All summer I've been trying to form the words to describe how I feel about what happened to me at the end of last season. It's not my job or intention to bad talk the DSO, the Fellowship, or the profession in general, but sometimes there are casualties, and I felt like one of them. It's really funny how fast people can turn on you, and it taught me that in this line of work (and maybe even life) you have to focus on furthering yourself and not letting what colleagues (or mean brothers, in Joseph's case) say have too much importance. On a more basic level, I hate dealing with the winter weather, being away from Andy, and simply counting the days until I can get out of town next. It took me most of the summer to really remind myself why I do this, and the trip to the Bahamas really helped (and why wouldn't it 😉 ). The motor that runs the vehicle that is bassoon (in my case) is music, and musicians need to get under the hood and tap back into what makes us happy every now and again. So with that being said I will be returning for a second season, and I'm very grateful for the opportunity and will make the most of it, even if it doesn't feel completely ideal at the moment.
Joseph's father went through decades of anguish at the loss of his son Joseph, but unbeknownst to him that anguish had a purpose. If Joseph's brother's hadn't hated him, they wouldn't have sold him into slavery. If Joseph hadn't been sold into slavery, he wouldn't have been in a position to impress the Pharaoh and save not only the Hebrews, but the Egyptians as well. Bad times breed good times. Even if you don't believe in these myths, it's important to note that sometimes a bad situation will turn out to be a good situation, and that's what I'm hoping for this season.
...and now I have to watch the animated film "Joseph: King of Dreams" JUST to see the Egyptian women WERK!! YASSS!!!!