06 August 2011

The legend obsession

So I'm super late for this entry but big things have been happening since my last entry. First, if you haven't checked out the Albert Einstein exhibition at the Hong Kong Science Museum, go for it. Expect to spend around 2  hours there so you can slowly read and absorb everything. It was really inspiring for me just to read the more human side of the man. Did you know he had sweaty feet? Ahaha, that brought him right down to earth for me. Made him so human.

I've been struggling to find time to study those that I admire but one man that still blows my mind is (you guessed it), Bruce Lee. I'm currently reading his book Tao of Jeet Kune Doe which is a bit abstract but brings me back to the same idea I've learnt about music and performances, where you just lose yourself while you perform. I'm still in the initial pages of the book but it keeps reminding the reader to stop allowing "rules" to stop you from expanding and experimenting. I also watched the extremely kick-ass documentary How Bruce Lee Changed the World and have now started watching the Mandarin version of Legend of Bruce Lee (just watched episode 1), which is a great excuse for me to expose myself to more Mandarin.

I've started to follow Bruce Lee's idea with my fitness workouts where anything goes but it's kind of like you know the rules but you play by your own. So instead of having a fixed routine, I try to mix things up with all sorts of exercises. I've been experimenting with isometric, plyometric, endurance and strength exercises. Making my own combination of exercises as I go along. A combination of P90X, GSP's RushFit, Insanity and all the general forms of fitness. I'm still looking forward to trying to mess with TRX one day, but I've got so many things to mess with right now.

I'm still working on trying to incorporate some of his philosophies into my drumming and comedy.
Had a good jam session with the band guys last night, we're working on new song #6 and so far so good. It's great to see us growing as a band, becoming more experienced at song writing and opening up to new ideas. No longer are we stuck in a "man how can we write something like that?!" when we hear a great song, but instead a matter of "we just have to keep writing and improving and we'll get there". We're still stuck with no bassist and vocalist at the moment, but we're still progressing as a band so that's a good sign.

I've got 2 comedy gigs tonight so it's a great chance for me to give the idea of being totally free on stage a spin and see what happens. I really do enjoy having back to back gigs, especially when they're in different venues, it just makes it more exciting. I've got a bunch of new ideas and bits and so far they're going good. I have to admit, my workload has been pulling me away from writing comedy bits, but hopefully once I catch up with everything this weekend, I'll be back on track next week.

I'm excited to see what happens in the next 10 days with everything because August is going to be a relatively less busy month for me. Once September comes, I'm going to be jam packed with stuff, not to mention I'm going to Singapore to perform! And then October is the comedy festival, November will see me make my debut in comedy in Kuala Lumpur! Woah! Great things ahead! Time to rock!!


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