July 31st, 2019


From last Thursday to today

Concert went well. Out of doors, on the hottest day of the year and with me falling down with a cold or a flu. The sensible thing would have been to cancel it, but I really didn't feel like I wanted to do that. So I went and played. I had a reasonable audience in terms of numbers and one that seemed to like a lot what I did, which of course helps. It was quite a demanding programme, comparable in difficulty to my graduation recital programme all those years ago. Pupils plied me with wine... anyway, it went very well. I have videos of the first half of the recital (pity nobody recorded me playing Britten's 'Nocturnal', that would have been very useful) and I can see some glaring mistakes and hesitations but people didn't notice or didn't care.

The day after I was feeling like death. That was last Friday. All these days on, I'm still feeling very grotty, last night the coughing seemed to start every time I was nodding off to sleep; this morning I was having fits of coughing while trying to brush my teeth, getting a gagging reflex and choking with the cough and the toothpaste -scary at times. That was not pleasant, I don't recommend this.

Any positives out of this? The recital went down very well. That certainly is one. I'm not getting hungry at all so I'm not eating much -which is probably a mistake but at something like 17 Kg above what my weight should be, I reckon I have reserves.

Taking it easy and, if this doesn't get better in a day or two, I'll have to go to a doctor, even though I know that if it is viral (a cold or a flu) there isn't a lot that they can do. So, I'm at home, reading and not doing much.

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