Update #1

I’m so sorry I’ve been away for such a long time guys. Ever since I finished my recital my main focus has been working on developing my brand and projects for after I graduated + sorting something regular i.e. teaching and hospitality work so I’m able to fuel my dreams!

That’s lots of discussion/meetings/planning as well as performing. I also won’t be blogging after the 5th August (subscription ends) and will be focusing on my online presence. You’ll be able to follow me through here where I’ll link you guys into other accounts such as my new website + Youtube, Facebook and Twitter….once it’s all running smoothly. You can see my website here (I’ll probably edit this/switch to another site once I publishing music)

Anyhow – here’s a summarisation of what’s been going on.

 

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Until the last post on WordPress and until the first post of my project.

Have a great week.

H x

#soontobeonline

#BlogNo.35

Update #1

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…

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

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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You can view these photos on my Instagram! 🙂

On the line

Can’t see…?

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

Can’t see…?

Sunday Funday

For us students, the Easter break has loomed upon us.

Boy-o does it feel good!! 

This week just ended has been the most intense. You know the works, submitting essays, last minute dilemmas, realising you’ve not started an assignment 1 week prior….you know, all of these things in university life that don’t really mean anything, except the piece of paper you get at the end with some ink. Don’t get me wrong, the skills you develop over these modules are useful!

Anyway, I digress. The penultimate week of mid-term is always the same. At this point in time, it makes you think…

…Why do we do the same routines day in day out, month in month out, year in year out…

That question is a real statement, let alone a real question that we should pose upon ourselves. So today, I’m doing the things I love and that allows you to develop your self, to becoming the better version of yourself each and everyday. I have a passion for coffee brewing, calisthenics, electronic music (oh check this! The summer vibes are hitting me today Huxley – Box Clever [2020Vision Recordings]) and seeing fresh out-of-the-scene drama productions –› check out what’s on! RWCMD – What’s on

What are the things you love to do? ↓couldn’t resist…comment below your awswers↓

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#BlogNo. 24

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Sunday Funday

What do you want?

Stop what you’re doing and listen here. It’s time to stop putting off what you want to do. It’s time to stop doing the ‘it pays the bills’ job. It’s time to get in action. It’s your life.

Nobody else is going to do it for you. 

In my most recent endeavours on the entrepreneurial road, I’ve begun to notice how people behave. Most people tend to shrug their shoulders as if to say ‘well, it’s too late now’, even it’s a company that they own themselves!

As a musician, I (and we alike) are self-employed and funny to say, we have to be passionate about ourselves, our business. Me. Me and my mind, my body is my business. The other plans (currently in the stage of writing my business plan) are simply an external part of it all.

Our job is a doing job. 

I see too many musicians thinking theoretically about their practice regime and they don’t get nearly as far as those who just get down and dirty. Theory comes when your level of understanding and knowledge needs to meet the demands of your progression. Simple.

Most people I know that are successful in their own right, also know who they are pretty well. I mean they’re confident in their skin and have a clear understanding of who they are in their life. You can see this type of person a mile off, they have a strong presence and are clear in what they want. The strongest characteristic is there ability in making clear, precise decisions on a daily routine.

So what’s the problem? Well, I can only speak for myself and for me individually it was too many thoughts. But, I’ve noticed that people delve into too many thoughts also. Questioning this and that ultimately results in a trail of mess.

Solution No.1 - Write it all down.

Don’t just write it out how it is in your head. Categorise! Our brains consistently organises and categorises information everyday for us, give your mind a break and do put your questions, doubts and so on into clear perspective.

Solution No. 2 - Just Do It.

When you’ve completed solution No. 1. You should be able to take action now you can see your thoughts clearly. No it’s time to be clear about what you really want. On a separate piece of paper, prioritise in order from highest to lowest and organise them into a daily, weekly and monthly routine. Now, #JustDoIt

Solution No. 3 - What's the excuse.

Get out of the habit of saying ‘I’ll wait until I’ve got more time’, ‘I’ll wait until after I’ve finished this’ and anything else that means postponing what you want. The more you get into habitual patterns that results in action, the better. Ask yourself this question; Well, why not now? This very same question was asked to me, I said ‘I’ll start planning after my degree’, the response was the exact question. Stop the excuses.

Or if your situation is a little more tricky i.e. your boss stopping you getting to your goal, find a solution around it. I recommend The 4-Hour Work Week. It’s not about being a millionaire but finding solutions to allow you more freedom.

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