I was sitting in a cafe this morning and looking for an excuse not to start working I searched my name in Google! I trawled around and came across the Chiff and Fipple Music Forum with a thread entitled Simon Thoumire: Whistle God! I had been alerted to this thread last week however I never read the title just the content. The thread is about a video I uploaded to YouTube a while back when I had to do a turn at Tinto Summer School and I had no concertina with me. I basically played a couple of tunes that I heard my son play at St Roch's Music Night and accompanied myself with crisp packets etc. (You can watch it below). Anyway as I posted the image on FaceBook I was thinking about that time. I was busy working with Hands Up for Trad and I wasn't practising my concertina enough. I find the less you practice the lower your confidence becomes and the more you push playing to the back of your brain (rather than think about it). I think on that day even though I was heading to a music camp I never thought to pack my concertina which is ridiculous! Confidence is an important aspect of playing music. If you are feeling low you are low on energy and can't be bothered practising, learning new tunes - even just taking the instrument out of the box. The longer you leave it the worse it gets... There is a great book by Steven Pressfield called The War of Art (which I would recommend everyone reading) which basically says that when you don't do something a resistance builds up which gets bigger and bigger and the only way to defeat this resistance to go and do it. That's means it's time to find the concertina under the telephone tabl, take it out it's box and play it!