Good morning! Welcome to my weekend. It's a brisk Tuesday morning in San Francisco, and I've decided to start my day with a post here.
I have some out-of-town followers that work "normal hours" (what's normal anyway???) who would like to know just why it is that Tuesday is my weekend. Well, here you go. I'll break down a typical week in the life of Ben for you here.
My week starts on Wednesday. Most days, I wake up, eat breakfast and work out (that's probably not true - we all work out less than we would like to...), listening to whatever podcasts I haven't listened to yet. I warm up in the shower or at the piano, and try to get some practicing in, which doesn't always happen. (A sidenote: my father always says that the most difficult thing about your twenties is finding the time to continue practicing your craft. It's very easy to let oneself ride on the work one did in conservatory... Counter that with what most conservatory students and teachers will tell you: We all finally learn to sing/play/perform once we're out of conservatory. Huh. Someone's lying here... [Sidenote to the sidenote: For a great article about conservatory life and what it entails, click here.])
In the afternoons, I'll read or take care of any office business that was left undone on previous days. There's great sun both on the couch in the living room and through the West-facing office window of my San Francisco apartment, so at some point I'll usually try to settle in with a good book in the afternoon. Otherwise, it's out for coffee and errands. Each day is different, but follows this general schedule: careful diligence in the mornings, energy conserved in the afternoons, and then performances or rehearsals in the evenings. Of course, if Beach Blanket Babylon is doing a rewrite, daytime rehearsals will get in the way of everything, and I'm off to North Beach for an afternoon with my favorite cast. This schedule took a bit of getting used to, but I'm still up with the sun most days, and trying my best to get the most out of this great city while I'm here.
Mondays, I travel an hour south to Los Gatos via the beautiful and scenic Highway 280, along fault lines and ravines, to rehearsal with the San Jose Youth Symphony. I don't own a car, so I use a great service called Zipcar, which affords me the ability to pick up a car of my choosing in my neighborhood and drop it off when I've returned.
Tuesdays are free, generally, unless there's gigging to be had around the city. Generally, though, I just stick to my "regular" schedule at home, minus the show at night.
So there you have it! A week in the life of Ben. This week is a bit different, as I'm gearing up for the Mozart Requiem with the Santa Clara Chorale. Tomorrow evening, instead of my regular Wednesday stand at BBB, I'll be in a dress rehearsal with the orchestra. And Saturday, it's Mission Santa Clara for a performance of this beautiful work. Have a great Tuesday! You know where to find me...