Every Year, December 1 Every year has different elements & configurations, but as of December first each year I look at my calendar in wonder and love my job all over again. Who gets to do this? Musicians. shorthand: December 8, 12, 13, 14; Dec 16, 18, Dec 21, Dec 22 (I believe that’s 8 for 19 days? 2 years ago it was 5 for 8 days which was pushing the limits a little…) Corelli, Popper, Bach, Handel, Mozart, misc Christmas arrangements; Jensen, sereda, Swannel/Young, Ostertag, Cobain, Sting, Eberhardt. Youth Orchestra, Symphony, Youth Orchestra String Quartet (+ a few more to do Brandenburg 3), Georgian Bay Orchestra (Messiah), Amati at Leith Church the next day. Rehearsals for all of them, in-between (where the belly-laughs happen). This is what Christmas is, to me. It has nothing to do with Malls or stores or wrapping paper – just incredible people, music, laughter and good, honest, hard work. More to come; think I’ll go practise.