I've a question, after the fact.
I played the prelude for my church service. I was having troubles breathing beforehand, practicing with our organist. I told him I just couldn't seem to catch my breath, and he said he'd heard before leaving home that allergies were really bad that morn.
Well, it got worse by the time I actually played. I just could not breathe. I kept running out of air, snatching a breath almost every measure, a couple of times just plain skipping a note to exhale and inhale. I was afraid I wasn't going to make it to the end of the piece ("Meditation from Thais," in case you're wondering)
I've played this piece before in church with no issues, so it wasn't the song. I couldn't sing the hymns, either, not without panting. It truly was sinuses shutting down. By sermon, they were squeezing my brains out.
In this specific case, it wasn't really a performance, and nobody in the congregation sits there critiquing they're just enjoying the music. And Mom said afterwards that she could tell a couple times that something was up, but mainly 'cause she knows me. Otherwise it sounded fine to her. And after church folks all complimented me as usual. So for playing in my own church, I would say continue unless that becomes impossible. But what if I'm playing at a friend's church? Or what if my breathing becomes even shorter as I play? So here's my question--what's the proper way to handle a situation like this? Is it best to just plow through playing poorly? Or stop and apologise and end it there?
>'Kat, hoping to never have to play all sinused up ever again!
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