Dialing in this blog by trying to categorize. Sloppy for now, but getting the habit established is the most important aspect to me. Onward.
Aside from spending most of the morning in the Doctor’s office, today had it’s merits. On the ear training front, I’m beginning to notice the ability to hear b5/#11 in the context of a couple different chords. I’ve upped my piano/ear training routine to an hour a day instead of a half hour and it appears to be paying dividends.
My new studio setup is just about complete and I’m incredibly excited to start spending more time doing remote recording work out of it in addition to it’s functions as my practice room and a rehearsal space for various projects that I’m in. The “soft eviction” of my tenants was a fantastic example of a socially difficult decision that has led to an immediate boost in my happiness with how my life is currently situated. For a period of time, my first emotion when entering my practice room were frustration. Frustration that my tenants were mistreating my equipment, frustration that the room was becoming cluttered, but mostly frustration with myself for not protecting my creative space with more vigor. I was compromising in one of the most important aspects of my life. Ending that compromise and acknowledging my own desires as being important was a good first step that I intend to turn into a sprint.
I had a nice skype lesson with a student of mine who will be joining his first band in the fall. He’s never played with other musicians before and I’m excited to see if it gives him the music bug more than he’s already gotten it. He’s a hard worker and holds himself accountable with his practice. I’m looking forward to seeing his development going forward.
An interesting idea came up in a podcast that I was listening to today. The concept of a reverse pilot. It’s a method that managers use when taking over an office or company that was run by someone else who had a detailed system in place. The new manager will, without any sort of announcement, eliminate elements of the system that he finds redundant or useless and see if anybody notices over the next few weeks. If the time period goes by without drawing any attention, the manager knows that this was a bloated element of the system and discards it for good. I’m trying to think of ways that freelancers and creatives can implement that into their own systems. In my case, I’m going to attempt to treat my new life as a company that I acquired that used to be run by a people pleasing, depressed, self-loathing, beta. Let’s see what elements of that old manager’s system I can start to eliminate.