“How much people like bitter-tasting foods and drinks is tied to how dark their personality is.”
I have been blogging for my job for so long, that I just realized I have neglected my own for a couple of years. I guess my regular readers have dispersed elsewhere. That’s OK. I do this to get things out of my head anyway. I have recently picked up a new earworm (a song that gets stuck in your head). I can’t get rid of it, so I think I’m going to record it in my studio. Laugh if you must, but it may be the only way I can get relief…
Lately I have been struggling with passion vs. hobby. I spent many years pursuing my passion as a musician and worked unbelievably hard promoting myself in an era before websites, digital cameras, cell phones, etc. were affordable. I implemented each of these technologies as they became available to promote music and book gigs. It seemed that the easier it became to conduct business, the harder it became to have business to conduct. The people I was making music with (and myself) became occupied with all of these outside distractions relating to the technology. I did some solo stuff but inevitably desperately missed the musical conversations that occur in an ensemble.
As I grew older and more responsible, gaining a wife and two kids, my passion slowly slipped into a hobby. I have become a monthly weekend warrior likening my band time to bowling night. The problem is that every now and then my hobby reemerges as my passion and I become angry that no one is as dedicated as I am and that everyone’s priorities should be the band.
Then I receive a reminder that it’s only a hobby.
What happens is that my passion has briefly skewed my perspective and I have slipped back into the mindset of a 24 year old hungry for stardom. Luckily it passes as quickly as it comes. I’m still passionate about music but now making music is my hobby. I feel much better seeing that in writing.
The Station 2013
I wish I had this energy. I could watch this over and over and over and over…
There is no better item for purposeful decoration than something painted with chalkboard paint. There is way to make your own with a color of your choosing! Here’s how…
- 1/2 cup acrylic paint (choose any color you like, or mix colors together to make the perfect shade!)
- 1 tablespoon unsanded grout (this can be purchased at most hardware/home improvement stores)
- mixing cup or bowl
- paint brush
- object or board you plan to paint on.
1. Measure out your paint and grout. The unsanded grout is a fine powder so be sure to work in a well ventilated area.
2. Stir the grout into the paint until no lumps remain. 3. Paint your surface with your new custom chalkboard paint! The paint will begin to harden once it is mixed, so only mix what you need at one time as it won’t store as well as other paints.
Once your chalkboard has fully dried be sure to slate the surface before using it for the first time. To slate a chalkboard lightly rub chalk along the surface and then lightly rub it off.