Forgive the OT post here but I wanted to share this with the good people of Northern Sounds.
My web site home page used to default to Yahoo.com. Everday when I'd launch IE up would pop Yahoo and up would pop those 5-6 news headlines at the right side of the page. Everyday bad news. The economy is crashing, everybodys being layed off, terrorists are coming, Tom Cruise is looking for love again. On one particular day I noticed that each headline was about a looming catastrophe that made me want to quit my job and go home and hide under the bed. Nothing but fear and pessimism.
So I changed my home page to Northern Sounds and very rarley do I go and look at the news. I do not watch it at home on the tellly and I do not read the paper. Now some may argue that it's best to be informed but I figure if something really bad is about to happen it won't matter if I know or not, it's going to happen anyway.
Lately I haven't been feeling as much anxiety as I had before. My home is still there when I get off from work, there's still a litttle money for a few sample libraries in my bank account, we're busy at work, and I love my wife and kids. All is well.
I also recently read Michael Crichton's "Fear Factor" novel. While it is a piece of fiction he sure makes a lot of great points on how the media pushes us to be afraid all of the time. Apparently it keeps us "paying our taxes" and "driving on the correct side of the road". Marylin Manson also makes the point about the media driving us to consume and be to afraid in Michael Moore's "Bowling For Columbine"
So, to sum it up, forget the bad news. Don't give it too much attention. Spend that time hugging your wife or kids, playing the piano, or excercising. It sure has done wonders for me...
And since this is an international forum, I'd sure be interested in other people's thoughts!
Now go on and write some great music!!!
All the very best,