My brain works in funny ways. I am definitely a creature of habit. I don't like to step out of my comfort zone very often. I like my routine, my friends, my favorite places to eat, and my favorite bar to hangout at. I live in an area that is populated by a lot of musicians. I am always in awe of the musical talent I am surrounded by. I love to go to shows and support my friends who are in bands. (a good chunk of them are in bands) I never really thought of joining a band myself. The idea of it has always freaked me out. I play two instruments...kind of 3 instruments, the flute, the piccolo, and the piano. I can admit it, I am talented in the music department. I have a really great ear. I've been able to hear a song and then mimic it on the piano since I was about 4 years old. But the idea of "jamming" on my flute or the piano with other people has totally freaked me out. I think I am too worried about what other people will think or too self conscious, or just reluctant to step out of my comfort zone. Last month I was presented with the opportunity to play with a local band that has been around for awhile and help them create "orchestra" versions of their songs. For whatever reason I was feeling daring that day and agreed to do it. Our first practice was two weeks ago. I faced my fears and went, not knowing what to expect. It was fun but I was too nervous to really know if I was doing anything right. So our second practice was the other day and it was a smaller group of people in a smaller practice space. It was a practice with four of my friends that I consider really great musicians. Needless to say I was a nervous wreck. I was the only concert instrument that showed up that wasn't a guitar so you could hear me. (I guess that's the point?) Anyway, I was horribly nervous for about half of the time and then finally started to get the hang of it. I'm totally addicted now. I can't wait for the next practice. I feel so inspired. I just want to write songs and play music all the time. Stepping out of the comfort zone is something I am really trying to make a point in doing more often and so far it's paying off. I will keep everyone updated as we practice more.