I’ve been benched. Completely and utterly down for the count. I fell last week and injured my hand. It will require surgical repair, which is happening tomorrow. In the midst of my busy music-making season, I have had to cancel engagements, something I’ve never had to do before. And I won’t be making music for a few months, as I heal and rehabilitate my hand. So for the next little while my writings will focus more on the rests that occur in music-making, both figuratively and literally. I’ve been reminded again and again that the rests in a piece of music are as important as the notes, perhaps more so. Those rests give the room a chance to breathe, the ear a chance to rest, the heart a moment to anticipate what is coming next. And so it is with me tonight, as I prepare for surgery tomorrow. I’m giving the room a chance to breathe, my head a chance to rest and my heart a moment to anticipate what awaits for me around the corner.