Part Three: Parent, Practice and Pack - The Cliburn Amateur Competition
Janet leaves in a week.
Her teenage daughter just came down with a dreadful virus that was scary and deprived the entire household of sleep. Janet spent the week wearing a surgical mask and gloves around her home doing everything she could not to get the virus while still being a wonderful mother.
Parenting took priority over practice.
Since I live in San Francisco and Janet lives in Los Angeles, her lessons have been infrequent but intense.
Janet's practice and performance schedule has been rigorous. She played almost her entire program in San Francisco at the Green Room.
She went and played her program for John Perry, my beloved former teacher. At the beginning of June, she also played a recital at her church.
It's a fine line between being prepared and being over-practiced. Between feeling safe and comfortable with your repertoire and being bored to tears by it. I think Janet's in a great place.
Both Janet and I live near the beach in California, so we're used to cool mornings and evenings. The weather in Fort Worth will be a challenge for us!
Choosing wardrobe for a piano competition is dicey. Pick something too fancy and you look pretentious. Come out in jeans and hightop sneakers and you look like you'd rather be skateboarding.
Janet has decided on black pants with a variety of lovely tops. She's gorgeous and has a fabulous figure, so she looks great in everything. I'll post lots of competition photos after we get to Fort Worth.
We leave on Sunday the 19th. Janet's first performance is on Monday evening. Cross your fingers for her!