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Work and Play

This week, I've got a few projects to sink my teeth into, but I'm trying to create a steady balance between doing work with my music and just trying to have more fun.  This isn't easy because I am one of those types of people who constantly needs to be working on something.  Gradually, I've got to get over this. One thing I like to do to relax is watch videos on youtube.  Here's the newest instalment of footage from my CD Release last November.  My band and I are performing my song "Mr. Stranger" with some lovely headgear .  .  . [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Icn-780JyEw] I've also been getting a kick out of the new music video from fellow pianist (and kick-ass Asian) Vienna Teng.  This the official video for her classic song "Gravity" .  .  . [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8nypWKa_aU] I'm also trying to take a relaxed approach to preparing for my next show this coming Saturday at Revive Coffeehouse here in Nashville.  Just slowly building my setlist and trying to make it something fresh and lively.  I'll be playing some songs out of the Coccoon.  One song in particular, called "Gertrude Is a Boy", may receive its  official unveiling at this show.   It's still got some work before it'll be fully done, but I love playing this song.  It needs to frolic out in the open air a little.  We'll see.  I have to go now.  I'll be hanging out with some friends tonight and knitting my new (and first ever) scarf.  It's more than halfway done.  I anticipate that it will be done this coming weekend. I invite you all to have some fun this week too. -gordo

Favorite Things Friday!

On Zen Wednesday

I read a statistic online this week that said clinically depressed people experience gratitude about 50% less than everybody else. How accurate this is, I can’t really say, but it’s definitely food for thought.

There have been many studies linking a regular gratitude practice to increased happiness….Don’t believe me? Google it! When you habitually note the things you are grateful for, in a daily or weekly gratitude journal for example, you shift your focus on the world from looking for what’s wrong, to identifying what’s beautiful and right. It’s like your own little Jedi-mind trick. You can change the structure of your thoughts by guiding them in a certain direction, towards positivity. I’ve personally found that holding myself accountable to a weekly gratitude post keeps my mind aware of, and looking for, the silver lining all week long so that I have something to write about on Fridays. And this tends to put me in a pretty darned good mood most of the time. Consider trying it out yourself.

So without further ado, here is “Favorite Things Friday”, the things I am happy about or grateful for this week:

Thought about keeping your own gratitude journal? Try it out and let me know how it goes!

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