Daily Prompt: Obstacle Course

Think about what you wanted to accomplish last week. Did you? What are the things that hold you back from doing everything you’d like to do?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us BARRIERS.

Hello all, and sorry for the absence of weekend posts – my laptop has broken down a bit, and I’m using another computer this lunch-hour.

Last week was a funny one. I have been having a very musical week (and a half) and have been getting increasingly more passionate. In life, I strive to develop as a person. However, recently I have been talking to a friend of mine quite a lot. He’s very careful who he talks to, more because he gets stressed out when he’s bored and music is his life – basically this guy just likes to spend time with extremely musical people like himself. This friend of mine is an astonishingly good pianist, despite being quite critical of his playing, and spends every night practising until 7.30pm onwards. This made me think about putting in extra hours, as I have been over the last couple of weeks. But this guy. Wow.

The strangest thing happened however this weekend. I had a really bad dream and, as stupid as it may sound, it really set me on edge yesterday. The day before (Saturday) I went in to practise early. This same friend of mine was practising on the Steinway in the Chapel as he usually does, and I said hello then went to practice. After an hour or two, I went back into the Chapel and listened to him practising, shuffling my feet every so often so he knew I was here. However gradually I noticed his playing was amazingly relaxed and precise, something I know he doesn’t do nearly as well as when he knows people are watching. And then, even though he was completely immersed in practising the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2, he suddenly broke down in tears!

I was taken aback with this, but went up to him. He got a slight fright – “Shit, sorry: I didn’t know you were here” – then after I gave him a rub on the shoulder he just resumed playing, and I left rather briefly. I came back half an hour later and saw that he was still practising but looked much better. I called to him to make sure he knew I was in the Chapel and then we started to talk a bit. He was fine, as it turned out, however I made sure that everything was good. I know that his parents are quite critical of his playing – they’re all professional musicians/composers – but he made sure I knew that they were constructively critical. We talked about being emotionally involved in music, as he is, and it was really good to talk.

The day after (Sunday) we had a concert to do. I was so annoyed because we only knew a week in advance, and by chance I had woken up on edge. Everyone has something that they do when they feel as if something else in they’re lives is inadequate. I play music for ages. I woke up early after having that distressing dream, washed dishes then went in to practise for 11.30am. I did three hours solid practise before we had to rehearse for that night’s concert, but I felt as if I could have done two times as much. It told me that something was wrong. That dream really disturbed me yet, although I haven’t told anyone about it, I know the matter it concerns is beyond me – or rather, finished for me.

There are barriers in life, and some we just can’t explain. They get in the way, but one certainty is that most you can fix through careful, precise, hard work. Apologies for the laptop barrier.

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Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm)

Write the blurb for the book jacket of the book you’d write, if only you had the time and inclination.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us BOOKS.

 A short one today. Sorry about another late post also – I couldn’t get on one any sooner!

I have often envisaged a very peculiar scenario whereby I pick up a book, open it and find a screen of the movie on the first page. This happens when I’m choosing a new book to read in my head when I’m in bed, just about to go to sleep. I remember the first time when this happened – it was prior to me reading ‘Carrie’s War’, because I had seen the film just before. I remember going, in my imagination, to the bookshop and picking up the book, opening it up and seeing the movie on the screen.

I have often thought that writing an autobiography would take you so long, and therefore you would need to start it early(ish). However this would deprive you of living your life in itself! That being said I have often thought my life and my friends lives would, collectively, make an excellent sitcom. This is where my imaginary movie screen-book comes in.

The blurb would read as so:

Deep in the shadows of 21st Century Edinburgh, the Spraffer (the gaffer, the faffer) is stressing out. As Christmas draws nigh like a vulture circling in on a carcass, he finds himself to be broke (the poor sod), despite his ‘revolutionary’ ideas on self-sufficiency, and must resort to working over Christmas. With the struggling battle against democracy, insensitivity and Copyright breach over the Christmas holiday, this Spraffer has to overcome his fear of real-life and become one with his inner intellectual property agent.

I’ve been reading far too much ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’…

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Daily Prompt: Beyond the Pale


When was the last time you did something completely new and out of your element? How was it? Will you do it again?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us NEW.

I think I quite enjoy sharing a video with you, so I’ve done it again! This video is an advertisement from Yamaha for their TRBX series of bass guitars. Darrell Craig Harris, known for playing bass (particularly slap bass) for Cirque du Soleil, demonstrates both the TRBX300s and the slighty enhanced TRBX500s. I play bass for our band, and I was using the singers bass up until now. We’ve been a band only since the end of the summer. The guitarist and I are self-taught, however we managed to catch up on some needed skills by transferring some of the principles and skills we have from playing other stringed instruments.

Since we were four months into being a band, I decided I was going to purchase my own bass, one that was better than the one I was using. After investigating and seeing reviews of different guitars which I could afford, I decided I would go and try a TRBX. I tried both a 304 and a 504 (the ‘4’ at the end means it’s a four-string bass)Yamaha TRBX304 and loved the sound of both. However I did go for the 304, a white one as you can see (sorry about the photo – it was taken on my phone and I had to use a little bit of touching up  to make it slightly better than it was, mostly done by the computer!).

The shop I bought it from is called Red Dog Music, the nearest branch to me being the one in the Grassmarket of Edinburgh. I had been in here often to look at guitars, effects pedals and keyboards, but I had never bought anything from it before. They’re a very nice bunch of people – all of them play guitar or keyboard and almost all of them have had experience as part of a band.

Some of them know how to repair guitars – in fact, after I had bought the guitar I had to take it back because the EQ switch, which is a nifty little feature of the bass, had come loose. The instruments you can buy there come with a really good warranty, so I felt quite comfortable going back to see what could be done.

The manager, a young bloke with long, strawberry-blond hair, took the bass downstairs after I had explained what was wrong and he said he’d go and repair it. He shortly came back and said that it was merely that the screw holding it in place was loose and looked a bit small for the job, so he had replaced it with a bigger, stronger screw so that it wouldn’t happen again. I was very happy with the end result and they didn’t charge me a thing! It was strange, however, when someone mentioned afterwards that as a consumer I had the right to three options: a repair, a replacement/item of equivalent value, or my money back. This had never crossed my mind, however they seemed more annoyed about it than I did, but maybe that was because I said just to let it go.

This brings me onto the main part of my post about this particular subject. It’s actually quite a painful thing to write about – I feel the overwhelming weight on my chest as I remember certain things – this idea of letting go of things, because that includes things you may have held dear like, for instance, a relationship that ended or a job you couldn’t take up because of family or such. My ordeal with buying the bass and the shop, Red Dog, was just the first example I could come up with that also included both letting go, even though to a much lesser extent, and something new that was out of the ordinary – buying a bass for the first time.

Recently there has been a few things I’ve had to let go, and that’s why I’m writing about the idea. It’s incredibly emotionally and mentally draining, and requires a great deal of endurance on both planes. I know that it equates to other things I’ve done in the past, things like when I uplifted one of my closest friend’s spirits because she had found out from her doctor that she had an 83% chance of liver failure. I had to remain positive in a very grim situation. That takes a lot out of anyone. It turned out that she was in fact part of 17%, to our relief! It’s scary being in situation where things are either not fully in your control or not in your control at all – it’s like fumbling in the dark trying to reconstruct a jigsaw.

This is similar to letting go in the sense that often one of the ways people tell you to help let go of something is to remain in a positive outlook, however, like my past experience, it is incredibly draining. Trying to remain happy when you’re not is possibly one of the hardest things to do in life, whatever situation you may be in. I think that counts as doing something “out of your element”. Sometimes, and this happened to me last year once, one might just descend into the darkness. It’s a bad place – the abyss of life. However, if you’ve experienced it before, like I have, then you must know how others feel when they’re in the same situation. How much they want someone to understand.

That’s why it’s worth it. That’s why it’s worth remaining positive when you’re not. For others. For your friends.

Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow


Tomorrow is the first day of a brand new year. Tomorrow you get to become anyone in the world that you wish. Who are you? You can choose to by anyone, alive today or someone gone long ago. If you decide to stay “you” share your rationale.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us METAMORPHOSIS.

This is the first time I’ve written a post using Daily Prompts, so please don’t go too harsh on me!

It’s true that I’m a man. It’s also true that I’m a man who likes to be himself, more than most realise. It may seem a little adventurous when it comes to writing about this idea, but it’s the pure and honest truth – I would rather face my own demons. I don’t think that everyone is born with a purpose in life – to be honest I don’t like the idea of destiny and fate, but I do think that everyone makes their own purpose in life, and through that we can live.

Life, for me anyway, is the process whereby we make mistakes and overcome them, and whereby we experience all aspects of the world. Therefore to live, you really have to go wandering. I remember watching Joss Whedon’s ‘Firefly’ and Inara saying, “…every problem is an opportunity in disguise.”, and I think that can be true in a lot of cases. What can you learn from what’s gone wrong? Firstly, you can probably learn how to prevent it from happening again. That’s automatically one point to you! One point to living a full life! I think that’s strangely beautiful.

Experiencing everything in the world first hand is invaluable as well. If you were someone else surely you would have all their memories and thoughts, and everything you are includes your experiences and thoughts. Perhaps it’s just such an alien idea to me, that I couldn’t imagine being anyone else. But if you run from your demons, I don’t think you’ll get anywhere either. I laugh at how much like myself I sound! However it is what you do that make you who you are I think.

Does that mean, then, that if you inherit the body of another that you then have the responsibility of sorting out and facing that person’s demons, perhaps even on top of your own? Perhaps, but leave your views and opinions up for discussion here!