Perfect Timing

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Seth Godin came to Dallas. He is in the top 1% of internet influencers, marketers, book authors, motivators, aficionados, etc…just such a brilliant mind. It was so awesome hearing him live, as I’ve read a handful of his 15 books. The timing couldn’t be more wonderful, since I am engrossed in my music and dealing daily with the human uncertainty, doubt, and fears that naturally go along with making and sharing art. His great lecture covered the fact that the industrial infrastructure no longer applies. We can no longer succeed by following the formula of school, college, 30 year spanning career, pension, retirement… This video provides insight into what is stifling about the current school system; we are being stifled … Read More

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Downtown & Fashion

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Following up on the City book post, thought i’d share about my venture downtown one day last week for clothing fittings to be worn on the following day at a fashion show in the Crescent Court Hotel, a gorgeous iconic hotel in uptown Dallas. The 200 year old historical building I went to, housing the studios of numerous artists was in Deep Ellum. If you aren’t a Dallasite, this is a neighborhood adjacent to downtown with a myriad of shops, eateries, clubs, and condos. It has always had a grunge biker vibe, but has gone through many transitions over the years, catering to hipsters before the term existed. During the day, it seems sad and vacant. The restaurants are consistently … Read More

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Cost of Complacency

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“Not adding value is the same as taking it away.” -Seth Godin Doing drugs is the same as not adding value, to your life, and to people in your life. It’s like each time you participate in any addictive behavior, you’re choosing to sit-out from other more constructive things. With the new legislation in a couple states allowing pot sales and smoking, it’s hard to not reflect on. I’m not one of those persons whom argues ‘it’s a better addiction than alcohol; at least it doesnt cause fatalities and as destructive behavior.’ What bothers me most about pot is the exact opposite response it elicits: laziness and complacency. That is why people enjoy it, to relax. The world is stressful; … Read More

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There is No Method

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The creative process has no process or outline to follow. We never know when, where, or how an idea will come. Even when deliberately seeking inspiration, often what we come up with can feel inauthentic because it was ‘construed’ and not ‘out of nowhere’ like where we presume brilliant things come from.  In the book Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, a famous writer and professor, she discusses both procrastinating and disciplining oneself to write (or create, or design, or draw, or study…whatever your ‘thing’ is) I thought this diddy was funny: “So after I’ve completely exhausted myself thinking about the people I most resent in the world, and my more arresting financial problems, and, of course, the orthodontia, I remember to … Read More

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V is for Vulnerable

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There is a person I barely know, yet weighs such a heavy presence in my mind. I admire him, I suppose. Thus, his opinion matters to me. We are very different people, and I have these oddly random moments of reflection regarding my music: will he like it? His taste are very different. I’ve subsequently realized his presence isn’t about him, but the general concept of him. I am continuing to create exactly as I am always, knowing intellectually not everyone will like it; and this is ok. Not everyone should, that would be boring.  Another factor to consider, we can NEVER control or anticipate how another person will respond to our behavior. He might surprise me, and really like … Read More

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