Sunday, August 11, 2013

Full Circle


Home for one day from the Orff course with my piles of papers awaiting my sorting and then the happy thought, “I’m going to Korea tomorrow!” Orff workshops as a way to perpetually avoid cleaning up the front room. Of course, then I come home with more papers to sort, so it’s only a matter of time before it all catches up with me and I have to face up to the trail of debris each course leaves behind.

At the United Club in the VIP Lounge, my rare moment of official privilege and artificial dignity, and thinking, “It was two and half years ago that I started this blog and it all began with a trip to Korea." My first posting was in San Francisco on January 11th, 2011 and the next from Seoul, Korea on January 22. Almost 600 postings since then talking about this, that and the other thing, mostly to do with music and music education, trying to find the words that capture the shape and texture and meaning of the work.  It has been a happy discipline and made happier that a small group of people (usually 100 per day) find it interesting enough that they keep coming back. That’s you, dear reader! And I thank you for it.

Though fine about this next adventure, it is slightly insane to reach the end of one course and take off immediately for the next. There is a wisdom in letting something settle first, to digest it before beginning the next meal. But time is short and demand is high at the moment and so off I go. I always imagine that something will happen that makes it clear that this course had to be and so far I haven’t been disappointed. We’ll see what riches await.

On the first trip to Seoul, it was winter and snowing. Now heading into 90 degree heat and a retreat setting somewhere outside of the city. But first the 11 hours on the plane. Wireless permitting, the story will continue.

Until then, Anyanghaseyo!

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