Monthly Archives: October 2009

Why do people plan to fail so often?

Ego is the biggest problem. Why do so many people want others to fail. What is it about human nature that makes folks expend so much energy on trying to stop others from succeeding, instead of sorting out whats really bugging them instead. Jealousy perhaps? Why is necessary to expend so much energy getting around the roadblocks that these people create. Answers on a postcard please.

May you live in interesting times


Elephant Shelf at Charlotte Street Blues
Elephant Shelf at Charlotte Street Blues











I played two gigs this weekend: at Charlotte St Blues on Friday with Elephant Shelf in front of quite a big crowd and at the Garibaldi in St Alban’s as half of the Delta Ladies.  Both gigs went really well but could not be more different though both audiences were very enthusiastic.  I often think I only really come alive when I am playing and that seems be the case at present.  Its going to be quite busy until the start of November as I have another three gigs this week and if I could keep going at this rate most of my problems would be solved.

Earlier in the week I did my Cabaret turn at the Cellar Door with Greta Garbitch (AKA Menno) which we had a really good crowd attending too. Then as a complete contrast I met up with Glenn Patrick who plays Blues and is from the States and we played a few acoustic numbers  round at Vicky Martins place with Terry our drummer also in attendance. Glen turns out to be a very nice guy with a lot of interesting music anecdotes  as well as a really good musician.the reason that we all met up was Vicky was doing an interview for Blues Matters magazine.

Glenn has a website here  >> well worth a visit.

The vanity of knowledge

Ecclesiastes 2:14

I have seen everything that is done under the sun;and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.


And I applied my mind to wisdom and to know madness and folly, and I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind.
For in wisdom there is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.


Then I said to myself “what befalls the fool will befall me also; why for most  I been so very wise?”. And I said to myself this also is vanity.  For of the wise man as of the fool there is no enduring remembrance, seeing the days to come all will have been long forgotten. How the wise man dies just like the fool! So I hated life, because what is done under the sun is grievous to me; for all is vanity and a striving after wind.

Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life

Confucius gave his career advice more than 2500 years ago, but truer words of wisdom have never been spoken. How many of us began our careers, not because of passion we felt for the vocation, but through the well-intended advice of parents, teachers, a college counselor, or just because the job was available when we needed it? We may have through at the start, “This first job is just a start, something temporary until I figure out what I really want to do…” Then, before you know it, 5 (or more) years have passed, you’re making pretty good money, and the thought of changing careers is a distant memory. How many of us are truly passionate about what we do for a living? What does your temperament have to do with it? Are Idealists happier than, say, Rationals when it comes to career choice? What makes Idealists satisfied with their careers, and conversely, if they’re not currently satisified, what would help?