Sunday, September 26, 2010


I was folding laundry and listening to Blue October playing She's My Ride Home, when I thought to myself, I wish I had a drum set. Someday.

I'm doing fine with the guitar and bass, learning a bit on the keyboard, doing well with overall music theory, and starting to learn mixing and production. But my rhythm isn't always the greatest. I'd like to work on that. Someday.

You can see here, why I was inspired to this thought by this song. The drums are very expressive in this song. And this young drummer is very talented.

Saturday, September 25, 2010


So when I awaken slowly, and behind my becoming conscious thoughts I see random faint images and ideas flash through my mind in rapid succession, is that my operating system loading for the day?

The mind fascinates me. I read this week that a living human brain has the consistency of custard; I thought it was firmer than that.

It seems that the chemical interactions within the sleeping mind are different than those of the waking mind, as the body must replenish the stores and tools it requires to keep the mind in proper condition. The essential wave of life. Work, rest. Ebb, flow. Up, down. Round and round.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Finding balance

I'm a critic by nature. Sensitive. I notice detail.

Through my life, I've striven for balance in all areas (it wouldn't be balance if I didn't try and even everything out.)

So I get mostly steady on a given plane, then as I settle in, I adapt. I feel the subtle incongruencies of my environment and I flow with them or push against them as I see fit.

I've been cleaning house this weekend, moreso than usual. I've still been social - I went to Jamie's football game yesterday, and today I'm going to Shelly's son's baptismal party. And I've watched some golf, played some music, did some shopping and had a good visit with Phil on the phone. But I've been in a cleaning zone.

And as my physical body works and scrubs, my mind wanders to thoughts, memories, philosophies and dreams. So I have to say, given ample time and no schedule, I rather enjoy house cleaning.

And so, as I finish the weekend by tidying up a few loose ends, I'll take a deep breath of this refreshment I've brought into my life. I'll smile.


Thursday, September 02, 2010

Use the force

Man, I just gotta say...

  • trust yourself
  • and have patience

So I heard Stayin' Alive on the radio, sent myself a text to look up the guitar tabs later.

Looked it up, struggled through it for a bit, it sounded ok.

Set the git aside for a bit, Facebooked for 5 minutes or so.

Picked up my guitar to run through the riff again...

...and it was like I couldn't do it wrong...?!

Letting your mind have a little time away from a task in order to process your new information is invaluable.

And trust yourself, let it flow, be the ball. You can do it.

Stayin' Alive - BeeGees

And then later, return; and you'll notice more subtle details. And you'll improve, and onwards, toward perfection.