The Y was generous enough to give me a full hour for a sound check since I was there a couple days early. A sound check is a meditative place for me. It's a sacred time where you get to just listen like you never do at home in a space that will only sound that way temporarily. It will not sound the same once it is filled with people, making this place of solitude even more private and awesome. I hungrily soaked in every minute of the hour and played my loudest, my softest, my favorites, and my hardest parts of the program. I asked for the house lights to be exactly as they would be for the concert. And then I just imagined being there with the energy of the crowd - and had fun!