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Believe In Your Ideas

This morning’s Seth Godin post was timely, because it spoke about how sometimes things take time to catch on, no matter how good they are: I have had a bunch of ideas this past year that I thought were terrific and that people told me were terrific and then I’ve put them out there and …. theyContinue reading “Believe In Your Ideas”

Taking Things Personally

Boy, can I relate to this. I take things personally way too much for someone in the performing business. Or even just in business. I take it personally when people: don’t attend concerts I’m putting on stop taking voice lessons unsubscribe from my mailing list don’t pick me for something for which I’ve auditioned don’tContinue reading “Taking Things Personally”

Curiosity Killed the …

Nothing. It kills nothing.  Curiosity is a good thing. According to Seth Godin (who I haven’t quoted for a while), curiosity is one of the three foundations of art: Curiosity Generosity Connection These three components allow us to create and to make art, which “is a tool that gives us the ability to make thingsContinue reading “Curiosity Killed the …”

A Stroke of … Scenius?

I just came across the term “scenius” a few  months ago in a blogpost – I’m not sure where. I thought it might be Seth Godin, but I didn’t find it. Scenius is defined as “communal genius” that occurs in scenes rather than genes. It was created by musician Brian Eno and is intended toContinue reading “A Stroke of … Scenius?”

Technique takes work so it can SEEM natural

Technique is the unnatural approach to a problem that, with practice, becomes second-nature. Technique is the non-obvious solution that amateurs and hard-working beginners rarely stumble upon on their own. — Seth Godin I have had students who came in with so much natural ability and innate talent that I thought for sure that this wouldContinue reading “Technique takes work so it can SEEM natural”

The “Should-less” Day

I recently completed The Creative’s Workshop and have hung around a bit after the 100 days to follow up with some of the other people in the course and check in on their projects and insights. The other day, one of the other participants wrote about having a “should-less” day. She got that term fromContinue reading “The “Should-less” Day”

‘Tis the Season to be Overwhelmed

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for us to start our holiday planning in earnest. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, Festivus, or a little bit of everything,, it is the busiest time of year for most of us. This year, we don’t have the added scheduling of holiday concerts and the rehearsalsContinue reading “‘Tis the Season to be Overwhelmed”

Hobby, Job, Career, or Vocation?

I am taking Seth Godin’s The Creative’s Workshop, a 100 day course on focusing my creative energies. Hence all the Seth Godin quotes that have informed my blogs recently. As part of the course, we listen to thrice-weekly videos from Seth Godin – and sometimes he has special guests talk about specific topics. Early on,Continue reading “Hobby, Job, Career, or Vocation?”

Choosing College

If you are majoring in music or musical theater, there are several things you need to consider: Who are the teachers with whom I’ll be working? What are the on-campus performance opportunities available to undergrads? What off-campus performance opportunities are available and allowed for undergrad participation? (This might not be a factor for you.) WillContinue reading “Choosing College”

“Learning is something we get to do”

Seth Godin does not like the term “taking” lessons. He feels that it sounds like something you have to do, like take medicine, or take your punishment, or take your lumps (that last one is mine). It’s not something that he associates with something you do voluntarily or eagerly. Learning is different. Learning is somethingContinue reading ““Learning is something we get to do””