I’ll admit it: I’ve had a blue couple of days. We opened the ren faire this past weekend and it was a nonstop roller coaster of awesome, kickin, rock-and-roll Renaissance fun, but it was also full of pit stops and hurdles and all sorts of unexpected hesitations and adjustments. Then, on Monday morning, I woke up completely sick: sore, swollen throat, stuffy sinuses, aching body. I slept through the day on and off, dosing myself with Flonase, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episodes, and a bath with epsom salts. I ate soup and lounged. This morning I found myself much better than I had been, but still a bit gross and feeling kind of down.
You know those days where you just sort of feel… trapped by how much you want to do? You have so many goals and aspirations and so many things on your immediate to do list that you become immobilized by everything and can’t function for a bit? That was my morning. I tried all the usual things to shake myself out of a funk: shower, clean clothes, lots of water, good lunch, stretching, a little ice cream, a little daydreaming. Nothing was working.
So I pulled my concert uke out of her case and started tuning.
It takes me forever and a day to write my own original songs… I wish it didn’t, because I love playing and singing and I’m really proud of the few original songs I have. I do wish I were better at it. I know it takes practice more than anything, but gosh, it’s hard to practice when you’re discouraged by how long it takes! Catch 22, I suppose. But I do enjoy finding little odd songs from the already-established music library of the world and covering them to my particular mood and liking. Today, I rediscovered a fondness for Duke Ellington.
Funny how music can help you beat the blues. 🙂