AADD Day

Monday was my AADD (Adult Attention Deficit Disorder) Day.  I generally have 2-3 a month where I simply cannot focus on what needs to be accomplished that morning, mostly writing and/or research.  For the longest time I cursed AADD Days because I felt as though time was being wasted.  However, I discovered, last night I actually learn a variety of things, and discover so much on these days because I am flitting back and forth from one thing to another.

For instance, my dear friend, Jeffrey Carter, whom I admire greatly for his wealth of knowledge on many, many varying subjects, offered a new word in his Sunday evening blog post:  “In fact, as a script and a vehicle, it’s pretty vapid.”  By evening’s lessons, I’d already found an opportunity to use it in a sentence which was followed by a question from my student: “What does vapid mean?”  I directed him to my computer where he Googled the new word, just as I had done earlier.

By day’s end, a young college friend, cellist Brendan Rasor introduced me to a major work, and composer with which I was not familiar.  This morning I’ve read a little on Maurice Durufle and have enjoyed listening to his REQUIEM this morning as I prepare my day.

So, while the AADD days may seem frustrating due to lack of progress in writing, they do not pass by, completely wasted.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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2 Responses to AADD Day

  1. YOU DIDN’T KNOW DURUFLE’S REQUIEM?????? On what planet have you been living?

  2. Wright Flyer Guy says:

    #1: I went to Ball State University and had a wonderful music history professor, Michael Meckna, for the first year. The second year, we had a doctoral candidate who spoke fractured English and had no comprehension of teaching skills. We barely finished the Romantic Period, and ran out of time because the instructor spent SO much time on his area of expertise that we skimmed, in less than two weeks, 20th Century. Most of that was on Stravinsky.

    #2: I am not widely read on 20th Century music. Basically, what I have learned in the last 8-9 years has been from you, Jeffrey. When you post something, Jeffrey, I look it up, listen/learn. If not for you, I would not have the little knowledge of I do possess of other musical works, European cities, food.

    This is where I sometimes am frustrated that life keeps me contained within a certain sphere. I am not in a setting where I have the opportunities to explore the things you do. Our commitments are similar (teaching, dogs, home), yet, remarkably different. There are many, many things I do love about my life/career, but there are also items I must avoid in order to accomplish what needs to be done. Choices, not excuses.

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