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December 17 (Eight Days to Go): ThePianoGuys ~ Carol of the Bells (for 12 cellos)

As I look at the title of this entry, the first of the Piano Guys videos, I realize I am in complete denial. House isn’t decorated, presents starting to accumulate but nothing’s wrapped. I’ve seen How the Grinch Stole Christmas and nothing else. No Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (with the big Santa payoff at the end), no real investment of music time, not a single theatre event.

Usually I’ve watched at least the Muppet Family Christmas by now.

I recognize this behavior. It’s grief, stealing focus. And up till today, I had an extra convenient excuse – full-time classes at college on top of my 20-hour job. But today’s last final put the last nail in the coffin of Fall 2013 and there’s really no way to avoid the next week’s activities. Time to unearth the tree and the ornaments and start assembling them in the house.

Maybe it’s because Christmas falls in the middle of the week this year. I suspect it’s more about missing key people in my life, though, and the isolation of being in a one-woman office most of the time.

So, whatever it is you’re doing to prepare for the holidays (or to hide from them), feel confident that you’re not alone.

As I said earlier today: One day at a time. It’s the best you can do.

Meanwhile, the Piano Guys. A misnomer, since this is really about cello and piano. Also viral video. This one, for example, is well on the way to 9 million hits in just a teensy bit under two years. Wow. That’s how YouTube works, when it works. If you’re good at what you do and you’re creative about presenting it to the world, watch out!

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