Paulo Almeida

Paulo Almeida, drummer/percussionist, arranger, composer

Drummer/percussionist, composer and arranger of multiple music genres.

What I learned from the mountain

I went snowboarding with a friend this weekend and sucked at it.  I had a heck of a time with it.  It was really frustrating and I knew that it just had to with a fear of falling and maybe even getting hurt.  But this would be a big deal for me since I'm working so hard to be a full-time working musician.  So in considering this, I look at the benefits of each of these things I'm working towards.  What is the point of getting better at snowboarding?  Well, it really enjoyable once you get good at it and there may even be some pride associated with being good at something that is fun to do and looks cool from a bystander perspective.  I get that.  What about the risk of getting hurt?  Although I agree that it's not a good thing to operate from a place of fear, I'm not sure that improving at snowboarding and getting hurt is worth the issues that would pose me as a working drummer.  So then it didn't become a huge deal that I wasn't very good at it.  I did what I could to enjoy it while I was there and was at peace with the fact that I just wasn't very good at it.  My favorite hashtag is #paulosmash.  But I don't have to smash everything.  Music is much to important to me.