Amy Mantis


The Shed

February 24, 2013 (happy birthday, Nick!)

Once again, this is for the previous day (February 23), but it’s 2:30 in the morning.

The shed.  The shed is a term that I love and some musicians find aggravating.  Shedding.  For those unfamiliar with the shed (or shedding) in this context, it basically means practicing.

When I was at Berklee, I went through phases of shedding intensely.  I should have shedded more because like Derek Sivers said, it’s the best place to shed.

But as human beings, we’re programmed to socialize, and I found myself socializing a lot.  I made a lot of friends, met a lot of people, and maintain great relationships with many of my former teachers.  I’m glad I did all that I did because I wouldn’t be who I am today without the people I’ve surrounded myself with by not practicing as much as I should have.

Your craft is just as important as your connections.  You have to be able to deliver the goods.  I’ve returned to dutifully shedding guitar, other instruments (voice, drums, piano), and writing because I didn’t do it at 18.  Same with writing, although I probably spent more time writing when I was 18 than I did shedding guitar.  Actually, no.  It changed weekly, but I did more then than I am now.

There are things that keep me from the shed.  Canary doesn’t run itself and even with Scott (our manager) there is still an infinite number of things I have to do.

But right now I’m not going to do anything but sleep.