I had all sorts of things planned for today. Walk the dogs, make some fun treat food, practice my musical instruments and paint. Did it all happen? Of course not.
Today was a cool-ish day here in Los Angeles. I can hear you all laughing now…..69 degrees is cool for us! (You know we are all big babies when it comes to weather in California. ). Anyway – DAP, who is making his living as a musician these days, came home early from his morning gig. There was a street festival happening in Orange County, and I was invited to tag along.
Sometimes, I just walk around, buy myself some ice cream and enjoy myself, but today, I brought my ubass (That’s a ukulele bass for those of you not in the know.) and my amp and got ready to play guerrilla style.
The festival was packed with lots of women sporting cowboy boots with short skirts and lots of men wearing cowboy hats. (They mostly looked pretty cute!)
DAP and I walked the festival looking for the best spot to set up, hoping that no one would kick us out. We found one, in front of the beer stand – drunk people love to dance and rock out, and proceeded to set up.
Well the ubass is a funny creature. Small like a ukulele but with rubber strings that stretch and stretch. The first song sounded like crap. Luckily, the drunk people didn’t notice. I had to tune before every song. My fingers wouldn’t move fast enough over the rubber strings. Our time was faltering as we were playing….it was sucking. And on top of that, my presence – my girl musician presence, was thwarting the business of collecting tips. Women, DAP’s favorite contributors, were not participating because of me. After about an hour, there was only about $8. At that point, I took off my bass and went to check out the festival to leave my guy to make his own money.
Things didn’t look up for DAP – I guess the festival was a bust even without me.
The thing that my guy and I have spoken about over and over again is about having the right headspace for whatever you’re doing.
While we were playing, I was literally trying to mind meld with people to get them to pay attention and give money. Was it working? Not even for a second. Was that the right headspace. Nope. I caught myself in that bad headspace place and tried to change it, but once I have a little inkling of negativity, it’s hard to erase in that moment. It takes a considerable amount of shift in focus. This is the reason I put down my bass and decided to do something else. DAP didn’t need my lack of headspace “helping” him out.
Do things because you love them. Do things because they bring enjoyment to you. What you do is worthy. What you do is your and unique. Do not motivate yourself with what you think other people want….although it may work for a while, you will eventually become disenchanted. And nobody wants that!
Put yourself in the right headspace and miracles happen. It’s corny, but true. ( Sometimes they happen right away and sometimes they take a while. I’m still waiting on this one. )