New shows, more music. Accordion lessons continue, and I’m adding guitar lessons into the mix starting next week. As with the accordion, I have fiddled around with guitar for years, but never really studied it. Never mastered it.
I was doing some updating on my website and realized it’s time to move the Christmas/Holiday photos to the back of the gallery. Poof! Just like that, it’s over.
This is the time of year to look back and forward… consider what worked and, perhaps more importantly, what DIDN’T work in 2017. At the same time, think about the year ahead – a clean slate.
So… we’ll see how that goes. I spoke with my teacher about styles and specific pieces we might work on, and that’s pretty exciting.
The big question for me is whether it will stick. That’s always the question. Can I sustain the effort day after day, can I make it part of my daily routine? My belief is that extraordinary things arise from daily practice, a constant effort.
When I started my business, I was “Mister Kipley Music & Puppets”. I switched to “Magic & Puppets” when we moved to Chicago, but the thing I actually sit down and practice every day is music. That is the path of least resistance and most joy for me. I do it with accordion, we’ll see if I can add guitar into that mix successfully.
I will create three new shows in 2018, and will update at least two of my other shows. If things go really well, I’ll create a new Halloween show, but that’s iffy at this point. I have an idea I’m excited about, but… we’ll see.
I’m hoping this will be the year I can mostly phase out birthday shows. I do enjoy performing them, but weekend shows are becoming problematic for various reasons.
If I can fill in the gaps in my weekday bookings with shows for a new market, I would be happy reducing birthday gigs. I would love for Mister Kipley to be a 9-5 Mon-Fri type of job.
Normal hours, above average income, amazing job I love. That’s pretty much always been my goal.