Getting Back In Tune


Here is a nice picture of a flower that has nothing to do with the rest of this post.

Home again, home again, jiggety jig.

If you have been disappointed lately by my curious deterioration in spelling and (on occasion) word choice you can breathe easy now: I am no longer trying to produce these posts on my mobile phone. This digital age we live in is a marvelously exciting time for technology, but I, for one, will be dancing with glee the day we move on from touch screen technology. Between my fat, poorly conductive fingertips, counter-intuitive autocorrect word suggestions, and late nights spent in unfamiliar time zones mobile blogging is traditionally an exercise in frustration.

Whenever I travel there is always an adjustment period for me to get used to being back. Before leaving for this particular trip I had scheduled an appointment to meet with a producer the very next day after returning from Chicago. I was wary about this plan because I knew it would leave me with very little time to prepare, but when the door opens there is no sense in not stepping through it.

Taking this meeting turned out to be a good idea. For much of my time in the Windy City I found myself struggling to fight back against a nagging sense of self doubt. This is ironic, of course, since I spent most of my life growing up in the Greater Chicagoland Area and should have felt right at home- and I did, but I got the sense that I was out of tune with my home-town. The city that I called “home” didn’t resonate with me the way I thought it should. I felt like I was out-of-place like a note played in the wrong key. An accidental note of Los Angeles being played in the key of Chicago.

Then, after a few days of trying to modulate, I flew back to Los Angeles only to discover I was now playing an accidental note of Chicago in the key of Los Angeles. (Sorry, music notation seems to be the best way I can describe all this.)

The bottom line is that my vibes were off and that by having a meeting right away I was able to snap right back into tune, which is an unbelievable relief.

Hopefully this will be the start of a new phase of productivity.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on May 16, 2013.

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