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When They Say Cliche

cliché or cliche is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning, or effect, and even, to the point of being trite or irritating, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel.

The first problem with the concept of cliché is that those that claim something to be cliché are the non-believers. They probably never tried whatever they’re mocking and, in doing so, have never tasted, seen, and experienced its fruit and/or benefit. The second problem is that they want to put their disbelief on you. If they don’t believe, then you shouldn’t either.

Here’s the catch…

There will come a day when you offer the world your music and, probably, most will claim your venture into such creativity and offering to the world to be cliché.

However, part of music being music is that it’s not for the masses and some will call it noise. It’s for the unique few…even if that means millions…it’s not for billions.

Part of the richness of life are those joy swapping moments with the people who believe what you believe and that rally behind, around, and in your music.

Outsiders will call letting your music play cliché.

We’ll call it fulfillment.

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The Point

“But tomorrow and plans for tomorrow can have no significance at all unless you are in full contact with the reality of the present, since it is in the present and only in the present that you live. There is no other reality than the present reality, so that, even if one were to live for endless ages, to live for the future would be to miss the point everlastingly.” Alan W. Watts

This moment is the point.

This hour holds the point.

And the next hour will hold its own point.

Moment to moment, connection to connection, conversation to conversation, hand to hand, and soul to soul….to be IN and to be ONE with our moments is the point.

All of your experiences thus far point directly to this reality:  You were meant and created to make your music right now.

There’s a billion points the world will convince to bet the farm on, but there’s truly only one to go all in on: your music.

Let it play.

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Eclecticism: Weird and Random Blending Into True and Right

Look at fashion, note the popular decor, gaze at the arts, listen to the latest music, observe the commercial space, and taste the culinary experience that is successfully unfolding in the world today and you’ll notice one thing from those that are winning: eclecticism.

We are starting to see that as we pull from different genres and the random, typically unused space, this eclecticism is giving life a spring-like aroma, robust flavor, and symphonic sound.

It plays out like this…The technology company studies humanities. The bar learns from the church and vice versa. The dad learns from the child. And we learn from each other as we are passed to each other. In other words, you are a hint towards the greater good for me – and I to you.

In the end we agree that we are one and it’s our oneness, compiled with the eclecticism of our uniqueness, that makes it all – life, family, business – worth it.

You want meaning, purpose, and fulfillment from your life’s music?

Know that bluegrass fingers can learn a lot from a blue-jazz soul.

Mix. Match. Spezatto.

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Remember When?

Give whimsy some space. You’ll be glad you did today and even more glad, looking back, tomorrow.

Let love do its thing. Fall into it. Take part in it. Let it lead you. It’s the glue of memory.

Let your music play and get lost in it. How great would it be to look back at a day, week, month, year, or decade and be able to claim it felt symphonic?

Full is the man that often recalls ‘remember when?’.

Alas, I’m glad I did > I wish I had.





Footnote: You are the contingency of your experience.

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You Saw It, You Just Missed It

Your hand is on a computer mouse, smart phone, keyboard, or laptop right now. Have you blocked that fact out? Jobs saw this coming in the 80’s while hacking away in his garage.

There’s probably a lightbulb buzzing around you right now. Did you miss that? Edison sat in the dark and saw this moment for us in 1879.

The rising sun is casting neon rays against the clouds and across the horizon. Did you catch that? Or was it blotted out by a Starbucks sign? Could you capture that beauty and put a fraction of it into what you make today?

The rose is in bloom. Are you?

And people. What about people? What about souls? Are they data and statistics? Or are they the ocean of your experience?

Most often, it’s not that you can’t see what’s around you. Oh you can see alright! Rather, it’s simply that you’re not looking. Or, you’re not looking for the right things in the odd and rare places they can found.


Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it anywhere. And typically, when we’re looking for something we see it everywhere.

So the BIG question is what are you looking for? Hope? A pity party? Passion? Joy? Profit? A deal? The next rung on the ladder? Measurement? Yourself? Experience? Meaning?

In a world powered by your music, we give all too much attention to the noise around us.

Before I hit publish I prayed that you would have whatever moment, person, experience, or thought you need to see today.

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