the stench of failure still hung over me when i woke up in ohio yesterday morning at seven. i couldn’t stop replaying the conversation in my head: my friend saying “you had to have known you were going to fail. you just aren’t going to be able to meet every facebook friend you have.”
that’s sort of true. i figured somebody would go to jail or flee the country or maybe take part in a space expedition. but i wasn’t expecting my friend’s analysis of WHY i would fail.
“not everybody is willing to see you. in particular, i happen to know three people who are dead set against it.”
“not at all?” i asked.
“not at all.”
“then how are they my friends?”
which was sort of what i asked myself. in order to get back to chicago to see f2fb friend #158 david yonan’s concert at the music institute of chicago at three o’clock i would need to leave oberlin, ohio by seven. much as i adore the partita in d-minor by j.s. bach (uh, actually i had never heard of it) and ilya levinson’s elegy–crossing the bridge (ditto), the drive was daunting. particularly if there was no point to it.
still, i was intrigued. i had never actually met david. he was JUST a facebook friend, but he had invited me to his concert. so i dragged my ass out of bed, made for starbucks, drove one hour in a circle around oberlin because i screwed up the directions for how to get on the turnpike, and then set sail for the music institute of chicago, nichols hall in evanston. i made it with fifteen minutes to spare. i might have smelled pretty bad. and, yes, that was ketchup on my dress because i can’t eat and drive more than ninety miles per hour.
afterwards, david was so nice as to invite me to lunch. at four o’clock. what can i say? he’s a cosmopolitan guy.
i told him about some of my concerns about failure, about this project. i told him also about my f2fb friend #157 todd stiles who perserveres in his quest to become a doctor even when he–as i–gets a case of the heebie jeebies. david took a long term approach to it all. he told me that nothing is impossible if you break it down into little bits. and nothing worth doing does not at first seem impossible.
then i had to ask him–how does he make it sound like there’s fifteen violins going on all at once?
you can learn more about the day’s events and david’s participation at http://makemusicchicago.com