Posts tagged Musician
For the past couple of weeks I’ve kind of been at a loss of what to blog about. If I’ve learned anything from my time blogging it’s that you shouldn’t force writing to post just anything because you “need” a post. Like running, I’ve found that if you just let it takes it’s course and it will come back to you. I didn’t lose sleep over it because quite honestly I’ve had my hands in many projects which has kept me busy anyway.
Some of those projects are still in the works so I can’t speak about them yet (all exciting!) but one big project at the forefront of my mind is our Indiegogo campaign to raise money for Unlocking The Truth. We didn’t go into the campaign thinking it would be easy but I must admit we didn’t expect things to move this slow. And if I can be quite honest, it has me a bit freaked out. We’ve got to make this happen! We know if it would get into the right person’s hands it would take off like gangbusters. Unfortunately, our attempts at making this happen have been unsuccessful this far.
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As time goes on I find myself being drawn into more and more projects (once again, all good!). This means I’m being pulled in that many more directions. While I must remember to be the eye of the storm I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t enjoying it. I love this kind of stuff. Brainstorming, problem solving, making things happen, and seeing things come to fruition. Funny enough, as I get busier I keep thinking of ideas for blog posts. Now, if I could only take a moment to sit down long enough to organize my thoughts for them to all make sense. Like I said, some of the topics/projects aren’t ready to be presented just yet anyway so that helps…but if you could see my “to-do/blog idea list” you’d probably be a bit overwhelmed.
My topic today isn’t really of much importance but it got me thinking, hence why I’m sharing. Catcalls. Acceptable or not? While I pose this for anyone and any gender, I’m specifically asking female runners. It wasn’t until recently that I noticed an influx in catcalls while I’m running. They vary from whistles, hollers, and car honks. Although I won’t say I’m flattered the whistles and hollers don’t really both me. If anything, they make me chuckle and I let them roll off my back. As for the car honks. Geez! Those I hate. They scare me every time and are definitely partnered with an expletive coming out of my mouth.
But with either route of delivery I’m kind of left scratching my head as to why anyone would do any of them. Why am I getting more in Arizona than I did in Ohio? While I’m not at the heaviest I’ve been I’m also not at the lightest either. I will say, I tend to get it more often in the dark than in daylight. Is it that in the dark all they can see is a girl moving and not the whole picture? No, I’m not dogging myself…just stating the obvious. Is it that they can “hide” in the darkness versus daylight, like online trolls that hide behind the computer? As for car honks, I never know if they are catcalls or warnings. I’m not real sure why I need a warning since I’m running on the sidewalk, not street, and chances are I’m more awake than them at that hour on the day….but hey, you never know.
When I see people out running, especially those that I can tell are new to the sport, I find the urge to want to holler, “Go girl!” or “Go boy!” However, I always hold back so I don’t offend or scare them. So, what are your thoughts and theories on catcalls?
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)
I’ve been subtly dropping hints over the past couple months about something big DH and I have been working on. After some setbacks (what adventure doesn’t have at least a few of those, right?!) and some planning it’s finally time to roll it out….
Considering DH is in a heavy metal band it probably comes as no surprise that music is a big part of our lives. However, what most people don’t know is that music has been a vital part of both of our lives, going back to our early childhoods. We both grew up in music-filled homes, started playing musical instruments at a young age, and ultimately met each other while participating in the musical programs offered at our high school. Since then DH has gone on to perform with the Marine Corps Band of New Orleans, played in several bands playing every music genre under the sun, and has also volunteered his time as a percussion instructor for two high schools. Although I am no longer actively playing an instrument or singing music is still much a part of my life and it holds a very special place in my heart. Music isn’t just a part of our lives. It’s in us.
A couple months ago I came across a video in my facebook feed. It absolutely touched my heart. So much that I shared it on my personal account, my BananaBuzzbomb page, and made sure to pass it along to DH. He had the same reaction.
Here were three young boys, known as Unlocking The Truth, choosing the direction of their lives, going after their dreams, and not conforming to the norms of society….all through music. Unlocking the Truth is an inspiration to any musician, young or old. They encourage individuality and to not be intimidated by what people think or say. Unlocking The Truth works hard and pours their passion into their music, hoping to become one of the world’s best heavy metal bands. With their continued effort and appropriate equipment, it is only a matter of time before their dreams become a reality.
Most people that are regulars of this blog know that DH and I moved to Phoenix to pursue our passions and adventures. While striving to reach our dreams, we have decided that we would also like to assist others in making their dreams come true. Unlocking the Truth’s video got our gears churning. If you know anything about us, once our gears are churning things start to happen and there’s no turning back. Within hours we had sent emails to Unlocking the Truth and SJC drums, whom DH endorses. Our idea? Gift a custom SJC drum kit to Jarad, the drummer of Unlocking the Truth.
In the perfect world we would purchase a drum kit outright, but unfortunately we are not in the position to do so. This is where ya’ll come in. We have started a 60 day Indiegogo Campaign and are looking to anyone and everyone to help raise enough funds for a custom SJC drum kit. While we can’t make Unlocking The Truth the world’s best heavy metal band we would like to give them a leg up so they are one step closer to their dream. Of course money will ultimately fund our project, what’s just as important is spreading the word. The more that know about Unlocking the Truth and this campaign, the better. So whether you’re a musician, music listener, or supporter of dreams, we hope that you help us make this happen.
Want to know more about Unlocking the Truth? You can find more on their site, Facebook, and Twitter. To donate, head over to our Indiegogo Campaign page, Unlocking The Truth Needs A New Drum Kit.
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This past Saturday we took advantage of the mild weather, laced up our new Five Ten boots (thank you Trek Tech Blog!) and Columbia PeakFreaks (thank you Columbia!), and ventured to check out White Tank Mountain Regional Park.
The park consists of a variety of trails for hiking, running, mountain biking, and horse riding. Not knowing exactly what we were getting ourselves into we went for one of the easier trails. With the overcast we were able to enjoy the trail a bit more and take it all in. We are truly surrounded by some magnificent scenery out here in Arizona.
D loved his new boots and I have to say I’m a pretty big fan of my Peakfreaks too. We hope to get MANY more miles in them and I’ll be sure to give detailed feedback on them here soon. But, so far, so good! Phoenix is actually in a valley and there seems to be a mountain every direction you look, so I have no worries that we’ll be heading out for more exploring in the future and put them through more rigorous testing.
Although we’ve had a blast out here in Phoenix, it’s not all fun and games. You know that I’ve always kept it real here on the blog and that will always be the case. As I stated previously, we’re still looking for firm jobs. One of the reasons for us to move across country was to pursue jobs in the fields which we are passionate about. Social media for me and music for David.
After countless applications for social media positions I have yet to get my foot in the door. While searching for these positions I have also included my current career, veterinary technology. Thankfully I’ve had a job offer and am in the process of securing another in the field of veterinary technology. I am grateful for the offers but would be lying if I said I wasn’t bummed for the lack of feedback in the field of social media.
D has also had multiple auditions with bands and found that they were thrilled with his talent. Unfortunately those opportunities are not something that we can live off of at this time. At this point he’s trying to figure out how to piece together his talent/passion and finding a regular day to day job that can fulfill our needs. Something that further compromises are situation is that although he is a veteran he has no formal post-secondary education other than a boilers license to run heating units…something that is of no help here in Arizona.
I know that this is all part of the adventure and we knew we were taking risks. We also know we have only been here a week, but it’s scary.
Keep on keeping on, right?
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)