This piece, titled Breathe, began as a gentle reminder to myself to do just that. (Usually I'm pretty good about remembering how important it is to breathe; but it's been a stressful few weeks, in a non-vital techie kind of way.)
(Possible TMI: I've been up to my eyebrows in Website Migration Hell, which honestly I can't recommend as a recreational activity. In addition to my own music websites, I host some friends' websites, as well as websites for cat clubs and cat shows (for a total of 84 domains). I created most of those sites in ASP.NET
and C#, but some are Wordpress sites. In mid-May, my hosting provider informed me that I would need to move everything to a new plan/server, since my old plan/server was being deprecated. I thought the migration process would be pretty straightforward; I had to do the same thing back in 2013, and it wasn't too bad. But, this time round, the new server is a Windows PLESK server, and apparently my old Wordpress sites really hate PLESK. My ASP.NET
sites migrated fairly easily, but the Wordpress sites have fought the migration process tooth and nail, throwing errors and refusing to cooperate - and my hosting provider's tech support guys don't seem to be able to help.)
Anyway, y'all don't need the gory details - my point is that, after spending 8 hours hunched over the computer, alternately swearing and making whimpering noises, I would extract myself to go hide behind my cello for a while. Unfortunately, I found that I was still debugging Wordpress sites in my head, but with a cello in front of me rather than a computer (which worked poorly, both musically and as a debugging process). But then I remembered the advice I often give my students when they are playing all the notes correctly, but everything sounds tense and refuses to flow: remember to breathe! (While it's possible to play the cello while holding your breath, it really does sound a lot better if you are really breathing.)
So I finally remembered to breathe - really breathe - and this piece flowed out of the cello (without a single Wordpress error!).
-- Betsy, who is (happily) still breathing