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    Sunday, July 29th, 2018 10:41 AM


    Cool A rainy day in the neighborhood. It's 10 in the morning, and I've been up for about half an hour, so I'm not all there just yet. Or all here, as it were. I prefer sunny days, like most folks(except for you pluviophiles out there), but it's still the beginning of a new day. Carpe diem. Well, after I've had my coffee. 
        I had a good day yesterday, as far as keeping up with my disciplines. Got a hearty workout at the Fit Club, and had a good practice session when I got home. Taped a few things as usual, and all but one of them worked! So I've posted two new things on YouTube. Hope you'll stop in and check them out. 
       My slump seems to have lifted. Everything was smoother yesterday. The thing is, if you're endeavoring to improve your playing, the first step is hearing yourself- as clearly and objectively as possible. And a very common(and understandable)first reaction is, "oh man, I suck!!"
       And it's all too easy, from there, to get all mired in depression and self-loathing. Sometimes I get stuck there for a little while, but always pull out. So I seem to be back on the track at this point. One step forward, as it were. 
      Probably more playing today. Two more morning rituals to get through: Lumosity and breakfast. I've been signed up with Lumosity for a couple 3 years now, and get 5 games every morning as a 'training session'. Fortunately, I get alternate picks for everything they select, as there are some games I'd just as soon not play. Irritating games. So that's a good half-hour or more, depending on what kind of shape I'm in. I have slumps and high periods here too, just as I do with playing/learning the guitar. 
      That's all I've got for now. It's even boring me a little bit, so God knows what it must be doing to you. Just kidding, sort of. Thanks for reading, whoever-reads-this. Happy rainy Sunday. I'm outa here. More later. 
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