Learn To Appreciate What You’ve Got

Always be thankful =)

On yesterday’s morning, I broke one of my cymbals.. I felt like crap during several hours, ’cause it costs like $300 bucks. It hurt, although it’s material stuff and I don’t care much about material, the thing is that it took a lot of effort for me to buy it, and watching it broken is frustrating.

So what did I do about it? In the moment, nothing.. I don’t know how to fix a broken cymbal, but I know the one who can do it (unfortunately, he lives about 90 miles away) and I don’t have the guts to travel to a big city all by myself with a cymbal like this, it’s pretty risky when you’re 17. So I’ll try to find someone who can go with me 🙂 .

 

But.. Beyond a broken cymbal

I learned quite well that I need to be thankful about this, because being thankful is the way how you show the world how much you care, and I feel very grateful that it can be fixable, that it lasted me through all this years in different shows, that it will last a couple of more years if I take good care of it and specially being grateful that I have the joy to have it 🙂

Once I read on a best seller book called The Secret about the law of attraction, it is definitely one of my favorite books, because beyond how dreadful you think it is while you’re reading with thoughts like ‘naah I don’t believe this crap, this has been the worst investment in my life. I’m sure it doesn’t work, so this book goes straight to eBay’

It’s not like that 🙂 ‘The magical way to get everything’ is not the purpose as it teaches you to have a better life, even if you reach or not your goals. Great book, highly recommended.

 

So what’s next?

Getting to know yourself is essential to find the right way to appreciate what you’ve got, it’s not about the pain that you feel once you lost it, it’s about knowing what you’ve got inside of you and outside as well; feeling every little detail of it, appreciate what you’ve got (your family, your partner, your friends, everything you have in life, even breathing) and soon you’ll see how life gives ten times more of what you’ve got. Every positive thought, is a seed of happiness in your mind, waiting for you to make it grow by bringing your heart out to the world.

– Marcelo.

Half The World

Half the world cares, while half the world is wasting the day

Today I found myself meditating about the lyrics of this great song called Half The World, by Rush. It emphazises on the global differences, about the third world countries and the powerful countries.

But it isn’t just about countries. In my opinion, the main line in the chorus is about ‘Half the world thinks what the other half does’ it’s quite impressive 🙂 I really enjoyed listening to this song because in a metaphoric way shows the differences in the world’s disimilar status… Half the world tries to reach the other half, it seems like a good way to explain how rich people pretend to make an effort to reach the poors through donations, but they just make’em reach some money from their pockets,nothing else; and viseversa, the poor trying to reach the rich, but they just don’t; I don’t live thinking about this differences, I live thanks to music and love; but it’s just so cool, thinking about “how did we get here, in this world, and some people try to reach the other lucky or luckless part.. Through their actions.. it’s actually a big mistery, because both don’t like each other, but they must learn to share.

This may also lead us to think about cultural differences, ethical, ways to obey and to lead, it’s amazing. Half the world tries to be the other half…

“Half the world hates
What half the world does every day
Half the world waits
While half gets on with it anyway

Half the world lives
Half the world makes
Half the world gives
While the other half takes

Half the world is
Half the world was
Half the world thinks
While the other half does

Half the world talks
With half a mind on what they say
Half the world walks
With half a mind to run away

Half the world lies
Half the world learns
Half the world flies
As half the world turns

Half the world cries
Half the world laughs
Half the world tries
To be the other half

Half of us divided
Like a torn-up photograph
Half of us are trying
To reach the other half

Half the world cares
While half the world is wasting the day
Half the world shares
While half the world is stealing away”

A day @ the studio

I hope to record someday in one of these :D

Studio !

It’s always a nice day when you spend an entire afternoon recording at the studio, and you enjoy it 😀 that’s the sensation I got from my fourth studio recording, I really enjoyed it !

It took me about 30 min. To record a 4 minutes drum track, while I was getting oriented by the guys from my band about the parts of the song.

The total cost was $100 US ($50.000 CLP) per song (not per hour) and it sounds beautifully well 🙂

Some tips that I might give you, in order to get a well recorded track, is to take your time to record the stuff (in case you’ve got a determinated number of hours to record, specially world class quality recording, which costs a lot per hour). You’ll notice it takes less time if you’re solid and confident about what you’re playing, as it leads you to have no pressure.

Another tip that I might give you, is to divide your attention in percentages:
50% the sound of your instrument, it must sound well tuned and every stroke must be given in the right place with the right intensity.

20% quadrature with the band, the indications and the tempo must be the closest to perfection possible (talk with the sound enginner if you don’t feel comfortable about the levels of the other voices of the instruments, some might sound louder and produce the dampening of voices or click tracks)

10% Put your soul on it: After all, you’ll probably have only one version of this song out there, and you must transmite your soul through what you play. This has a low percentage, because it’s something you must feel, not be fully concentrated about.

20% enjoy it 🙂 as simple as that.

P.s: It was two days recording a 20 tracks song 😛
– Marcelo 🙂

Stressed up?

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Stress ain't a real enemy, it's just something on your mind

‘Tho I believe in Stress ’cause I’ve experimented with it’s existence, I rather fool myself by thinking it’s just a plain myth, because I still have many other things to worry about, and stress should be the less important of all.

Life is too short to think about fighting against stress, I had so many things to do this week, that I started to feel the stress and fun at the same time (odd, but possible combination) until I cleared my mind up (that’s something you can always make happen, a worried mind is something hard to deal with ’cause you can’t always notice when you have it, you just keep your life going on, without seeing what’s going on with the integrity of your thoughts, until you see the undesired results at the end of the road).

The main idea I’m trying to emphasize is for you to consider, when you’re feeling stressed, find out how clear is your mind, by thinking logically, is like a slap against your own face, but without feeling the burning of it.

In other cases you can start feeling more relaxed, but you are still feeling fisically stressed… Like me this week; I woke up with bruxism twice, I could barely open my mouth during hours and it was desperating, it’s almost psychosomatic, but the pain in my jaw everytime I tried to open it, was real)

So what’s the bottom line? Never consider stress as a main subject on your mind, ’cause you can stop thinking clearly and it ain’t good at all; breath in and out, see what’s the environment you’re dealing with, and just think carefully, with attention to details, plan it right, then things would have no reason to go wrong 🙂 feel your eyes opening.. I swear, it’s one of the best sensations in the world.

About relaxing mind clearing methods: I believe in music as a powerful mind clearing method, it’s quite strong… And also in getting far away during a couple of minutes, of the place where you’re feeling stressed, wherever you’re, just go away, breath and think clear… Don’t do anything stupid if you’re not sure whether do it or not.. You’ll start feeling less edgy, and much more confident about things you’re trying to solve.. Smile, it ain’t bad at all 😀 !

-Marcelo

Apocalypse Please

I see it on the news, I see it on Twitter.. The world might be ending; it seems a great way to sow paranoia.. But I see it as a great chance for everyone to start reflecting about the possibility of the end of their lives.. I’ll only know in the afterlife (if there’s one) if I did everything I had to do in my life.

Particulary, I rather a thousand times to leave this world from one second to another, thinking.. “I should have done this, oh.. I’m so sorry I didn’t” ’cause it makes a balance in life.. Not everyone reaches the end of a marathon (some may faint, some may just retire) But if I have lived a loong beautiful life, when I’m 90 years old, I believe it could be a great chance to think about the things I didn’t do.. Cause it might be the end of the race.. But I can’t just give up half of the marathon when I’m 17, I feel life in all of it magnificence, all day long! 😀 .. it’s something really deep to reflect about.

About today’s end of the world. It’s plain stupid, but I rather take it with fun, instead of seriously say ‘Ooh.. this guy fooled the world, he must die .-.’ it’s pointless. Take it light as a feather, it’s much more productive to spend a moment thinking positively and light.. than thinking sorely serious 😀 ..Finding true love in life? yeah, I’ll write about it later on 🙂 I’m going to have dinner. See ya!

-Marcelo 🙂

Hard Week… Not quite sure :)

I reaaally hate exams period :/

Not much time for music, neither for me... Exams are the opium of the students

I know this week wasn’t precisely a regular week @ my school; we had a plenty of tests and I don’t hope to get results as good as I’d naturally expect from a well deserved effort studying; I imagine this panorama (and I’d say it’s awesome for you to do it as well! It helps considerably!) : “Hmm Fine, crappy week, but.. who cares ! I have the rest of the year to improve my grades, and not many things can stop me 😛 in fact.. Everything’s inside of me, this energy that leads me to success, is unmeasurable, so improving my grades… Is a fact ;)”

This kind of thoughts are the ones who takes the winners to where they are now; get them into your mind, and things will go much better inevitably.

By other side.. This week was beautiful! 😀 I decided to smile, and let my inner happiness flow through the places I was, and it worked perfectly well: Give to take love from the world… that’s right on ! 🙂