Earlier today I was trying to bend a note by pushing a string up a full step. Of course the results weren't quite what I'd hoped for, but then I remembered an interview where Clapton was asked if he still practiced. Clapton replied that he still practiced bending notes. That comforted me.
I should have started guitar at 16. Not 60. But physically and psychologically it wouldn't have been possible for me in 1969.
Hindsight is a preoccupation of mine lately. I tend to recognize things at a remove but not so much in the moment.
Guitar is all about being in the moment.
Wrote the first new fragment for Appearances in 2 months. Worked on a single sentence, off and on, for the last 4 hours.
Am also fiddling with the beginnings of a lyric poem and doing a new collaborative sequence with Thomas Fink.
What tends to get me through projects isn't stellar intelligence. It's stubbornness. Persistence matters as much as anything. Something I need to remind myself of when I'm tempted to smash the guitar, shred the manuscript, or delete the blog.