I am relieved, but that’s not the exact moment I know that my prayers have been answered.
As she packs up her violin to leave, the 17 year old I rehearsed and performed together with for this event says to me, “Thank you so much for everything. I learnt so much from you and I hope we stay in touch.”
In a difficult situation, I asked to make no mistakes.
Due to circumstances, the pianist I recommended for the gig, cancelled, and with no other options available to salvage a long-standing professional relationship with the client, I have no other choice but to fill in.
The wedding involves two singers and a violin player that the couple has chosen to include.
Which means I’ll be playing in many more key signatures than I ordinarily use.
Which makes me uncomfortable.
In 2 hours, I will be stepping into the Detroit Yacht Club, trusting that as always, I am supposed to be in the right place to sparkle bright, and that I am equipped to do so.
But first, I think I’ll practice this version of The Prayer in E-Flat with its direct modulation to A-Flat just one more time.