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YOU'RE ALWAYS IMPROVING AT SOMETHING.

THINGS TAKE TIME. TRUST YOURSELF. TRUST THE PROCESS.

Hey Y’all,

 

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.

 

 

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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!

I love you all,
B

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Bob Walsh
2 months ago

I love you, Brendan. Good job!

Bri
2 months ago

💛💛💛

Adry
2 months ago

You played beautifully! I haven’t touched a piano since I was 14. I went to the army when I was 17, and life pretty much happened so fast after that, so I was never able to pick it back up. I have a keyboard in my house and my kids play whatever tunes they can muster, and I SO desire to play, but I fear that my hands will betray me and I’ll be reminded of all the time I wasted. Anyway, thank you for persevering. It paid off and we all are blessed to witness your progress. And maybe, one day, I’ll dust off playing hands and get back into it, too.

TWD,
Adry

Angela Lawrence
2 months ago
Reply to  Adry

Adry… Do it!!! I have just started back up… on my keyboard that my parents got me when I was 15… (no way am I going to tell you how old that keyboard is… 🤣). And I stopped when I was about 17 or so. I get super frustrated with my fingers… but I just focus on exercises for now to get used to the movements again. Even if I never get very far with it… it’s still a joy to try. 💛

Brendan
2 months ago

Absolutely! Can’t wait for you to play a song with us on tour!

Angela Lawrence
1 month ago
Reply to  Brendan

Lol. Chop sticks.

Brendan
2 months ago
Reply to  Adry

Adry,

In my opinion learning an instrument and playing an instrument is never wasted time. I have a feeling that if you pick piano up again after being a little older, wiser it’s going to come easier than you think. I definitely recommend doing it and I actually have a couple adult students who take music lessons for fun. It’s cathartic. It feels good to improve in something.

I might be biased, but I think you should take a stab at it again.

Thanks for sharing with us!
B

Danni
2 months ago

This was beautiful! The playing & the sentiment alike.

Brendan
2 months ago
Reply to  Danni

Thank you Danni!

Austin
2 months ago

Beautifully played..we’ll done sir

Brendan
2 months ago
Reply to  Austin

Thank you Austin!

Laura Sibley
2 months ago

👌 – That is all, for all of this.

Brendan
2 months ago
Reply to  Laura Sibley

Haha thank you Laura!

Mandi "Monster"
2 months ago

🌻💛☠️ Thank you for taking time from you day to share with us rats. I’m a bit heartbroken this evening so that was a pleasant distraction.

Brendan
2 months ago

I’m sorry to hear that you’re not feeling great but I’m glad that I could distract you for a little bit with some music.

Hope things are better for you now. Sending my love.
B

Nikki
2 months ago

Really beautiful, B. 💛

Brendan
2 months ago
Reply to  Nikki

Thanks Nikki 😊

erin
2 months ago

This is absolutely fantastic! Just being able to read a chart like that is something to be proud of! Thanks for the message and the tune! TWD 🌻💛☠️

Brendan
2 months ago
Reply to  erin

Erin,

Thank you!

Yeah it’s been a three-year journey. And it’s a really big moment for me because that was kind of my goal in picking up piano, to read any chart and play through it.

Alas, there’s so much more work to do but it’s always encouraging to hit a milestone like this. Thanks again for listening and commenting!

Angela Lawrence
2 months ago

This is such a great song! ❤ I was only a skosh disappointed that you weren’t singing. 😉 I’ve just started to try to re-learn the piano. I never learned to play with two hands, so I still had a long way to go when I stopped. But now I’ve got to re-learn finger placement, how to read the music and so much more. But that’s ok. Even if I only ever learn how to play one song really well, that’ll be enough for me. Lol. This sounded great B! Thank you 💛🌻☠

Brendan
2 months ago

Woah cool! I didn’t know you played piano!

Using both hands at once has always been a challenge for me, but what has really helped (you probably already know this) is just isolating the left hand.

A couple of months ago, I sat at the piano for a couple weeks and only practiced left hand exercises. In my head, I called it “the month of the left hand”. Lol but it helped me so much! I would recommend trying that and it might unlock some dexterity when you add your right hand again!
B

Angela Lawrence
1 month ago
Reply to  Brendan

I’ll definitely have to give this a try. I got lax again about practicing, but I think I’ll do better if I have specific exercises I make myself do and just plan for a certain amount of time each day or week to work on them.

Beth
2 months ago

Thank you Brendan, that was lovely.
I have always liked that song. 🙂

Brendan
2 months ago
Reply to  Beth

No problem, Beth! I’m glad you liked it!!

Jill Jessen
2 months ago

I understand what you mean. I began learning to play the ukulele a few years ago. Maybe four now? Time is hard to gauge for the last few years, ya know?
Anyway, I hung in there and now, I am so excited to find that the time put in has given me the ability to learn to play many songs very quickly, if the chords are ones I can manage. It definitely feels good to notice the difference!
Now, I’m going to listen to your recording.
Hugs my friend.
Love you guys, your band and the rat community! It’s awesome!
TWD

Jill Jessen
2 months ago

Very nice, relaxed, unforced playing on the piano. Mellow and pleasant ❤️

Brendan
2 months ago
Reply to  Jill Jessen

Thanks Jill, I’m glad you like it!

Valerie Cox
2 months ago

I agree with Angela, I thought we were gonna hear you sing!!! It’s a beautiful song and you played it well. I always wanted to play piano. I learned one song in high school for a friend so she could practice singing her solo. I surprised myself, lol. The part of this that made me tear up though was you cheering us on no matter what we do…to strive to be our best selves. 😭 I’ve been struggling so much even just doing the regular day to day stuff. I have so much to get straight in the way of organizing my life and can barely get dinner cooked etc….oh well…thank you so much for your encouragement, I will always push forward. ❤ Much love. 🙂😘

Brendan
2 months ago
Reply to  Valerie Cox

Okay, next time I’ll sing for ya! But you’re not going to like what you hear lol

I sometimes feel like that too, Valerie. We work such long hours that sometimes it’s impossible to balance mental health, a social life, exercise, eating healthy, etc. but I know that life is always cyclical. If you’re having a hard couple of months now, things will turn around! Hang in there!

Sometimes we just need a moment of clarity to see really how much growing we’ve done. I have a feeling if you really look at yourself now, you’ll see how far you’ve come in your own life!

Sending love your way!
B

David Bayliss
2 months ago

Lovely. Thanks Brendan.

Brendan
2 months ago
Reply to  David Bayliss

Thank you David!

Sara Contreras
2 months ago

Beautiful song! You did great!!
My daughter just started piano lessons. I told her she has to teach me what she learned after each class. I’ve always wanted to play but life got in the way. Thank you for sharing and for the reminder that everything is a process. TWD 💛

Brendan
2 months ago
Reply to  Sara Contreras

Thank you Sara!

Cool! It’s going to be awesome to watch your daughter grow on piano!

Also, not a bad idea for her to teach you after the lesson. You really have to internalize information enough to teach it!

Cathy
2 months ago

That was beautiful 🥰

Gavin Dwyer
2 months ago

Lovely work Brendan!! 🙂

Paula
2 months ago

Fabulous effort Brendan! So proud of you for accepting a challenge and delivering. Beautiful rendition.

Mandy
2 months ago

Amazing rendition, thanks for that. I named my daughter Georgia after this song, my Mum also used to play it on the piano when I was a kid.. You’ve just brought back some lovely memories as I lie here at 7am not wanting to get up for work, rain crashing on my window, so I’ll just have to listen to you play one more time…

Christa Evans
2 months ago

That was beautiful! Piano is one of those things I would love to learn but, at the age of 43, it’s not something I could learn on my own. I’d like to find a teacher who can do it but I live in the middle of BFE so it might be tough. You guys give me a little hope to not give up! Love you! 💙

Patricia
1 month ago

Lovely cover! It takes me back to a time when I’m in my grandparents home, on the couch, listening to my grandpa play a tune on the rickety piano. How I wish to go back home, not the place, but the feeling. This is what it feels like to listen to your guys’ music

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