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Year Two, Day 307: Chasing Away The Gloomy Weather...with Music and a Smile! :)

It seems to me that most of the city is depressed, tired and sick.

I still have my low grade snuffly nose, along with sneezing, and itching eyes.  Low energy.

It is nice to know I am not the only one. Misery loves company, don't you know!

Even through the gloom, I had an enjoyable day.  I told myself several times that I really am a lucky woman.

My kids are grown, I'm going to be a GRANDMA, and I love my work.

My church job is a nice secure little job and it seems I am quite needed there.  I am still learning the ropes. But I am enjoying it. Meeting new people. And best of all, I have only a 1 1/2 minute commute (by foot!).

I have a cozy little room in a household full of wonderful laid back people.  People who love animals and music.

But best of all, my afternoons are filled with music. I basically get on the bus and travel about town, sitting at pianos, visiting with students, who are like my family. We talk. They play the piano for me. I offer pointers. Sometimes I play for them.

And today the dad of one of my students had his lesson. Or should I say we had a jam session. This is the dad with the amazing resonant voice. Who has hired me to read through songs in "The Real Book".  Today we did "Round Midnight" again. I had practiced a bit.  And it felt really groovy! We read through a couple other tunes, including "Good-bye Pork Pie Hat" by Charles Mingus. This one I really like!

This week I plan on doing some listening. I cannot believe I am about to say this outloud, or shall I say, type this. But I just thought it in my very brain:

I think I have developed a taste for Jazz!

At last!

And it is all because of my student's dad. And his big booming voice and easy going attitude. I am finally feeling bold enough to tackle this intimidating musical style.

He is a solid singer. Very confident. So I am free to kind of ding around on the piano, figuring out chord voices and putting in a few licks now and then. I am like a fish out of water with this style of playing. I have read music since I was three, so this is HUGE for me.

And I had a blast!

The rest of my lessons tonight were very enjoyable too. Perhaps it is a good thing we have experienced this dismal weather. Because I am really starting to value the connections I have with other people.  And we are rising above the weather.

Tomorrow the ladies' craft group is having a potato lunch in honor of St. Patrick's Day. And I have been invited. I asked if I could bring anything. I was told, "Only a smile".

Well, I can definitely do that!

And I think I will end with a smile tonight.

Perhaps it will chase the gloom away!

Happy Wednesday!

Talk to you tomorrow.

Zita :)


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