The Unexpected Virtue of Relaxation (76 Days To Go)

April 13, 2015 Michael Panik

Well, I guess this week is the week. The Kickstarter campaign is going live! I’m excited, I’m terrified, I’m nervous, I don’t know what to do with my hands.

I’ve never done this before, but I feel pretty good about it.

I’ve seen many projects get funded that were asking for a lot more money from a lot fewer people, so I’d say we’re doing things the right way. But it’s still gonna take some mad promotion and word-spreading to get those backers in.

Also, the campaign video is going to premiere this week, and I think you guys are gonna dig it. It’s really going to be the first peak at what TSS is, and will premiere a new song by us Panik Boys, “I’m In Love With A Girl”, so keep an eye open for all that on Thursday.

Also in Symphony news this week, we’ve been contacted by several blogs and podcasts for interviews about the project, and we’ll be sharing those on Twitter and Facebook as they become publically available.

We also peaked over 1,000 followers on Twitter this week which was a HUGE accomplishment, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the positive feedback we’ve been getting there.

Daggum. That’s a lot.

It’s safe to say I’ve been ninety to nothing for the past few days. Okay, maybe more like all week. I’m a bit of a workaholic, as I’ve said before (which apparently is a word in the standard Chrome dictionary, since it just auto-corrected my ‘o’ to an ‘a’), and it’s really easy for me to get so wrapped up in my own goings-on, that I isolate myself and push everything out and away.

I think you can probably guess this, but that’s not so healthy. I can feel myself turn into, what I call in my head, a light troll. I have no idea why, but I have for a long time, because when I spend a whole day in my room and I finally go outside the light kind of burns my…and…the…my room…

Sometimes I’m a light troll, okay?

Today, I was reminded that sometimes you have to let go and live.

I was walking home from studying after helping a friend with her homework and recording a saxophone recital before that, and some friends were laying in Eno hammocks on the quad on campus. I went over to say hi really quick, but I couldn’t stay, I had to get home and blog and work on the video and study some more and watch this video and work the mix and




and then I stayed.

and then I laid down.

and then, I worried about what I should be doing.

but then I didn’t any more. I just let go. It was midnight, I’m in a hammock laughing and having good conversation with friends old and new, listening to good music, and I just let everything else fall away for a minute.

I think to survive in life, you have to find those moments. We live in a “me-centered” world, as I’m sure you’ve had thrown in your face a lot. That doesn’t make it any less true. We live on the internet, behind our cell phone screens, and often we forget to, as Mike Shiner (Ed Norton) says so eloquently in Birdman, “Have a real experience!”

"Have a real experience!"


Tonight I had one, and it was invigoratingly relaxing.

I want to challenge you with something. I want you to experience something this week. If there’s something you’ve never done, go do it. Go to a restaurant, and leave your cellphone in the car. Hike down into the woods behind your apartment complex. Skip class, and drive out to a thrift store with a good friend, and find the coolest thing you can (then tweet us a picture, of course).

“Have a real experience!”

Then, don’t tell anyone about it.


But really, tell no one. Do it and do it for the person you do it with, whether it be someone else or just you.

See how far that takes you in shedding the scales of your own personal brand of light troll.

Weekly Inspiration

“Bad Dream” – The Mowgli’s
“A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More ‘Touch Me'” – Fallout Boy
“Dirty Walk” – Antonio Sanchez (from Birdman)
“In The Midnight Hour” – Wilson Pickett
“The Wolf” – Mumford and Sons

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