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Change your tune

Sunday, February 03, 2013


Did anyone ever tell you this? (My mother told me this a lot; "If you think that (fill in the blank), you'd better change your tune!")

I don't share a lot about my professional life (other than the fact that we eat A LOT at my office) but I started my adult life as a professional musician. It was a hard life financially and when a more secure job came up in the Public Sector, I took it on and put my music career on the back burner, only taking on those projects that really interested me. As life has become less secure again, I have returned more fully to the Musical Life to replace income I have lost now that my paycheck is moving in the opposite direction of my expenses! (As a side note, this is why I always talk about having a PLAN B, a backup plan for those times that things aren't happening as you had expected. I have the pleasure of knowing many young musicians who are just embarking on their starry-eyed path to fame and fortune and I encourage them to never settle on just one thing, that nothing is certain in this life.)

During the time that I was only taking projects on that interested me, I met a lot of people that I might not have gotten to know otherwise and learned a lot of new skills through knowing them. Right now, one of the friends I met during this time has asked me to create an arrangement of a song for his church choir; it's not needed until May and it's been really nice to have time to let it unfold and to not have to rush the process because of last-minute deadlines. (I do well against the clock but this has been so refreshing!) I try to work on it a little bit every day (or at least think about it if I don't have time to actually sit down and work on it in order to keep it in a prominent place in my mind.)

The week before last, I made great progress; lots of good ideas and momentum. This past week has been a different story; there's nothing there. The work I've already done is still sitting in the same place I left it on Monday. It occurred to me this morning that the reason I'm not making any progress is that because there's a different tune stuck in my mind right now, a beautiful song that I heard last weekend. I can't get focused on what I'm supposed to be doing because this other tune is rolling around in my brain. (Those tunes that get stuck in your brain until you want to scream? They're called EARWORMS.)

This morning, I have resolved to get going again on my project and to replace the current earworm with the tune that I'm supposed to be working on so I can once again enjoy the satisfaction of accomplishment.

(Did someone just turn on a light? There's this lightbulb flashing at me! Why no, I think it's a life lesson appearing!)

My January Journey here has not been awesome. It wasn't bad by any means but I certainly could have made some better choices. I got on the scale this morning and while I am not disappointed, I know I could have accomplished so much more during the month if I had only changed my tune! Somewhere in the middle of the month I was finally able to get focused again and I can tell that I'm moving forward again. What was rolling around in my brain before has been replaced with something more useful.

The tune that's stuck in my mind right now is beautiful and comforting but it's not helping me achieve my goals. I have important things to do and until I change that tune I'm not going to be able to accomplish all that I have set out to do.

CHANGE YOUR TUNE. This morning it has taken on a new use for me.

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    I have been fortunate to always have music in my skill set. I think it's been key for learning language and math.

    Then again, it seems I always pick the DIFFERENT DRUMMER to hear... don't tell your Mom!!

    2236 days ago
    It sounds to me like you have an amazing talent. I sometimes am very creative but can't force it. I'm either inspired or I'm not.

    I definitely need to change my tune as soon as I recover from this illness. Time to get back to basics.
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    Great blog! emoticon
    2238 days ago
    Well said! There are many times when, like you, I'm not necessarily beating myself up but I do realize a little focus or a little change in attitude (changing my tune) could have made more of a difference. Thanks for this!
    2239 days ago
    You appear to have such a wonderful & interesting life. Isn't wonderful when we can finally apply parental advise and find it useful. Love ya
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    2239 days ago
    Mom knows best! We miss our moms but yet they live in our hearts and their great advice comes out at just the right time. Angels are among us. Comfort, we long for it, but yet it is the friction that gets us to move, to change, and to grow. If the paycheck would have continued to be comfortable, you would not have been looking for other avenues and would not have taken on the musical challenges that you love and might have missed the valuable lesson. For some reason, I imagined you writing a book probably because of your great blog writing, but writing music, what a wonderful gift you have. You rock!
    2239 days ago
    Loved this! Composing is such a wonderful gift! Do you play an instrument?
    2239 days ago
    Wow! Haven't heard that expression since I was a kid, but what a great one to hear today. Thanks!
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    Good stuff!!
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    Excellent advice and it was presented with just the right tone! HUGS!
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