France...au revoir, we will meet again soon

Michel et moi

Michel et moi

I find myself in airports alone a lot these days, and I don't really see that changing in the foreseeable future.  I'm learning to use this time as a moment to reflect on my life and the incredible experiences I've had thus far.  This time I am in Paris Charles de Gaulle for my connecting flight to NYC and I am absolutely over the moon, not about leaving of course (because whenever I am in France I find I never want to leave), but over the treasured memories I was able to make over the past 3 weeks.  It was a much needed retreat from my quotidien life to the French countryside where I was essentially permitted to lock myself within the confines of the gorgeous chateau des jouandis and learn about singing beautiful French music with one of the masters himself, Michel Senechal.  This man changed my life, and I am certain the lives of the others as well.  Like most coaches we focused on perfecting the musicality of the pieces, giving them shape and paying attention to the rules of diction and notation, which can often feel more restricting than anything else.  It's so easy to forget that the creative process doesn't end with the composer but continues through you.  Michel, somehow in drawing my attention to the nuances of the language and the music, released the chains I often place on myself and encouraged me to create, to be an artist, "to paint with all the colors of the wind."  :) haha.  As ridiculous as that sounds, it's true!  I didn't think my love of French music could get any deeper, and here I am at the bottom of a great ocean of it now digging in the sand for more.  We didn't even know how hard we were working because it didn't feel like work!  I got to speak in French at the dinner table with my new friends and colleagues, all the while drinking wine and eating the most delicious food.  I am now a foie gras convert!  Returning home I feel renewed and even more committed to my craft.  I'm ready to continue the work I started with Michel, Stephane, and Glenn, and run with it.  France was a dream in so many ways, and I am sad to leave, but as they say in this fine country "au revoir," I will see you again!