To focus or to open up?

Many of us have our best ideas in the shower or just before/after waking up. Ever noticed that? It is a common theme. Why is that?

Did you know there are basically two modes of thinking? The focused mode and the open/diffuse mode (for example when we are showering or dropping off). If you are patient enough to invest 20 minutes of your time to find out how to learn effectively, watch this video:

If you didn’t watch it, no hard feelings, I’ll sum it up for you: There are these two modes, basically Mrs. Oakley tells us that we need to switch between both of them, so that lateral connections and deep focus can alternate, so that neural connections deepen and interconnect more.

Our album making is basically in full swing, but man, it’s going harder than I want to admit. We want to tickle the best out of every song we’re working on, still we don’t want to brood in our studio until our beards turn grey and then, in the end, have a totally warped wanna-be masterpiece, which is absorbed by its own unreached potential.

When is a song finished? Maybe when there is nothing left to take out of it…

Theo, my son, has had a temperature for the last few days and an infected throat. Nights have been rough. I’m drained, low energy, tired. The semester has started again, I need to focus on getting the work for that done as well. When do I open up, diffuse?

This coming Thursday (5th May 2016) the great Ebo Taylor is playing in the city of Mainz, Germany. We have band practice on Thursday, we want to work on our album. Shall we shun the outside and go all in on our album? Or should we open up and take advantage of this probably one-in-a-lifetime chance to absorb a master of his craft perform in an intimate setting?

Let’s see. I think I’ll just listen to Ebo right now, talk to the boys when I’ve got my fundamentals back on lock: Sleep, eat and move to this here.

Speak soon!

love,

Chris

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