I saw Dan Navarro play his first public concert since the pandemic shut everything down last night. It was a house show, which means it was in someone’s backyard. We visited before he played, and it was great to see him again. Dan is also from Calexico, and knew my mother and aunt in school. His main claim to fame is probably co-writing the Pat Benatar hit, “We Belong,” and he has a catalogue of great songs. He’s begun a 10 week tour driving around the country in a converted van; the goal was to tour safely and stay out of planes and airports. More power to him. For more, visit his website:
I have the prologue and first two chapters of my next book done. Granted, they’re subject to revision, but I like what I have and where it’s going. I find myself working on the book outside of scheduled times, and that’s a good thing.
And yes, I schedule time on my calendar to work on my creative pursuits. It’s the only way that seems to ensure I maintain consistency. I don’t adhere to it religiously, but having the schedule does seem to be the extra bit of motivation I need. It seems silly. Why is it necessary? There is literally no one else in my life who is affected by my schedule. I don’t count my employer; the job comes first. Duh. But it helps, so I do it. I work on music or my book six days a week. I alternate (for the most part) on weekdays, and do both on weekends. I usually take Friday night off.
I’m toying with the idea of streaming once a week. My current idea is to perform four songs on Saturday afternoon on Facebook, YouTube, or Reddit. We’ll see if that happens.
That’s it for now. Stay healthy and safe.