Got up around 915, straight to shower and packin’ so that I’d have time to head to the lobby and grab some food before we shuttled to the airport. Turns out I’m a moderate fan of cottage cheese- I like it (high protein, lo sugar, lo fat), but couldn’t eat it every day- the taste is merely tolerable. Listened to music, short 45 minute shuttle ride, airport experience was fine.
It was weird to end that little part of my life… something I’m trying to keep in mind is a piece of wisdom I learned from Mark Cross, a dude I interviewed in the music industry for a business class- “even when work is going good, spend your after-hours looking for more work!”. So I’m gonna keep John Fogerty out of my mind for the next two weeks unless, of course, I’m asked about it. YES- I’m gonna make this gig awesome so I can use it as publicity. Does that mean I buy a video?? Hmmm maybe.
Got back to LA around 215- plane was right on time. Said bye to everyone… tears tears!! Not really but it felt like it! Got into an uber and was home before 4. Felt weird, just all kinds of weird. The house was trashed!!! Ugh! Ate some food with Andre (my OG roommate, jazz guitarist extraordinaire) at Study hall cafe right by campus, went back to write, organize my money, start unpacking… it’s gonna take me a while to feel truly at home around here again.
Trader Joes’ is pretty freakin fantastic!!! Since my kitchen isn’t quite usable, I got about 4 meals plus a week or more’s supply of some stable items for FORTY BUCKS… and we’re talking about food that’s better than 70% of the catering I’ve had for the last six weeks so I’m a happy boy. I have a new perspective on this place. Money is a tool- it’s not the definition of a person. Holding on to it does very little unless there’s a specific goal in mind for it. I can spend money… that’s how this place functions.
What am I a gonna do tonight… ask Richard (a kid who lives in my house) to help me pick up garbage downstairs and throw it in some garbage bags. That’s pretty much about it. Other thoughts I had… should I ask Aaron to play a tune with me at the Mint? And should I start shedding some of the tunes I’m gonna do really hard tonight? Since my nights will be kinda hard to find this week, I should do some work tonight with listening/practicing/composing before I go clean.
I’m thinking of starting the attack process of my room- I’d argue it’s more important that my workspace is clean than my kitchen is. I can eat via Trader Joe’s for a while- IF I have a workspace that lets me generate a little more money via the Mint. If I get 20 people to go THEN I start making $5.10 a person. Let’s say I post something every night- something in particular that I’m working on or gonna do at the gig.
Attacking piano playing- I’m gonna take some time at some point to work on technique and then learn one of these Herbie tunes on piano from Speak Like a Child. This has no time constraint really.
Final thing- what shall be my bedtime?? Well, my only limit is my late nights- I prefer to both get 8 hours and stay up late. I think I’ll aim to sleep 1230-830 each night… that’ll be pushed around a bit every once in a while but not much.
After I ate I met Viraj, a friend of my good friend Maahir who is living in the house. He’s a cinema student- he’ll be around the house doing some short films! He said he’d hit me up if he needs film composing. There’s my in right there! Cleaned the kitchen all night with Andre and Richard, that felt great. Got to sleep close to 130- EXHAUSTED, sleeping till 945 tomorrow. Sad face on the lateness, but I gotta do what I gotta do.
This ends my public blog for now… I’ll start it up again when the tour resumes. I included a heck of a lot of my private life on this but hey who cares!
Thanks to you all for checking in even if you only did so periodically. I love you. Stay in touch. Peace!!!