Yup, I’m as shocked as you.
(shhh – if you follow the links, you’re in danger of fun)
Interesting conversation recently with a composer-friend about the work: when one gets to a certain career level – or even just a certain number of years of doing it (he’s been going strong since age 7) – sometimes gardening is more interesting. Often.
This fellow has a passion to compose an opera on a certain topic, both timely and interesting to aficionados of many disciplines. He also has commissions to write, classes to teach, other obligations.
Here’s my question: were he to slip the other activities and even just begin that which burns in his soul, would he lose his ennui?
I was involved in a great rehearsal, yesterday, for an in-camera reading of one of my plays at Cleveland Play House tomorrow. The reading showed me answers to unanswered questions I’d already had about the work’s structure, but starting a rewrite today might be counter-productive: what about all of the issues I didn’t notice, what if they take precedence over yesterday’s discovery?
My composer-friend is right, every now and then a bit of respite is actually a good thing.