Keyboard or Keybored

Yes, I know this is another video but . . .

I had a delightful encounter on Twitter this morning. It turns out that Joshua is not just a writer but a Shakespearean actor. He noticed that I played the Celtic Harp and made a comment about Jimmy Page so I shared the following video.

The whole experience brought home to me two things:

  1. We are not alone (fancy that Kristen Lamb!) and that on the other side of the computer there are real people we can share with and not just share at.

  2. That there are real people and experiences to be had which don’t always involve electronics.

So I’m asking myself – why is my harp stashed away downstairs when it gives me great joy to play it? The electronic toys simply cannot compete with embracing music-making like that.

Yes the keyboard allows me to write, but it is also the keybored at times and that’s dangerous – it leads to so much wasted time. (We’ll leave the piano and its keyboard out for the time being.) Computers have been part of my working life since the 80’s and so it feels like I’m working when I’m sitting there with one. It feels like I’m being indulgent when I choose to do something else – like play the harp or spin.

Who am I kidding? Myself of course. It’s time to see clearly what’s going on here.

Is it just me? Has the evolution of the home office been all good? Or is there a darker side to this new state of being? Or – am I just longing for the good old days?

19 thoughts on “Keyboard or Keybored

  1. I hear you! It’s so easy to get sucked into the life of the computer and forget that there’s also life outside the computer that’s so much more real. It’s why I make time for a knitting group on Saturday mornings — it lets me interact with people face to face while creating something very concrete and tactile. Good for the soul! I hope you’re able to squeeze a little time for the harp into your schedule.

    • Thanks Siri – yes I’m hoping to drag it out and see what needs to be done – new strings if nothing else. I’m glad you enjoy your knitting group – wool and fibres are so beautiful to work with aren’t they?

  2. I can honestly say I don’t remember not having a computer in my house. I was born in the late seventies, but my mom is a “computer geek” (she has a comp. sci. degree) so we got our first home computer in the early eighties. I got my own pc at age 12 (1990). Because of that, I tend to be a big fan of technology–computers, smartphones, ereaders, etc.
    That being said, I still need to get away from it all every once in a while. I am involved in a community theater, and we rehearse 3-4 days a week from January-May. I also have an 18 game season ticket plan to a nearby minor league baseball team. I have to say, sometimes it is great to just leave it all at home. 🙂

  3. I’ve been feeling like this too… As though I spend every single second staring at a screen with no downtime. I can’t even watch tv without reading blogs or writing notes! I’m simply longing for some time out! There are just not enough hours in the day!!

  4. I think we all need something completely different from time to time. I love scrapbooking, and should do it more regularly, it’s so creative after all. Music is even better for you, great post Margaret!

    • Thanks Catherine – I don’t know about better. These days it would be purely for relaxation. Not that I’ve ever done a concert like the one in the video, just weddings and things, but that can be nighmarish. Mind you the high afterwards lasted for days!

  5. well said, Margaret. I will keep that image of “keybored”. I guess it’s about balance. I’m feeling a little off kilter myself. Like Catherine, I need to get back to my scrapbooking!

    • Now there’s an ‘interesting’ thought! I’ve got an old video buried somewhere of me and a flautist friend doing a wedding (Nuptial Mass!). It was edited for the visuals not the audio so the sound lurches from one half played tune to another. But still it reminds me that I used to do that sort of thing for fun once upon a time.

  6. Lovely. Enjoyed your post very much. Good to keep in balance in mind. Now that spring is coming forth, I need garden work to stay in balance–we’ve been keeping an exhaustive pace with Kristen.

  7. Did she really tune the string(s) as she played?! I’m assuming it’s to change the pitch of the note. A guitarist friend does that occasionally to change the overall sound (such as a dropped D).

    Thanks for liking my post! As I was turning on the laptop I glanced at my violin and briefly debated the wisdom of sitting down to FB and emails – but it’s part of my morning routine: coffee whilst catching up with friends, then to the table to write on items Ed made the day before and finally heading to the office to deal with the work computer.

    One needs to be mindful to work at the balance between electronics and the rest of life.

    By all means, your harp should live up where it’s in your daily line of vision!

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