Time flies, whether you are having fun or not

The time is very nearly upon me, and I can’t quite believe it. Canada looms.

These macaques don’t really have anything to do with Canada, but I think it’s pretty important that you think of macaques, or at the very least an ape or monkey of your choice, at every given opportunity to do so.

I would like to tell everyone that I really have squandered my time over the past five or so years. I used to be furiously creative, and I managed to crank various things out at a fairly ridiculous pace. Of course, that is not so much the case these days. Not just in my creative life, though, in my real life, interacting with other people, I have squandered my time. Moments I wish I could go back and fix, that have slid forever into the past.

But alas, such is life. On the bright side, I am officially putting aside everything that remains unfinished, as of this week. None of that matters now. What matters now is that I enjoy being in the moment, for as much of the next month or so as I can. At least until I get to Canada and the novelty starts to wear off a bit.

There are things I will pick up while I’m there, and hopefully new ideas that I can push myself a bit harder to complete, but for now, I want to enjoy the freedom that comes from letting that stuff go.

Musically, I will be going to Canada sans guitar, and sans my big speakers. I will be taking only small musical items, and will try to use this limitation to my advantage. The only microphone I will have will be my Zoom H2 portable recorder, which I will also use to record some of the sounds along the way. Icelandic waterfalls, New York streets, Georgian cicadas, a Oregonian forest, you name it, I will try to get high quality recordings of it. In many ways, I want to use it in the way people use their cameras. I will also use my camera of course.

The other project I do have in mind is a kind of travel-log/diary thing. I don’t think I’ll post something up here every day, but I’m going to try to keep a personal diary of what’s going on. Hopefully I will write something nearly every day, leaving out the boring bits where I drink hot chocolate and stare wistfully out the window at folks traipsing through snow. And I can post something up here every week or so. How about that?

So I guess the point of all this is this: I am going away, and I am trying my very best to unburden myself before I leave. I am hoping that in this process I can build myself back up to where I want to be, and try to focus on things I really want to do, not be a slave to half-formed ideas scribbled on the backs of envelopes.

That all being said, I REALLY want to finish that piano duet thing I’ve dabbled with since Christmas. But not till I get set up in Canada.

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