Something personal: I’ll be travelling next week for a potential new job. If it turns out they want me, things can get very, very hectic: I’ll then be moving to the other end of the country within a few weeks.
It has nothing to do with music, it will be a pure bread-winning job, but I’m fine with the concept of a day job – as long as it leaves some time and energy for the things I want to do, such as music.
I have been dreaming about leaving Berlin for so long. Now that it begins looking like a thing that could happen for real, I sometimes doubt it – but then, I have been living with the nagging “I should get a better job” for way too long, and the feeling of “I’m coming home” as soon as I crossed Frankfurt am Main in southerly direction has been a reliable constant in the past years. The perspective of having the job-search off my shoulders looks like a huge relief.
And maybe, if it turns out that Freiburg will be my new home, if after some months I still feel like staying there for some more years, I can look into longer-term musical engagements. At the moment I don’t think of joining a choir again. I plan to continue taking classical singing lessons, but besides that, I feel more like looking into non-classical music – don’t know yet what exactly, given that huge stylistic range of things I did in the past years.
There’s a lot of other things I look forward to: the comforts of a decent income (defined as “I have some money left after covering my basic needs”), being nearer to significant family members (a two-hour train ride instead of an eight-hour one) and nearer to my best friend (three to four hours on the train, as opposed to eight to ten), being in reach of things I’d call mountains – the Vosges and the Black Forest are both in reach of a weekend trip. Not to mention a warmer climate: Freiburg is in the warmest region of Germany.
But if it works out, I’ll have to find a new home first. I still don’t know how to manage this all. I feel overwhelmed and excited at the same time. Wish me luck!