48 degrees to -4 last weekend was not well received by my usually compliant instrument.
This did not please my oboe reeds, either. Not only is my case embarrassingly sparse, I can honestly say I have three reeds I would publicly perform on. The weather change cracked five reeds! Looking at the splinters, my heart sinks knowing each lovely reed required several hours to create. It is hard not to mourn. Nonetheless, I have plans to create a bountiful supply of reeds over the winter break. It will be delightful and nourishing to my musical soul to start the year off with a plentiful crop of reeds to make beautiful music with.
What satisfying projects do you have planned for the winter or New Year?