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Dec. 22nd, 2007

I've been so busy that I haven't had a chance to write about my chorus' holiday concert on 16 December. I think it was one of our best performances. Everyone I spoke to from the audience was impressed by how well we responded to our director.

From my own perspective, I think the more we respond to our director and the less we rely on music (ie., the more we memorize), the better we sound. She puts a lot of effort into crafting the sound, bringing out emotions, communicating with the audience, etc. I just think it's interesting how she continues to put so much effort into our group. In the past, when I was unhappy about some things related to grad school and some former jobs, I was latching onto this aspect of a music director and thinking "I wish I could do this; it looks like it is incredibly satisfying to be able to get so much out of a musical group." I now realize that it wasn't so much that I wanted to be a music director that I wanted to be able to realize my dreams and goals in my own career.

Some people from chorus made plans (including extra rehearsals) to carol in downtown Palo Alto yesterday. I wanted to sing with them, but I didn't, because I had too many other things to do. In the past, I might have sung, and put off the other things until later. In a way, I'm glad I was able to have enough self-discipline not to sing (even though I wanted to), and to realize that I needed to take care of other business instead. I don't want to be kept from singing (or dancing) altogether, but it will probably be necessary for me to cut back to only the regular choral activities for a while. More on that later ...

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