Brendan here. Sorry I haven’t posted yet!
We’ve been super busy filming music videos for the Homesick for Another World launch, they came out pretty great and I can’t wait to share them with you!
but I finally had a moment this weekend to sit down and play some piano after working some long days with the boys.
I flipped open my Real Book (a book of a bunch of chord charts for jazz standards) and I started to learn Georgia on My Mind just for fun.
The song isn’t particularly difficult but there are quite a few chord changes.
In the past, I would’ve avoided learning a tune like this, it would’ve taken weeks for me to get all the chords and the melody under my fingers.
But to my surprise, I was able to play through this chart pretty quickly. The video was filmed after a couple of days of practice.
Although my play-through might not be impressive to the piano-playing Rats in the Hideout and I understand that I still have SO much to learn on this instrument, being able to get through this chart on the first day was an amazing moment for me.
It was a moment where I could see that the last couple years of practicing piano had paid off. I noticed real improvement in my playing and let me tell you, it was so encouraging.
Sometimes, we get so bogged down with milestones and goals and showing visible improvement, that we are hard on ourselves or we quit or we become depressed.
And sometimes, all you have to do is just trust the process. You ARE improving even if you’re not seeing it every day. One day, you will surprise yourself with your growth and improvement.
So I say this, Rats:
Don’t ever stop working on yourself, practicing the Yo-Yo, going to the gym, skydiving, killing it at work, or playing the piano just because you’re not where you want to be.
Keep practicing, keep showing up, keep on improving. Learn to enjoy the process. You’ll get there one day. We all will!
Anyways, I just had this thought today and I figured I’d share it with you. I truly want every Rat to be the best version of themselves that they can be. Let’s take over the world!
Feel free to share a similar moment that you had or something that you’ve been struggling to improve on in the comments!