Daughter-ism: Keep trying the key…

Sometimes wisdom is handed down from elders. Sometimes it is caught as a part of living. Other times it is taught by observing those we are entrusted with teaching.

Hasselblad 501c

Hasselblad 501c

We have a door that a young child inserted a branch in to years ago. As a result we could not get a piece of the branch out and the lock was jammed. It was not essential to enter in to that door from the outside so it had been long ago put on a backburner and left. Recently we had a need to gain entry through this door on a regular basis. A locksmith had installed the lock when we moved in and we made plans to call so he could match the keys as he had done before. At this point our daughter says, “The key worked when I tried it again yesterday.”…

Say what now? We tried and sure enough it now opened without issue. The only thing I can figure is that so much time passed that the branch deteriorated to the point that the lock was no longer jammed. Who knows how long ago we could have opened the door. The thought struck me immediately:

We had determined in our mind years ago that the lock was irretrievably jammed and the door would never open again until we did something. We believed this so thoroughly that we never tried the lock again. It would not open because we needed to do something. After enough time passed the lock was no longer jammed, but we never realized it because we stopped trying the key. In her youthful optimism my daughter tried the key again without hesitation and the door opened.

Keep trying the key.

I immediately found this revelation useful in my life. Often times action is required in life but it is also true that time is a crucial element for change. There are times where doors will not open for no other reason than the fact that it is not time yet. It does not mean the door will not ever open. It does not mean that there is something we did not do. It does not mean there is something we need to do. Sometimes the best solution is having the patience to not force the lock and permanently break it (as I almost did initially), but instead simply wait for the blockages to clear when and as they were meant to so we can open the door without forcing it or adding unnecessary expense. In the grand scheme the door not opening was not even an issue because we did not need to use it when it was jammed. The only issue would be the jam itself if we chose to obsess on that alone. In the end the only thing required of us was to wait until we needed to get through the door and then try the key.


Gallery: Hasselblad 501c at Duke Gardens…


I typically do a test drive for all new and new to me gear at Duke Gardens. This last Tuesday was particularly hot, but I ventured out anyway and here is the result. I included all 12 frames shot including an accidental fire while the camera was hanging from my shoulder. Mental note: Do not leave dark slide in the car.

Something may come of “Wade In The Water” yet…

Subtitle: It’s not over until it’s over.

This is a track recorded at my Dining Room table one night years ago. I recorded it to take a break from recording voicovers, but it turned out ok so I kept it. Later on in 2009 I was putting together a self produced/released proof of concept CD and I wanted one more track so I dug this up and included it. Time went by and I thought that was the end of that. Then on Election Night 2012 after just hearing, with great relief, that we would have Barry for 4 more years I received a FB message from DJ Mallo working out of the UK that 1) he had turned my acapella track in to a house song, 2) he had been playing it in clubs and it was well received, and 3) it was about to be released on a house compilation by Extended Play Records (Track 6)… First reaction? Git the %&$#* out of here. NY skeptic. Then I went to the soundcloud page, then the beatport page, and I thought “This is great. I should make a Youtube video.” Then when I searched Youtube someone in California took it upon themselves to make one already?! What on Earth? There have been talks of further collaborations with DJ Mallo, but he is a busy young man and I have the attention span of a gnat so nothing ever came of it. Then I recently received a Soundcloud message from Extended Play Recordings stating that they did not know who the vocalist was on the “Wade In The Water Track” before, but now that they do they are thinking of doing a remix, asked if I had the original (almost lost, but found on a portable hard drive after a panicked search) and wanted to know if I had any other acapella tracks “because your voice really works over house music (&) would be great to feature you on the label again with full credits.” I had thought the same about my voice and house music, but never said it loud for fear of sounding like a pompous twit. To see someone else write this to me was like Christmas come early. I sent more tracks and I truly hope something does come of it.

Here is the sample track I was sent Election night 2012 by DJ Mallo followed by the full track as released: