Weeknote #2: Breath before the plunge

Had a quiet week in Real Life, but not so on this site. I wrote two posts: 1) about implementing a search function, and 2) some thoughts on digital gardens. Writing about building this site is a fun way for me to document things I'm learning how to do as a developer, but the second post is a (tiny) part of (haphazard) thinking I've found myself doing lately about the broad direction in which the wider culture (to the extent that there is such a thing as "the wider culture") seems to be heading, particularly in relation to technology. At this time, I cannot get much further than the thought that everything seems to be consolidating toward the flattening of human experience into... what exactly? I will resist trying to explain this further for now, but hope to explore it more in the future as time and energy allow.

The other day, I had a conversation over the phone with an American conductor who managed to sneak in a performance of my piece Feuertrunken with the Virginia Symphony last year just before the lockdowns. I was very glad to finally speak with him. We talked about the effects of the pandemic on the lives of musicians, and having had to reassess our relationships to our work in the last year and a half. I've said before that the much talked-about "future of the arts" is of not much worry to me, even with the present threats to traditional institutions. I wonder what I'll think when (if?) things normalize again. Whatever the case, I'm ever convinced that music as such as has nothing to do with careers as we know them; and a musical life is built on relationships, not careerism.

And of course, onboarding tomorrow at a new company, to which I can't overstate how much I'm looking forward. After the letdown that was what was supposed to be my first tech job earlier this year, this time I'm coming in sober, with the Long Game in mind. And while I'm anxious to adjust to a full-time (albeit flexible) schedule, I'm hoping the structure will actually help set proper boundaries between work and life. (As a modern man, God help me.) At any rate I think it will be a fruitful time, not just for myself but, hopefully, for the company as well.

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