Friday, August 31st, 2018 10:33 AM
Not too shabby a week. Front and center, Friday morning, ready to dash off another one of these newsentries. Not quite with it as yet this morning, but that's what coffee is for. It amazes me that some people don't even drink coffee in the morning. Buncha heretics.
Well, I don't even believe in heresy, so I can't really call that behavior heretical. Just puzzling, and - alien. Heresy is a cool word though, so on purely linguistic grounds, why not keep it around?
As far as my get-together yesterday, it was a good luncheon. It was a stoned luncheon, as it turned out. So what were we just talking about?
Nothing on the books for awhile. I still have September 7th pencilled in(see the Gigs page for more), but if it were coming to pass, I'd have heard something about it in the form of promo or a last-minute rehearsal. So I'm doubtful, but you never know.
I feel like my playing is improving. As far as practice, I always do some, but I've been putting in more time of late. Sorta like the exercise bike that kicks my ass at the Fit Club. To gain more ground, you have to pedal harder.
Practice doesn't yield instant results, though. At least I've never been that lucky. You have to hang in there awhile. But you will get results if you stick with it. Honest Injun.
So I have a string of new stuff on YouTube. I've been working on my time(since the Beginning of Time, or so it seems), and these new cuts show some improvement. Or so it seems to me. Sometimes we're the last people to be able to objectively assess our playing, but things lay better. And that's an 'objectve' sign that I'm more in the pocket.
It's a great feeling, seeing these things come together after what's been a shitload of work(along with the concomitant feelings of frustration and despair). Overnight success after years of trying. Years of failure- or at best, non-success.
My career goals, as such, have become more nebulous with retirement. I've lost the push that used to guide me in trying to promote my stuff. The only clear-cut element in there is the love of making music- of playing and writing. So that's a good sign. The core remains. If you still basically love what you're doing, then you'll find a way to work out all that other stuff.
This is probably wayy to much to read. I'll take my chances. Thanks for reading, as ever. Je suis outa here. More later.