How’s things? This year’s New Year fad is planting vegetables. I made a bit of a boo boo and planted some sprouting Garlic seeds the day before the Snow arrived this week! I have plenty of work to do on the raised beds though. If any of you folks have advice for me get in touch through my Mailing list or on Social media. I’m planning to plant Rocket, Spinach, Kale and of course, Garlic!
What have you got going on? Let me know on social media. One of the best things I ever did last year was subscribe to Audible. I read loads of books last year. Books I have read include:
Make your Bed by William H McRaven - a great read to show how simple military teachings can help us overcome the biggest challenges. This is a short audio book and is perfect for a lazy afternoon.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield - this is a book for anybody who doesn’t feel like they have reached their potential. Or who feels like they are procrastinating or are afraid to face any judgement. It was a good old kick up the arse for me. Thanks to my pal Welly for recommending this one.
Range by David Epstein - this is in the top 3 books I have ever read. The ideas fleshed out and suggested in this book are revolutionary. Everything from Golf to Music to Product development is used to describe how Generalists have begun to thrive in an increasingly specialized world.
The One Thing by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan - this book has the simplest concept. Can we focus our energy onto one thing? Obviously family life and providing are the top priority. But outside of that?
The One Thing encouraged me to cancel a lot of commitments I had in my life outside of playing and promoting my music. It’s my belief that Ireland, with a population just over half the size of Greater London, can’t support many Full Time Folk Musicians. I have dedicated myself to a Semi-Professional approach and I’m looking for like minded individuals to start a little team in 2021.
One last recommendation is Seamus Heaneys Collected Poems II. It's like an old well. Still pouring with the coldest freshest water you can imagine. Still sounding that bit different every day. Wonderful.
So, I've gone from Garlic to Greater London to Seamus Heaney. Happy Friday!
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