In the past few weeks I’d been very busy doing gigs around town. It was a nice run for a change, and typically (in my experience) January and February has traditionally been VERY slow for a working musician like myself.
That said, things are slowing down a little bit going into February, unless I pick up more random gigs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, especially.
Klipsch S4i Headphones
My birthday was kind of uneventful (as I usually like it). I like my birthdays to be more contemplative these days, quiet and low-key. With my birthday money I was able to buy a new set of in-ear headphones, perfect for walking around the lake. These are the Klipsch S4i headphones and they are quite perfect for an audiophile like myself.
I simply can not afford the audiophile stereo speakers that I would like, so the next best thing would be audiophile headphones. The Klipsch S4i’s have a very flat frequency rating, so everything from the lows to the highs are there, with lots of bass but not overpowering like the Dr. Dre’s (which are also very pricey!).
Note: I’d really been listening to a lot of Classical Music on these Klipsch’s and the Louis Lane/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra recording of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” is simply amazing!
Anyway, having a new pair of audiophile headphones in my life is causing me to re-explore my music collection. Mostly, all my favorites from the last two decades.
Walking Around The Lake
I haven’t been walking around the lake as much as I would’ve liked in the past few weeks, but that’s because my new routine is to NOT do a long walk on the same day as a drumming gig. Just trying to find the right balance of working out and gigging, so I don’t have the leg and knee problems I ran into last year. Lesson learned!
But, I should try to walk every day for 30 minutes, and just do long 5 mile walks on the weekends.
After my annual check-up early last month, I REALLY wasn’t surprised that my blood pressure had skyrocketed again. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve I had totally lost control of my diet. My fault yes, because I gave into social convention as far as eating all the “bad foods” that tend to be availabe to everyone during the Holidays.
So, after my yearly physical, reality set in and I am now back on a healthier diet, feeling and looking better, I think.
My diet has mostly been raw foods and vegan foods. Concentrating on green power smoothies (which REALLY give me a LOT of energy during more demanding gigs).
I don’t know if I can go back to a 100% raw food diet, but I am confident to go back to a vegan diet that emphasizes a LOT of raw fruits and vegetables.
I am drinking Aloe Vera juice everyday (which I bought from Whole Foods) and I think this is really helping.
My main problem is my craving for salty foods, which will obviously spike the blood pressure. But I have no problem downing green smoothies and I’m definitely going easy on the 100% raw cacao smoothies.