One of my fingers (right middle) was injured about eight months ago, and I think it's recovery since then has been interesting. The injury happened by my trying to get a rollup door latch unstuck, and when it suddenly became unstuck, my finger was violently slammed into some metal thing. I believe that this damaged the tendon on the back of my finger, and the injury was ascerbated by my not changing my usual activities, including playing the piano for 16 hours during the 4-day Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift Festival later that month. The symptoms were that I was unable to fully bend the finger, such as making a clenched fist. These symptoms were (and are) more pronounced after prolonged motionless of the finger, such as during a night's sleep. I had read that injured tendons can take 6 to 12 months to fully recover, and my injury seems to be following that pattern. I also read that the new tendon cells that are built after a tendon injury are not as elastic as the old cells, and need to "learn" how to become more flexible. (Sounds like people, too!) During the first three months after the injury I wore a soft splint on the finger to prevent excessive bending of it while playing the piano. Since around Jan. 1st, I haven't needed the splint, and perform stretching exercises with the finger and its muscles to unstiffen it. Fingers have no muscles that control the tendons, so the muscles in the back of the hand and the forearm that control the finger need to be massaged so that they aren't too stiff themselves, which helps the tendon by making it not need to stretch as much for the finger to bend. Gently sqeezing the sides of the fingertip also seems to help a bit. While engaging in activities that require the finger to not be in the clench-fist position, such as playing the piano or typing this blog, I use every opportunity to make a clenched fist, so that the finger won't stiffen up. At least once every 3 minutes seems to work now, and the finger is still slowly improving as the tiny new tendon cells become more flexible.
All of this without a visit to the doctor; God often chooses to heal the body all by Himself!
[Updated 5/7/19 to improve our Blog's name] This blog is possibly a better way to communicate with our contestants and potential contestants than by our sending out annoying bulk emails.
The contest is proceeding smoothly and as planned, with some new ads to appear in the next few months. Early indications are that there will be a good number of contestants by year's end. We have no target number to achieve, so we've already achieved our goal, or lack thereof.
We've had a couple of registrants who earlier had misunderstood that this contest involved their recording their own original songs (it doesn't), so our website has been updated to better clarify that the purpose of this contest is to record "His Words", with prizes awarded to the top three.
For anyone wondering what our judging criteria will be, the answer is we haven't any! It would be way too complicated (for us, anyway) to try to compare different musical styles by using measurable, objective standards. Such is the nature of music, and we've never been big fans of the typical musical competition setup with its panel of judges. We'll try to be as fair as possible (of course!) in our evaluations. There will be no written comments or feedback given to the contestants of the judging results of their recordings after the contest is over, except maybe to the prize winners.
Thank you for registering (or for thinking about registering)!