Monday musings. Continue reading Tomato sauce?
A few years ago, I completed my Grade 5 singing exam. That’s right. Exam. Singing classical Pavarotti-esque stuff. Five different pieces in Latin, Italian. Plus Continue reading Vocals and the quest for learning
I was 18 years old, and part of the leadership team of a small youth group in our church. I was good friends with the youth pastor. He had long hair, drank beer and preached U2. He was just what I needed. Continue reading The search for spirit and truth
When musicians get asked what inspires their songwriting, and they usually say general life, I usually think to myself: “What does your life look like?”… and having chatted to many people who have asked me the same thing about The Great Deep, I decided to answer this question by filming a week of my life. Continue reading A September week in my life
For years, I’ve resisted the urge to put together a crowdfunding campaign. It’s never sat well with me: the idea that people pay upfront for something that hasn’t been produced. Continue reading I’m just going ahead and doing it… a crowdfunding campaign
In our second episode of the Great Deep Podcast Series we talk to some of our people and get their perspective on what they think people need to be free from, and look at elements of the song Free.
For those interested in reading the blog post with some additional thoughts, you can find it here.Continue reading #2 – What We Need To Be Free From
HAVE you ever woken up on any particular day and think that life is just too much? There’s just too much coming at you, and you just don’t know how you are going to cope – the house is over-cluttered, the schedule is too chaotic, your health is failing, and you stood on the scale and it said “one at a time”… Continue reading What we need to be free from
It is officially the end of Rock month. I’m not too fussed about the numbers and measurements… the most important thing is that my wife notices.
As I’ve said in a previous blog, I will continue on this programme for the remainder of winter and into spring – it’s helped enormously in terms of coping with a heavy work schedule.
However, the daily blog habit – while good as a discipline – will change into weekly online content production. In other words, quality over quantity.
I’d like to reflect on a few things this month, which I feel at liberty to share here in this blog post.
It’s not easy, but it’s possible
Before committing to this whole Rock month thing, I wanted to get my head in the game. The key thing for me personally was the discipline. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. No-one else. The reality is, we can live in a constant state of wondering what others think about us. For me, I had to come to grips with what I thought about myself. And that was the pivotal moment for me. It’s the one thing I could control: my own choices, my own decisions (what to eat, when, how much weight to lift, how far to run, etc).
It needs to mean something
John Ellis and I were talking over dinner this month about music actually meaning something. So branding and popularity aside, when there’s real hype for reasons beyond just those things – where a message or a person or a band carries weight not only because of their musicality, but because they’re saying something good and profound and novel as an whole entity. Think Nirvana. Think The Beatles. Think U2. Big ideas and big ideals.
For me, Rock month was about proving to myself certain things. That meant a lot, and became a real motivating factor whenever the alarm went off at 3.30am.
You become your habits
The Rock talks about his early morning workouts and pushing through the pain threshold as a metaphor and foundation for life. I agree with this. Getting training done early in the morning – especially this kind of uncomfortable, hard training – means that the rest of the day is a walk in the park by comparison.
A transition from boyhood to manhood
This could possibly be the discussion for another blog post, but I’ve been thinking a lot about my generation of guys recently. I’ve been thinking through the men and the boys. I’ve been thinking about the reasons that some of this generation simply haven’t transitioned from boyhood to manhood. I am convinced that the issue of self-discipline has to be one of the major contributing factors. That and, well, when you’re getting up this early for a whole month and training in these temperatures, it simply has to put hair on your chest!
You have all these grand plans, like committing to a hectic exercise and eating programme for a month like The Rock, and then life happens.
At 1am, our beloved labrador took it upon himself to bark incessantly at shadows for two whole hours. I had humour failure several times, shouting out the window at him. The result was that I am behind on sleep, which today wasn’t helpful. I worked a full 13-hour day after morning cardio and leg day. But I did it. Just saying.
So, on the second-to-last day of Rock month, I have been thinking about how to proceed with online content. I won’t be posting daily blogs, but rather working on weekly content which I think will be of more value. In other words, quality over quantity. So podcasts, behind-the-scenes vlogs and working on the songs themselves and the Great Deep show. (If you have any requests in this regard, post them in the comments section.)
In the words of Mel Gibson in The Patriot, “What did I teach you boys about shooting?”
Boys: “Aim small – miss small.”
Talking about working harder in the previous blog post, today was a blistering day. I am in the trenches of the busiest term for school, so I started off the day with a 5-minute per kilometre cardio and then shredded my pectorals as hard as I could for chest day. Clearly not hard enough, because I still had enough testosterone to argue with my wife and kids about being late as well hurtled out the door for work this morning at 6.45am.
Follow that with meetings, sports lessons, commandeering masses of little children, music lessons and more meetings.
I like the quote at the bottom of diary today: “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky.
This evening was a chance to catch up on some animation which came about from the guitar workshop I did in the holidays through one of the ladies who signed up. Ntombi is in the wedding game and we’re now working together on advertising her business through my time-lapse animation medium. It was good to get doodling again, which reminded me that I still have storyboards and narration to record for the solo show.
Ah yes… at least it’s not boring!