“Making a living…… or not” by Dan Miller

Had to share another Dan Miller blog courtesy of my good friend Patrick McFadden. Check it out and enjoy.

http://www.48days.com/2012/06/06/making-a-living-or-not/

What do you think? Shared wisdom makes us all stronger.

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“Is Work a Curse from God?” by Dan Miller

Once again, I must share a blog that was sent to me from my good friend Patrick McFadden. This is “Is Work a Curse from God?” by Dan Miller. Check it out as it will definitely make you think. To all my musicians out there reading this, love what you do as a musicians because that love will flow through the music. It’s essential.

http://www.48days.com/2010/11/05/is-work-a-curse-from-god/

To check out Dan Miller’s website, please go to:

http://www.48days.com

What do you think? Shared wisdom makes us all stronger.

Time to L.E.A.R.N.!

TODAY’S YOUTUBE CLIP: “If you are worried ’bout where… I been or who I saw or… what church I went to with my homies… Pastor don’t worry you know that you got me…”. Sure, the lyrics might not quite go that way, but I’m sure that if you’re a Jill Scott or Roots fan, you recognize the song. I present to you “You Got Me” performed by The Roots live on Soulstage 2008. Check it out because, trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Nothing like live music.

As a musician, 90% of what you do is listening. Music is too much of a universal language to get stuck on one dialect. Therefore, today’s blog is dedicated specifically for you to LISTEN (to the clip provided), EXPAND (your thinking on music in a way that you may not have considered before), AND ROCK NOW (with more musical knowledge added to your repertoire)!

What do you think? Shared wisdom makes us all stronger.
DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to this song. The video included in this blog is only intended to bring musical awareness to the reader.

“Don’t Have A Focus? You’re Probably Chasing Two Things” by Patrick McFadden

I wanted to repost this blog from Patrick McFadden. He is a friend of mine and has graciously given me permission to repost this blog. His insight on marketing is one that you should definitely check out on his page when you get an opportunity. This post helped me through an issue that I was dealing with this week and I hope that it helps you out as well. Check it out:

http://patrickmcfaddenlive.com/dont-have-a-clear-focus-youre-probably-chasing-two-things/

For more information on Patrick McFadden, check him out on his website at:

http://www.patrickmcfaddenlive.com

After you read the post, let me know what you think? Shared wisdom makes us all stronger.

“Studying” Music Beyond The Basics

We all know middle C, the treble clef, the bass clef, the grand staff, ledger lines, whole notes, half notes, polyrhythms, harmony, unison, lead sheets, slash chords, tritones, so on and so forth. That information (plus much, much more) is the foundation of music theory as we understand today. But what happens when you’ve graduated college with a degree in music or gained a good depth and breadth of musical experience? What does studying music look like after you have achieved some musical milestones in your career? How do you keep your skills sharp and learn something new about your craft? Studying music becomes a different animal when you have more understanding about it, but the simple fact is that you should never stop learning. So invest in yourself. Here are some ways you can do that:

1. LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN to artists that do what you do either through a recording or a live concert.

2. Go online to YouTube, Pandora, or other music media sites and start looking up musical subjects that matter to you.

3. Attend conferences, workshops, and symposia based around music.

4. Find some technical musical information from one of your favorite artists online or in a bookstore.

5. See if your local colleges offers Master Classes with artists passing through the area.

6. Develop professional relationships with other musicians that play your instrument and get their viewpoint, ideas, and techniques on it.

Never stop learning because that means you will always be applying, adapting, and growing as a musician.

What do you think? Shared wisdom makes us all stronger.

Time to L.E.A.R.N.!

TODAY’S YOUTUBE CLIP: I’ve never been to Iceland so it’s great that they post their music online. This is an Icelandic Folk Song called Tyrkjaránid. It’s all instrumental and definitely has an interesting feel to it. To me, this sounds like it could easily fit into the soundtrack of a pirate movie or something along those lines. What does it sound like to you? Check it out.

As a musician, 90% of what you do is listening. Music is too much of a universal language to get stuck on one dialect. Therefore, today’s blog is dedicated specifically for you to LISTEN (to the clip provided), EXPAND (your thinking on music in a way that you may not have considered before), AND ROCK NOW (with more musical knowledge added to your repertoire)!

What do you think? Shared wisdom makes us all stronger.
DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to this song. The video included in this blog is only intended to bring musical awareness to the reader.

Is Your Christianity Being Challenged?

Is your Christianity being challenged? A simple question with a complex answer for all Christians (myself included). In light of the recent events in Florida, tensions are high and patience is low… but let’s go back to December 14, 2012 when the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary took place… or back to July 20, 2012 when a mass shooting happened inside a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. According to an article found at http://www.thenation.com* there were 16 mass shootings in the US in 2012 alone ranging from domestic violence to racial motivation to just plain senselessness. Those 16 mass shootings do not include the number of individual shootings that occur on an regular basis all around the country. So again, the question remains “Is your Christianity being challenged?”

When things are going great (or, at least, pretty good), it’s easy to fall into a false sense of complacency, but what happens when evil rears its ugly head? Do you run to your thoughts and opinions OR do you run to the Word of God? It’s easy to run to thoughts and opinions because those can be justified, but it’s a lot harder to run to the Word of God ESPECIALLY when that Word says…

“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,” -Matthew 5:44a (NKJV)

…because we want to hang on to the Word that says…

“But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” -Revelation 21:8 (NLT)

…but we forget that while we are here on Earth, the Word also says…

“For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” Matthew 5:45b (NLT)

Everyday that we wake up and see the sun shining or the rain falling, we have another chance to get it right and that applies to ALL OF US. In fact, with the exception of Jesus (aka the Son of God, at all points tempted but without sin according to Hebrews 4:15, etc), the Bible is written about real people trying to get it right with God and with each other… much like many of us. What we need to remember in times like this is that:

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.” -Eccleciastes 3:1-8 (NLT)

I’m not a theologian, but I like to think of this as the “Passage of Appointed Opposition”. There is a time for (blank) and a time for (the opposite of blank). I’m not sure where we are as a country in this passage, but as Christians living in this day and age we need to re-evaluate ourselves to find out what we can do to make it better and LOVE EACH OTHER like God loves us because that love begins in each and every one of us. No one ever said that it would be easy to do, but think about it like this: if it was easy, everybody would do it.

The bottom line is that we ALL need to pray for this country, we ALL need to pray for each other, and we ALL need Jesus to be our Lord and Savior continuously… each and every day… now more than ever before.

What do you think? Shared wisdom makes us all stronger.

*Article Reference: http://www.thenation.com/blog/171774/fifteen-us-mass-shootings-happened-2012-84-dead