$0: Home (Delaware)
This year, I tried something different on my long summer trailering adventure. I took a one-week vacation from my vacation.
I’m lucky that as a bass player, I can take a few weeks off, and return to normal playing fairly quickly. But after last year’s 10-week trip, I felt like a seventh-grader holding my bass four the first time. Where are the notes? How does a bow work. Where are my calluses – ouch.
I used to try to accept a”starter-gig” with a group playing easy pieces – a symphony by Boyce, a Pops concert, etc…
This year, I had some offers of playing work in mid-August, and it occurred to me, it would more than pay for a trip home. The trailer could stay at mom and dad’s, the car at Sea-Tac long term parking. I’d remind myself how to play my instrument, check the mail, mow the lawn, and be there when they put a new roof on the house.
So Sunday, I took a red-eye east, rented a car, and headed to Bethlehem Monday morning for concert #1 with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. They’re one of my favorite musical organizations, and throughout the year, they present monthly free “Bach at Noon” concerts. What’s better than lunch-hour with Bach?
Bach has some of the most challenging parts for bass (a member of the “continuo“), so it was a great jump-start to my week. And a reminder of why I love what I do. Between two pieces of Bach I played with them, they sang a piece by Brahms, and I got to sit out and listen.
Click here for a piece on the local PBS station that aired that night, about the retiring music director, Greg Funfgeld, with clips from that day’s concert and rehearsals.
To round out the week – a concert under the stars at Longwood Gardens.
Ten hours later, I was a on a plane back to Washington state with Glenn to continue the adventures. Mission accomplished.
Let us now resume the vacation already in progress.