WHAT'S YOUR STORY?

What’s your story? We all have one. And each one is unique. Or is it? You are one person among billions, so certainly it’s to be expected that you’ll find commonalities with others. But looking at it from the other side, the inside of things, nobody on this planet has your view of the world or what it’s like to live on it. From behind those goggles on the front of your head, you see, hear, feel, and interpret your own private little human experience in a way that absolutely no one can completely understand. Ever. True, right?

 

 

WHAT'S ALL THIS GOT TO DO WITH MUSIC?

What’s All This Got To Do With Music?

 

I was raised to be curious. As a result, my natural childlike wonder at the world was never really squashed. For this, I’m thankful. Whenever I find gratitude for something, I’m inclined to spread the love. I suppose this is why I have this need to bring up lots of questions and only partly answer them. I love to hear the dialogues begin. I love to encourage more curiosity. I like the open-ended aspect of learning. It never ends. We’re far more likely to deal well with the problems facing our world and ourselves if we’re made free to ask questions openly and honestly, if we assume it’s an on-going process to find knowledge.

WHAT AM I? NOSTRADAMUS?

What Am I? Nostradamus?

 

LinkedIn sent me an email, that I imagine a thousand other users received, complimenting my online involvement and asking me to make some predictions for 2019. I was trepidatious, but I guess my lesser ego won. I love writing and enjoy predicting stuff. The thing is, I enjoy doing it with a grain of salt, a loose interest in having watched trends. Sharing it out loud puts me in the firing line of wrongness come 2020. So, I'll start my prediction with:

BOOSTING PRODUCTIVITY

Boosting Your Productivity

 

Who doesn't want to do that, right? There are so many ways people say we can do this. One that popped up in the 80s that I recall was multi-tasking. People still attempt it. I remember trying to do it and feeling immediately like I wasn't doing justice to any one task. I figured I must be an idiot or just not cut out for it and never tried again. Then recently, I was browsing one of my daily reads and saw a study some group of study people (the "they") did about multi-tasking.

MUSICAL PERFECTION

Musical Perfection

 

Practice makes perfect is a misnomer. Or mis-phrase. Or however we are supposed to explain it. But I know you know what I mean. You're smart like that. You're perceptive, too. See that? My imperfect command of the English language (despite being raised by a writer with a Masters in English), created something slightly more human than proper grammar. Humans aren't perfect. 

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT MUSIC? FINALE.

What's So Great About Music? Finale.

 

I was running errands the other day and noticed an interesting thing. I stopped for gas, bought a Starbucks coffee, and picked up a couple packages at the Amazon pick-up location; and not once did I have to speak with any humans. If I hadn't stopped at Snappy Wash and had to pay the cashier, my solitude would have maintained. Through this, I was reminded of some recent studies that have passed by my eyes while reading my dailies that have talked about how disconnected and lonely Americans feel these days... more than ever before, they say. 

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT MUSIC? PART TWO

What's So Great About Music? Part Two.

 

Well, here we are for part two of this series. I've gone and dug into a bunch of academic stuff for this one. I feel like making some points that might shut up the people who think music is a flakey pastime, a misuse of otherwise valuable time. You know... the types who'll look down on a musician they meet randomly in the same day that they're jamming to their favorite tunes. I'm not saying that anybody reading this is such a person. I'm just making sure I share as much ammunition for the full and thorough support of music as I can. So, you can use it as quickly and perhaps more effectively than I. Let's get to work. Here come the scientists...

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT MUSIC? PART ONE

What's So Great About Music? Part One

 

I called this "part one" because I fully intend to write more on the subject of why music is so great and what it changes. I don't know how many parts I'll write, so I won't presume I do. But suffice it to say; This is not the end of it.
So, what's so great about music? Other than what each of us says about the ways it touches us personally, gives us a better quality of life, and the good and bad and always poignant memories it reaches for when we hear it... what's so great about music? For instance, what does science say? What do the smart people think?

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT DOING WHAT YOU LOVE?

What's So Great About Doing What You Love?


Really: What's all the excitement about? People often talk about it. Some actually strive for it. A few are even doing it. So, what's so great about doing what you love? I, for one, can attest to the serious amount of actual work involved, the sometimes frighteningly fluctuating income stream, the uncertainty of getting any work at all, the nagging question of whether anybody else loves what you do, and even the occasional feeling that it's an excuse for not being ridiculously wealthy from some other job choice you ignored because you knew you'd hate it. But, seriously... 

GET YOUR DIY ON

DIY with PHIL CIRCLE

 

PRACTICAL APPROACHES AND RESOURCES FOR THE DIY ARTIST;
Real World Applications From A Real World Working Independent Artist

 

IF YOU'RE NOT AN INDEPENDENT MUSICAL ARTIST...


Read on anyway! It may give you new ideas for your own business, or plans for one. If you know any aspiring musicians, struggling songwriters, or nearly jaded indie artists, do them a favor and forward this to them.

 

HERE'S A QUOTE FROM LINKEDIN...

“Self awareness is the primary pillar for emotional intelligence. Then, one needs to be aware of others and be able to manage/self-regulate. This, together with respect, is so needed today.” —Claire Knowles, Executive Leadership Co.

 

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