For most I suppose “happy” isn’t the way you look at Mondays: I would guess many are back to work after a nice weekend. I, my colleagues, and so many in the performing world, on the other hand, have our weekend today. This is the musician’s life much of the time. This past “weekend” (for most of you) was the opening weekend of Opera San José‘s run of Jake Heggie‘s Moby-Dick. It was a good opening, but the music is demanding of careful attention and is fairly exhausting for most of us. I’m on principal oboe and I have quite a number of solos that keep me on my toes. They are fun and beautiful solos to play, but it still requires my constant attention. Today will be spent relaxing, taking a walk (if my bad knee allows), and getting this house back to where it should be. The house gets ignored during opening week, wouldn’t you know.
Meanwhile, I celebrate my big weekend day with this rose from the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden.