I have this weekend off at church. I’ve been on for something like 13 weeks straight, which is pretty much the norm. I’m used to playing every Sunday for long stretches, but it gets kind of tiring after a while. Sometimes I need a week off to straighten myself out a little bit.
If nothing else, my ears need the rest. It’s weird, but as a guitarist, I spend so much effort analyzing my tone and trying to make it fit within the context of the band that I start to lose my perspective. I go through so many little adjustments that I start to lose the vision for what I wanted my guitar to sound like in the first place. I need to spend more time playing through my rig by myself so that I can rethink stuff.
I need to practice. I’m tired of playing the same parts on all these songs. I need to come up with some new stuff.
I get so focused on all this stuff that it gets really hard to dig in to the music. I won’t say that I’m not worshiping, because I think that my attention to detail as a part of the band is my act of worship. I don’t always have the luxury of having an emotional experience. For the record, I don’t think that emotion has to play a part in worship. It certainly can, but worship has always been more cerebral than anything.
Man, this is a rambling post…