Guess what my latest interest is?
Aw, you peeked.
Anyway, as I’ve blogged time and again, one of my most glaring symptoms of ADHD is my sudden interest in a thing.
Wow! I like that thing! I want that thing! I need to learn everything about that thing!
These sudden and overwhelming interests just come out of nowhere. I can’t predict them and I have a heluva time trying to rein them so they don’t disrupt every aspect of my life.
Here are some things in the past that I had a sudden interest in:
- Beer steins
- Beer brand collectibles
- Old toys
- Car detailing
- Fountain pens
- Silver Age Comicbooks
My most recent interest is jazz, but the interest comes with a twist.
It started when I was at Barnes & Noble a few weeks back and I picked up a vinyl copy of Miles Davis – Kind of Blue. According to the liner, it’s considered the greatest jazz album of all time.
Well, it is really good. So good, I ordered, and read, Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece by Ashley Kahn. The book was great, too.
Then, to save money, I went to the library and began picking up other jazz albums from that era by those on the album, like John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley, as well as those contemporary to that period, like Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy. We’re talking late ’50s, early ’60s.
Ok, no problem. What’s wrong with becoming suddenly interested in jazz if it doesn’t cost you much?
Nothing, except now I want to play jazz. Sure, I could get back into playing guitar, but I’ve never mastered that. I was never able to adequately memorize the fretboard and learning jazz is much more difficult than say, “Wipe Out!”
Plus, I my fingers just aren’t nimble enough to play fast.
And to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of classic jazz guitar. Not compared to horns. I’ve always loved the sound of brass, especially the sassy sounds of a sax.
But we don’t have any saxes laying around.
We do, however have trombones. Both my sons played trombone in school. We’ve been exposed to the sound of trombones for over a decade, even though they both recently put their instruments aside.
So, I picked up the trombone and I’m self-teaching myself using YouTube and my son’s lesson book.
How long will this interest last?
It’s hard to say. Sometimes they’re just a shot in the dark, lasting up to three months, other times they return in cycles, never really going away, just sort of sleeping then reawakening, like my passion for fountain pens, comics, so on.
This could be considered a reawakening of my passion to learn to play music, only it shifted from the guitar to the trombone.
Here I am after only two days of practice. Pretty awful.
I know five notes. B flat, C, D, E flat, and F. I don’t know any songs, just that five note scale. But I feel I’ve accomplished a lot in a short time.
I get the feeling the trombone, like a piano, has the notes laid out more intuitively than the guitar does. At least for me.
The hard part will be getting my lips in vibrating shape.
And keeping myself interested beyond three months.
And if you want to hear what a well-played trombone (or two) sounds like, try this: