catching the next wave

My musical life has come to me in waves or cycles; that is, sometimes I’m very busy — writing, gigging, recording, or doing all three — and other times, well, not so much. I would guess this is true for most musicians (of course, I’m not going to conduct a scientific study).

These waves would seem to be natural, as many aspects of life mimic what happens in the natural world (seasons, weather patterns, growth cycles). And I also think I like it this way.

Maybe I would prefer a steady stream of constant activity…always gigging, always writing, always off to the studio to record, always, always, always looking forward to the next recording release, the next gig, the next new idea. That, however, wouldn’t allow for too much reflection on what has happened thus far.

At the moment, I’m definitely in a reflective, preparatory period. I’m thinking about what the next wave will be; I’m thinking about what I’d like to accomplish; I’m thinking about what to include (and what not to include) in my next setlist; I’m considering ideas; I’m learning about the latest music tools (software and hardware); I’m researching places to play; and I’m practicing – every single day.

I’m also thinking about music and pubs.  The last few years, pub gigs really haven’t been as much fun as they used to be.  Every now and then there’s a great one, but most of the time, what I see and feel, suggests a growing disinterestedness in live music on the part of the average pub patron.  Recognizing this, I’m thinking more and more about other places to play; who knows where this will lead me.

So, while I’m not “out there” too much, right now, I hope and plan to be doing more in the not-so-distant future. Also, since I’m not entirely certain what path my creativity will lead me down next, I’m kind of excited to see how it all turns out and where I go.

And, if I think about this little metaphor just a bit more…the first thing anyone must do to catch a wave is get out where the waves are flowing. it takes a bit of preparation and careful positioning, to be ready to catch the next good wave.