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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Sunday Funday

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

Importance of Selling Yourself with Music

Only when a juggler misses catching his ball does he appeal to me.

Kahlil Gibran

Happy Sunday!

In the most recent adventures in my currently developing career (it’ll take off once I have I am graduated and not committed to college, I have lots of ideas and projects besides travelling to study) it was said to me that I needed to do more than just play the music, that I needed to sell myself. That unique aspect about somebody that distinguishes one from the other.

As a musician, it’s vital to be so comfortable with what you’re playing.

Our (my) method

The answer is simple. Focus only on the music. By doing this, I and you can put all of your energy entirely on one area, so that we can optimise it to achieve the highest potential…..sell it.….this is a life’s work. When I practice, it’s about working directly on the problems in your playing whether creating a diverse technical, theoretical, musical facility, and discovering the another problem through that. I’m allowing myself time to discover myself through music, working on my concepts

I always use this metaphor; (see also A Day In The Life of a Music Maniac)

It’s like a big bubble that separates into smaller bubbles. 

In relation to the above it’s vital to leave other world problem to the person whose passion resides in that field. 

Maximise your potential, not somebody else’s. 

Today listen to this short documentary. Here Bill Evans opens his mind and reveals some important views on his philosophies – listen out for when he moved to New York to make a big break….it’s very interesting.

 Universal Mind of Bill Evans (1966 Documentary)

One final point that can help your learn about how to perform is to see them perform. I watched Evelyn Glennie  perform yesterday, whom is a renowned percussionist to analyse how she sells herself. Her performance style was/is very captivating even when playing nothing, she is always moving in some way flowing from one phrase to the other. I highly recommend watching this Ted Talk, you can see her explaining about her point of view on music especially when being partially deaf.

How to truly listen

I hope I’ve inspired some of you out there, to think about the way you perform and present yourself – whether during an interview, meeting somebody new or just you’re best mates.

Be inspired. 

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A story about Cuba

Hey!

I’ve been away from Cuba for 2 weeks now and all I want to do is go back. So to fuel that, here is what I did on my trip! I can’t give details of patterns etc. as it was all very new to me too, therefore, some sit-down and transcribe time is needed.

Being in my final year with exams literally around the corner, means that for now, I’ll have to postpone until I’ve got some chill time.

So, my first stop was in Centro Habana. Throughout the whole trip, we were learning about Afro-Cuban Folkoric Music i.e. traditional rumba such as Guiro, Bata rumba, columbia, guaguancó etc.

Here we learnt songs for a cajon ceremony, in order to learn these lyrics, you need to get them from somebody who understands the language. Sounds silly, but the words aren’t pure Spanish – due to the slave trade and the migration of African slaves, songs/language were the beginnings of influencing one another and thus people took parts of other languages that meant something in relation to the religion.

We also learned Guiro. Another fascinating rumba, the pure essence of drive and passion is immense. The main drivers (in my opinion) other than the Clavé, I get a real buzz from the Shekere and the hoe blade. The sharpness of these instruments locks everybody in, allowing others on, for example the conga drums, especially the Tumba (main solo instrument).

From here we travelled to Matanzas – a completely different vibe from Havana. Definitely less crazy (a little bit of craziness) and with that a notable difference in sound. The music of Havana is fast paced – Matanzas is more relaxed allowing space to here the melodies between the drums. We did Rumba Columbia <– can you hear the music?!

Then Cienfuegos – where we based as we went to Trinidad and Palmira. Trinidad is a B-E-A-UTIFUL place. As the group would say ‘Tranquillo!’ 😀 Trindad is pure Cuban music, with no outside influences. This is because they wanted to keep the music theirs, a part of the heritage and music they’ve developed. The drums used, were very similar to that of congas (see photo below) and the music sounds very different indeed! Likewise, Palmira also used different drums and there was no holding back. The main drum used as a message, could be heard up to 1 mile away and we could definitely hear that in a relatively small room!!

Finally, Havana. Last stop of classes, learning about Rumba Fransisco (again completely new) and all I have to say is it was a great way to end. All of the above can all be researched (be careful of the resources, there is lots of it and therefore it can get confusing)

The best way to learn, it to go to the country, go on a course in the country or where you’re based. Feel free to contact me if you’d want to know where you can get inside the world of Cuba!

Learning all of these new forms of rumba was an amazing experience. Now with enough contacts, I will be going back again and again and again. But first, it’s time to explore the next stop in the 1-2 year working ‘year out’ i.e. building a name for myself and travelling to Brazil, Africa (Senegal/Dakar) and India.

Next week, I’ll talk about the differences between a Conservatoire and University and what it’s like to be in the final year/prospect of leaving as a self-employed musician! Enjoy the photos! Hope you have enjoyed and gained some insight into my world.

#BlogNo. 18

A story about Cuba