One of the best ways to minimize arm soreness after an injection is to move the arm as much as possible in the hours immediately afterward.
So on Friday I brought my viola with me when I went to get my second COVID shot, got the shot in my right arm, and immediately after exiting the building I pulled my viola out of the car and played straight through the first two Bach cello suites under a tree in the parking lot. Might as well make it an excuse to play, right? It's been a while since I've tried to "perform" anything live without stopping. (Even my trips out to the river, where passers-by on the bike trail and people boating or fishing nearby can hear me, are very much practice sessions.)
I was using my phone as a paperweight because it was a windy day, but decided to record the Prelude from the second suite in the middle of that play-through. It's not the best of performances at all; I rushed a lot and misread notes. But I don't think it's terrible considering it's a single-take recording of something I'm very much still working on.
Not unusual for me to wake up with pain every night, but it was so nice to find your performance, loop it and listen several times through.
I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it - helped keep my mind in a better place!
Seems everyone I know has had a few issues with the 2nd covid injection, so hope playing your viola helps keep them to a minimum for you today.
Thanx for sharing this, Andrew!
This is so nice! 👍🏻 I like this a lot, I think this prelude is my favourite of them all. Thank you so much for posting this!
Ps. I got my first vaccine couple of weeks ago, and I just asked them to put it on my thigh because I had a recital next day and I didn’t want to take any risk of my arm being too sore to play... It was a very good choice, I will do the same with the second injection too.