My name is Joan Cuenco and welcome to Issue #02 of The Art in Ü.
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First, some updates. My friend Mitch invited me to open for his band Whiskey Hotel at the Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island, Georgia on September 12, 2015. You can listen to a recording of my performance below (oh, the magic of internet). Thanks to Mitch, Lane, and Matt!
I've also been invited to spin with DJ Image Dub at HBGB in Downtown Brunswick, GA for their Hip Hop show on October 9. Thank you to Tiny for inviting us, I had a great time at the 1st Hip Hop show back in August.
Now onto today's subject: Being a Beginner
Since making friends with musicians here in Georgia, I was invited to join a new band as a drummer. I liked the idea of this because I'd been interested in playing the drums since I was a child. I studied the Clarinet all the way through high school, but never got around to the drums.
I've been playing and practicing for a few weeks, and it's pretty challenging, but also fun. What I like most about it is that although it's not easy, I remind myself that being a beginner is temporary. I've also enjoyed seeing the progress I'm making each week.
I may only be a beginner at this for a few more weeks (or months) -- either way, it's not forever. And most importantly, it's fun. Is there something you've been wanting to try, but felt discouraged because of a steep learning curve? To this, I ask,
"What age will you be when you finally learn to [insert interest here]?"
"The same age you'll be if you don't."
I've included a great solo by Animal. Happy Friday!
Much love, Joan.