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Chase Away The Proverbial “They!”

crowdThey Say: “You’ll Never Make It in this Business” 

They Say: “You Need to Go to This School and have That Degree”

They Say: “Only 2% Succeed in Your Industry, So Don’t Bother”

They Say: “You Need The Right Connections”

They Say: “You Have to Dress Like This and Play Your Trumpet Like That or Forget It!” 

They Say: “No One Is Going to Appreciate Your Style of Music!”

They Say: “You Have No Right to Take That Position”

They Say: “You Don’t Deserve to Receive Those Accolades!”

They Say: “It Will Never Work!”

They Say: “Don’t Expect Much, So You Won’t Be Disappointed!”

Yes, They Say a lot of Discouraging, Mean & Nasty Things, often without trying to be Mean, Nasty or Discouraging.

Somehow They forget that the Celebrated Icons They Themselves Honor, Revere & Adore were Told the Very Same Things, Did Not Have the Right Connections, Money, Resources or Attend an Institution of Select Pedigree.

Icons are Pioneers whom Forge their Own Identities, Sounds, Art & Creativity onto the Global Landscape without Asking Permission or Seeking Solace in the Status Quo.

These Ambassadors of Innovation Shift the Platform of Public Paradigms into New Realities of Consciousness that Shape the Future and Transcend Life As We Currently Understand It.

With Constant Obstacle, Hurdles, Detours and Encumbrances at Every Level, Vanguards Chase Away the Proverbial They as These Climb Higher Toward Their Own Thrones, Created Just for Them.

Go and Do Likewise…

I Was Listening to YellowJackets “Shades” on Vinyl while composing this post.

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How Important Are You…?

Face It.

You’re Only As Important as You Think You Are.

You can Either Live By & Under the Expectations & Evaluations of Others – or – You Can CHOOSE to Create & Model Your Own Principles or Ideals.

You Can Either Agree to The “Usual” Pay Scale of the Masses or CHOOSE to Negotiate Your Fee.

It’s Up To You.

Your Self Importance is the Sum Total of Your Own Thoughts, Experiences & Esteem.

Your Self Importance is Directly Tied to Your Own Vision & Goals.

You are Either One Who Sees Him/Herself as Having Very Little to No Worth – or – Someone Who Envisions Endless Possibilities. You Either Settle or You Set Out.

It’s Up To You.

Although Present Options may be Limited, Important People are Always Creating Opportunities to Change that Present Situation and Improve Their Positioning.

EntreMusicians MUST Embrace the Realization that Our Art, Music & Creativity is IMPORTANT. We Must No Longer Accept or Agree to Selling Ourselves Short and/or Out!

It’s Time To Set A Price For Our Shows & Songs that Reflect Fair, Equitable Standards which Put Money in Our Own Pockets or Refuse to Participate on Their Platforms & Stages.

Important People Know How to Say “NO.”

How Important Are You?

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The Plan in Perspective

I have a friend named Joe (real name) who started a New Gym in Youngstown Ohio 18 Months Ago. Geographically, Joe’s Gym is about 2.8 miles away from that Other, Better Established, Open 24/7, Only $10 a Month Gym that Most Everyone Frequents. Joe’s Gym is only open from 5:30am to 9:00pm, has far less equipment & space and his Monthly Memberships begins at 5x more than that other place. Yet Joe has a startling slew of clients and continues to add Specialized Sessions & Trainers to his Growing Roster.

The Secret to Joe’s Success is Joe.His Gym Provides Intentionally Focused Workouts in an Exceptional Environment that Provides Optimum Results to its Members. Joe’s Gym is called The Train Station.

I often think of Joe as I talk to Musicians and Software Developers about this Unfolding Plan I’ve proposed. In case You are Unaware, I began a Post several weeks ago concerning EntreMusicians readdressing the Direct Sales & Digital Distribution of their Art. I continued to Add Thoughts & Emotions and will continue to discuss & work with EntreMusicians to formulate a workable plan. The Conversation is Growing!

In short, I Believe that ALL EntreMusicians must utilize their ability to Stream their Content Directly to Their Own Tribes on a Subscription Basis, without the need of a Billion Dollar Corporation paying them less than a penny per stream. The Technology is Available, but must be Personalized in a format best suited for both Artist & End User. 

Dr. Nelson Harrison, a very forward thinker and founder of The Pittsburgh Jazz Network has proposed an Alternative through Millennium Music Media which I am currently checking into and awaiting a callback from a known Artist Currently on their roster.

Joe’s Success in Starting  & Growing The Train Station is in His Initiative to Customize a Service & System the Larger Gyms simply cannot and markets his personal touch accordingly, without railing against them – and Word of Mouth is growing.

Every EntreMusician Must Go and Do Likewise. The Excuses are Over. Other Options Are Available. The Ultimate Option remains in Controlling & Distributing Our Own Songs on Our Individually Owned Platforms and Doing the Hard Work of Marketing Ourselves Appropriately. That’s The Truth of Being Independent Artists.

I wasn’t playing any music while blogging, but I’ve just finished practicing the drums to the “Dreamland” CD by YellowJackets. William Kennedy, ALWAYS WOW!! 

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TRUTH

Truth can be hidden, disguised, mishandled, abused, forsaken, alluded to, cross-examined, manipulated into fact and most often assaulted.

But Truth cannot be mistaken and doesn’t have to be defended for very long. It stands its ground and stares back at you. Silent & Strong.

You Can’t Ignore Truth

EntreMusicians love, embrace and cling to Truth. His Songs may not fit the popular formats. Her Tunes may be passed over – again. But they Will be Heard by those who Hear – who Listen – who Seek Truth.

Be Not Discouraged!

Speak Truth
Write Truth
Produce Truth
Perform Truth
Sell & Distribute Truth
Live TRUTH

Soon Enough….
Truth Won’t Be Ignored

I wasn’t listening to any music while writing this, but I am getting ready to listen to Bobby McFerrin’s “Bang!Zoom” which tells the Whole Truth and Nothing but…

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Are You ALIVE???!!

On the surface, the answer seems quite obvious, “Why yes, by virtue of the fact that I can view this post, hear sounds about me and breathe consistently naturally validates my existence today!”

But my question, especially for Creative People & EntreMusicians really begs a deeper, more thoughtful investigation. At the heart of the query lies the vast reservoir that contrasts our beating hearts with our being truly ALIVE! To thoroughly engage such a proposal means you must probe a few serious issues:

Are You continually walking in Your Calling & Purpose or have you compromised the desire of your heart for less than fulfilling endeavors?

OK, maybe that was tooooo deep…let’s try and simplify.

When You awake and Your feet hit the floor, are you excited to begin your day?

Does Your Heart beat regularly with Anticipation or Anxiety?

Is there a Twinkle in Your Eye as you move forward in your creative endeavor?

Are You Excited or Agitated about the necessary risks involved in taking Your Show to the Big Stage?

Do you navigate through Your day with Confidence and Calm Authority?

Can You consider Your Life & Your Work ‘Blessed to be a Blessing’ to Others?

Are You Smiling Right Now???

As Creative People, this is the interrogative process we must periodically explore, because many of us must hold down a “day job” while balancing family and other obligations – often before we make time to explore the true declarations that define us. For the EntreMusician, It can get really rough, so much so that the lack of joy spills over into our music, and instead of being a source of inspiration to our audiences, we just want to get through the set list!

So, I want to encourage you to take the next 30 days to explore becoming completely ALIVE again!!! A Vibrant, Life Loving, Fruit Bearing, Exhilarating, Soulful Artist!

Too Deep?? Well Maybe, but who cares?!?!

When You’re ALIVE, Everything and Everyone Around comes to Life!

Here’s my tip: As I often do toward the end of summer, I begin to realign my “Life Plan” for the coming year.

Here’s a very cool link from a brother I admire, Michael Hyatt. He’s like my ‘Online Mentor.’ I follow his blogs and listen to his podcasts often. I trust you will check him out too at http://michaelhyatt.com/. The link to his incredible Creating Your Personal Life Plan e-Book is http://bit.ly/1bPndda – you will thank me (and make sure you sign up for his newsletter and thank him!)

After you’ve downloaded Michael’s link, come back and comment on this post and share YOUR Life Plan! What are Your Thoughts and Strategies for Living a More Prosperous Life? I would Absolutely Love to Connect with You!

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