Sometimes as a creative I really do procrastinate, but at the back of mind I know that all the pieces of the puzzle will come together to make one unique picture that will complement my skill set. All my daily rhythms can take me in so many different directions that I sometimes miss out on the important part of doing what I do, drum workshops or just simply drumming on my own or with others. The latter has been a bit lacking lately due to lock down but I know its on its way back soon. In the meantime I have been very grateful for doing the one to one mentoring with the councils public health team and I am also giving more time to study and re-vamping the website and also writing / re-writing some of the songs ready for the recording studio. Looking forward to recording some of the range of hand drums that I have and getting some great rhythms recorded. I am looking at different Rumbas at the moment and got a simple percussion App for my phone to study on the go. Its called Percussion Tutor (for Apple / Android) and was recommended by a Percussionist on Youtube called dancepapi. I tend to switch between Latin and Arabic rhythm studies with the knowledge that most rhythms have a synergy and similarity with many other cultures. It is great to put a name to the rhythms as that helps remember them too but the importance of the rhythms is to celebrate a community being together to play aound the pulse. All sounds great so far and really looking forward to practising and playing more than ever before.
If you too have been procrastinating then this is the blog link below that inspired this post. A gentle nudge to study and play more but again not to take it all too seriously as the real important part is the social angle and making people feel great about themselves using music as a vehicle and no matter your skill level (though skills can be built upon).
Remember when you fall out of sync with life you may find a new rhythm.
Did you find meaning in any skills over the lock downs or are you pursuing new skills? It would be great to hear from you.
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Also there may be news of a new street band project coming soon to Bristol so dust off your instruments because you will be able to let yourself loose after lockdown.
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