As you can see it's been a while since I've posted on this blog so I hope I haven't disappointed anyone to badly.
But I'm back with some more thoughts as lot's of things have happened in the last year. I finished my self produced album "The Astronaut" and have been touring South Korea for the last few weeks visited old friends and performing at a few venues as well as on the street.
Along with some disappointing and some particularly peculiar experiences, this trip so far has been a lot of fun and a lot of work. I'm tired... Haha but I'm getting some good rest today. Looking forward to next week's trip to Japan.
I find myself reflecting on these past few weeks, the faces I've seen and the people I've met. Things I was excited for that turned out to be disappointing, and times I had low expectations that turned out to be more worthwhile and exciting than I could've imagined. I've found myself thinking "it's too cold to go out and play on the street" and then challenge myself again "you're a musician, get to work." I watched a documentary on Pink Floyd producing the album "Wish You Were Here" on the plane ride here. Something Roger Waters said really resonated with me and, to paraphrase, he said that if there was one thing that he wanted to convey in his music it was for people to live in the moment.
I've thought about this my whole trip. How to really experience my life as it's happening. I recall one of the opening scenes of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace where Qui Gon Jinn counsels young Obi Wan Kenobi to "Don't center on your anxieties, Obi-Wan. Keep your concentration here and now, where it belongs."
Ben responds "But Master Yoda said I should be mindful of the future."
Then Master Jinn definitively states "But not at the expense of the moment. Be mindful of the living Force, young Padawan." With this as a focus of my time here in Korea I've felt myself breath, I've felt myself smile and I've felt a passion through my music that I hope to continue to convey as I perform and attempt to express myself creatively in the future.
Don't live for the moment, but live and love in the moment. Because this moment is all you have when tomorrow it becomes a memory.