New found experiences

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Everyday is a learning experience. I try to be as aware as possible, to make the most the any opportunity that may come my way. I think it’s important that we all have a similar attitude.

The reason being; I used to feel a bit awkward or uncomfortable, when I would see cliché images of motivational pictures on Facebook or Instagram. Though, those people are perhaps and probably, some of the most happiest and driven in whatever they are doing. One day I stopped and told myself, no matter how I felt or what had gone on, that I would be positive and drive that through my life. Because at least that way, it’ll channel through every aspect of your day to day life. We all have our off days, it’s human nature of course.

So if you’re somebody that may feel a bit out-of-sync with it all – bite the bullet and exclaim it as soon as you wake….no matter what anybody thinks.

This week, I put myself out there and contacted a percussionist that did a masterclass at the RWCMD. I had a great experience with the percussion guys from the BBC Concert Orchestra and observing the drummer and brass section from the BBC Big Band. Being brought in as a world percussionist or drummer for those sort of collaborations would be awesome to do – of course, that’s rather difficult or as one of my teaches put it; “yeah, and so do the other 10,000!” – one new learned experience, is that these musicians, are all average people. I mean, I knew this already but I think you only learn when you experience it. 

Here’s a song from her to set the mood for the other part of the read -> Cleo Laine & Johnny Dankworth – Oh Lady Be Good

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I had the most obscure experience, one that I’ve never had before. I went to see a group called Hang Massive. They’re a group that developed in my home town, Bath 😀

The instrument they play is called a Hang Drums. The sound that is created could be described as groundless (in a good way) or ethereal. TO THE POINT, in the gig they did in a few days ago, I was experiencing feelings space, a bit out of it, which lead to me passing out for a split second! Luckily I snapped out of it and luckily my weight went onto my friend! I don’t want to put you off from checking them out –>CHECK THEM OUT HERE<–it was merely a case of feeling the resonance, you should be fine in the comfort of your own room!! Also, check out -> Govardo | Bridge Over Troubled Water | Simon & Garfunkel Cover–they were part of the tour, his voice was stunning. They’ve been around for one year #SupportTheArts #SupportIndependentArtists

That’s all for today guys – Song(s) of the week include all of the links above!

Have a great week guys! Go for those new found experiences!

#BlogNo. 13

New found experiences

For Time To Come

Hey one and all!

A lot of my posts are mostly motivational or how I am feeling about what has happened in the week prior. Reflection is great, not only we can learn from our mistakes, but we can learn from what we did well.

A lot of musicians, tend to not think of themselves as a business. It takes a lot of time and dedication to get to where you want to be, no matter how many steps you will want to, and have to take.

I always have a practise diary. Every evening and every Sunday, I plan ahead of what I will want to achieve in the week ahead and the month. This way, you’re consistently reflecting and adapting to unforeseen challenges. I find this method I worked out, helps to build a stronger base for the larger picture. That being, building connections in an already familiar environment, to begin establishing who you are and what you can offer. Then, where you base yourself is mostly dependent on where the work is.

When it comes to monthly or yearly planning, it can be hard to tell how much of what you plan will come to effect. It’s a good idea, I think, to take advantage of all the opportunities on offer, with the long term purpose in mind. For me personally, I go to Jazz Jam sessions, with the purpose of improving my ear and playing, but also to expand my relations with new and existing connections. Existing connections, I’d say, are vital because it takes time to build strong relationships with people.

I go by this formulae

Plan

Expand

Apply 

Base

Let me explain ;

  1. Plan/Replan – This is essentially writing down what your ideas, goals and dreams and prioritising them in order of short to long term achievements. (I’ll get to replan in a minute)
  2. Expand – This is looking at each goal and expanding it to the opportunities that are available to you. The opportunities available is not only what is easily accessible, but they are also events that are in the present and future that may arise. You have to be on alert for this one, in order to make the most of anything. 
  3. Apply – #JustDoIt and be proactive. You will have to get out there, show up, make yourself known.
  4. Base – You must be aware when you are beginning to develop a base, from where you can start to replan. This means, when you have got a platform to work from i.e. regular income, base of connections, where you are based geographically, social profile etc. Then you can begin the process again. A never ending work frame.

It doesn’t matter how small the base is, as long as there is something to work from, you can start to replan and the replan could be very small e.g. Making a connection, in person and online, going to an event where the connection is and promoting yourself whilst learning and developing your skills on a practical level.

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THE NEXT STEP – I will be performing a piece that requires a loop pedal (see image) in May 2018. It’s time to get practical and explore electronics.

That’s all guys!

Thanks for taking some time out to read my Blog!

Albums of the week

Donny Mcaslin – Fast Future (Full Album) 2015 – Contemporary Jazz! Explore the personnel on this album!

Irakere (Cuba, 1979) – Live (Full Album) – Recognised as one of the first groups to establish Timba! This a Cuban dance and has influnces of Salsa, American funk/RnB and strong Afro-Cuban Folkloric music. Here is a taste of Salsa and Afro-Cuban Folkloric music – listen carefully and hear the similarities!

Thanks again everyone! 

#BlogNo. 10

For Time To Come

The mystery of #BlogNo. 9

I’m back..

..and right on track. I will (should) be updating this space every Sunday now! The past few weeks I’ve been here, there and everywhere. This is my version of a Sunday evening, relaxing on the sofa and it’s great!

In this blog, I will simply write an overall summary of how I’ve felt and where it’s lead me.

In my opinion

It’s all about enjoying who you are, where you are and what you have at the current time of your life. 

Why sulk or feel sorry for yourself about what you can and can’t control, when you can train your mind to be comfortable in the place you are. We’re here for only a relatively short time – it’s important to remember this.

We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting 

Kahlil Gibran

It can seem like a waiting game. This quote sums up perfectly how I imagine most people feel. Most feel heavily weighted to the waiting side of things, but through seeing what you see through your eyes in a positive, lighter light; it all becomes clear that, it is what it is. 

I played drums in a concert on Wednesday and afterwards, I received praise on my playing. All of the hard effort, dedication, hours of practise. This is the waiting, the daily grind, which leads to the discovery of beauty or in a non-philosophical term, feeling pretty damn good. The discovery of this quote has been an important find.

This leads to an important idea

See what you see as an opportunity. All will unveil itself in time.

The other day

I was on my way back from Bristol after a crazy African Sabar Drumming session with Dave Smith (drummer for Robert Plant) and Batch (native of this music) I was on the Megabus (it was actually nice and new) and ended up sitting next to a girl who was also in her final year, we talked for the whole journey and at some point, she said she wasn’t into music. HOLD UP. Not into music?!? But wait, I thought, let’s try to discover what this really means. Turns out, it’s factors such as seeing specific artists, mood, time, place etc. that changed and directed her to certain types of music.

This was a great example and turning a closed road into an open road. Which leads me to the next point.

People tend not to remember how what you say. 

But how you make them feel.

Moments like these, make you want to transfer a learned experience to all walks of life. I think that the person you talk to is always new, whether they are unfamiliar or familiar to you because, relations change and develop and it’s important to discover something about everybody. You’ll always find something!

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On that note, I’ll leave you with this tune ––> Hank Mobley – This I Dig Of You <––

Have a discoverable week guys!

#BlogNo.9

The mystery of #BlogNo. 9