As the saying goes, sometimes you need to go far to see what’s right in front of you. So far I haven’t seen anything out of the ordinary, haven’t learned anything new, haven’t had any huge revelations.
Yet, I wandered in a pitch dark corridor in a Buddhist temple searching for enlightenment with tens of others. I sang for anybody that walked through the small vegan cafe at the bottom of the Men’s olympic course. I took my 2nd snowboarding lesson ever on an icy green terrain. I cried of happiness when I sat in the chairlift listening to First aid kit with half meter of fresh powder below my feet. I filled the kerosene heater what seems like a zillion times, cleaned tables, learned to make latte and cappuccino and what’s the difference with the two. I met a lot of new people. Some nice, some not so nice. Some famous, some “normal”. And I sang and I sang.
Here is a picture of me in my wool pants! I love them! I got the chance to meet with these two lovely ladies, Mira and Hanna, that run the Finnish label Uhana Design in Tampere, (http://www.uhanadesign.fi) They were kind enough to sponsor me with the pants or actually leggings and earrings. The leggings are really handy, it’s not too warm in the cafe. 😀
My worst fear was to play alone. Yes, I’ve played alone before, but busking on noisy streets is a different ballgame. The inner monologue went on and on. What will people think? I’m such a crappy guitar player, yadda, yadda, yadda.
But all that went away the minute I got to play. I can’t say that I’m a great guitar player. But I am learning by doing. That seems to work for me a lot better than “I should go to guitar lessons”and postpone them for another year or 3. I learn because I have to. And yes, I will go to guitar lessons once I am back, but for now I just do it!
I love that I get feedback instantly from people chilling out in the cafe. It’s great! “Beautiful!” Thank you for the entertainment” or just thumbs up. There is of course always room for improvement. So I try to learn and play every other day a new song and hopefully in the future do something all together different. A few a cappella songs maybe? Could be fun.
I think the best part in going new places is meeting new people. Exchanging life stories or insights, whatnot. Cassie, the barista in the cafe mentioned an Australian singer I never heard of before, Missy Higgins. Here is one of her video that I liked. There is something raw in it. Enjoy!