A Quiet Time


2013 was an interesting year for me, quite a few things happening that I just wasn’t expecting at all.  I went through a very long and frustrating period of writers block for most of the year, but ended it being very productive.  I ditched my Elektrons and bought a really nice acoustic guitar, but I still love playing with music apps on the iPad too.  I raised my mastering rates and actually started turning clients away for the first time.  I ditched a ton of social media baggage and cut back on the amount of time I spent on forums this year.

Fun stuff.

The biggest  change in 2013 was having shoulder surgery the day after xmas though.  Due to an old snowboard injury, I disocate my left arm every 3-4 years.  It just happens randomly most of the time, and typically starts to heal in a few days.  This past October I however, it happened again while mountain biking on Vancouver’s North Shore, and it didn’t heal.

Best option was to go in there and rebuild everything, which means 6-7 months of rehab and recovery.  No bike riding, no snowboarding, no athletic activities beyond walking.  Ungh, not something I was looking forward to, but things couldn’t stay as they were either.

Luckily the surgery went fine, and now it’s been almost a week and I’m on the mend.  Sore and not able to do much more than type very slowly, I have a feeling the next few months are going to be a long process of getting my strength and flexibility back.  Physical Therapy here I come.  🙂

I can just barely play the upper positions on my guitar still as luck would have it, so at least I have that to focus on and work with.  Using a computer and any sort of normal music keyboard is painful though, so I have a feeling new blog posts might taper off for a bit while I focus on getting back in shape.

Here’s to hoping that things improve quicker than expected though, because I have a lot of new ideas I want to write about this year.

Peace and beats,

  1. Indigo33301-01-2014

    Take it light and much healing in a solid and speedy recovery. I need both shoulders and knees replaced, I can sympathize 0_o

  2. Key nth01-01-2014

    Tried windows accessibility like voice activation?

    • Tarekith01-01-2014

      I was talking to Siri for a little while, in the end it was just quicker to do my snail pace typing.

  3. Theo void01-01-2014

    I feel ya man. I’ve been doing a lot of writing on my acoustic in the past year. I find it way more inspirational than controllers and computers these days. I have a Seagull but may get something real nice. What kind of guitar you have?
    Ditto on the ipad. I have a mini retina and the amount and quality of apps is amazing. I just need to stop tinkering and actually finish something.

  4. Tarekith01-01-2014

    I have a Taylor 814ce, just got it a couple months ago with the money I made selling my Machinedrum and Octatrack. At the moment I’m mainly just building up my finger strength and getting used to finger picking instead of flat picking, but I’m already getting a lot of use out of it in my songs. Here’s the last one:


    iPad music making is far from glitch free still, but the quality and unique nature of some of the apps makes putting up with crashes worth it. Barely.

  5. chad01-01-2014

    hope the recovery is speedy and complete.

  6. Tarekith01-01-2014

    Thanks very much for the well wishes!

  7. John01-02-2014

    Best wishes for a full recovery in 2014!

  8. ZenAtWar01-02-2014

    Hope the recovery goes well man and I can’t wait to hear more Taylor inspired tunes!

  9. Tarekith01-02-2014

    Thanks everyone. So far so good, getting a bit more mobility and finally off the strong pain pills. I can reach up to the 9th fret now too. 🙂

  10. Dvjfitz01-22-2014

    Good luck with the recovery.

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