This is a free plug for Future Music in Highland Park. We live close to this fine used establishment. Side note: I played the trombone for three and a half years in grade school. Tough instrument to play with any kind of swagger especially when you lack swag. End side note. I often hear the faint sounds of electric guitars - I can picture the scene. A young kid walks in working up the nerve to ask the dude behind the counter to try out a vintage Gibson. Of course there is a long pause, and then, " I guess." The kid goes over and picks up the instrument, plugging it in to a small amp. CUT TO: me smiling. I say nine times out of ten I hear a Beatles song and that last one is Stairway to Heaven. For me it's a humble reminder - about art - about that internal critic in your head or the dude behind the counter. There will always be a dude behind the counter. You have to take that brave step and pick up that guitar, paint brush, pen and START. That's where we all begin. Might not sound perfect, but it's the only way to the other side. You always need a first draft. I even love the name of the store because it insinuates you are going to buy an instrument, you are going to practice and you will be the FUTURE of music. Maybe I am reading in to this - though I rather be optimistic. I hope that kid grows up to be in the next big band - she will play stadiums around the world. He'll play the Hollywood Bowl. Gotta start somewhere. Why not in Highland Park? The future starts now. Thanks for the inspiration.
News update. My life has changed in a big way! My wife and I had our first son and I love him so much. Pretty sure 100 percent of all parents say that, but for the record that's how I feel right now. I also feel more focused than I ever have. I'll explain how I got here.
I think it's an easy trap to chase projects especially in Los Angeles. I know I have fixated on work - this usually makes more busy work and the cycle never ends. I don't know if this is the right approach anymore. I am aiming for quality work now. A good friend recently told me to focus on only two projects at a time. I must confess I started with three and eventually got it down. Thanks, John! This simple advice has focused me and then my son was born. All of the projects that I felt were so important before seemed less important and the good ones made more sense than ever before. Not suggesting to have a child - guess I've realized you can do more with less. Sitting in front of a computer for hours doesn't bring you joy, wonder or inspiration. The important stuff is when you live. Write what you know. Heard it a million times. Means more to me now.
So the update, go see dinosaur bones, ride a bike, go on a date with yourself, make a delicious meal. Turn off your computer.
All this has helped me complete a first draft on a writing project and finished a new short film. It was probably two of the most satisfying projects I've completed in a long time.