Good morning! Or afternoon…
If you are reading this, congratulations on your discovery or, for my patient readers, perseverance. Right now, it is December 31, 12:30 am. I really did not mean to abandon this blog – or the other one, either. In part, this piece is for both.
In the middle of last year, life got messy; I responded by backing down and away from the best of myself while struggling to keep everything else going. It worked, mostly; what got done needed doing, but the giving up and letting go left me feeling empty, powerless and too much of a failure. Creative time? Nada…
That is changing, starting now. The rebuilding will be chronicled in either “Notes from Around the Bend” or “Reclaiming the Muse” as new and interesting things happen. Yes, I will keep up with family, obligations, and the whole crappy mess that nearly totaled me in past months. I will ALSO keep up (and take care of) myself –
My performance at jams has gotten weak and nervy; I’ve totally quit open mic or any public performance, SO, I’ve drafted a multi-part program to change that.
1) get solid on the jam pieces I do know (and add a couple of new ones!), 2) do public performance with both my groups, using the jam set when I lead, 3) work back to open mics, first as audience, and later as participant, building repertoire along the way and, 4) work on alternate tunings in order to increase instrument range, confidence and skill sets.
Easy, right? I’ll keep you posted!