When I sat down this month to work up the overture for the Nutcracker, it felt like a big moment.
This time last year, I had just gotten my violin back from the shop, and I thought I would sit down and kick out the Nutcracker after 25 years away.
Well . . . it didn't work out that way.
Here's the video essay where I recount what a terrible moment that was -- and how I've devoted the last year to repairing an act of vandalism on my life.
If you prefer to read the piece, here's a link:
"Take That, Tchaikovsky. I Can Play Again"
During a difficult year, it's been particularly satisfying to resurrect the ability to play again.
I've learned some new things, too.
Last month, I finished adapting John Williams' score for "Fiddler on the Roof" for two violin parts. Then I cranked up the video skills to put the two parts together.
The takeaway? Next time I try something like this, I'll record with a metronome.
That said, I was pretty happy with the result.
If you missed it, here's the link:
Thank you all for joining me this year, and I hope you have a great holiday!
I'll be back in January with a new piece from the audition coach, with advice on how to challenge your rivals in Youth Symphony.
The working title?
"DEATH BY MOZART."