Just Another Day at the Dream Factory

You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You’re on your own and you know what you know.

And you are the one who’ll decide where to go. ~Dr. Seuss

Time is the most valuable asset we have. It is evenly divided amongst us all at midnight; 24 more hours for each breathing soul, every day that we live. What truly defines us is how we choose to spend our rations of time. Like money, time is an asset that can be invested wisely or frivolously squandered. It differs greatly from financial assets though in that you can’t save it, no matter how many gadgets you buy that promise you otherwise. You get richer the more you spend it with others and it appreciates in value in direct proportion to the amount you choose to enjoy it. One of my favorite quotes is from Bruce Lee, who said: If you love life, don’t waste time- for time is what life is made up of.

These days I am a time wealthy man. I honestly can’t imagine any better way of spending my hours than doing what I do every day. My job is to dream big and then figure out how to make it happen. I was laughing with Josh about the fact that the 12-year-old version of me would be so proud of his future. This week here at the dream factory we have been testing the new camera and audio equipment and making music. The great thing about dreaming life up as you go is that tangents are the path, not distractions from it. A few days ago I was taking a break from playing with the new camera and was sitting on the Terraza messing around on my guitar. I have always loved music and have owned a guitar for a long time but only recently decided that I wanted to learn badly enough to practice. Like so many other people I always wanted to play music but wished I could just plug in like they did in The Matrix and instantly be good, skipping the hours of practice that it requires improving. So I was messing around with a few chords and they turned into a riff worth repeating. Josh looked up from his computer and said That’s catchy, what’s that you’re playing? I’ve never written any of my own songs before, but he nudged me into putting some words down on paper. He gave me some advice on chorus chords and transitions, and what started as messing around grew into a song. Josh pushed me to finish the lyrics, added his own guitar part and then set up all of his equipment and we recorded it the day I finished. I certainly gained a new respect for the recording process. For starters, it took more than a few ounces of liquid courage to even be able to sing into a microphone, and hearing my own voice for the first time wasn’t fun. I have always been one of that mutter-the-words-while-you-try-to-not-mess-up-the-chords kind of players that could only sing when no one is actually paying attention. I don’t know if my song is good or bad; I still wince a little hearing my own voice. but Josh did a great job putting the pieces together. Don’t worry, I won’t be quitting my day job just yet or grabbing the mic at karaoke night anytime soon but I tried it, and I learned a lot. I guess if I am going to host this show we are working on I’m going to have to get used to sharing these types of things with everyone, so we are going to post the song later this week.

For starters, it took more than a few ounces of liquid courage to even be able to sing into a microphone, and hearing my own voice for the first time wasn’t fun. I have always been one of that mutter-the-words-while-you-try-to-not-mess-up-the-chords kind of players that could only sing when no one is actually paying attention. I don’t know if my song is good or bad; I still wince a little hearing my own voice. but Josh did a great job putting the pieces together. Don’t worry, I won’t be quitting my day job just yet or grabbing the mic at karaoke night anytime soon but I tried it, and I learned a lot. I guess if I am going to host this show we are working on I’m going to have to get used to sharing these types of things with everyone, so we are going to post the song later this week.

During the course of Learning Experience, I’m going to be attempting to do a lot of different things, most of which are passions that people spend lifetimes working to improve at. I’m going to be good at some of them, and I’m sure many others will be glorious failures. Especially the first attempts. Hopefully, my successes will serve as inspiration and my failures will at least be entertaining. This week I took my first leap into the risk by attempting to learn the language of songwriting. Just as Josh is gaining an appreciation for how hard it is to make great visual images, I’m learning how hard it is to make music. Our journey has already begun and we haven’t even left the building.