I'm stopping the clock here on day 132 out of 150 and spending time on something else for a little while. Quite simply, Clair de lune requires a lot more time and effort than I am able to put into it at the moment. I will pick up with 18 days left in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I am going to focus on some ragtime. Yes, I'm changing up the game plan slightly. I had intended to finish the five pieces I set out to relearn in no more than 150 days and then I was going to move on to additional pieces by each composer. I was going to start with Grieg and move on from there, but now I have decided I want to go ahead and learn the additional Joplin pieces. I do not know how long this will take me. I will not focus on committing the new pieces to memory. That will be a secondary product of what I do beyond the five pieces in the original course of re-learning.
I feel I have to take myself off of Clair de lune also because I am getting generally discouraged by just about everything in life right now. Having something so difficult to do during what is supposed to be an enjoyable time of my day just does not help. Don't worry, I will be re-learning Clair de lune. It is, after all, one of my most favorite piano pieces.
So, now I am cracking the big book of ragtime open to the two Joplin pieces I planned on learning at a later date. Wish me luck!