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Getting Lost In The Music

As I write this, I’m thinking of setting up my keyboard to practice again. In a few minutes.

I think I have an addictive personality, because when I obsess over something, someone, some place, that feeling sort of takes over my whole being. It’s good in a way, and it’s also bad.

This weekend was a good one as always. Played with the jazz trio on Friday, performed piano with Donnie on Saturday and again on Sunday for Mother’s Day .

Yesterday’s gig was pure joy. I was so happy performing. There were little kids standing in front of me while I played piano, they seemed mesmerized or in a trance. They were cute. And I played the “Barney” theme song for them, and other tunes like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. And a young Dad carried his young daughter over and they watched me play, standing right there in front of me, almost over me, studying my fingers as I tickled the ivories. πŸ˜‰

Well, I didn’t take a break at all yesterday, as I didn’t take a break on Saturday either. That’s what I mean by being really addicted to the piano now. It’s becoming an obsession that I get rather irritated when people come up and say, “dude, you can take a break any time, y’know”, or something like that. But, I sort of hold my ground and give this “Grrrrr” look.

By 9pm last night I crashed and went to bed, feeling exhausted from the weekend gigs and activity. On Sunday morning I also made my wife a homemade card and brought her breakfast-in-bed for Mother’s Day.

So, now I’m going to set up my keyboards and practice again. Before going off to big band rehearsal later tonight! πŸ˜›



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

10 COMMENTS
  1. annie

    kids are the very best. i love the way their eyes light up and get excited. it’s the best!

    Ab is over rated… it’s all about the Eb. haha πŸ˜€

  2. annie

    kids are the very best. i love the way their eyes light up and get excited. it’s the best!

    Ab is over rated… it’s all about the Eb. haha πŸ˜€

  3. pat

    Last night, Monday, I too crashed at about 9:30PM. I have been getting up at 5:30 M-F to get to Irvine by 7:30, it’s been taking just under an hour!! Those toll roads are saving the day, it costs about $6 per day round trip and totally worth it! But every couple of days, I just gotta get to bed early…

  4. pat

    Last night, Monday, I too crashed at about 9:30PM. I have been getting up at 5:30 M-F to get to Irvine by 7:30, it’s been taking just under an hour!! Those toll roads are saving the day, it costs about $6 per day round trip and totally worth it! But every couple of days, I just gotta get to bed early…

  5. randomguru

    annie: yes, so true. my own kids are really getting interested in music, so we had a nice ‘jam session’ yesterday. πŸ™‚

    Eb yes, i was practicing a lot in Eb yesterday. πŸ˜‰

    pat: dude, good the new job is going well. sorry to hear about the LA traffic though. SD is getting worse every year. it’ll take me an hour tomorrow getting to the restaurant in la costa for the gig.

  6. randomguru

    annie: yes, so true. my own kids are really getting interested in music, so we had a nice ‘jam session’ yesterday. πŸ™‚

    Eb yes, i was practicing a lot in Eb yesterday. πŸ˜‰

    pat: dude, good the new job is going well. sorry to hear about the LA traffic though. SD is getting worse every year. it’ll take me an hour tomorrow getting to the restaurant in la costa for the gig.

  7. randomguru

    Annie! I got your postcard from Italy! Thanks so much!!! It was definitely a most pleasant surprise… πŸ™‚

  8. randomguru

    Annie! I got your postcard from Italy! Thanks so much!!! It was definitely a most pleasant surprise… πŸ™‚

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