New Musical Obsession + Thoughts for the New Year
First here's an album I just bought on Bandcamp that I love! If you love Darkwave: bands like Joy Division, New Order, Depeche Mode, then I'll bet you'll love them too. I think my two favorite tracks are Iron Lung and Frisk, but the whole album is pretty great.
So what else? I guess the new year is coming soon, and I always find it fun to start fresh. I decided to rearrange my space, freshen up the energy, and I've been reflecting on what went well for me in 2016 and how I can improve next year. That's pretty much what I do every year -- I don't make resolutions exactly, but I like to take the time to reflect on the year as a whole.
I quit smoking 6 years ago in January and started running, so I always think about that this time of year. It's still one of the best things I've ever done for myself. It took me a minute to remember how many years it had really been, which is funny to me now because that first year was so so difficult. I felt like I was counting the minutes! If there's anyone out there trying to quit smoking in 2017, I feel your pain.
Overall, though, despite the fact that things have been going pretty badly for the world at large, I have had a pretty good year in 2016. And, I think for me it's just about keeping a kind of momentum going. But also, I feel a strong pull to do something to help. I'm just not sure what that will look like yet.
Sometimes I think making art and sharing it with people is maybe the most life affirming, compassionate thing you can do for the planet. Other times, I feel like making art is pretty much akin to watching soap operas and masterbating while the world burns. Ha. So that kind of makes it difficult to work consistently.
One thing I thought would maybe help would be to volunteer. And, I found this cool organization called Girls Rock Philly, www.girlsrockphilly.org/. They do music camps and lessons for girls, and they are looking for volunteers! So, I thought maybe I'd attend the volunteers meeting in late January.
Final Thoughts/Fun game to play with the universe
Whenever I'm feeling a little lost, I like to go into a bookstore and let my intuition guide me to a book with a message that I need to hear. So I just kind of walk around and see what jumps out at me. It's fun! And, I've found that it really works. I always find something that holds special meaning to me, that seems to help answer a question for me.
I went to my favorite bookstore yesterday and played my game. I ended up in the biography section. (I never read biographies.) But, as I looked around, I was surrounded by all of these memoirs by strong women who had faced some pretty incredible circumstances. I ended up with Helen Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life. I've read the first 10 or so pages, and I'm amazed at the details she's able to include. Like, how could she know what so many things look like, sound like, when she can't see or hear them? I can't wait to find out more about how she learned to write -- to communicate. I think we meet her teacher in the next chapter.
I think maybe there's a message here about having the confidence to share your own story. But, we'll see. (: