|Be Who you Want to Be*|
"Be Who You Want to Be" is good advice, I think. It's too hard trying to be someone you're not, and life is much too short to force yourself into someone else's mold of what they expect you to be. The trick in following the advice is to first determine who it is you want to be, and then actually take the steps necessary to become that person.
OK. Here's (one of) mine: I want to be a writer.
It seems like it only takes one step: I need to write.
Sounds simple enough, doesn't it? Yes... But there's a little bit more to it. For one thing, there are varying degrees of "writer" -- I could fill boxes and boxes with random gibberish scratched on notebook pages and store them in my basement, and technically I'd be a "writer."
But that's really not what I want. So I need to be a little more specific: I want to be a writer whose work is read and appreciated by others.
Now it gets a little more complicated. I not only have to write, but I have to write things that readers will enjoy and appreciate AND I have to find a way to attract readers and get my work to them.
Well, the good news is that I'm writing. And I think I'm writing things that (given enough editing) might be enjoyed and appreciated. However, that last thing is really the tricky part -- attracting readers and getting my work to them. This is basically the whole publishing world in a nutshell.
Plus, I realize -- "attracting readers" is also one of the main reasons I fisrt started blogging. Having an online presence is needed to help readers discover your work, and to interact with them once they have.
So writing alone is not enough, and while I am definitely going to keep that going, I also think I need to return to a much more active presence my neglected blog. Heck -- even posting on a consistent once-a-week basis would be an improvement. So, beginning today I'm going to shoot for that.
And to start it out, I'll offer a quick bit of writing and a musical piece that completely fits this post.
In the interest of brevity, how about some of my recent off-the-cuff submissions to the fun writing prompt site TypeTrigger.com?
Because I'm working on so many other things, I'm not spending a lot of time on the TypeTrigger site -- it's just a fun way to stoke the creative juices before moving on to other things.
I've discovered I like the 5-7-5-ish syllable Haiku-esque approach, and it's kind of surprising to see what comes out of my subconscious when I go off of a given prompt. Sometimes it's humorous, and sometimes it's a little darker, and it's often-times not something I expected.
You can visit My Page on the TypeTrigger site to read all of my stuff, but here are a couple of ones I did recently that I particularly liked (the titles are the site-generated prompt words):
Although actions speak,
Newton's Third Law tells us that
reactions speak too.
Your Scrabble tantrum
subsides -- but our shag carpet
is now a tile floor.
Be Who You Want to Be is also the name of a jam I uploaded to wikiloops.com back in March. Click on the link under the title or on the picture to the left to check it out.
It's an older piece, but one that I really like. It was built on an awesome track with drums by "MrAdamOnDrums," very cool bass from wikiloops founder "Dick", and vocals by the wonderful "Shi". I added a funky rhythm guitar and several multi-tracked lead guitars to it.
I love the way this jam came together -- Shi's great singing gives it a very cohesive structure, and the "da-dat-dah" vocal breakdowns over Dick's bass line adds for a lot of interest. I wanted to do what I could to have my guitar parts add to the song instead of overwhelming everything. I tried hard to stay out of the way of Shi's voice, and worked to double (and harmonize) the breakdown line rather than riff all over it. The leads are a little looser, but even then, I tried to give them a structure that hopefully embellished the jam instead of just flailing away on "hey, lookit me!" solos.
Thank you for reading and listening! I hope you enjoyed my writing and music -- feel free to comment, even if you didn't.
*Image from DayToBeYou.com