Here’s some chilled piano music for you to listen to as you read, if you like
Uncertainty – when you think about it, this is a normal state of affairs. Nothing is certain.
eg 1: The bubble we live in. Here Melbourne we are opening back up.. it’s uncertain how it’s going to play out. Covid -19 is ‘the great unknown’.
eg 2: Streaming of albums f’rinstance…that’s an uncertain thing.. Peace, the album, is doing OK on Spotify! Hoorah!
We are taught to quietly hang on to the belief that if we do well at school, work hard & reach some point of success in our working life / chosen profession, we can exert some sort of control over our lives…
I think the truth, perhaps, is: we can give ourselves the freedom of having more choices, but we don’t really have control as such.
A way of creating freedom in our weeks is to…create a schedule, as bizarre as that sounds. That way you can relax, free of any ‘guilt’, knowing you’ve scheduled time for this + all the other things you’d like to get done.
Some flexibility is good. I painted on a different day of the week this week. The weather was beautiful, so I headed down to Safety Beach.
Now that I’ve been painting on the spot regularly for the last 34 weeks (I’ve created a habit), it’s nice to know that’s waiting for me – each week. Here’s…
This week’s plein air painting.
I ‘cooked’ a bit, with the mask on again..it’s fun to paint outside, but I do enjoy the studio too. I’ve got a few commissions on, presently – do you know of someone who might like a large (realism) studio painting along the lines of this one?
(More paintings and prints on the website : www.petepascoe.com )
Nothing in this life is certain – apart from death and taxes, as they say…
…they. Who’s certain about what ‘they’ say, anyway?
Here’s a trick to help keep moving on a creative path: come to a point each day (perhaps at night and as early in the day as possible) where you say to yourself “I will go forward into the (next) day, enjoy myself – and I’ll be effective, to the best of my ability”.
As a human, part of the condition is : we are not infallible. Mistakes are going to happen.
For that reason , we need to continue to be gentle with ourselves. Through all the ups and downs that happen in life, I keep in mind no one really is to ‘blame’. and as long as we are acting for the greater good of the world…
The great thing about the arts -it has the potential to lift everyone – and we are all interconnected.
‘The dreamer drifts above the flow, ever blown by the wind.
The artist divines a compass to his true path’.
This is from some writing ‘Transformation’, which I did years ago. You can read the rest here:
Here’s a bit of fun…
How To Draw A Rabbit Singing
Isn’t it amazing how few lines you really need to get the idea across -with some emotion! Any variations will work in the end, as you follow me , line by line. It’s easy and fun -for all ages!
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I look to find strength by helping others, by sharing my experiences. I don’t think vulnerability is a sign of weakness. Communication and education would be the key.
In my podcast episodes, as well as offering entertainment and humour, I end up doing all of the above. it’s such a pleasure to be recording and sharing these. Here’s this week’s…
Song and a Chat Podcast:
(By the way, the link is the title here -it’ll take you straight to where my podcasts are ready to play. You can fast forward/ pause/ etc.
(from the show notes)..Hi there, welcome! How would you like to sit back and listen to a songwriter speak? Now’s your opportunity. I’m sitting at my piano, which I noodle on – sometimes a little absently – as I talk. Sometimes I use the piano to demonstrate aspects of what I’m talking about.
And what I’m talking about this week Is song #584. ‘Another Day’. Where did it come from? Neil, the lead guitarist in our band, suggested it: “Pete, there’s so many songs about winning… What about one about …losing. I think it’d be a winner!” Ha. He’s got a dry sense of humour, has Neil.
I also talk about the idea of participation being the important thing. Success is.. what it is.. along the way. (Yes, I picked bits of this blog post out to talk about in one section).
I like to turn things around to the positive, best I can, so I couldn’t help myself: I gave it an uplifting twist at the end. Perhaps I failed at writing a song about failure! The demo itself has a good feeling about it. The band have had a dabble with this song, here . It hasn’t made on an album yet, but I think it will, not far away.
We’ve been conditioned to associate ‘bravado’ with strength and leadership. Truth be known, it gives the press a story, an angle. But really I think this tendency is on the way out. We now realise it’s generally a facade…
…movie stars, political leaders, sports stars, everyone has been shown to have their …human qualities.
Bob Dylan has gone about his work somehow ‘quietly’, with dignity & humility. His genius has had a profound effect on many people’s lives.
I’ll Remember You(cover) Bob Dylan
Bob’s songwriting has always struck me as being honest. His songs ring true. If a song I’m composing doesn’t ring true, it’s either ‘gone’ or up for a rewrite.
Being an honest human is relatively simple. I think maybe that’s what we’re here for: to learn to be honest. It takes time to figure out ‘who we really are’…
You find out stuff in relationships and you find out stuff about yourself when you’re in a group. Groups of musicians are often an honest, ‘tight’ group. It’s such a rewarding thing to do, start a band (just in case you’re thinking about doing that).
I’ve really enjoyed being in bands. The camaraderie, the different personalities, all involved in the same creative effort. Here’s this week’s post on the…
Hazy Line (memoirs of a piano man)
This week’s post includes playing piano for a lingerie show, 3 part harmony kazoos and a wobbly Christmas tree. You never knew what was going to happen from one week to the next with gigs – great fun, looking back.
In an ongoing search for ‘success’, we are encouraged to ‘Achieve, achieve, achieve – the biggest goals, the biggest successes.
But… I think success can be realised by just being contentedly engaged in whatever pastime or passion one chooses – or by just going about one’s life quietly, with a purpose.
It wouldn’t be ‘fair’ otherwise: what if success only counted for those first in line – the winners in life! That can’t be right. So logic tells us another story.
Speaking about quietly going about one’s business, behind the scenes, we’ve been working hard to release the band album.
The band is now ‘Pete Pascoe and the Patient Hum’. I’ve been waiting a long time for this album to be finished and released – looking forward to it, to say the least! Just weeks away now…..
This track from our last album seems apt…
What ever you’re up to, I hope you’re feeling good and I hope your day, your week is going well.
It’s been a big couple of weeks for me. There’s nothing like keeping moving, keeping working on a passion to keep the wheels on.
Nothing is certain or uncertain, so there’s no point in stressing. In my life I’ve been far more inclined toward expecting the best until I find out otherwise and I think that’s not a bad idea.
Here’s the lyrics to this week’s song on the Podcast (the demo was recorded by the band). The song’s working title was ‘Failure’
When it comes down to it, only time will tell whether an event has been a success or a failure…it’s all just sort of like colours along the way.
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(There’ll always be) Another Day Words and Music by P.Pascoe
WHEN YOU’RE HURTING YOU FEEL LIKE A FAILURE
THERE’S EGG ON YOUR FACE, IN YOUR EYE
LOOKING AT ANY ONE DIRECTLY IS OUT OF THE QUESTION
YOU’VE LOST YOUR RACE NO SURPRISE
ANYONE COULD TELL YOU YOURE OUT OF YOUR DEPTH
YOURE STRUGGLING FOR YOUR BREATH SEARCHIN FOR REASONS
YOUKNOW THERES ONLY ONE LIFE YOU GAVE YOUR ALL
NOW YOURE FEELING LIKE THERES NOTHING LEFT
JUST A LONG HARD FALL
AND IS IT RIGHT TO SHARE AT ALL?
HOW YOU REALLY START TO WONDER IF YOU’VE WASTED
ALL THOSE YEARS, ALL THOSE TEARS,
ALL THOSE GOD GIVEN GIFTS THAT SEEMED SO HARD TO OPEN
YOU TRIED ANYWAY ITS ALL ENDED IN DISPAIR
NOW IVE TOLD YOU THESE TRUTHS
THANK YOU FOR LISTENING AND ITS PROOF
WE ALL FAIL SOMETIMES
HEAR THE HAIL ON THE ROOF SEEMS ITS NEVER GONNA SHINE
BUT HERES ANOTHER TRUTH
THERE’LL ALWAYS BE ANOTHER TIME ANOTHER WAY
THERE’LL ALWAYS BE ANOTHER DAY