This blog post is part self-motivational speech. If I am honest about myself, I know that I love to learn new things and understand things fully but actually finishing a project is not my strong suit. Sometimes I like to see all the lights turn green before I leave my driveway. It's really dumb when you put it into words like that.

:\

Sometimes the pursuit of knowledge comes at the expense of actually putting that knowledge to work and learning about the how the theoretical becomes the actual - "where the rubber meets the road", so to speak. Part of that is because I fear the perfectionist that resides inside me. I can be very critical (and at the same time objective). It isn't going to be perfect just because it's "my kid". I think part of that is because I grew up with a very negative mother. Her unspoken philosophy was "blessed are the pessimistic, for they shall not be disappointed". Disappointment can hurt.

Well, as the Dread Pirate Roberts said in the great movie "The Princess Bride":


Disappointment is part of life with imperfect people (like oneself). Your only REAL choice is: what are you going to be disappointed OVER and how often are you going to feel that disappointment? I'm 55 years old. It is time to stop being disappointed over things that turn out to be less than perfect and instead be disappointed in myself for not not making the attempt: trying to accomplish them at all. Things that I've "wanted to do" my whole life, like play guitar. And now, to make CBGs.

Yes, I'm learning a lot about the process from talking and reading, but it is time to Just Do It and learn FROM the process. (And learn to play one of those little boogers). Perfection can come on the next one....

Views: 1158

Comment

You need to be a member of Cigar Box Nation to add comments!

Join Cigar Box Nation

Comment by robert jones on June 10, 2014 at 8:31am
Comment by Glenn Watt on June 9, 2014 at 9:08pm

Ron,

  1. I like how you express yourself. You are fun to read.
  2. I think you toying around with the phrase and any ideas that come from it is a fantastic things.
  3. Those words are borrowed from someone else; someone I cannot cite but I have to imagine would be honored to provide inspiration to an artist.

Work your magic, my friend.

Comment by Ron "Oily" Sprague on June 8, 2014 at 10:58pm
Glenn,

The whole CBG vibe revolves around found objects. Being a singer-songwriter in my spare time, I'm always on the lookout for phrases and imagery that strike me sideways, make the hairs on my neck stand up, or cause my ears to go, " WTF was THAT??!!" Your last post has this image which is, in my opinion, lyrical gold: "shooting the arrow and painting the bullseye around where it lands." Kin I borrow that, play with it some?
Comment by Glenn Watt on June 8, 2014 at 9:05pm

Darren, 

The guys posting before me have already nailed it down but if I may add my two cents... I understand what you are saying. It is tough to want everything to be perfect and maddening when I can't get it to be that way. Such is my life. I have learned to let go... at least a little bit.

With building CBGs, I have found that shooting the arrow and painting the bullseye around where it lands is often the healthiest and happiest approach for me.

Comment by Slowpaw Steve T on June 8, 2014 at 1:52pm

sounds interesting...! let us know when it's finished (-:

Comment by Ron "Oily" Sprague on June 8, 2014 at 9:39am
Slowpaw,

Fretting About The Past: A Collection of New Songs In Old Styles.

Thank you, truly.
Comment by Jim_in_Tucson on June 8, 2014 at 9:02am

"Thank God for the journey."  ~James Brown

Comment by Slowpaw Steve T on June 8, 2014 at 8:47am

what's that Ron....."some people make me sick"  or "I may not be the fastest and may not be the best.." ? (-;

Comment by Ron "Oily" Sprague on June 8, 2014 at 3:52am
Steve,

Thank you! You just gave me the title for album #3...hehehehe
Comment by Slowpaw Steve T on June 8, 2014 at 3:35am

Some people make me sick - everything they do is right, they never make mistakes, they have the perfect happy marriage, beautiful clever children destined for University, they never get ill, their perfect lives are an inspiration to us all.....

but they don't exist, they bravely create the illusion all is well, but if you got to know them and sat them down for a heart to heart it would all come out - the confused childhood, the abuse, the bad crowd the kids got in with, the medical ailments...the list would go on, everybody thinks everybody else is perfect but it's not true, the millionaire sick with worry about losing it all or his/her kids secretly smoking dope or being kidnapped for ransom....

don't look at me....after a history of bad luck, accidents, divorces, bad company and debt my final position is  destined to remain as a carer for my sick mother for the foreseeable future, nothing to show for a lifetime of working except an unabated urge to keep being creative and making mistakes, and having fun doing it..! when you go you can't take anything with you, like I wrote in my most recent song ..

"but now i'll have a lot more time to further my quest,

 I may not be the fastest and may not be the best,

i'll keep it to the grindstone hope it don't go away,

just doing what I'm doing and i'll live for today"

mistakes don't matter, you need them to learn by and keep going, you can't keep fretting about the past but can improve in the future, like they say the journey is the thing not the destination (-:

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation?How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor


Recommended Links & Resources

Forum

can't believe....

Started by john mackay in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by john mackay 6 minutes ago. 8 Replies

Build 3

Started by pavlovamericanroadtrip in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig 20 hours ago. 12 Replies

Jazzy F7 Tuning for 4-string cigar box guitar

Started by Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com) in Feature Articles. Last reply by Hector Arturo Chavez on Saturday. 6 Replies

2016 Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Fest - ALL THE INFO!

Started by Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com) in Feature Articles. Last reply by Jim Morris on Friday. 1 Reply

Inlay.

Started by Fomhorach in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by sparky37 on Friday. 9 Replies

Just about finished

Started by Barrie Collins in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by John Sawyer on Thursday. 4 Replies

Insane Microwave Guitar - fully functioning instrument built from a microwave

Started by Shane (www.ShaneSpeal.com) in Feature Articles. Last reply by the anonymous pick on Wednesday. 24 Replies

Latest Activity

wes carl commented on Andries D. EKER's video
Thumbnail

Hole in there Hearts A D Eker 2016

"The only hole I want in my heart "
5 minutes ago
wes carl commented on Andries D. EKER's video
6 minutes ago
john mackay replied to john mackay's discussion can't believe....
"nah I bought them.lol heres the 1 stringer finished it of today.(better known to you guys as a…"
6 minutes ago
Metal hic and Sean R. Thornton are now friends
15 minutes ago
Robb Griffin shared Randy S. Bretz's photo on Facebook
16 minutes ago
Robb Griffin posted a status
"My "Lego" CBG. Very little super glue used on the box. Plays pretty well too."
17 minutes ago
Andries D. EKER replied to Uncle John's discussion Is this the Anonymous Pick?
" and this is all we know about him !! "
19 minutes ago
Andries D. EKER replied to Uncle John's discussion Is this the Anonymous Pick?
"This is all he wants ,and at the same time is on the fastes medium on the planet and wants to…"
20 minutes ago
Nancy kat liked James O Lunsford's video
20 minutes ago
Nancy kat commented on James O Lunsford's video
Thumbnail

Pirate Looks at Forty

"Nice vocals on this James really sounds well AarghhhMeowwwwwww^..^"
21 minutes ago
Robb Griffin posted a photo
21 minutes ago
Andries D. EKER replied to Uncle John's discussion Is this the Anonymous Pick?
22 minutes ago

Music

Loading…

© 2016   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service