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Category: Music

Love Your Show

When I am up in front of the crowd, sometimes I get a little too deep in my own head. “Are they paying attention?” “Is this enjoyable at all?” Like so many other people, I suffer from the classic impostor’s syndrome. There is a way out that works for me. Try it yourself. Remind yourself that the audience is already there for you. They know why you are up there. You don’t have to try to win them over. You are there. They are there. Everyone knows the transaction that is taking place. Invite them into your living room, and enjoy the company.

Making People Happy

I had a lovely meeting yesterday with a couple that is getting married at the end of the month. It was a nice way to end the day, getting to talk with a couple of people who are so looking forward to the celebration of their love.

It’s easy to get distracted by the business side of what we do every day. It is such a nice dose of sunlight to be reminded that we are in the business of making people happy. Music is there when people are at their highest and their lowest. Every meaningful event in our lives has a soundtrack, and how lucky are we to be invited to provide that soundtrack for so many people.

Don’t get distracted by the business side of what we do. It’s easy to get caught up in the particulars of putting on the show. Obviously there are many things that need to fall into place every night, but remind yourself to take a moment every once in a while and reflect on the magic of the service we are providing people. At every show we are making memories more memorable. We are making special times more special. We make people happy. For a living. And that’s pretty great.

-Josh

Good Morning, Good Morning! – a podcast

Hi everyone! I have started a weekly podcast. It’s all about positivity and creativity, music and stories. I’ve called it “Good Morning, Good Morning!” and it’s main mission is to start your day off right. Take a listen. If you like it, let me know, and subscribe to it. I have some show notes on my Patreon page. That’s at http://goodmorninggoodmorning.com. Here’s episode number one – “For the Love of Ninjas.” Enjoy!

-Josh

I Got the Blues

I sat down at the piano again, y’all. It feels good to be writing again – I just need to make sure to keep the momentum going. Here’s the latest installment. It’s a bluesy number, so the lyrics are a bit repetitive. Enjoy!

-Josh

LYRICS

I want to believe you but I heard it all before (2x)
I was there when you first promised me
Remember darling you swore

REPEAT

Now lyin’ is easy when it feels like a victimless crime (2x)
But it can crumble apart. It happens eventually every time

They’re gonna believe you but I heard it all before (2x)
If they knew what I know
They’d probably kick you right out that door

You ain’t what you’ve done you are what you do (2x)
If you don’t live in the past
Maybe you’ll let yourself find you

Because we want to believe you but we’ve heard it all before
Oh we want to believe you but you’ve burnt us before
Look at my face
And tell me that’s not you anymore

Cause we’re gonna believe you if you don’t lie anymore
It’ll take us some time to build back that rapport
Just remember people will give you
What you’re asking them for

People will give you what you’re asking them for
If you’re lyin and cheating, they won’t take it no more
Karma will find you, and she’ll settle the score

 

Back to the Drawing Board

I’ve been feeling removed from my music for quite some time recently, but yesterday I found myself drawn to the piano. I sat down and wrote a song. It’s been a long time since I’ve put something like this together. I’m happy to be back.

-Josh

LYRICS

Feeling the pain and reeling from shame
The nights are the same as the days were before
Winning the race and beating the pace
The trials we face we needn’t face anymore if we don’t want to

Breathe…

Expanding the light, and breathe into the night
We’re just borrowing life from the ones here before
If we could see through the dark if the shadows would part
We could walk through the park knowing who we were as a person

And I know we’ll find a way
To discover what we were before
We’ll find the door
The rain will pass, and we’ll sail out from this shore

And find ourselves brighter day
With our brothers and sisters from the war
Not in pain anymore
We could close our eyes in peace forevermore

 

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.

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 

“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