Life has presented me with the desireable opportunity of trying life as an unemployed musician – I finished up yesterday at my job after several years of service, and I don’t start the new one until Monday, 5 days from now. Of course in reality I jest, and those amongst us who are talented enough to do this for real will certainly scorn my pitiful attempt; but to someone who has towed the company line for quite some time, five days of mental freedom has left me with what I can only assume is the look and feeling a puppy gets at the park the moment it realises that the *click* it just heard was the sweet release of dog leash freedom.
EXCEPT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME *EVER* THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME.
So here we go.
Previous Night’s Bedtime: ~11pm
Woke up: 6:45am
A poor start, I know. Now, if these two figures were to be rehearsed…then perhaps I’d earn a little respect. But as it is, I’m an early riser. The 11pm was actually uncharacteristly early too. But I’ve spent the rest of the day trying to improve. For starters, I got up and grabbed a cup of tea, and promptly went back to bed. By 9ish this had worn pretty thin…so I got up and jumped on the piano.
Then it was time for the haircut.
I HATE having my hair the same day in, day out. So, whenever a holiday arrives, the haircut is the first ritual. Colour changes are a little ambitious with a 5 day schedule (although a rock and roll themed Christmas party looks to be a promising excuse), so I tend to stick to the razor. Asymmetry is a staple in my holiday life, so the cut was made. Come Sunday night I’ll return to the schoolboy trim a job requires, but from here until then I’ll live my little freedom.
Man I love messing with my hair.
From here Coffee became imperative. Then it was home to reorganise the music studio…this takes longer than you’d think, but I love the fact that every distraction serves to be proactive – piano playing, mixer tweaking, speaker speaking. The first beer at 2pm was lovely.
Not working also means that I can perfect the other necessities of the ‘position filled’. I’ve never made dal before. My sister tells me it is extremely important to cultivate the ‘starving musician’ image if I’m to be taken seriously…so it’s out with meat and in with budget tastiness – that’s on the stove simmering now. Did I mention multi-tasking? Post writing and cooking…simultaneous!
Rehearsal is tonight…tomorrow the Ed G band breaks in a new drummer, the fabulous Miro Mackie of Little Scout fame. Come to the end and see us celebrate my new life status!
I’m pretty happy right now