Ok, people. I am back in New York. It's been very refreshing to be gone most of the summer. Now to recombobulate my discombobulated self.
To the garden variety blog reader, it will seem as if I've been very flaky these past couple months. Those more closely acquainted with my life, however, will know that some matters of business have required my attention, and that I've been on the road an awful lot since about mid-June. (Jacksonville, Cape Cod, Denver, El Paso, Silver City, Tucson, Phoenix, Memphis, the Hamptons... rough life I lead.)
Weekly Wishes require consistent access to a piano. My little 25-key midi controller is fine for half-ass-memorizing the basic structure of a song, but isn't sufficient for learning to play a piano transcription. Weekly Wishes also require what I will call Advanced Discipline. Patience. Perseverance. Attention to detail.
(Bleh. I have to give myself a C- at the midterm... )
Last year was a survey course of Self-Discipline with my song-a-day project - just show up and do it, whether or not I feel like or not, even if some days I'm just going through the motions. Weekly Wishes are harder, because the timeline is longer, and the while the goal (learn to play a piano piece well enough to tape) is more concrete, the path to get there is longer and more nebulous. While song-a-day was almost exclusively about Process, weekly wishes have an element of Product (videos that are non-cringeworthy enough to post online).
It was easy to cop out when I was traveling and only had my little wee keyboard, especially because I really did miss learning a song a day. I wish I had time to do both. But as long as I have regular practice time on a full-size keyboard, it's time to work the discipline and the details.
To that end, I'm picking up a project I tabled months ago for logistical reasons - my Lullabye guys are still around and interested in recording with me, so I'm going to revisit that song and awesome piano solo and hopefully record the next Weekly Wish video sometime next week!