|Sending Gangster Hippie Sit Start (V7)|
I’ll check January 2015 off as a success. A success not simply in terms of hitting goals, but also in that I’ve enjoyed the process thus far. That’s the point right? Anyways, with no further ado, some updates:
Great progress has been made on my 34th birthday challenge. I sent 2 of the 7 V7s needed to complete the effort: The Memorial Traverse and Gangster Hippie Sit Start. The crux to this challenge will be finding time to get outside enough to project and send all these problems. Given that I’m working a 9-5 M-F kinda gig along with other consulting projects, there literally aren’t very many daylight hours available. Sure, one full session each weekend is a sure thing, but I’ll need more than that to get'r done. Thus, I’ve been waking up early and bouldering at sunrise, which turns out, is absolutely amazing. Quiet, perfect temps and a clear mind every session. It's like bliss on demand. Why isn't everyone doing this?
Here's video of the business on Memorial Traverse (V7)
Keeping track of my progress on Birthday Challenge problems here. "Not like anyone cares..."
This month’s work of art is a song. Its not an original, but took enough effort to pick up and polish that it counts. I grew up playing piano quite a bit - was even sorta good at it. However, since Jr High, I’ve only dabbled at best, but have always wanted to pick it up again and translate some of the theory I’ve learned from guitar. While I did used to play regularly, I did very little writing, improvisation or singing along with the piano when I was a kid.
Anyways, the story behind this one is sorta cheeky. Last month I was working out a version of Neil Young’s Helpless and was playing/singing it a lot (cause that’s what you do when you’re learning a song). One day, Mom walks in and says “You’re not helpless sweetheart. Have you thought about picking up a different song?” Of course, I’m thinking, “I love Neil. It’s a great three chord song. What’s the problem?” Then that afternoon Desperado, by The Eagles comes on the radio and I realize that its a perfect song for piano. Plus, I’ve always identified with the lyrics - especially so lately. So I start working on Desperado, which is probably even more of a cathartic angst anthem than Helpless. Nice.
Note that I'm not learning these from sheet music. I'm just picking up the chords and writing piano that works for me. Really a great way to learn your way around keys.
I will probably be the only person in history to play Desperado wearing an Owltoberfest tank top. Phil and Elijah are literally puking in their mouths right now.
I’ve always loved Hermann Hesse and recently found a copy of Narcissus and Goldmund that my Dad gifted years ago. Started reading it at the beginning of the month - a truly great book. All of Hesse’s works are beautiful expressions of the paradox that is the human condition. Narcissus and Goldmund shines his light directly on the struggle to balance devotion and focus with expression and experience. Truth be told, I’m a bit behind, as I haven’t quite finished the read yet, but will do so in haste. Demerits to me. In my defense, Hesse is a little dense. Will try something a bit lighter when I through.