Whenever I Entertain The Idea That I Can Play The Guitar, I Watch This...

...and become instantly humbled. Jeez.

Greetings from the Zoo, and Happy March - for those of you in colder climes this means that Spring is on its way. By the calendar, anyway. For those of us in the desert it means ... Spring Training! But I digress....

I was an electrician for many years, working primarily for a small commercial contractor and occasionally doing some residential attic-crawling. I enjoyed the work, for the most part, and liked the satisfaction of doing a good job, providing a service to our customers, and getting electrons to go from one place to another under controlled circumstances. 

Two years ago I was given by my sainted and long suffering wife the opportunity to be a stay at home parent, to and pursue my musical passion. I am indeed fortunate. It was interesting to me how difficult the transition from full-time employee to independent contractor was. Previously I was held to a rigid schedule, now I essentially had none. My job description was fully delineated and expectations were understood, now everything seemed to be fungible. But most interesting to me was the realization that I had tied up most of my self-worth in my job. Suddenly, with no "job" (in the classic sense) I felt disenfranchised, adrift. Weird, because being a stay at home parent entails perhaps more work than I did before, albeit in an entirely different milieu.

I've found, as time has gone by, that I've retained a lot of the same work habits I developed in my years as a construction worker. Once the kids are off to school I spend a few hours on the music - writing, practicing, recording, administration, sometime all at once, and I nowfeel less and less like a slacker. And I've come to cherish the time I get to spend with the kids getting their day started in as good a way as possible.

Wow. This has nothing to do with music, I guess.

Enjoy Tommy Emmanuel's version of Merle Haggard's "Working Man's Blues".

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