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Why I Took Four Violin Lessons and then Quit

I'm not enough of a productivity champion that I can work for 14 hours straight with no breaks at all. Sometimes I"ll find myself pressed up against some extra tricky problem, and even after taking shots at it from various angles, I can't quite push through. In times like those, it helps to take a break for a few minutes, and then try again.

Old habits die hard. I used to be obsessed with getting deals on stuff. I still am a little bit. One of the best resources for deals is Fatwallet.com, which I still check once every three or four months, down from several times a day. The last time I checked, four months ago or so, I saw a violin for $50. Shipped. Including a bow, extra strings, rosin, and a case.

I bought it, thinking that if I loved playing the violin, I could give that one away and buy a good one, and if not, I could give it away and not buy a good one. Either way, fifty bucks to see if I was interested in playing the violin seemed like a good idea. I should also add that I had been reading a lot of Sherlock Holmes, and Sherlock plays the violin when he's thinking. I was probably influenced by that.

It turned out that I loved playing the violin. Not loved as in drop-everything-and-train-for-the-symphony, but taking a few minutes to bang out twinkle twinkle little star was a good way to relax my mind for a minute before getting back to the task at hand. As I worked, I would leave the violin sitting on my bed. Whenever I needed a break, I'd get up and play for a couple minutes.

Early On a Sunday Morning

On Where Pianos Roam

So, I thought I'd take some time to share a little about some new projects I am working on.  I certainly like to stay busy even in my spare time. First off, I'm just about finished with this .  .  . If you're wondering what in tarnation this glob of yarn is, it is a scarf that I am knitting for a friend who lives up north.  It's very soft and warm and should be quite useful in the winter months. I have also started on my first really big knitting project.  This one may take me weeks to get done. Here is the yarn I am using: I am knitting a throw blanket made out of mitered squares that look like this: This is gonna look very funky when I'm done. Before I really got into music, I used to draw a whole lot.  In fact, I think I've been a visual artist more than I've been a musician during most of my life.  I've been feeling the itch to return to my lost artform, and I've stocked up on some supplies .  .  . Equipped with a drawing pad, compass, protractor, kneaded eraser, and graphite pencils, I'm going to start having fun drawing again.  There's some really cool stuff I am just antzy to document on paper.  I'll be blogging about some of my previous works this week. Lastly, I'll be taking a lot of photographs this summer.  There's just so much beauty that abounds. Of course, I continue to document the fashion statements of my dear niece Alai.  My fashionista strikes again!!  She walked into my room having thrown this cute little ensemble together.  This girl's got skills .  .  . I am also getting ready to unveil new press/promo photos as well as my newly updated monthly newsletter. What can I say?  Life is short, and there 's just too much that I love to do. Stay tuned for more art to come. -gordon

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