I don’t usually post non-music information here, but this is a topic very important to me and one that I think is underserved. I recently wrote about my experiences with the Alexander Technique for a book to be published on the technique, and I’ve found that a number of people suffer from the same breathing difficulties that I experienced for several years. However, just as I found in the past, these people are unable to find real answers for their questions about air hunger. I hope this account provides some useful information for anyone experiencing similar breathing difficulties.
[Video fun at the bottom of this page] I’m back in New York after returning from the New Zealand launch of Four-Letter Words, this travel pattern re-qualifying me for my self-proclaimed moniker of New Yorklander. (As more than one person in NZ pointed out to me, ‘New Yorklander’ doesn’t just work in combining New Yorker and New Zealander; it also works pretty well in combining New Yorker and Aucklander. Silly me for not noticing.)
What a week…arrived in NZ on Monday morning kind of exhausted after a busy time over there, and then hit the ground running in NZ. There were a couple of tense hours on the flight from NYC to LA as a substantial delay made a tight connection even tighter, but luckily my fellow Kiwis at Air NZ still let me check in for my flight with only 45 minutes before departure for an international flight. I love Air NZ.
In a week I return to my homeland for the New Zealand release of Four-Letter Words, and after such a full journey since first meeting with producers Lee and Rich in April last year, I can’t say how excited I am to be able to start sharing the music. At the same time, this anticipation is tempered by the sadness of knowing that I’ll be returning home to a country facing the rebuilding of one of its major cities after the February earthquake.
Well hello there!
It’s been so long since my last formal blog post, that my brain seems to have suffered from the decreased online activity and has reverted back to 2nd Millenium capacity, with such indulgent elaborations as “wow, that’s funny” when a simple LOL would suffice, and a preponderance for snail-paced living, as evidenced by my 10-minute encounter with the vibrant colors of autumn leaves falling into the Prospect Park Lake against a low-lying sun this morning.
A word about the title:
Softly Softly Catchee Monkey is an expression I first heard used by my dad as I was growing up – I have some vague recollection of hearing him say it during a chess match when I was a kid (nerd alert!). Bemused by the absurdity of the phrase, I would shake my head at its use (it’s not unusual to here it in New Zealand), but began to understand that the phrase was used to indicate a cunning, patient and determined tactic. I’m going to simplify here, because I’ve heard variations on the same theme (even the phrase itself alternatively appears as “Slowly Slowly”, rather than “Softly Softly”), but the origins
My fellow humans, a happy 2010 to you all!
I’m getting ready to drive to Long Island for a show tonight with my acoustic trio (of which I am a part, i.e., a total of 3 ;-)). It’s a new performance lineup that began with in-store shows in June and has turned out to be a lot of fun…if you would like to come see us sometime, we’ll be playing in Philadelphia (August 22nd) and NYC (August 25th). I also wanted to share the news of an upcoming New Zealand tour in October. The details of the shows are below.
It’s always an interesting experience to perform songs that I wrote a couple of years ago, but that are only now reaching their audience. “Do you get tired of playing the same song over and over again?” is a question that I feel artists get asked from time to time. The answer, in my experience, is a resounding “No”. But the reason for that is more humbling than it is noble.
I’m mad as hell