Recital performances for me have not been stellar. Two years ago I tried some tune or other and just as I stepped up onto the center front of the stage, my chanter reed gave up the ghost. Every time I hit a high G or A, it squealed some other 2-octaves-higher note as loudly as it could. People in the audience looked at one another and wondered if they should laugh or cry. I carried on, but the tune I had picked was filled with high Gs and As. It was another meltdown.
Last year I tried Brogues on the Cobbles. I had worked very hard on the last, most difficult part, and got it down perfectly. And played it perfectly in the recital, too, I hasten to add. But I had spent so much time on Part IV that when I got to Part III my mind went blank. I don't know what I played, but it wasn't what was written. Meltdown.
I'm supposed to be improving. I'm actually just making bigger and more terrible mistakes.
So anyway, guess what tune the Grade IV Band-Ready group is playing for its piece for this year's recital? Uh-huh. Brogues. I'm hoping to get all the parts right, for the sake of my classmates, if for nothing else. My own solo tune is the one I melted down on at the Jackson Games last summer with Catherine drumming. I think I'm setting myself up for failure.