Perseverance, It’s a Good Thing(tm)

(noun) steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., esp. in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

I think I’m losing much of it.

I really have changed.

Back then, I could spend hours everyday spamming the piano, or jump into freezing water everyday at 7am to practice for a meet (I’m a giant belly flopper =P), or coding for 8 hours straight everyday for 2 months (Project Brainless), or spending hours on Wikipedia reading about chess opening theories, or going to orchestra rehearsals every Saturday morning, and waking up at 5am for morning jogs.

Nowadays, I’ve gotten way too lazy. All the half finished projects. Always something more “interesting” coming along. And I end up not finishing anything. I’ve also deserted the piano and the saxophone, and half of my other hobbies, and just “be the rest of us” everyday.

I did a lot of crazy things in the past. But I don’t want to live in past tense.

There is no short of people doing crazy things around me, and I have a lot of respect for them.

I know someone who has composed STACKS of music, someone who owns a freakin store on facebook, someone who can probably play tetris blindfolded, someone who can successfully ask out and dump a girl 5 times before I even realize it, someone who has been making money and supporting his/her family since gr 8, someone who can draw Sailor Moon characters better than what you see on TV, someone who can make photo-realistic drawings using MS Paint pixel by pixel… the list goes on.

Coming to think of it, everyone is doing something crazy, in one way or another.

With all these great friends, I feel like I’m just tagging along. Not contributing my share of craziness to the world.

This will be changed. Starting this summer. I need to set goals for myself. As cliche as that sounds, I’ve never really done that. I’ll give it a try.

How about. La Campanella?

8 months. I know a few people who can probably master it while taking a dump, but for me it would be a feat. I need some practice with long jumps.

If I don’t follow up with it in 4 months, I’ve probably failed miserably. Feel free to laugh then :).

EDIT: link fixed.

11 thoughts on “Perseverance, It’s a Good Thing(tm)”

  1. “Someone who has composed STACKS of music”. You should know that that person is THE MOST UNMOTIVATED PERSON in the universe. And for each stack of music there are thousands of stacks of unfinished, wasted ideas.

    Anyway, if you’re looking for something to do during the summer during your off-time I could use you as a casual PHP developer, because I’m going to rebuild my site with the new framework and publicize it for real.

    Maybe you could even play some chamber music with me and ian and some other people. We’ll think of something to do to keep motivated.

    P.S. Don’t ever say you’re unmotivated because you’re by far the smartest person I know.

    1. haha but at least you have thousands of stacks of what you don’t want to be your music. mine is just… I’m too lazy.

      I like the PHP developer idea! I’ll have nothing to do after I finish my segway project (which is almost done, just having some stupid problem with gears now), and your site sounds like a lot of fun.

      Let me know how I can help!

      I’m pretty sure I’m way too bad for you guys =P I don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to music.

  2. Oh, and La Campanella is all fluff. It’s technically challenging but you should learn something with musical substance.

    1. well, you see, my musical knowledge stops at playing by the score =P and I’m really “out of the loop”, so to speak.

      Any suggestions? =D

      I was looking at Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, too, but I don’t particularly like the piano arrangements I could find. I love the orchestra version, though.

  3. campanella — good bye matt’s wrists. it was good knowing you while you were still ALIVE.

    aha goodluck (: keep me posted. it’s lovely. i have the score if you want it.

    1. just watched your link – yundi li is a BEAST.
      fourth-fifth finger trills — GOOD LUCK
      no way i’ll be able to handle that with 8 months 😛

      1. hahaha I was just thinking maybe I’m aiming a little bit (by which I mean, A LOT) too far. If it takes you 8 months it would take me 8 years =P. you are godly (goddessly?). I’ve seen/heard/smelled you play moonlight third movement!

        I think it was at gateway? the infamous last supper (before going onstage) area.

  4. chamber music plz

    except i’ve barely played my clarinet since high school so we’ll end up with funky woodwind/strings groups. but that’s okay =D

    1. hahaha I haven’t touched my clarinet at all since high school! I don’t even remember the fingering

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