Friday, August 14, 2009

Out of Practice

Before HW and I got married, I had voice lessons on a regular basis. Unfortunately, once we got busier, the lessons were the first to go. At this point in my life, I don't get to really work on new pieces very much. Sure, I practice the music that I need to sing for Sunday liturgies but something I can truly sink my teeth into usually falls by the wayside. Between the husband, children (and their activities) and housework, there is little time left in the day for me. You can imagine my excitement when I finally arranged a private voice lesson with my "former" teacher. So, the other day I had my first lesson in almost a year. Holy Cow! She made me work! Honestly, it felt good too. While a couple of the vocal exercises were tricky, I got the handle of them. However, that's not what bothers me. What concerns me is the piece of music she's given me to learn. Talk about giving me a challenge! It's a piece by Mendelssohn and it is HARD.

Do I dare say I'm up for the challenge? I don't know. It scares me a little, but I have to try it. I think finding the time to work on it and learn it will be tough. However, I think it's time to put my money where my mouth is. I always say how much I want to learn more, be challenged and grow as a musician. I don't want to rest on my laurels, become stagnant and rusty. It's time to make the time and get to work.

12 comments:

Natalie said...

That is very exciting, Joyce -Anne. I would LOVE to have that opportunity. YOU GO GIRL!!!!!xx♥

Tara R. said...

Good for you taking some time for yourself. Enjoy the lessons and have fun with your 'homework.' I would love to hear you sing one day.

ligirl said...

As someone whose "singing" (and I do use the term loosely) is limited to the shower and while driving (alone!) in the car, I've always admired your dedication to your craft! You will ace that piece for sure!

LceeL said...

You go girl!! It's so great that you get to do something for YOU. And I just KNOW you're going to do the Mendelssohn justice - and then some.

Joyce-Anne said...

Natalie- It is a very good opportunity. One that I won't pass up.

Tara- Maybe one day I will post a recording.

LIGirl- Thanks for the vote of confidence.

Lceel- You are too kind. Thank you.

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Hey, great idea! Lifelong learning, totally!

Joyce-Anne said...

Holly AToM- Thank you. I hope it sets a good example for my children too.

Cookie said...

Wow! That is great!

Momisodes said...

That is very exciting! I'm so glad you had the chance to sink your teeth back into this. Finding time is always a challenge for moms. I'm sure you will certainly tackle this and do well.

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