Playing and Rebuilding

First off, we're playing next Wednesday at The Ark Open Stage show. If you've never been it's sort of an open mic plus, with a lot of really great musicians who come out, some regulars, some first timers, but it's a friendly room with great acoustics and a really fun place to see a fairly random sample. I've heard classic blues, amazing guitar fingerstyle, classical piano pieces, jazz standards, ukulele novelty songs, and piano power punk, all in the same night on previous outings. So come out and enjoy if you're in town.

I've been thinking a bit about how strange our story is. We played together a bit in 2006 and 2007 short after we met, and then we both moved and have hardly been in the same place for more than a few hours in the 5 years since. I'll talk a little more about that story in this space eventually, but for now I just mention it because every time is sort of like starting over, though I think we do improve each time we start over, and the fun of music is that we find something new all the time. And I've been carrying several albums of material in my head for most of those years, and keep adding new stuff, but haven't had the time to sit down and actually release it. So I'm working on doing a better job of that, which is why I'll be getting back to recording after finishing this post for a truly wild and crazy Friday night. But I don't care, I really love doing it, and that's what I'm trying to get back to: the joy of creation. I'm forced to consider all the other things: marketing, networking, advertising, and so on, because they are necessary. But it's the creating that really activates me: coming up with an interesting melody and then finding the song inside, or practicing a challenging new part until it sounds the way it does in my head, or recording a bunch of parts and then listening as they slowly turn into a song, after lots of restarts and mixing.

Anyway, we're going to try to spend more time playing, and I feel like the better a job we do at that, the more the other stuff will take care of itself. I'll still need to do work, of course, but just as fortune favors the army with better preparation, the more we play the easier the rest of the stuff will get. At least I hope so. Anyway, I'm getting back to recording for now, thanks for reading.

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