If It’s Monday…: #Sol15

If it’s Monday morning I’m usually back home over the Hudson set up and waiting for my weekly guitar lesson.

I usually arrive with lots of time to reconnect with my home base that I’ve left empty for over a year, making the decision after Tuvia’s last hospital stay, to move into his place 24/7.  But Monday mornings I’m back in my space, over the river.  I tour my bedroom, study, kitchen, bathrooms.  I water the plants, sort the mail, set up for my lesson- guitar gingerly removed from my cool gig bag,  frayed sheet music is  out on the stand,  sometimes I warm up in advance, but not often.

I am always happy to be home, always surprised that it takes no time to feel completely comfortable in my space no matter how long I’ve been away.

And I get ready for the coming workout with Jonathan.  By the end of my hour+  I will be exhausted without the energy to pack up and head to the gym even if I am wearing my  gym clothes.

Still working with the same wonderful  teacher, he knows how to make the most of an hour with me and my pieces that I’ve been working with for almost as long as I’ve been playing guitar.  Yes, I’m getting better all the time even if I don’t practice as much as I should.  The first half of the week is usually much better than the second half.

But I keep at it.  I keep showing up and it sounds better and better.  Finally, my fingers are working with me to create the music in my head and my heart.  I can play finally play Schindler’s List with the emotion to do it justice.

I’m so happy to be playing music.

Thanks Tara, for the inspiration. Read her music post here.


15 thoughts

  1. Love seeing your cozy space. Now if you would have just given us a sound clip of your music! Congrats on this journey, even if the first half of the week is much better than the second half.

  2. How I would love to hear you playing the guitar! Maybe someday I will be able to venture in your direction and you will treat me to a private concert. I admire your determination to continue with the lessons.

  3. Beautiful theme you and Tara have going here. This also reminded me a bit of Dana’s piece. Learning requires some bravery! What a gift to give yourself. Kudos to you for courage and tenacity.

  4. How about posting a video of you playing? I would love to see and hear it. Bonnie, you give me the inspiration to pull out my accordion and see if I can still play.

  5. I would love to hear your music, too! I look forward to more posts about your music. The sentence “But I keep at it” jumped off the page for me because that is how I feel about writing.

  6. Good for you for keeping at the guitar and learning how to play “Schindler’s List.” That’s such an accomplishment. I love following your guitar-playing journey. Like Bob said, above, post a video of yourself playing sometime. We’d love to be serenaded!

  7. When you learn, you always grow, don’t you? Good for you for keeping on, Bonnie, & I hear your pride in those final lines, “the emotion to do it justice”. Nice, that!

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