December in Year One of Covid
I have decided to write more frequent blog posts. I’m thinking weekly but maybe 2-3 times a month is more realistic. After finally completing my book I see I’ve become accustomed to sitting down, gathering my thoughts, and writing about them. Also, I’m always seeking greater congruity in my activities. I’ve been putting a lot of time into developing a YouTube channel. It is very fun, satisfying, and provides a good focus during days of covid which equates to no or few live performances. So the blog can be seen as the written component to The Intrepid Guitar.
I am listening to Metamorphosis by Phillip Glass as I write. I love these pieces. I find I’ve become a huge fan of Max Richter’s music, also Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds, and Ludovico Einaudi. I find so much to love, to admire, even to absorb (and ultimately emulate…) in their music. Richter’s Mercy slays me. Absolutely. So, in keeping with this, I’m trying my hand at Sleep music, meditation and relaxation music. Creating “soundscapes,” exploring repetitive grooves, de-emphasizing development somewhat. Looking more to the Sound and a little less to the Mechanics of it. Let’s see where this goes.
No political commentary except to express my hopes for a peaceful transition of power, a general healing of what has become an extremely divided and antagonistic citizenry. And for the adoption of a truly progressive agenda that begins to right the many wrongs that exist in this very wealthy and influential country.
After all these years of studying philosophies and systems of belief, I inadvertently stumbled upon my personal message. I’m not a preacher, so don’t expect any sermons. Probably no podcasts either.
Simply put, it is this: Embrace Creativity. Seek Tranquility. Practice Compassion.