I played in a concert tonight... it was a scene that is so familiar in my artistic life, but it held special meaning this time. I looked around and saw many a disgruntled musician, because the conductor wasn't that great, especially with the way he rehearsed. Wasn't fun for me at times either, but the end result of the concert was pretty good.
To these people, I can definitely say, "You don't know how good you have it." When you have something in your life taken away, because of difficult times or circumstances, and it comes back, you feel this tremendous wave of gratitude and appreciation for that thing revisited.
Music as a performance art is coming back to me, and I am lucky.