7/30/16 more drawing at work…

   
 

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My own tradition…

7/29/16. In the early evening of July 29, 2012 I drove up to the Dunkin Donuts by Mosiers Farm and got a large vanilla bean Coolatta and sat in my car off to the side of the parking lot. I did a sketch of the farm. The next year I did the same thing on the same day but didn’t draw anything. This is the fourth year I’ve been keeping the tradition..my birthday tradition! Goofy, I know but it’s my tradition.  

Gift of music…

7/27/16. I’m so excited to see my friend, John tomorrow. I’m giving him a new, pretty good Fender Harmonica. He’s 91 and used to play trombone in jazz bands in the 50’s and 60’s but hasn’t played music since. I’m thinking he will really like it and take to it easily. I’m still a beginner myself but I learned a lot of the basics on my own that I can share with him to get him over the initial speed bumps. The best thing is that a harmonica is a serious musical instrument that he can keep in his pocket. I’m looking forward to seeing how this all goes!

Music time…or something like that.

7/17/16. My rather costly toys. Harmonicas. Fender Blues-Deluxe key of G, Hohner Special 20 key of G, Hohner Golden Melody key of G, Hohner Golden Melody key of A. Playing since January. No lessons. I’d like to get lessons but can’t find local teachers. So, like art, I love the adventure it presents. I get too frustrated trying to memorize traditional songs so since February I’ve been seeing my own little riffs evolve and trying to figure out how to string them together while learning how to add flourishes here and there is fun, difficult, but rewarding and very, very gratifying. I practice probably a total of 4 hours a day. I think I passed the point of it being a phase so I am kinda excited to see where I will be with my playing in a year. I still have a huge fear of playing in front of people and I’ve never done it because I don’t want to be judged by a screw up or something. It’s a totally irrational fear but irrational fears are what my life is based on.