About three hours ago I completed my final Christmas gig of the season. It was a total run of four rehearsals and eight performances. Not overwhelming, but one of the busier holiday seasons I've had in a while. Especially when you combine it with a full time job that has nothing to do with a horn touching my lips.
In the process of cleaning out the closets and packing boxes of stuff for the impending (knock on wood) move, I've found all of my college trumpet literature. There are two pieces I was genuinely pleased to come across that I can't wait to work up. This is not a New Year's resolution, (I don't like resolutions), but I'm going to start practicing more "legit" music. Part of me misses it.
Back to playing for Jesus. This Methodist church paid fairly and the staff and majority of the musicians were very nice. (There are always a few that act like you're invading their turf and that just bugs the hell out of me.) But you have to like a church where the priest cues the drummer for a rim shot after delivering a joke. The staff never took themselves too seriously, but pushed their volunteer members for their best. It was a very good mix. If I was looking to attend a church for the sake of attending a church, this one would be high on the list.
Part of me feels bad for taking their money in exchange for playing. They are very nice and well meaning congregation. But our beliefs are so far apart (read: God/no god) that I can't justify my time there without receiving something in return.
Regardless of my religious opinions, I do enjoy this time of year. I love the lights and sounds and will be sad to see them get boxed up. I hope everyone I know enjoys their time with friends and family. Peace and safe travels to all.