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Gift or Curse?

This is a note to self, a journal of sorts. You might find it relevant too… This week I started writing an article, but as I got into it, I realised that it didn’t feel right. Something was missing, but I wasn’t sure what. I decided to think on it,  sleep on it, and ‘walk’ on it, and only then was I able to put the article on hold, and pivot onto this one, because…

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Serendipity

At lunchtime a few days ago, my fiancée and I relaxed and stared out over the balcony as we shared a VLT sandwich. As she went to take her next bite, I saw something sticking out of the sandwich, something I didn’t recognise. It looked whitish but had a light green hue, so in my mind the only thing it could have been was the leafy component or the sandwich.  ‘What’s that white thing sticking…

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The Rollercoaster

I’ve just come back from a festival, the National Festival of Making. Me, at a festival, playing music, on a stage, with people watching. Me, with my name printed in an order of events, in a festival programme, in newspapers and pamphlets. Me, surrounded by like-minded creatives and festival goers alike, rubbing shoulders with TV personalities and international stars.  Sometimes I realise I need to stop and savour this, stop and pinch my skin, and…

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Rejection

This is a note to self, a journal of sorts. You might find it relevant too… The other day I came across a book that looked interesting. I was familiar with the author’s work (the author is at the apex of their field) so my first thought was to click the ‘Buy Now’ button, and yet, for reasons that aren’t clear to me, I hesitated. Maybe I was trying to exercise discipline in telling myself…

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Learning Vs Performing

There’s a popular trope amongst local musicians, that you can practise a new song all you want, you can play it over and over, you can rehearse it hundreds of times, but the first time you play it live to an audience, you’ll mess it up. Your guitar, your fingers, your brain, they all just know that you’re no longer in your rehearsal room. Now, there are people watching, and now, they have to sabotage…

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Incentives

A few days ago, I found myself mindlessly scrolling on social media. I was only on the platform for a few minutes – I currently limit my social media consumption to 5 minutes per platform per day for the sake of my sanity and productivity – and yet, the platform captured my attention with a sponsored post for a service that was most likely targeted at me because of my creative interests.  The service –…

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On Originality

The other night, we saw Singing In The Rain in the theatre. It was a belated birthday gift – or experience – that was booked on my behalf, and while I was very much looking forward to it, I had no idea what to expect. What’s more, I didn’t do any research beforehand, not even a sneak peek online, because I like to be pleasantly surprised when I go to see a musical, play, or…

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Knowing Vs Doing: The Chasm

I spend most of my Friday nights indoors with my tribe. We watch documentaries – mostly on nature, science, politics, and pop culture – and we discuss ideas over food and bottomless cups of tea. We’re living that rockstar life, aren’t we? Last Friday was no different. We talked about the gap between knowing and doing, a distance that seems to stretch to infinity sometimes. The idea was popularised by Jeffrey Pfeffer, but a popular…

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Do The Thing!

What a day! Today is the day the first installment of my newsletter goes out. As I sit down to write this, I can’t help but feel overwhelmed with gratitude, joy, and trepidation.  Gratitude, for all the support and encouragement I’ve had so far; from everyone who has subscribed to the newsletter, followed my socials, streamed, or downloaded my music on all the platforms, or just reached out to say a kind word. If you…

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New Beginnings

Something I’ve always wanted to do was to share insights into my creative process and spark conversations with friends, creatives, fans, and anyone who’s interested. To this end, I had the spark to start a newsletter a while back. This spark came courtesy of Austin Kleon, one of my favourite creatives, and I can’t recommend his newsletter and books enough.  It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally gotten around to creating it, and it would…

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