I have a good stiffness in my hands right now... I got to practice for three consecutive hours tonight, and what is even better is that it was focused.  I haven't focused that well for that long in... a really long time.  There were several years when I felt like three hours was not nearly long enough, and I would get a little worried that I was somehow not fulfilling an obligation.  Yeesh.  If I only knew then that my most significant musical epiphanies were not realized in a practice room.  Anyway, a couple days ago, I felt like I had totally forgotten how to practice.  Good to not feel that way today. 

I don't know what it was, and I'm not going to ask questions.  But today I totally let go in my improv, and it felt so fantastic.  I'm not saying it's the best improv ever, or that you're gonna love it.  You might even hate it.  But it was maybe the first time ever that I didn't give a crap about whether I had made mistakes or worried about how the music should go.  Yet it all felt pretty in control.  In the moment, it felt physically exhilarating, emotionally expressive, and cathartic.  In fact, I didn't know what to do afterward.  I thought maybe I would get up or play another piece, but I was under a spell.  So I just sat there for a little while, and felt the air.

Here we go, Day 216: