Last week, I set the flag down and declared I’d be learning C# while I wait out this strange inter-contract abeyance.
I haven’t made as much progress as I’ve hoped to. And typically, what I’d do is beat myself up over that. Why hasn’t this thing taken root?, Why have you wasted other time doing XYZ when you know deeply that this is the best thing for you–that your mind craves those challenges, actually, on the days you’ve elected to do something else? and other such self-eroding lines of thought.
But that’s a useless way of looking at things. There are lessons to be learned in our failures (probably even more than in our successes!) if we can find the clarity to wall off the sting of it, step back and analyze why things have gone wrong. Maybe you’ll see some of yourself in this post and in the days’ upcoming work logs. I don’t mean for this site to turn into a self-help resource, but I don’t mind exposing my flaws if it might help someone else.
The truth is that aligning my mind and body to want to work at this thing every day in a world full of easy, alluring–ultimately unsatisfying–escapist options, is really difficult. And as darkly reassuring as it would be to think that I’m alone in that, I suspect I’m not. Success on this front means building up good habits, like keeping the whole Luca unit running well on meditation, exercise, and a healthy diet, three things I’ve found to provide a lot of stability and satisfaction. Reflecting on how those things help has built some momentum towards keeping them going, and their upkeep becomes easier. As an aside, I’ve found that those three together are critically intertwined, and I can’t really skip on any of them without the others falling apart. So that’s something to troubleshoot.
I think it also means giving in to the bad habits, though, and seeing where they lead you. By not forbidding them, you naturally start to see that they don’t provide you with the same satisfaction that all of your good habits do, or that their effects are totally impermanent. You naturally start to trend away from them, even as you’ve given yourself total permission to explore them in the face of your less sexy productive options.
This is what I’m finding in the face of some clarity today. Long as I’m learning–be it C# or how to short-circuit my natural tendencies towards more consistent progress–it’s all good.
I wanted to share this song with someone after rediscovering it this morning.
I find this track irrepressibly beautiful and hopeful in a way I can’t easily describe. And I’ve felt this way ever since stumbling across it three years ago.
Every little element comes together in just the right way to serve the meaning I’ve ascribed it. The thin, unpracticed vocals and kitchen sink percussion; that impossibly low bass line and how it wavers on the edge of breaking some oscillator or amp. The one, single variation on that chip sound when it bends up and down on the final chorus. And the terrible amount of reverb that glues it all together.
A friend of mine put it well: “There are a lot of songs that sound like this, actually…but this one is special.”
What I think it is is that this track feels like being young as you experienced it–not as someone looking back.
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