Friday, January 11, 2008


My new year resolutions are usually broken by the second week of the year. However this year I've started a personal diary and am determined to keep it up for as long as I can. I have more to write about these days so I have no excuse.

I am addressing the diary to my baby boy even though he is still three months away from being born. It would be fun twenty years down the line to read what I had to say about impending fatherhood and how I coped with his arrival as well as all the other stuff.

Another resolution I made is to play lead guitar a little better. I am a pretty decent rhythm player but I've only been using the pentatonic scale since I picked up the guitar twenty years ago. There is a lot you can do with the pentatonic but it is time I progressed to the lydian and mixolydian scales. Learning how to sweep pick and use two handed tapping techniques would also be cool. Incorporating these things into my playing would make my songwriting more interesting.

I also need to to make it to the gym at least a few times a week. My sedentary lifestyle is catching up with me and my waistline is expanding by the day. The last thing I need is to buy new pants no matter how uncomfortable I am with how tight the ones I am wearing are these days. It would be better to just lose a few inches off the waist and feel better.

Someone once told me that if you do something for more than 40 days in a row, it will become second nature to you and you won't even have to think about the effort you put into it. It would be just like waking up and brushing your teeth.

I'm going to try it and see if it works. Will get back to you later on that..