I have wanted to feature my dad on my channel for the longest time, and he's finally here!! Sure, he's shown up in random vlogs, but I wanted you guys to get to know him a bit better and learn just how much he's influenced my music career.
I remember sitting at the dinner table, listening to these stories over and over again, and I never got tired of them. My brother and I loved asking him to retell his stories all the time. I wanted so badly to experience the same kind of hilarious stories for myself, and I really saw my youth orchestras not as a place to compete to be the best but a space where I could find comradery and fun.
As you can see, I still love these stories. I will probably tell my kids about their crazy grandpa one day.
There's definitely more to say on this topic, but you can't possibly fit everything about procrastination into one video. The first rough cut on this video actually turned out to be 17 minutes long! I managed to squeeze it down to 10.5 min, and even then, I had to cut out entire points.
As it turns out, the topic of procrastination seems to be at odds with itself. While I was editing the footage, I realized that some of the points I made seemed to contradict each other. For example, you'll notice that I first tell you to reflect on whether there is a problem that you're not facing when you're procrastinating and to face that problem head on. But at the end of the video, I recognize that we don't all procrastinate just because there's a problem--sometimes we just have a second passion!
So is all procrastination actually bad? I don't think so. You just have to figure out why you're procrastinating and take things from there.
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Another reflection video--these thoughts have been swimming in my head for the past few months. I think there's still so much more to say on this topic, but this is what I can articulate for now.
All my life, I have been supported by other people in my musical endeavours, but this time around, I find myself being the one supporting another musician, my boyfriend. It's strange to see things from the other side and realize things that you were too blind to see for your entire life.
If you are a musician, never take the people who support you for granted. It's easy to do that, and I'm guilty of it as well. Treasure them because they care about you enough to be careful about what they say, make sure you always feel encouraged, and always believe in you, no matter what mistakes you make along the way.
If you look closely, you'll see that Kevin's comment was made a whole year ago.
Yep, I've been contemplating how to say what I say in this video for a whole year.
It's a tricky topic to approach because you simply can't get around the fact that you don't know exactly what other people are going through. You will never know everything about the people you rehearse with everyday. It's also impossible to change and control their thoughts and actions. You can only control yourself.
Which, of course, led me to the uncomfortable topic of how to address this need for self-reflection. We're all guilty of thinking terrible thoughts from time to time, and if we don't take the time to confront ourselves, we'll end up saying and doing a lot of things that can (and probably will be) construed as hurtful, mean, and arrogant to our fellow musicians, though we never meant any of it.
No one (well, there may be a few exceptions) is completely bad. No one is completely good either. If we can see each other in this light, it will make for much better communication, which, in turn, will translate into how well we play music together.