Break

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The sumer gear collection…more latin gear has been added since ūüėÄ

The last week at the RWCMD came to a close on Friday! Now I’m back in my hometown of Bath and safe to say, my body has shut down. So I’m taking a break from playing for a little bit, so I can rejuvenate my mind and body.

Because of this, and also as a heads up, I may not be blogging next Sunday!

It’s important to take time off and I’m certainly one that can keep powering through no matter what, perhaps I’m stubborn but I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t been.

Listen to your gut more and your mind less.

It’s harder to be aware of this during the day than you think.¬†

Next week I’m back in Cardiff for rehearsals at the Welsh Millennium Centre (WMC) in the Cardiff Bay. I bumped into the Operatic Director for an independent/contemporary Opera I did over a year ago and now I’m playing in her test run of her own company. Even though Opera isn’t my thing per se, but when there is room for creative direction then who knows where it could lead to! This is something I’m really excited about.

Over the next few weeks, as well as spending time with family and friends, I’ll be working hard on my own ideas and planning ahead for the next two and final terms at the Royal Welsh. Just so that I can really enjoy my time in Cuba and not think about missing two weeks of college! There will be lots of photos and experiences shared come early New Year!

That’s all for today guys! Take some time out for yourselves too!

Songs of the week

Here are two songs that I hope will set you up for the week no matter what you’re doing!

Some cheeky Bileo – You can Win¬†– this is from the early 80s and it’s a massive soul song!

Roy Davis Jr ft Peven Everett РGabriel (Live Garage Version) Рthe sound of human nature and original music is a beauty when you mix it with electronics

Rest Hard, Work Harder.

#BlogNo. 14

Break

P ure D edication N o D istraction

Hey one and all!

I hope you all have had a great week. Last week’s blog was about finding your path. So today I’m continuing this idea, but taking a little further with some underlying truths that we take for granted, and may stop us from progressing as much as we can!

It is simply the cost of distraction that can stop us. (That was quick!!) As you can see, it doesn’t take 1000 words to tell somebody this. For example, by simply changing the spacing of the title, forces the reader to focus on the words in order to be able to read it (and it kinda looks cool)

Awesome!

In order to reach your goals, ambitions, focus; you have to really understand what your motivation is firstly. WHY are you doing what you are doing?! HOW can you CHANGE the tiniest part of your work ethic to enhance your performance?!

You yourself can only help. Nobody else can analyse the WHY and HOW of your work (I’m not shouting fyi – I’m merely stating key words that have been based on my previous blogs –>¬†CHECK IT OUT¬†+¬†AND THIS¬†+¬†and FINALLY)

You may ask, ‘what are the simple things’?! Well, it all depends on what technology you use, your work environment and most importantly being realistic about how you are really focused. For me, it’s turning my phone on Airplane Mode, only having the essential notifications from my apps, only subscribing to emails that I actually read etc. See how you work and see what you can change, even if you think you’re on top form already ūüėČ

It could be having a clean/spacious work space, music that helps you to focus, or simply setting a fixed time to get as much done of your project as possible! 

Not only is technology a factor, but also how much you work you set yourself, and whether you have a reason behind your work i.e. what we call motivation, I like to call it PURPOSE. 

What I do, is I get everything that’s in my head, put it into a day’s work of practise and prioritise them from highest to lowest. What I don’t get done, is carried on into the next day, I simply reprioritise them. If there is a particular aspect I’m not focused on, I ask myself why I wrote it down and usually, it’s something that motivates me to go and do it, to go through the motions, work the logistics out, and continue it with full focus the next day.

If I’m not sure why I wrote something down, I’ll research it or ask myself whether it’s useful to do it at that moment in time.

In short, if you simply boil your down, you can see it clearly and have a flowing work schedule. Also, you can see where, why and how you’re perhaps not getting as much as you would like (think distractions and motivation)

TIP: Boil what seems complex down so anybody could understand it, simplify it to it’s raw ingredients.¬†

If the fundamentals are at there best, then you can really explore your passion.

That’s all for today guys. Remind yourself at least once a day, why you are motivated to do what you do. PURPOSE.

Bring yourselves back to reality this week guys.

Music of the week

Today, I feel in the mood for Brazilian. This is style of Brazilian music called Capoeira. This song is called Parana ê Parana

Love to one and all!

H

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P ure D edication N o D istraction

Knowing where your heart truly lies

Buenos días a todos!

(Good morning everybody!)

I hope you all have had a discoverable week guys!

This week, I will be talking about being¬†realistic¬†about where your heart truly lies. By this, I mean where your passion is, when you get goosebumps, or where you’re reacting in ways that you’re not even aware of…!

…and I also mean, being realistic about what skills you have and if these skills are at a level, that you can reach your dreams and goals! It’s all very well saying you want to be the best at one thing, but if the time, place and location aren’t in the right place for you to utilise the necessary skills, then it can be quite unrealistic.

I had this realisation where I wanted to be a music producer. That guy or gal who’s in the studio mixing, setting up mics etc. That was just an unrealistic goal, and a misunderstanding of where my passion lies. I have little understanding of the role of a producer. Where I am currently in my stage of life, I would seriously have to change everything and put my soul into producing.

In order to come to this stage…

I think it’s important to;

  1. Take some time out for yourself
  2. Look at your situation as clearly as possible
  3. Be realistic about the proficiency of your skills and what you can actually achieve
  4. Try to understand where your true passion is and follow it all the way

But how do you come to realise this?

The way I found this out, was by putting myself out there and trying all the avenues that seemed to interest me. Sending emails, shadowing etc was and is a great way of getting to grips with a particular area of interest. Usually, the people in the chain of the business, are able to see very easily, whether a person is suited/100% in it for the long run. Be aware of how people react and their willingness.¬†You can’t fault eagerness, but at the same time, you don’t want to create a bad impression.

Now, I know where and what I am aiming for. Developing myself as a world percussionist and drummer. Combining the two together, to create something new and unheard of before. This link¬†here¬†will take you to the guys that made me come to the climax to my conclusion. I saw the live performance of Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita where at the RWCMD – that special time in life where you’re experiencing something that hits home hard – I was reacting in an uncontrollable manner (not extremely ha!) in relation to the music.

The use of percussion and electronic sounds, emulating drum kit made me go ‘dayum, this is it!!’ I can see I was and am on the right tracks and how I can get to where I want to be! I was at a jam night the other day, I mentioned Cuba to the drummer after I played and eyes lit up when I said I could bring my congas down…little moments like that really bring home¬†where your heart lies, truly lies.¬†

This week and thereafter – sit yourselves down and ask yourself where your heart lies. Follow it 100%.

Your gut feeling may mislead you sometimes, but the more you do this, the more times you will learn from errors and the more you will get closer to your path.

 

Album of the week

Check these guys out, who really made a difference to me –¬†¬†Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita – Transparent Water¬†(the link is above too!)

Go and find your path guys!

Thank you to everybody! Love to one and all

#BlogNo. 11

 

 

Knowing where your heart truly lies