Living Off The Rush

Happy Monday!

As you may have noticed, most of my Blogs are based around motivation and inspiration.

This week for me has been a crazy one. You know, where you feel as if you’re feet don’t leave the ground. So…Salsa dancing (Cuban of course) recording(s), lesson after lesson, travelling to London, networking and seeing Submotion Orchestra + Niladri Kumar with Sukhvinder Pinky = lots of early mornings and late nights.

Sound familiar? To most of us, most probably. It’s tiring and sometimes we can get a little lost on the way, leaving us down and exhausted. The trick? Live off the Rush! 

You know what I mean, that buzz of energy we all have within us. The drive of passion for what we want to do. To Live life to it’s highest potential. I am beginning my journey in building my business plan with The Prince’s Trust, one point was made from a guest speaker about a woman who wasn’t happy about her job and wanted to live in Australia. The answer/question? Well, why don’t you do it? She seemed convinced after that point. She may well be there!

So that’s it, why not!! We give ourselves excuse after excuse, only to put off our goals. ‘I’m not good enough’, ‘Now isn’t a good time’ etc. etc. etc.

But all to often, we can get sucked into negative thoughts. ‘Why do I bother’, ‘Should I just give up?’, ‘I hope I don’t have to send that report out’. It’s natural. Tip – Remind ourselves of our goals and passion (start looking if not) every morning. Keep on track guys.

What I do, is I write everything I will do the night before. Get up early (6.30am at the moment) splash your face with cold water, look in the mirror and say to myself my goals and what I’m grateful for. As a self-employed musician, living of our energy we have is so vital to keeping on track and focused. It can be difficult but the rewards are second to none.

Live Off The Rush guys.

#mondaymotivation #BlogNo. 22

Living Off The Rush

Making the most out of anything….and Cuba

This week I’ve had a moment of inspiration. So I’ll post earlier than usual whenever this happens.  I find that if you’re aware, you’re always surrounded by new opportunities – whether that’s in your favour or not! Recently, this opportunity seemed to be not in my favour – in any conservatoire of music, there is an inundated amount of competition for practise rooms. Basically, whoever has the smartest approach to skilfully book rooms, wins the race.

To the point…

I have a room which essentially is the spot I have inhabited. One day that room was full for the day, my day could have been a total mess. At first I saw it as a joke, which is was, but on the day I didn’t feel so much in a jokey mood. So, there’s no point getting funny, I decided the best thing to do, was to focus on what I don’t usually spend time to do. And you know what, I felt somewhat in more of a benefit than I would have been if I was in my usual routine. Changing it up every so often is a great thing. After this lesson, I will now try to incorporate more time where I can grab a coffee, research, little practise and whatever else. Time doesn’t stop, so as long as there is a reason, it’s time well spent.

So next time…

you’re in a situation you dislike. Hold back, think what else you could do that is still productive but adapts to the new situation at hand. It’s all about playing the system. 


BAM! Dropped that one pretty quick, I mean it’s the second time I have the opportunity to go back to Cuba for more lessons, learning and last but not least, rum! Last April I went with a group known as Tradicional Cubano; the flautist (Jose-Zalba Smith) is the son of Bueno Vista Social Club saxophonist Havier Zalba. Over the 3 weeks I had an immense time exploring the culture, language, dance and music. Now I get to do it all over again, this time, for an intensive 2 week course focusing on Rumba and Western Cuba.

The image featured is a gear stick in one of the taxis we were in. Fair to say, they may be 1950s American relics but oh boy they have some seriously modern, bassy speakers in those!


Songs (albums…got to be honest) of the week

I must give you a flavour of what you’d probably hear in Cuba. I find it surprising how not many people have heard of these guys —> Bueno Vista Social Club <—- Check out this too, some classic folkloric rumba. This is manly Pilon and Guauangco.


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#BlogNo. 8

Making the most out of anything….and Cuba