Camp Postmortem

or What I took away from my summer at camp What did I love? First and foremost: Being able to spend time with the Lovely Lady Leslie. I believe she was 15 when I first met her, and seeing the wonderful adult and mother and teacher she’s grown into fills me with delight. When I’m having a hard day, she cheerfully says just the right thing to help me through the hard to the fun on the other side. I loved popping into her studio/going out for dinner/going shopping/enjoying family time with her this summer. What a magnificent woman she … Continue reading

Interlochen Arts Camp 2015, Week Six

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 And it’s week six. The slippery slide down to final performances and emotional goodbyes has begun. And I start the week at 5:00 a.m. with a horrible headache, clearly brought on by some barometric pressure changes, as evidenced by a sick stomach. Blech. I’ve got a dress rehearsal this afternoon, so I don’t appreciate this start to the day or week. Quiet morning, as it was photo call. The director and photographer finished at 12:10, we took cast and crew pictures, then I raced back to my dorm room for inspection. One signs an inventory sheet … Continue reading

Interlochen Arts Camp 2015, Week Five

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 A hot day, morning rehearsal was followed by an escape to Maddy’s for a big glass of iced tea and a BLT with turkey and avocado. Worked on comparing my score on the iPad to my hardcopy score; added markings. Finally it hit me that I was at risk of shooting myself in the foot if I switched from the hardcopy to the electronic version this late in the process. Executive decision made: use hardcopy in performances, and deal with the page turns. Then afternoon rehearsal, dinner in the dining hall with my piano technician friend, … Continue reading

Interlochen Arts Camp 2015, Week Four

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 A day of being sick away from home is no fun. Okay, sick is no fun, but being away from the comforts of home just amplifies the agony. I want my bed. I want my cat lounging on my chest. I want my sweetheart to walk into the bedroom and ask what he can get for me. Waaaah. Took NyQuil last night, then was awakened at 1:30 by a rowdy next-door neighbor. Finally got back to sleep and woke at 5:30 with a sinus headache and stuffy nose. Smoothie for breakfast, class, voice lessons, a bowl … Continue reading

Interlochen Arts Camp 2015, Week Three

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Bastille Day and the Jazzman’s Birthday—all day long (Photo taken in Paris in May, 2013) The first day of week three started off with rain. Enough rain and enough of a system moving in that I woke with a headache and aching arthritic knees. Skipped yoga and used the saved time after breakfast to practice. Then morning class and on to voice lessons. We had just started with the first student when someone of authority came and said to the young man, “You didn’t take your morning meds. I have to take you to Health Services … Continue reading