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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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

Pumped

Today I wanted to share with you how great it is to be pumped to be alive! As I wrote this at 6.30am, listening to Objekt Boiler Room Berlin DJ Setwe can all empathise with one another, that at times we can get really tired of what you love to do….or is it tiredness of the grind? You know when you know you want to get something done, but yet there’s that lack of drive?!

Currently, I’ve been back in Cardiff for just over a week now (and soon to be back in Bath to do the show of Mid-Life Crisis – The Musical! ) and all I’ve been doing is working on my final recital due in less than one month (15th May) and playing only 6 pieces, no matter how creative you are it is a challenge to keep spirits high. High praise for the 6 show a week guys on the West End!

I was talking to a friend yesterday and as conversations go, a 30 minute conversation turned into 2 hours. We were talking a little about post-graduation and acknowledging the most difficult aspect would be to find motivation. Not practising, not getting up early. Motivation. It was rather eye opening, how somebody can open up about their concerns and doubts; concerns and doubts that I had no doubt I’d and most other people had experienced.

The main part of it though, was not doing the things you want to do. We called this resisting temptation. Taking time out from the daily grind but knowing that everything you do, is all part of the process. For me, I could have gone back to practice 90 minutes earlier but I knew that talking to my friend, Elin, was going to have some impact in my life somehow. And that goes for anybody. The most recent good read of mine here has been one of the best reads in a while and is definitely paying off. But how to get started? Take a hint from Nike #JustDoIt. How I did it? I didn’t like reading books all that much, so I watched Ted Talks with the aim of relating what I watch to music, no matter how unrelated it may seem. No that’s what I do everyday as part of my life. Why not give it a go?

If you’re pumped with everything that you do in life, it all falls under the same umbrella.  

When I’m back from RWCMD commitments I have an exciting project (that I need my home studio for) and prior to that, I’ll be getting on the development stage of getting my ideas completed and ready to get out to the world. Wait for music, Vlogs, collaborations, travelling…and we’ll see where that takes us!

So today guys,

Get pumped. If you’re not satisfied get up early to get what you want to get done. #JustDoIt. 

#BlogNo. 27

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On the line

I was on my way back from a Samba session in Bristol (I forgot to mention, as part of my travels after my graduation, I’ll be spending 2 weeks in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil!!!) and I unexpectedly caught the beginning to end of this BBC Radio 3 Sunday Feature. This feature was about the questions surrounding what being an artist is and whether there are too many….?! It’s these days of unexpected, fortunate life events that bring home the fundamentals of what you do. 

As part of the 10 days I’ve taken off (until tomorrow when the grind begins once again) I’ve tried to incorporate living and doing the things I enjoy most. That’s why the above podcast really stood out to me. I hope it stands out to you too!

Music is no different to life and vice versa. It’s the same with most things. As you experience new things you grow each day, bit by bit. Things like getting out of the house or work space to go for a walk, learning something new or anything that breaks up the monotonous daily routine.  

One thing I did was to spend 4 days in Fowey, Cornwall on a family holiday. Simply being with your family and learning more about them is rather important I think. You’ve grown up with them, no matter how your upbringing was or is. Take some time to learn understand a little more about your parents/siblings. 

How does this relate to the title? Well, it’s all about getting in touch with you. You don’t even have to have time off, it’s a daily activity! So for me, expanding my travels, meeting new people, those unexpected fortunate life events, family breaks, generically breaking up the monotonous routine are all aspects in your life that enables you to grow as a person through experiences. You’re on the line towards the unknown. Even if that line has a goal, who knows what and how you’ll feel once you get there. 

For me, all of the events that will be happening before my travels to Brazil (and hopefully West-Africa/India) such as meeting new people, are all ‘on the line’. They can go one way or the other….but that’s the exciting part….what will be there? Who knows. 

!!Get yourself on the line and get ready to ride it!!

I hope you guys who get to read this like it! Please do get in touch, it would be great to hear your thoughts! Have a great week! 

#BlogNo. 26

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On the line

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The ‘end’ product. Wanting to be where you imagine yourself in the near future. Wanting to be like someone else.

!Wanting to be something that ΥΟU can’t judge!

Known most of the time as running before you can walk. What struck me to write this, is that I hear even people succeeding to succeed to run their own business who are trying to sell their products, wanting to be like someone else. ‘She has this and that’, ‘He’s doing this…’ etc. etc. etc. 

Running before you can walk. We all do it from time to time. Some more than others and I was that some. But what’s wrong with being you? It’s cool to admire a person that you associate your ‘end goal’ to be. I would love to be in plenty of other world percussionists’ shoes; touring the world, playing with the top players of today. Though that’s where you can come to a halt and you get into the running a little too much. All to often it’s common to get so involved that you end up trying to be like that person, like your ideal place of success. 

But we can’t be somebody else. Genetically, physically and psychologically we are all unique to our own being. It’s not possible to be exactly like another because no matter how hard we try, no matter how skilful one is, we’ll always do it differently. 

On that matter — Do you we really know ourselves? Be your own person.

The first step? 
Stop trying to be somebody else. 

With this simple and effective step, you can begin to uncover how you tick and really understand you. Enjoy the process of reaching your goals, the ups and downs, the doubts the successesSee each and every part of the path you’re on. Through this, you’re going to spot what you need to do in order to go towards the right direction. 

I used to get so caught up, attempting to play drums to tracks that were way out of my depth, until it was pointed out to me I didn’t even realise that the fundamentals behind the really complex stuff just wasn’t up to scratch. How could I even get to that ‘end goal’ if the foundations weren’t solid?!

It’s a tough lesson to learn but the sooner you learn, the quicker you walk. 

I hope you are all enjoying my blogs. From since I begun, they’ve turned more into generic life lessons I’ve learnt through music and that being a musician is more than just the music. I hope to share my own music with you all, once I’ve developed my own profile enough in the next year. 

I’m currently back in my hometown, Bath. It’s great to get out of Cardiff for a little while, to rest and recharge the batteries to come back bigger and stronger. 

To you guys for reading, liking and to those following.

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#BlogNo. 25

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