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Web Weaving

In business it is imperative that we weave webs.  That we connect the dots between communities, individuals,  associates, competitors, friends, and family, and really anyone else that is in our own personal storyline.  

It has ALWAYS been my belief that we can absolutely without a doubt discover hidden connections to just about any stranger that you may meet in your journey.  It’s like a call back to the old “Degrees Of Kevin Bacon” game, where the idea is to connect any random actor to Kevin Bacon in the least amount of moves possible.  Sound familiar? If so, you know what I mean. If not, give it a Google, and there will certainly be a more thorough description of how the game is played. The point of this is this:  Be a center point. Be a point where all other stands of the web are strung from and connected to.

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Turn Your Mistakes Into Your Greatest Lessons

Let’s Face It.. We Are All Screw Up Sometimes

In life we all make good choices,  and bad choices. Some things work out well,  and others not so much. It’s not the missteps we make that have to define us,  but rather it’s what we do with these experiences that matters the most.  

Using words like good and bad as far as choices are concerned,  well that’s up to each individual to decide the parameters of. What’s good for one, may not be good for another, and likewise. So knowing what you desire is absolutely important,  because it is against those desires that all other choices are measured and integrated. It’s imperative that you learn how to read and use your own internal compass to decide which paths you will take on your journey.

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How to Manage Complex Projects: Part 2

A complex project requires a lot of resources, people, time, and as always, the almighty dollar. These components aren’t always readily available, but with solid planning, networking, and mindful frugality, anything is possible.

Often people are your best resource, and that’s because people often have their own resource pools and networks.

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How to Manage Complex Projects: Part 1

In the entertainment world, many people wear many hats; songwriter hats, manager hats, tour bus driver hat, graphic arts hat, musician or artist hat . . . and the list goes on and on.  I personally have a huge hat collection. It would seem like I have ten heads. I wear them all fairly well, but that is not often the most effective way to operate, even if you can. Just because you can doesn’t always mean you should.  That is an important lesson to really learn over and over again. As artists we get carried away, and we get excited, so it’s not uncommon for us to dive head first into all processes. It’s not a bad thing to do, per se, but it limits the other areas to which your energy can go.  If you are an artist, and you happen to hate managing social media accounts, then consider, if you will, hiring a social media manager, and freeing up all that time to do what you do best, . . . create! 

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Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

This is one of the most common questions that a songwriter will get from an eager student or an enthusiastic fan, or sometimes from a friend curiously pondering as they listen to a song... 

“When writing a song, which comes first?...The words? The melody? The chords?”

There is an easy answer to this...

There is NO set method that is universally practiced by everyone.

The songwriting process is vast in its ways of manifesting and inspiring itself into existence with the help of a skilled (or not always so skilled) conduit.  The conduit for this divine outpouring is YOU, and it’s Me, and it’s every being with the intention and desire to make it so.

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Agreements for Collaborations

Have you ever found yourself in a collaboration or team effort spin-out? Have you ever walked away from a meeting with others and said, “What the hell just happened?” or “I don't like the way this turned out?” If you have, then likely you have either NO agreements in place, the agreements are not defined well enough, or the agreements were not honored. This is not good...but it is fixable and it is manageable, provided that all of the terms are stated, agreed upon, and written down. It’s really that easy. The hard part is nailing down everyone’s true needs, desires, and expectations. In this blog we will explore this topic.

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How To Travel Well With Others (Part 2)

Sometimes, collaboration includes the element of travel excursions. For bands this could mean going on tour, for artists this could be traveling with an agent to a gallery opening across the country, for architects this could mean going to Europe to restore a historic structure, and so on. No matter who you travel with, it's important to travel well. This blog will explore travel dynamics and offer some tips gained from experiences I've had on the road.

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How To Travel Well With Others (Part 1)

Sometimes, collaboration includes the element of travel excursions. For bands this could mean going on tour, for artists this could be traveling with an agent to a gallery opening across the country, for architects this could mean going to Europe to restore a historic structure, and so on. No matter who you travel with, it's important to travel well. This blog will explore travel dynamics and offer some tips gained from experiences I've had on the road.

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5 Reasons Musicians Can Benefit From A Yoga Practice Routine Blog

I have been a yogi almost as long as I have been a musician.  I started music at around age twelve, and I found yoga probably somewhere around sixteen or so, and both have been constants in my life ever since.  To write about each and every time yoga has made it possible for me to keep being a musician would take one hundred thousand words, as would describing all of the times that music and yoga have crossed paths on my journey.  I will certainly try here, in this blog,to quantize my experiences into a few worthy bullet points intended to help musicians and yogis bridge the gap between their worlds.

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