Respect and Resolutions

I had two personal new years resolutions this year. One was to run a half marathon in under 1 hour 30 mins. The other was to make some music.

I had some biz goals too but that’s for another post as there has been a recent flurry of launches at betaworks and I haven’t caught my breath yet.

Running. I did the Brooklyn Half in 1:30:42 seconds. I mean, look, I said ‘sub 1:30’ not ‘1:30’. So that 42 seconds is really fucking annoying. For anyone that runs halves or marathons you’ll know that it’s really difficult to keep to a pace, (sub 1:30 is a 6:52 min/mile, for 13.1 miles..) and virtually impossible to make up 42 seconds in the last two miles if you’re spent. So it’s annoying.

Is it annoying enough to train again and try to beat it? Or do I just respect the fact that I did a pretty decent job? Not sure, I’m enjoying running again — especially in this crazy NY winter weather —so I think I’ll go for it. And I need an excuse to buy all that fancy Tracksmith gear.

I guess at some point I have to come to terms with the fact that I will inevitably get slower as I get older. Wow, downer.

Onto the music. I did some make some music. I took the Online Course at Berklee that one of our companies, Blend, set up. It was great.

My music was not great. Terrible in fact. I made three tracks and passed the course. I always knew that making music was special and I respected musicians and producers, but in the back of your mind it’s a little like modern art; ‘how hard can it be to put a few bleeps together to make a banging acid house track?’

Really fucking hard. Actually.

I have a new found respect for anyone who makes music and even more if they are able to make a living off it. When I hear a track like this one from a band called Die Verboten — a collaboration between the Soulwax guys, English electro maestro (Henry) Riton, and artist Fergus ‘Fergadelic’ Purcell —you just have to hold your hands up and say I will never ever create anything close to that. It’s the sort of epic track that even makes listening to other decent tracks seem pointless.

just look at these fucking dudes. Click to listen.

Long story short. I’ll keep running, I think I can achieve something and I can see the actual progression. I started running 9 min miles, then 8, then 7 and then under 7. Maybe if I had started earlier and devoted my life to it I could have got even faster. Who knows? I just don’t see that with the music. You either have it or you don’t. And I don’t — at least not in the creation way. I was asked to do a mix for a friend and that turned out pretty good. It was a collection of 1990 vinyl. Lots of people said they liked it. So I think I can do a decent curation job, just not creation. So I’ll stop trying to make music and respect that decision.

Happy 2016.

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