tomorrow and tomorrow

I am ready for the first part, where I speak about my research. Also, I am ready for the second part where I present a class though I’m deviating slightly from their template and I am not 100% sure it will be the length they requested but that is out of my control because it is not a classroom with actual students. It is professor types pretending to be students. I bet they fail. When all is said and done, I like the test of supplying a performance, the thinking behind what could go right or wrong and planning for different scenarios. Although, the more radical decision would be no planning. Harder without a set list yet a secret test and private pleasure, in a way more rewarding if it is really true Keith Jarrett was spontaneously composing and if that really is a thing to emulate. The third part is unknown. It makes me paranoid. Comes with seeing too many unsafe drivers behind the wheel. The fourth and fifth parts are sociability. I have known a few, much better artists than I, who remained unemployed due to fear and panic surrounding the social stuff. It occured to me while driving to this city tonight, that a nice little exercise, when I discuss how to make videos for one’s songs, might be taking what Nellie Stadnyk forced me to memorize in grade 11. She said I would thank her for this in the future. Maybe I put the students into groups of three then discuss what images they could see for these lines in a video. Literal or random. Pivot then to their actual songs but first “Out out brief candle. Life is but a walking shadow. A poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage. And then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, and then is heard no more.” You were a funny teacher Nellie, never could tell what you thought of that time and place, of the students or your own lot on life but thanks, it was a good thing knowing these lines.

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