October has gone by fast and 2015 will be here soon......

Staying busy makes the time fly. Staying focused has been hard for me recently, so I started reading 'Eat That Frog' by Brian Tracy. Its been eye opening on increasing my productivity. Here is a link to a pdf with a basic outline of the book. http://www.ncsrc.net/sites/default/files/Eat%20That%20Frog.pdf

 

I think I'm getting back on track though. Sometimes seasons changing does this to a human. Fall can make me a little lethargic.  Needed to share this. It's the October 5th acoustic version of Sweet Medicine. Hope you enjoy, hope your doing good things.

 


Improvments/Practice/Discipline

'We all love the things we do and when we improve the ways we do them it feels amazing.' I'm paraphrasing, the ad said something like this, it was on TV, for deodorant or something, can't remember.

It makes me wanna run scales on the electric guitar early in the morning, with a metronome and some coffee. Got me thinking how I could improve the recording process......Whats the number one way you could improve the things you create?

Kurt Vonnegut Quote

“If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” -Kurt Vonnegut

I really respect this quote. The key point being "The arts are not a way to make a living." They are more essential then that....... So keep making things...

There is no shame in creating and no arrogance in sharing

Trying to remind myself of these words more often. Sometimes I get down about music and need to remind myself that its okay to just be a human and make stuff. I think narcissism exists in art and its worth avoiding. "Does sharing music make me feel more complete as a musician/human?" I'd say YES. For some reason.... it must be part of the process. We are social beings and it feels good to say "Hey! I made this! What do you think? I want to make some more. Do you make stuff? Maybe we can make something together." What would the world be like if people stopped sharing their creations?

"I made this, does it resonate with you? If so I really value that and I value your permission to let me show you the next thing I make." Saying stuff like this helps me out......

Against The Wind

I have been reading Alan Watts book 'The Watercourse Way,' on Taoism and I don't think it was a coincidence that I came into contact with 'against the wind' album by Bob Seger recently. They are both reflecting on the "path of least resistant." Bob Segar sings about his foolishness when he was going against the grain. He sings "watch the young man run, against the wind."

And Alan Watts suggests that in Taoism if we be more like water and nature life is easier and fuller.