I have had a long term relationship with music stores since I was 11. My mom took me to see That Thing You Do! and I fell hard for everything: the dudes, the band, the music. I immediately asked if we could get the soundtrack, and shortly thereafter took my first intentional step into a music shop. Sure, I had been into them before, but never with a purpose — never when I was looking for something that would change my life.
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I have recently come into a pretty amazing vintage record collection. I hope to find a way to incorporate the album art into my decor. Does anyone have a good system for showing their vinyl the love it deserves, beyond the bookcase?
That guy I married is a sound engineer at work, and a huge music geek at home. Most of my closest friends are professional musicians. This means I have years and years of music-related gift giving tricks up my sleeves. My fellow musician-lovers, you might want to get your credit cards ready, because I'm about to find all of your holiday gifts for you…
Earlier this year, I took a singer-songwriter course at a local cultural institute, to improve my songwriting. Our tutor encouraged us to play in public as much as possible. Go to open mics, play family parties, play for your friends until they beg you to stop, and also: busk. I'm not here to give you busking tips though; I haven't got nearly enough experience for that yet. I just want to explain to you why busking is AWESOME, and why you should consider doing it if you play an instrument (or have other performance skills).
I knew before my kid was born that I would get less sleep and have less free time after having a baby. I didn't realize how hard it would be to lose my creativity for a while. It felt like losing a piece of my soul. During what we've since dubbed the Era of No Sleep, I was exhausted. What energy I had went almost entirely towards caring for my family. I connected with friends and took breaks, but I did not drum, dance, or engage in any of the myriad of crafts I've always loved dabbling in.
Since we were married, we've been playing in rock 'n' roll bands, recording rock 'n' roll bands, taking lots of pictures, playing with our bulldog, Doodah, changing our hair color, getting tattoos, fixing motorcycles and liking each other a little bit more each year.
Last year you may remember the Mystery Science Theater 3000 birthday party I threw my partner Andy. This is when I began planning his 30th. I wanted to have the party before one of Andy's shows because many of his family and friends have not seen him perform before. His band is called CoverUp which leads one to think of conspiracy theories and government investigations so I used this to lead my theme.
In today's society, with its emphasis on performance, it's so easy to feel pressured to be the best. Things aren't worth doing unless you can do them perfectly. But I call bullshit on that. Here's how my ukulele helped me get over the pressure to be "the best" and just have fun with the things I love to do.