On the bright side, the procedure I’m getting is pretty routine, minimally invasive, and has a very low rate of complications.
Believe me, I’m already planning around surviving this. I just bought a cheap concertina, actually. Amazon had one that got decent reviews as a beginner instrument and had an optional 3 year accident/defect plan, so I bit. I had some money from family for Christmas anyway.
Hoping to learn a few folk tunes from the lives I’ve recalled. Build a repertoire. Maybe find some folk musicians locally and jam if I ever get good enough. I don’t know; I haven’t been serious about music in a long time. I was really into it as a kid (I took piano, violin, and trumpet at various points) but Mom was flaky about taking me to lessons. In my teens and 20s I even wrote some songs with the aid of a computer. I still have a Soundcloud with a few pieces I did, everything from 80s style synthpop to a scherzetto for harpsichord and wind. But it’s been a long hiatus; I lost my software during a computer upgrade a few years back and recently I’ve been focused more on writing. But music was my passion long before writing, even if I wasn’t exactly great at it.
Not expecting to become a virtuoso… I just want to rekindle a hobby that I haven’t had a chance to explore in forever. The role of the concertina in those vivid memories of the past, and my interest in the folk music of the British Isles, has been nagging at me for some time now and I’m happy to finally get a chance to explore this.