Bringing music-making back, though the licorice stick will have to wait til I build those mouth muscles again…

I figured I'd get some other things done in the past few weeks as my obsession with music has helped me kick my depression to the curb and I'm getting my motivation back. The struggle continues, but I'm finally at the place where I want to be working on actually playing music again, and have … Continue reading Bringing music-making back, though the licorice stick will have to wait til I build those mouth muscles again…

Need to get the foot out of my mouth (that’s where the clarinet goes, dammit)

For once, the "To-Do List Monster" has kept quiet and not reared it's ugly head too often the past couple of months. Busy, busy, busy, and still not much of a to-do list. I never thought that'd make things worse as far as long-term goals went. Surprisingly, my most common procrastination method is more helpful … Continue reading Need to get the foot out of my mouth (that’s where the clarinet goes, dammit)

Impulse, Impatience & (perhaps) overly ambitious…

I'm stuck in this mental/physical limbo where I'm bursting to create while emulating Homer Simpson from the Treehouse of Horror sketch, "The Shinning," when he repeated "No TV and no beer make homer go crazy." I think it's a desperate attempt to build my life. Roughly 16 months ago I had thought long and hard … Continue reading Impulse, Impatience & (perhaps) overly ambitious…

Biting Off More Than I Can Chew, or, how to make a REALISTIC practice plan.

Life's done that pesky intervening thing and I've had to scale back my ambitions a bit. Too many changes at work and too much to prep for in the next few weeks has made me change my plans regarding music study and performance art. I'm taking a short break from crazy (thankfully), but now I … Continue reading Biting Off More Than I Can Chew, or, how to make a REALISTIC practice plan.

Tonsillitis is (mostly) gone; Time to pick up my licorice stick and (gulp) relearn to play…

I hate how I get in the determined mood to do something, or re-do something, and suddenly I'm sick. But I've said that one before, so I won't re-hash it. My throat is finally doing better. I haven't been sneezing or coughing nearly as much (and if I do, it's first thing in the morning … Continue reading Tonsillitis is (mostly) gone; Time to pick up my licorice stick and (gulp) relearn to play…

Best Laid Plans: Stumbling back into the arts, one book, class, & practice session at a time…

Ideally, this week would've been perfect to start trying my new schedule out. But as I've barely been able to keep my eyes open and my throat from trying to cave in on itself the past three days, yeah, that just wasn't going to happen. Dammit. When I could sit and read more than a … Continue reading Best Laid Plans: Stumbling back into the arts, one book, class, & practice session at a time…

Those weeks when it’s probably better if plans are NOT made….

I think it's one of those super-obvious things regarding willpower, goals, etc.... but at the same time so damned complex. I get that I had a whole bunch of stuff to try out and experiment with, and that worked out okay, but then another thing and another thing came along until all my plans were … Continue reading Those weeks when it’s probably better if plans are NOT made….