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Author: PianoJoshDupont

Song of Power – Power of Song

Song can add power to words. Music creates a magic beyond that which words alone can achieve. It is not simple, though – only the perfect combination of rhythm, melody, and harmony can set fire to the emotions smoldering beneath the words.

Taking Notes?

The ability to jot down a quick paragraph can follow us anywhere. Whether on the phone or on a notepad, the ability to quickly empty the brain and take one’s thoughts out for a stroll is a great way to develop critical thinking, creative thinking, and communication skills – make sure you take advantage. Hell, it’s (virtually) free! 

My note taking… 

  • Field Notes notebooks for quick thoughts 
  • Office Depot steno pad for long form 
  • Google Keep for writing in bed, at the movies (kidding!), or while driving (KIDDING!!!) 

Stretch

  • Stretch out your body – try a little light yoga after waking up in the morning. I enjoy a simple “Sun Salutation” (I learned it on the Nintendo Wii!).
  • Stretch out your mind – make time for reading every day. Fiction or nonfiction, it doesn’t matter.
  • Stretch out your soul – find a way to be creative every day. For me, I try to sit down for fifteen minutes each day to play and write at the piano.
  • Stretch out your heart – when interacting with other people, lead with love. Imagine the best in them. It may seem like you’re leaving yourself open and vulnerable, but take the chance. It can expand your everyday relationships to something more meaningful and powerful. As we age, our default becomes cynicism and skepticism. Fight it!

Every Day – Inspiration

Find inspiration every day.

  • Read a chapter – Right now I’m reading “A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould’s Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano” by Katie Hafner.
  • Quietly sit – Go to a park and absorb some nature. Go to a coffee shop and absorb some commotion. Feed your senses.
  • Listen to a “brand new music” playlist – All of the streaming music services have a collection of cutting edge releases. Check them out!

Light a spark. Set your creativity ablaze! 

-Josh 

One-Hundred Songs

w00t! Ding! Hooray! It’s been one-hundred days since I began posting a new song video every day on Facebook and YouTube, and it’s been a wonderful experience so far. It’s interesting to see the results of so much “practice-time” every day. I thought I was getting a lot just from performing several times a week, but this is RIDICULOUS! Kids, don’t let anyone tell you practice doesn’t pay off 😛

Anyway, I thought I would record a special one for number 100. It was tough holding off on this one for so long! Enjoy 🙂

-Josh

A Depeche Mode Fan

One of the most enjoyable concerts I have ever attended was seeing Depeche Mode at The Woodlands in Texas back in 2001 on their Exciter Tour. It was an amazing show, with the band positioned in front of a giant high definition video screen (which they gradually made more and more impressive use of as the night progressed). One song from their Exciter album won me over big time. I still think it’s one of the most beautiful songs I know – perfect in its simplicity. Here’s my take on it…

Ah, what a tune! Here’s another DM song for ya (maybe a bit more recognizable!).

Thanks for taking that trip with me down Depeche Mode Boulevard! Are you a fan, too? What’s your faorite DM tune?

-Josh

I’m Going Back Home

Later this month, Francie and I are going to head down to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for my [gulp] twentieth high school reunion! It’ll be a fun drive down – we usually do the 1,015-mile trip in one go, although we’ve never tried bringing the cat in a sedan before (she usually just finds a quiet place to curl up and sleep anyways). Even though it’s going to be in the absolute dead heat of summer, I couldn’t be more excited to go home and reconnect with everyone from Long Beach High. Here’s to heading back home…

“Song of the Day” Project

Hi everyone! If you haven’t come across it already, check out my facebook page (here). I have started a “Song of the Day” project where I am recording a video every day. I’m also taking and playing your requests, so make a comment on the videos. Have a look, and spread the word 🙂

-Josh

Never Give Up on a Crowd

Sometimes an audience isn’t even close to giving you the energy you are craving (or needing) for your show. It doesn’t matter why–so many factors can play into it: small audience size, too far away from you, sports on the TV, networking events, et cetera, et cetera, ad nauseam [latin!]. It can be so crazy frustrating to play in these situations, but–here’s the thing–you can’t let it get to you. Keep pushing that rope. Keep banging your head against that wall. Keep herding those cats. You gotta do it, because there’s going to be a moment when something shifts, and the folks will be more receptive to what you’re doing. If you’re not there 100% to capitalize on that instant, it will pass you by. Don’t let it! It’s going to be tough–it’s going to be damned near impossible–but you can’t give up on that crowd. They’re going to be there for you. Where will you be?

-Josh