Stay fresh

#HappyMondayFunday 

We all know what day of the week it is. That’s right folks, it’s Monday but not just any Monday.

It’s…

 #grindharddaily 

…and it’s important to keep what you love doing fresh. All too often we musicians lose that creative spark, that excitement, that enduring passion to make music. 

So here are some of my tips to keep unwanted slumps at bay and keep you motivation levels at an all time high:

  1. Start the day right – wake up and begin the day with the same positive enthusiasm as when you played for the first time. Try listening to the music you want to play to get you hyped to get to that next level!
  2. Get some Headspace – with or without support. Give your mind some room to allow creativity to happen naturally – simply sitting down with the same curiosity when you first began is one great way. 
  3. Have a goal – without a specific target in mind it can be difficult to stay focused on the prize. Write or draw your passion(s) and remind yourself of why you do what you do!
  4. Step away – doing the same thing day in day out takes it’s toll, even on the most accomplished musicians. Do something different that rejuvenates that fresh feeling. Why not take a walk, listen to an Audible book or tap a nap? If anything, make sure that it’s invigorating and somewhat related to your passion.

Here’s one new thing I did last week. I listened to an early romantic novel by a German novelist of which the language is heavily emphasised, making the story creatively inspiring to write music (lots of Romantic art and literature have helped to create the most well known pieces of music in history) 

So stay fresh and share your fresh motivation with your friends and colleagues too!

It’d be great to hear you thoughts and I invite you to! 

W A T C H  –  T H I S  –  S P A C E

H x

#BlogNo. 34

Stay fresh

This past week…

As mentioned in my previous blog I went home for the week to do Little Shop of Horrors and I have to say it’s an awesome show to play and watch! Highly recommend it. Here’s my setup below! 

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The week seemed like I was there for months so it must have been me making the most of Bath. Here’s what I did and do do as soon as I get up – improvise and create. Finishing studies and entering a new passage in life is like beginning 1st year again. It’s all about ‘the journey’ and ‘finding yourself’ 😀 

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Don’t get me wrong I love Cardiff and sometimes it’s nice to be able to do my day-to-to activities as I wish – though I will miss being at the RWCMD with all the experiences. Today is the day we all find out our results and the 31 days we have left will most definitely become reality. Even more so, flights are booked an Brazil is officially happening! Woop! More travels to strengthen my world percussion playing to come next year (hopefully)

This week is REPCo rehearsals (student lead concerts) for the gig next week.

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REPCo has brought me back in what is now an unfamiliar setting

It’s also Jazz week with many exams/performances taking place inc. travelling to London to see Django Bates (check out his album here) and from there I set on the final part of the rwcmd journey to perform the Opera, The Magic Flute! Go to the rwcmd website to see what’s on! 

So I’m going to love you and leave you for today. Have a great week one and all and I’ll be back for more and news on today’s verdict! 

Late night inspiration – Bob Marley Documentary

Peace ‘n’ ❤ 

W A T C H  –  T H I S  –  S P A C E

H x

#BlogNo. 33

This past week…

From bubble to reality

It only feels like yesterday that I was waiting with apprehension before I stood on stage and yet still with a silent stillness. The word comfortable springs to mind. 

Since that day which was exactly 12 days ago the feeling of being immersed in an intense heated environment to the world of reality has become more of a norm than it was at first. I imagine for most students, the feelings you get with thoughts such as ‘now what do I do?!’, ‘how do I organise my time?!’ tend to stick out like a sore thumb. Unless you intend on taking a gap yar to find oneself 😉 

If you’ve read my previous blogs you probably know me a little bit better and know I’m a rather driven person. So much so that even the day after the performance I was planning how, what, where, when and why I was going to do to. No wonder 12 days felt as quick as falling asleep to waking up does.

I’ve been sorting practising to develop my abilities at playing what I want to portray, composing my ideas clearly, transcribing, sorting my CV (so I can at least have something regular) working hard on electronics, reading more than ever, listening, applying for funding to extended travels + patent and now I back in Bath doing Little Shop of Horrors! As you can see, this is me getting into reality and driving myself towards my passion in every single way possible. I went on a walk with my dad yesterday he put it as ‘planting the seed’ and so that’s what is happening –  many a seed to be planted so let’s get started. 

Once I’m back from Cardiff in early July, I will get my projects underway and let you guys see what I can do. I would begin now though it is more straight forward in my own space where I can setup higher quality audio and videos + other projects!

I’m rather excited. So stay tuned. 

W A T C H  –  T H I S  –  S P A C E

#BlogNo. 32

Late night tune of the week – Django Bates’ Belovèd – The Study Of Touch

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Less Is More
From bubble to reality

Don’t * * * * just be nice!

The title is based on what one of my good friends said with a raised voice and a Northern accent that would make anybody’s day. No matter about the implied expletive (open to interpretation) what he said is rather true.

Alas, I’m no longer a student. With a 4-year degree finished and a sudden realisation that you’re entirely dependent on yourself (exciting!!) and with no masters to prepare for (no way, not now….if at all…!?) and that that title makes a whole lot of sense.

It’s funny because in the 3rd and final year you begin to think you’re “outside” of the bubble, the bubble of a close and intense environment. Never did I think or imagine the real sensation of being outside of the bubble. It felt like space, I mentally and physically crashed and now from a different and new view point it’s clear that no matter how clued up on human relations you are….you won’t see eye-to-eye with everybody and you see that some are just consumed in their world and their bubble…..and for what? Why? Just be nice!

As an acquaintance once said;

 There’s more to life than just being stuck in a box practicing all day. 

W       •       O         •        R        •       D

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Post-Recital feat. Tech. View it on Instagram!

So the past 5 days has been a roller coaster and a plan-daily fest. Now with no ties, it’s time get to action. It won’t be an over night job but who knows what lies ahead.

For those who have been supporting me up to now…THANK YOU! It will have been a year this September since my first post and it’s been great to see you guys follow the journey with me.

W A T C H  –  T H I S  –  S P A C E

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No rest for the wicked

#BlogNo. 31

H x

Don’t * * * * just be nice!

Good morning WordPress

Sunday is the same as any other day so that’s why I rose at 6.30am #whatisaliein

Waking up and going to bed in sync with the sunrise and sunset is, I think is essential for a balance in daily life and that for sure is going to put in you in better stead. Why? Because naturally we resonate with the Earth’s frequency (approx 7.83hz) and without the technology that keeps our cycle out of sync, we’d also naturally rise with nature. This means our bodies biologically will function (at the individuals’) norm. 

Not only does this keep you in routine, there’s also just something about waking up with nature that gives you this positive energy. Give it a go, don’t set an alarm and when the sun has risen get up and so this way, the temptation to snooze your alarm is removed. Besides you can’t beat how picturesque mornings are! Just take a look at this beauty I quickly took below during my HIIT session this morning. 

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Check it on my Instagram!

So to business, this week has been a positively energising, albeit tiring week. Lots of performance preparation, lessons, practice and focusing on one thing and one thing only. The final performance looms and in 2 days I will have completed my 4 years at the RWCMD. Just writing this gives me an adrenaline burst! Ah! So set yourself for that Monday motivation rise and re-imagine a time when you reached the ‘beginning of the end’. On a side note, I was given the opportunity to cover teaching for the Junior Conservatoire yesterday and teaching was a new-found passion. Teaching Latin Percussion and seeing a student progress even in 1 hour is rewarding and if you take anything away from this blog today, take this;

Arouse in the other person an eager want

Thanks for reading and watch this space as I will want to share some video/audio of my performance to you guys! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and week 🙂 

H x

Sending positive vibes right here

#BlogNo.30 

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Good morning WordPress

Where it all begins

Hi guys! It’s been a little while since I last posted, to be honest it’s been on the way-side and I’ll get to that in a moment. So after the next 8 days I will be getting down on blogging again, as it is the final performance I will do at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (for now at least!) Yikes! These 4 years have certainly flown by, brought about many learning experiences and developed me to be the percussionist, drummer and person I am today.  

This time in the past week, I can’t remember exactly how it came about but I had one of those realisation moment. 5 years ago I decided I wanted to be a professional musician and to simply do music. In many ways being fresh on the scene was an indirect way of force feeding information, thus the rate at which and what I learnt accelerated.  Since that decision, its lead me through the classical, jazz, electronic and world music phases of which I’m now settled in a mixture of all of these. All of them!!! My mind runs and thinks in the combination of these musical styles I’ve immersed myself in. 

….and here we are right now. Your path has begun somewhere and realising that all of the experiences have led you up to a certain point. Today everyone, acknowledge the experiences you’ve had and how they’ve lead you to where you are today. That little bit of inspiration comes from you, me and us. After all as individuals we decide where and what we want to be, so let’s be proud!

So where I am today? Well back in Cardiff! This past week has been forward planning of my business idea, developing CVs/online presence (anything that’ll help in the freelance career) debating studying electronics in a years’ time/travelling etc. etc. All in good time. 

What’s more relevant to you is the show I did called Midlife! The Crisis Musical and two more coming up! The next is Little Shops of Horror In The Heights <- come and watch! 

Right, its final prepping time so goodbye for now and speak to you soon! Hope you liked this post! Stay tuned! 

#BlogNo.29

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Midlife! The Crisis Musical main setup 😉 
Where it all begins

Out of the blue

Sorry! It’s been a little while since I last blogged. There are lots of things going on at the moment: just think organising, prepping, rehearsals for my performance 2 weeks tomorrow,  beginning the adventures of one of my business ideas, learning a show in a day, forward planning….mind=blown. 

So what’s it all about today? Well I had a very short and intense learning experience. I received ‘THE call’. Yes that one that is a dream and has everything going for it. 

I’m talking about

that sweet gig

Alas, it was not meant to be. The rush of a drop out and necessity of having a player ready was all too much in the end. If I wasn’t going to Brazil, perhaps this may be a different story, perhaps I just wasn’t ready and maybe it’s simply meant to be?! 

The moment you find out that you didn’t get the gig is a heart crushing moment. It’s tough and I’m sure you guys have all experienced it too. Why not comment below your experiences? 🙂 From this experience it is of course natural to have a low dip but it’s how you come out on the other side.

The next day it was a necessity to power on through and carry on. Carry on working on my projects, carry on working on the goals you set everyday. Never giving up on your goal. To send out a message. Your message. What’s your message guys? As I said sometimes it’s meant to be and this open statement gives you momentum; it’s as if along the way on a few opportunities (life learning lessons) are thrown at you. Letting you have those thoughts, provoking a spark of motivation. Check out Quarta 330 – Sunset Dub – I don’t know what it is, but the striking simplicity yet complexity sparks that motivation!

“He who would take your cloak, let him take your other cloak also” – Matthew 5:40 

Adapted and quoted from Kahlil Gibran – The collected works

Let the power of meaning drive your momentum forwards to what you’re doing in the moment to achieve what you want to achieve, to do what you want to achieve. Failing and learning and failing again to get better. So let somebody tell you there criticism and ask why they think this = improve on it = Be the better version each and everyday.

Life is for living. Live it and love it. Live the Life of a Musician

#BlogNo. 28

Out of the blue