Today is the big day! My first performance with Dr. Han’s Gamelan. I’ve been to three practices, all basically concerning our Gamelan version of Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times Come Again No More.” And then, at the last practice, Dr. Han gives me THREE pieces of music, saying “You need to learn these pieces. We already know them, so you will have to learn them quickly!” Uh, yeah. Actually it’s so hilarious and charming that Dr. Han will even let me do this. And this morning, I came in and practiced the pieces in solitude. It really helps to count out loud, I found. What a delightful experience this is.