March 14, 2009 at 2:05 AM
In March, I am notoriously absent. After two months of "You can do it!" regarding community musicals, documentary recording sessions, symphony rehearsals, and a myriad of teaching hurdles, my unfiled tax forms lay before me like Heartbreak Hill in the Boston Marathon. I've an art show to put up in just two weeks, but my inspiration hangs at an all time low. And every morning I awake to February 2nd all over again, with one more inch of fresh snow to erase one more set of bootprints from the day before.
"Hey, did you get that song I emailed you? I'd like you to record a violin part to go with it." ...Eh, I forgot to check again.
"Would you join me at 9:00 am on Friday to play at an elementary school?" ...Uh, I don't do free gigs before noon.
"We wanna reschedule our lessons." Oh, sorry, no, can't do that this time.
Compose a spontaneous and clever blog entry? --Not today. Write a helpful response to a lesson inquiry? Maybe later. Walk the dog? Been there, done that. How about them taxes, Emily? Oh-shoot-would-you-look-at-the-time, gotta go catch that plane.
The phone is ringing again, but it's too late; I've already checked my bags.
...First, I'll try a sunburn out in search of brighter hues, and ask the songbirds in the palm trees to find me better tunes. And then I'll comb the distant beach in search of my lost muse, and see what else has washed up from this maelstrom called the blues. And when the waves smooth out the sand and wipe my footprints off, I'll think, what a good idea--I'll just write the whole thing off.
Your footprints are making me think of a Nickel Creek song, "Brand New Sidewalk," and the lyrics are in part:
Five years ago, you pressed your hand,
Into a brand new sidewalk.
It's well-worn now, and though some tried,
Yours is the only print there.
You might not have meant to, but
It's done, you can't take it out.
You're shy about what fortune lent you.
Is that what this is about?
You still have a month until tax time. Get TurboTax and make that easier. Good luck!
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