Take a deep breath, in through the nose, out through the mouth. Close your eyes. Open them. Smile at the friend who is trying very hard to make you nervous. "Nervous? Me? Never." Tap your violin quietly. Is it tuned properly? Nod at the little beginners who stare at the "top" class in awe. Pretend you are very amazing and above it all. Walking down the hallway. Backstage. Onstage. Smile, bow. Watch your group like a hawk, you don't want to come in late. Come in late anyway, continue on playing like nothing happened. End on time. Perfect. Smile bow. Exit. Backstage. Come in to the auditorium though the side door and watch your seven year old sister welcome everyone to the Huntsville Youth Orchestra Spring concert. Applaud before and louder than anyone else in the room so she knows how proud you are. Exit back through the side door before you are missed. Fall into line. Tell your friend that No! We are not going to epically fail. Get on stage. Sit there quietly and try not to shake your foot while waiting for your conductor. Stand up. Sit down. Instrument up. Instrument down; you don't come in yet. Come in now! Onto the next piece. Too slow. Oh well, no one noticed. Trade chairs. First chair. Smile. Tell your stand partner it's going to be okay. Violin up. Go! Brilliant! Stand up. Bow. Exit stage right. Take a deep breath, in though the nose, out through the mouth. It's over.
This is what concerts feel like to me. Not a lot of fuss. Straight to the point, just play and have some fun along the way. Don't stress over the fact you messed up many times. Just smile and wave, boys! Smile and wave!
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P.S I just finished watching Doctor Who season 1. Ohmygosh. Part of me just died, I think. I didn't want 9 to go away!