It has taken five years, but now - very recently, in fact - I've given up working weekends. Well, let me qualify that statement. What I should say is that I have given up habitually working weekends at what is now my day job.
There have been a few wobbles the past few months - producing a fresh, insightful weekly newsletter is a challenge - but having spent a half day this week combing through past editions it was a welcome relief to find some wonderful gems in there, and the feeling of vindication is strong.
I am interested in concepts that relate to sound, audio, music, sound and moving image, and will spend the next few weeks collecting the concepts that underpin these areas. The more simple and obvious, at least at first, the better.
It's a much more subtle force saying something along the lines of, 'You really shouldn't be bothered to do this. This is really boring.' Why? Why shouldn't I be bothered, and where does this voice come from?
For one thing, we live in an age where it is not enough to know, to consume, your value - your expertise - is definitely measured by how much you contribute. So knowing is good, but using that knowledge for a bigger, greater good is better.
Oh look what I found: It’s a list made by St Vincent. I think it’s a list that somebody – a friend – gave her of stuff that she should be opening her mind to. Perfect inspirational and aspirational content. I stumbled across it in February 2014. You can download a copy of it here.
Despite not remembering very much of it (work-, not drink-related, I hasten to add), and despite feeling as if there were plenty of things left undone, the fact is that there were a few notable accomplishments.