For today’s fun fact, I’m just going to play it by ear.  In other words, I don’t really have a plan, or a clue, as to what I’m going to write.  This phrase most likely originated from the world of music, where people would listen to a piece of music and then try to play it by what they heard.  Although I took piano lessons when I was a kid, I never really developed the skill to read the musical notes.  My piano teacher moved away when I was eight or nine.  Perhaps it was the way I played.  I can look at sheet music and figure out the notes, but I can’t do it fast enough to actually play from the sheet music.  I can sit down at a keyboard and peck out a tune, at least with one hand.  When I started playing guitar, I learned some scales and chords, but still play mostly by ear.  Some people live their entire life playing it by ear, in other words just live day by day and adapt to the current situation, whatever that may be.  I suppose there is a certain freedom in that, but for me there is also a great deal of potential for things not to work out so good mixed with the risk of something awesome taking place.  Sort of a double edged sword.   Listen to the podcast here;