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…?

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.

Continue reading “What do you want?”

What do you want?

A little note #2

Welcome back!

I am back again and in the full swing of things (quite literally)

I had a monstrous Christmas (in a good way, work prep and all) a jam packed NYE, then headed to Cuba to study for 2 weeks! I’ve had 1 week back at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, for the final 4 months!! Time flies bye and it’s amazing.

Batching all of the hard work from the summer until the end of the year, was well worth the stress and now I’m relishing in the practically less, if not non-stressful time I’ve had over the 10 days I’ve been back.

I’m glad I did! 

From now, I’ll be offering a more analytical blog style, on topics such as:

  • Musical styles and niches in music
  • The differences between a Conservatoire and University
  • Being a self-employed musician

+ other topics relating to Living The Life of a Musician

I’m looking forward to it and in preparation…

Next week I will be talking more in depth about my travels and what I learned and preparing and comparing what it is like to be in final year compared to a university.

Thanks for stopping by! Let’s get back into it! #MotivationSunday

Until next week!

#BlogNo. 17

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Last day of classes in Palmira, Cuba. We headed back to Havana for more classes, before leaving 😦

 

A little note #2

A little note…

It’s the night before NYE and it’s going to be epic. Who’s excited? I’ll be heading to Nottingham to see some of my favourite artists such as Bicep, Artwork and Redlight! What are you guys doing?! 

Apart from the final bash of 2017. As I wrote in my previous post, I will be heading out to Cuba next week so I’ll be back and raring to go in 3 weeks time!! Can’t wait to share it with you guys.

I’ve been working hard on my Afro-Cuban folkloric music amongst all of my other musical endeavours that’ll be happening in the New Year. Busy time but great times!

That’s all for today! I’ll leave you here with some of my favourite tunes, to get you running into 2018 with positivity, drive and passion to be the better version of yourself.

Bicep         Artwork       Redlight

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The workspace

“It’s only weird because society says it is” 

#BlogNo. 16

A little note…

Break

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

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 – Gabriel (Live Garage Version) – the 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 😉

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

#BlogNo. 12

 

 

P ure D edication N o D istraction

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!

Thanks for visiting!

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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