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I had finally arrived where I wanted to be. - Michael Silverstone

8/12/2012 (updated 8/12/2012)

Frets and Refrains Blog - Michael Silverstone



On the Friday morning of a week I really could not bear ending, the sunshine literally disappeared overnight and it was raining. I began to roll my soggy tent in plastic and decamp, obliterating all traces of where I had been. I'm not proud, but I have to tell you what happened, a sob rose in my throat. I felt like I had finally arrived where I wanted to be--a beautiful community of music and friendship and exemplary teachers that I was inhabiting heart and soul in sandals and short sleeves in sunlight with good food and a creek and swimming pool right there. But I also felt like I was a young child and I had glimpsed and was losing paradise forever, and cruelly, just like destiny demands, I would have to return to the nowhere near paradise world of not-here. (Don't misunderstand, this is no comment on my customary circumstances, but one on the extent of how temporarily and completely happy I was.) I saw a classmate, he had come from thousands of miles from Hungary to take part. I said, "They shouldn't have made it rain this morning. I feel like in 30 minutes, music is going to end forever." He smiled and offered a kindly reminder, "Dude, music will go on."


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