I finally get gardening. I mean the appeal of it, not the green thumb part. Over the past few months I’ve been building and tending to my very first vegetable garden. Naturally, this made me think of… DIY music careers!
It’s one of the oldest cliches, the metaphor of life as a garden (or visa versa). But I’m about to go there. So take out your self-help trowels and dig with me a while.
We’re all wrestling with the big things — mortality, a lack of control, finding a sense of purpose — whether we reveal the signs of that struggle on the surface of our lives or keep them buried way deep down.
In that light, I think gardening is a game, a little model of existence, and an expression of how we try to shape, fight against, or accept the variables that are at play in our world. Plus, contestants get some tasty veggies for playing.
On a good day, a garden is a parcel of peace within the chaos, a place from which you can enjoy the literal fruits of your labor. On a bad day, it doesn’t feel so peaceful. Like life. And yes, of course, there’s the whole cycle from birth to death made evident in the microcosm of a garden as it moves through the seasons.
So obviously there are lots of parallels to draw between gardening and life. I figured we could take a look at a few as they pertain particularly to your musical life. Read more »