Blog and Video
It's 3:07pm on Christmas Eve and as you can tell I did a couple of videos in the past 24 hours. One started as a dare to play pieface, and the other above video germinated nwhen I got really weary of waiting for my wife in the women's clothing section of Carson's.
It's a choice, really. You wake up and you have to decide how to create. Today's it's video and this blog. Tomorrow maybe I'll write a poem and play a few songs. A few days later, let's do a podcast. The day after that, let's put together a proposal to get funding so that I can hire a bunch of interns to push the technology. Finally, let's do a morning radio show 250 times a year.
I really do wish that there was some sort of method to what I create. But there's not. The best I can come up with is to have the various apparatuses ready in case I want to create in that medium. To that end, my guitar needs new strings. I need a charging cord for a mixer in the studio in my house so I can do a podcast at any time. As far as spontaneous videos go, you can pretty much do whatever you need to do on an iphone... as expemplified in the spontaneous videos above. But to do more professional videos, you need stuff. Between Christmas and New Year's, we're scheduled to Facebook Live all 12 games of the Highland Holiday Tournament. That'll require a whole bunch of stuff.
As far as this blog goes, you just need a laptop and an internet connection. And as far as the morning radio show goes, you just need a studio and offices that only cost you a few hundred thousand to get right. In the end, if you want to create freely and independently in a number of different media, it'll cost you money. And you'll probably never really master any of them to the point where you'll make a ton of money. You might attain that ever-elusive "quality of life," but in the end you gotta specialize or you'll be left behind.
Now that I think about - with my two daughters and wife cooking Mexican food a few feet from me in the kitchen - I've pretty much reverted to my high school sports days. I played football, basketball and baseball in high school, and was either the best or one of the best on each of the teams. That's not an outsized view of my own accomplishments... it's more of a comment that if I had specialized in one of these three, I could probably have had my college paid for. Instead, I spent more than a few months with nowhere to live in Berkeley so that I could take Scientific Calculus and Social statistics.
In the end, if you wanna make a bunch of money, you gotta choose. Maybe that's the one rebellion left in My Radio Life - I refuse to choose. And with that note, I'd like to offer the three or four of you a Merry Christmas. Don't eat too much, remember the reason for the season, and after it's all said and done, you will be absolved of all guilt if you recite -
Christmas. Good to see it come. Good to see it go.