Today is the first day of classes here. My students are returning to school to start the fall term, while I sit in my studio carefully shepherding new compositions over the hillside. After forty-six straight Septembers of life in the academic lane, I’m officially starting my sabbatical now – although it effectively began in July.
It’s wonderful to be focused entirely on my own creative work, but I’m going to miss the weekly lessons, watching the fitful progress of these very creative people who come to me for whatever guidance I can provide. So here’s a new year’s wish going out to Alicia, James, Jeremy, Jesse, Leo, Lucas, Michael, Ryan, Ted and Tom: have a peaceful and productive autumn – I can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with when I return in January.