• Daniel Gwizdalski

Change Comes Slow

Life has been crazy the past few months. Here's how the summer has gone:

May 2018: Emily and I took a trip to California. Over the course of the week, we drove from LA to San Francisco, spending nights along the Central Coast and Santa Cruz and making stops all along the way. We even got to link up with my buddy Aaron and catch his artist, Thutmose, at a show in SF. It was an awesome coincidence that we were both there at the same time. This was easily one of the most memorable trips I've ever had, and it elevated California in my eyes as a place I want to further explore and could definitely live. I took hundreds of pictures and videos that I still need to take the time to organize, edit, and post -- the wait will be worth it.

June 2018: June was me embracing summer to its fullest. The day after we got back from California, we caught Bon Iver at Pritzker Pavilion for one of the most amazing shows I've ever seen. It's crazy to me that I've been able to see him twice this year. I also hit Spring Awakening with Krista and Alan, which was a solid step up from the previous year as far as production, logistics, and performances. More to come on that (A Festival Summer in Review, 2018 Edition coming soon). Finally, we headed to Electric Forest Weekend One for what was easily the best time I've had in Rothbury. Despite my initial concerns about the lineup and having to sell Emily's ticket last minute, Electric Forest gave me more than I could have ever hoped for in 2018.

I also started contributing at River Beats, a New Orleans based-music and culture blog, focusing on up-and-coming artists and Chicago electronic music events. This is my first time publishing any creative writing or music journalism, and so far it's been an awesome experience. I'm looking forward to building my skills while promoting artists I truly believe in.

July 2018: July was supposed to be the month where I would relax and focus each day on making progress towards my goals.. it didn't quite turn out that way. I said yes to just about every plan that came my way and spent most of the last two weekends moving out of my apartment. Then all of a sudden..

August 2018: We're 2 weeks into August already.. holy shit! I spent the first weekend of August at Lollapalooza, where I was able to witness two amazing Tycho sets and my 14th Odesza show. Emily and I stayed on my brother's boat through the 90+ degree heat, and let's just say we were over it by the end of the weekend. If I'm being completely honest, I've started to grow a bit tired of Lolla. The crowd and the vibe threw me off this year, and I don't see that getting any better unless a) it becomes 18+, b) they reduce ticket sales, or c) return to the 3-day format, and I don't see any of those things happening.

This past weekend, I was in Baltimore visiting Tyler before his final year of grad school. It was awesome to see the life he's built in just one short year out there, and per usual, our conversations left me feeling refreshed and motivated. We all need friends in our lives who push us to be the best we can be.

As I reflect on the past few months, there's one thing I've learned for certain: change comes slow. On top of my 2018 goals, I'm still figuring out a potential location change and a career change to go along with it -- making it a reality is up to me.

Spend a little time each day getting better.

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