Post by the other mark williams on Mar 22, 2020 13:50:15 GMT -6
So I thought maybe in the midst of such trying times, it would be nice to have a thread dedicated to things we're thankful for. My idea would be to pick ONE thing that I'm grateful/thankful for TODAY.
This could be big or small, music related or not. Feel free to write something simple ("Today I am thankful for peanut butter. It's a comfort food for me. That's it.") or something more involved.
I've found over the past couple years that my mind doesn't naturally tend towards identifying these things unless I intentionally notice them.
And if no one else wants to do this, that's cool.
I'll start out by saying that today I am thankful for my Strymon Iridium. I'm thankful I sold my Kemper last Fall and got an Iridium instead. I appreciate its simplicity. I've been playing the hell out of it for the past couple weeks, and it's really helping me manage my stress levels. It's wonderful to play guitar during these times.
I'm thankful for the beautiful place in which I live and have my studio in. I can walk out the studio and be in awe constantly. God's beauty and magnificence is a constant reminder to me to live in faith, and not in pessimism (which is my natural tendancy). We're all going to get through this.
I'm acutely thankful right now that finals are over and I can come up for air and spend time with my family where I'm not constantly preoccupied and stressed. I'm thankful that we're healthy and that we are able to handle the major disruption the pandemic has caused.
I'm also extremely thankful that for the next two weeks I can actually spend some time on music/recording. It recharges me in a big way and I need that. Next quarter is going to be another hard one.
Like Mark and drbill, I'm thankful for the Iridium! As I've mentioned in other threads, it has led to me just playing a lot more guitar and having a helluva lot of fun doing it. The simple joy of plugging in and firing up a pedal or three and wandering around the soundscapes is something I hadn't done as much in the last several years. I was always playing to get a track. The Iridium sees me plugging in to just...play. It's resulting in a lot of song ideas too, which are my most cherished commodity.
I am thankful that my wife and I both have jobs that are allowing us to work from home and still get paid. To go with that, we are in the position to actually be able help some of our friends and acquaintances out if it comes to that. We are very fortunate and there was a time in both of our lives that either one of us could have ended up homeless or destitute. I am grateful that I continue realize that and don’t take things for granted.
I’m grateful for this thread. I’m grateful for music. I’m grateful for my family. I’m grateful for the internet, good and bad. I’m grateful for the United States, all of it. I’m grateful for my faith. I’m grateful for my friends, online and off!
One thing is still being able to do "Distance Teaching", with my private students (Elementary School age). (but we all miss each other!)
Silly for most (but you guys "get it")... But buying that Soyuz Launcher, before things "hit the fan" in Southern California. Now I can record a vocal pretty well on a dynamic at home, a bit "fuller"/more "present" with it! Chris
Post by the other mark williams on Mar 25, 2020 23:47:48 GMT -6
This one is maybe a little silly, but TODAY, I am grateful that CBS All Access has a free one-month offer if you use the word GIFT in the special code section. Hopefully I can find time to watch all of "Picard" and "Discovery" over the next month.