When your legs don’t work like they used to before…

I had a dream recently where I couldn’t run. I was trying to, trying hard in fact, but my legs wouldn’t move nearly as fast as I wanted them to.

And I was reminded of this dream yesterday morning, when I was trying to play the piano with cold hands. But you can’t. Well not as well as you usually would anyway. Like my legs in the dream, my hands just don’t do what I want them to do when they’re cold.

And yesterday morning I had cold hands.

You see where I work we have storage heaters. Which means if you don’t turn them on the previous evening, there will be no heat the next day. There is no quick fix – you’re going to be cold – simple as that.

And this in turn reminded me of booking gigs. Well it’s similar anyway – because in this case you also need to plan ahead – indeed for 6, 12, even 18 months in advance to give yourself the best chance of getting the work you want. Again there is no quick fix, if you don’t plan ahead you will either have no work or the wrong type of work – simple as that.

So back to my dream. According to dreammoods.com, one possible reading of my above dream is that it may reflect your actual state of REM paralysis while you dream – in other words you are aware but unable to move or speak.

Which is a bit like an out-of work musician. You exist, you are aware, but you are unable to play because you didn’t go out and make sure you got the work in time.

So think ahead. Turn on the heat. Pick up the phone.

And luckily – any day is a good day to do this.

I'm Kieran and I play piano. Actually I do a bit more than just playing - I teach others how to play, and I write music, arrange it and host/produce shows.