The plan for 2013 – following the path

by Cesco Emmanuel

So I know I’m a bit late with my new year’s posting, but here’s to a new year! Here’s to 2013!

I didn’t make any new year resolutions other than this – ‘To be true’. Yes I know, I’ve plagiarized Shakespeare.

I’ve decided that whatever I’m feeling, I’ve got to go with, even if it means going against the grain or decorum of the circumstance. I must be true to my thoughts and my emotions.

It may seem a bit nonsensical but I’ve decided it doesn’t have to be a big change. Just a small one. One that takes courage to say what’s on my mind, and act on it in a positive manner. Maybe that’s what being proactive is to a great extent.

So what’s on my mind this year?

Well, I have a few ideas but my main focus is to mindfully master the guitar – in both spheres of classical and electric. I realized I spent so many years blindly playing the guitar without really knowing where I was going. Or maybe in some way, those years helped me to get to this point. It’s hard to say. But what would be a shame is to keep going along haphazardly in the dark and wondering why my playing feels stagnant to me.

It may seem a bit strange to state that in a blog post. But I think most if not all musicians have things about their playing that they despise and because of that, they develop unhealthy habits of self-loathing.

So this year, I’m mindfully going to fix that problem and put myself on the path of happy, meaningful guitar practice and playing.

I have another idea floating around in my head to get a new musical project up and running, but I have to toil it over in my head first. I’ve had a few offers to join bands last year, but I’m not really feeling to join any band, perhaps start my own again.

Yes. But I want to plan it out properly and not just go with the vague saying of ‘Let’s just make music and see what happens’

I can’t do that anymore. Not at this stage of the game. That’s no path at all.

The path, yes the path.

Sometimes we find our path, or our path finds us. I look at my sister who has found her niche of producing for Film and TV (with SOLFilms Trinidad) , and her work to date is just the tip of the iceberg. I look at other friends who are finding their calling, and it’s a great feeling to see most trying to follow their path.

And maybe, that is in essence, being true to oneself.