Buried

Perhaps it’s not too terrible a problem to have but I am currently feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the entertainment options at my fingertips. I have a list of about 200 movies I want to see (and I made that thing back in 2003!); there are about fifteen books and comics strewn about my bed and table that I need to get through; I have a list of 20 albums (and growing every week) that I would like to hear; I’m trying to keep up with the world of basketball as well as my own world of basketball; not to mention all the sights and sounds to be enjoyed in the city. Add to this a desire to kick off all the dust that lingers on my music aspirations and perhaps you will understand the paralysis that confronts me when I realize I only have 5 hours a weekday to spend on these activities.

I think this is representative of a larger condition. Even though I’ve always been a big idea person, details don’t frustrate me. The execution, on the other hand, I have issues with: I planned out a beer pong video game during my lost semester (I had graduated from JMU but still lived near campus without really working for a couple of months) down to the different powerups and what beer pong attributes they would affect when used. When it came to actually getting through the entire mess of code I gave it the ol’ try but stumbled a couple of weeks into it. The contant barrage of little problems I had to overcome while coding annoyed me to no end. Why couldn’t I just reach my goal without interruption? I quickly burned out.

Well, it may come to no surprise that once again I’m having trouble kickstarting my neweset grand scheme. As of this second, I have 232 songs registered in my musicDB. I would like to go through all of these and use each one that is not either a cover or already completed as a spring board into productivity. Essentially, this means I want to finish every song in there. I want to put no limitations on this project – I don’t care if the results are good or bad. I just want to get back into the phenomenal songwriting shape I was in about four years ago (jeez … four years ago).

With my new toy – the iMic – I thought I was ready to begin conquering this Mt. Everest last night. Unfortunately, I am experiencing technical difficulties. Plugging my guitar into the iMic and then the iMic into the computer results beautiful, clear recordings. However, these sounds can only be heard upon playback. I cannot hear myself play in realtime and that seriously bugs me. A lot of my writing is spent rewinding and replaying a track over and over while I noodle on my guitar on top of it. Having to constantly stop and press play to hear if something worked will, at the very least, double the amount of time it takes me to write.

I’m still in search of a solution, but I am determined to breakthrough my usual execution-of-big-idea wall this time around. One problem at a time, dear blog readers!


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(8/10/2007)

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