Work – of a Different Kind

Today I’m heading to Shoreditch to take part in Recfest. Before we get stuck into a day of talking how to make recruitment better, I’ll be playing and singing a few songs for whoever else is crazy enough to turn up at 08.45.

I’m on the train. What’s buzzing round my head right now?

The guitar I’m using today isn’t mine. I’ve not seen or played it before, so I’ll get there early enough to have a quick practice.

I have a bunch of tunes to choose from, more than enough for the time I’ll be playing. I know which one I’m starting with and beyond that, we’ll see. I want the flexibility to develop the set as I go.

I enjoy encouraging people to try out different ways to work, and for me, today is one of those days where I step into a different, uncertain space. I need to feel that uncertainty personally, direct contact with it matters to me.

There will be bum notes. There always are.

I am nervous, and excited too. Tuning the dial between nerves and excitement is a tension I enjoy, most of the time!

I hope your day holds something a little different for you too, enjoy tuning your dial to suit the mood.


It’s approaching 1 o’clock in the afternoon, and Recfest continues at a pace. I’ve done my bit and  left everyone to it, thanks for having me folks. I woke up very early today, around 4.30am, probably due to early onset of adrenalin. I feel very tired right now, and I thought I should update the post to reflect that. Doing stuff that we are not used to can be tiring – so whether you are encouraging folk to work differently, or challenging them to, I think it’s worth being mindful that these new and less usual things take a lot of energy.

2 thoughts on “Work – of a Different Kind

  1. Peter Cook (@AcademyOfRock)

    Enjoy Shoreditch – it’s a really great place to be these days – I’m off to the Hard Rock Cafe in the blistering heat. I think I’d rather be laying on a beach, but hey ho, I guess it’s got to be done!!

    Remember “There are no mistakes” – Miles Davis


    1. Doug Shaw Post author

      I hope you rock the Hard Rock! Yep – I like Shoreditch too, and I love the Miles Davis quote – cheers 🙂


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