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The Art of Doing

I was talking with a friend tonight.  She's one of the most talented writers I know.  Puts me to shame.  Except for on execution.  Although lately that's debatable.

I believe in inspiration and striking when the iron is hot.  But how does the iron get hot?  Waiting? No.  Not by waiting.  By doing.  I write every day.  I may not always write here, but I always start or edit a song and I keep a journal in which I rarely miss a day.  By no means am I a perfect writer, but I like to think that I increase my chances each time I put pen to paper.  Or fingers to a keyboard.

I'm an advocate of doing.  Always.  Like Seth Godin says, always be shipping.  These posts are me shipping.  Are they perfect?  No.  Are they done?  That's debatable too.  But they get shipped.  Same with songs.  I played a song that was less than three hours old a couple of weeks ago.  Risky?  You betcha.  Worth it?  Absolutely.

"If you do it now,

March 6, 2013

you won’t have to do it later.”

That’s the quote of the week on the schedule of the family that I’ve been living with.  It’s my quote.  I’m sure I’m not the first person to say it, but that’s okay.

I live with kids.  Like actual kids - not 22 year old kids like me.  For the past seven weeks I’ve been living with a family of five in Boston.  It’s been great.  They’re amazing.  And there are three kids all under the age of 12.

I swear there’s a point to this.

The kids are three of the worst procrastinators I have ever seen.  Especially the oldest one.  I keep trying to tell these three wonderful, smart, and awesome kids that if they do their homework right when they get home, they can have the rest of the day free.  But it doesn’t seem to stick.

Same goes with people who aren’t in school and don’t have homework in the traditional sense.

If you practice now, you won’t have to do it later.  Well, you will, but you know what I mean.
If you make that phone call now, you won’t have to do it later.
If you sell five tickets now, those are five tickets you won’t have to sell later.

The list is endless.

Think about it.  And implement it into your life.  I’d be willing to bet (and I’m a gambling woman) that you’d feel better and be far more productive.

If you do it now, you won’t have to do it later.

Trial By Fire

February 22, 2013

This is my post for the 21st, but it’s 1:21AM.

Today I taught a ten year old Seven Nation Army.  He dug it.

Anyway.

Most of the time, life is trial by fire.  At least my life is.  I’m a big fan of seeing if things work and making them work once I notice that they do, in fact, work.

I try not to question why things work.  I mean things that shouldn’t work (every band ever).  Most of the time it’s the people involved that make it work.  And I rarely plan out of every little detail about everything.  I’m a big picture person.  It has its benefits.  I will admit that I get mad at the small picture people sometimes.  But the small picture is necessary (and an entirely different post).

Canary is still in trial by fire mode.  For example, SXSW is in less than three weeks and Alex and I are pretty sure we’re going to drive down to see what happens.  I’ve never driven that far in my life.  Totally trial by fire.

Those acoustic videos?  Trial by fire.  Us booking shows where we’ve never been?  Trial by fire.  Every time I solo in open G?  Trial by fire.  Every time I sit down to write (anything)?  Trial by fire.  It’s rare that I know entirely when something will work.  I’ve been wrong so many times.  And to add insult to injury, I’ve been wrong about the same thing multiple times.

I’ve been burned.  Probably more times than I can remember.  Yet I keep going back.  It hasn’t stopped me.  I’m 22 and incredibly daft (on occasion I’m deft) so this shouldn’t come as a surprise.  But I’m definitely ahead.  I’ve been burned, but I’ve gotten so much out of this approach that I have to say one thing before I go:

Don’t be afraid of the flames.