Sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned.   My cello choir was scheduled to play at our local hospital in a fabulous atrium area which makes a lovely venue.  Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and Atlanta was hit with a huge snowstorm, in effect, shutting down the city.  Ah well, we did have fun working on all the music and there’s always next time.

I was scheduled for numerous gigs with my orchestra quartet.  Unfortunately, my husband tripped, broke his leg, had to be hospitalized (not for the broken leg, but among other things had a heart attack) so, rats! I only got to play in 2 of the gigs.    And yes, my husband is doing well, although I’m still the carer because the leg is still mending.

I did not miss our three orchestra concerts.  I had worked too hard to let those pass by (and we needed all the cellos possible).  All concerts were really wonderful.  It’s hard not to be wonderful playing Christmas music with choirs including selections from the Messiah and music by John Rutter.

This is all reminiscent of a holiday season a few years back.  I had a thriving string trio and we were scheduled for a dozen gigs.  A few days before gig number one our violist slipped on the ice (this is Atlanta! someone forgot that we were not supposed to have snow and ice!) and broke her wrist.  So no violist.   A few days later our violinist’s shoulder froze and she couldn’t play either!  Much scrambling but we did find subs and made all gigs.

It all reminds me of a favorite Yiddish saying: Man plans, God laughs.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season filled with glorious music, and I wish you more in 2018!  Happy New Year!


2 thoughts on “The Best Laid Plans

  1. My sympathies for your misfortune, and my good wishes for Mike’s health & recovery. Tough stuff. I’m glad you got to play some of the music, anyway.

    Man plans, God laughs, man tries planning again?

    Happy New Year.

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