When writers don’t write

Thought you’d like a peek at what I do when I’m not writing. I play fiddle with my musician pals!

Jamming with Tess

I’d love to hear about the hobbies of other writers!

6 replies
  1. Rhonda Lane
    Rhonda Lane says:

    Your jam sessions look like so much fun, especially since you guys are more interested in enjoying music instead of preparing and practicing for performance.

    Two related activities get my mind out of the swirl of fictional voices. I started taking a chair yoga class for fitness, but I like how my mind settles when I focus on maintaining position. I went back to horseback riding lessons when I realized how much like yoga riding horses is.

    When I was younger, I had to get GOOD at something, be competitive, be admired. Now, I just want to relax, have a good time and have a good moment. Somehow, that makes it all better all around.

  2. BernardL
    BernardL says:

    I’m still playing basketball with some of the same guys from thirty years back, scuba dive, and backpack. I enjoyed your video immensely, because the best was when I played trumpet with my two kids. I taught them how to read music, and learned the clarinet and saxophone while helping them get into music. We played together many, many times while they were growing up. Unfortunately, their interest in music faded. Watching your video made me remember all of my small jam sessions with them. 🙂

  3. Tess
    Tess says:

    Rhonda, it’s important to have something we do just for fun, without feeling like we have to be the best at it, or feel competitive. Riding horses would be just the thing!

    Bernard, it’s never too late to go back to music!

  4. BernardL
    BernardL says:

    I’m going to start working on my Grandson. I already have him writing stories. He wrote a story for my wife with a character called Quilt-A-Woman. I used the term in a romantic comedy short story I had picked up by an Internet site. He got a big kick out of that, and he likes the trumpet. I’ll start working on his music ambition. Maybe I can get the band back together. 🙂

  5. Andrea Baxter
    Andrea Baxter says:

    I wrote songs, played guitar and bass and sang with “alternative” bands for years before turning to writing. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss music terribly, but it’s very difficult to find rock musicians who just love playing and collaborating and don’t secretly dream of going back and rocking their high schools. The irony of being retired from performing is I can now afford good equipment. My living room is a musical amusement park.

    A few years ago, when I’d just returned to writing after years of actively not writing, I became obsessed with the idea of building my dream guitar — something that combined my favorite elements from a half dozen electric guitars. The finish was the real challenge, since I’d always fantasized about playing a teal guitar with a paisley pattern stained (as opposed to painted) into the wood. The Baxtercaster Deluxe was the result. It has a Telecaster feel, a Rickenbacker sound, and my brother says it’s the most girly guitar he’s ever seen, but he likes it. I’ve built a few others and always have one in the works. I can tell how much progress I’m making with my writing by the amount of dust accumulating on my project guitar. More dust is definitely a good sign.

  6. PackingPadre
    PackingPadre says:

    Tess, you folks are actually quite good.

    My mother and my maternal grandmother were fair to middling violinists. My great aunt Florence, on the other hand, contributed to her parents and younger sibs by playing the fiddle at square dances and by playing the “sound track” of silent movies in small theatres unable financially to pay an orchestra.

    You are at Aunt Florence’s level and I say that with a deep sense of pride in my late great aunt, and in you, Tess.


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