To celebrate our anniversary and my wife's birthday this weekend, I drove her to South Carolina so she could spend quality time in the company of other men. Although Cowboy Mouth were gentlemen with her, they did make several lewd suggestions to me and grabbed me in various inappropriate ways.
This Thursday I am speaking at the RTP 180 Social Media event in Raleigh, North Carolina. I have already begun my prep work, which mainly involves experiencing the kind of fear and nervousness that would only be appropriate for someone trying cliff diving for the first time. Even though I usually enjoy myself during speeches and afterward I am happy I did it, I have yet to find a way to be relaxed about speaking events beforehand. Although the event is two days away, I have already built up enough stomach acid to burn through a diesel engine. There is a reason my clients work on stage and I work behind the scenes.
In the current issue of Modern Drummer, Omar Hakim talks about making music in wonderful, philosophical ways. For instance, in discussing melodies he says, "If I can sing them, that means I am connecting my heart to the intention."
Nowadays it seems like most discussion about music is very technical. It is about equipment, solos, song structure, etc. And I like to read about and discuss those topics as well. I can geek out on gear as well as anyone. But I thought it was cool to read about Hakim expressing his approach to music in almost ethereal ways. Because I do think that music stretches into that spectrum. It can connect with your soul, your emotions.
Hakim also has some great comments on going with the flow of the music. "I've almost always applied that concept to playing grooves, but also to being in the moment and just letting the moment unfold. I don't have to make it be something; I just have to be in it and then let it unfold, and energetically I start to feel that pulse." It's a great perspective.
Another reason why I am not a fan of pushing posts from one platform to another. "Nikki Haley Will Probably Never Tweet An Instagram Photo Again"
Great lyric video (and song) from client Louis Prima Jr and the Witnesses
Great acoustic version of the new song "Hurricane Heart" by client Marc Broussard
I meet a lot of great people because of this business, people who I might not have crossed paths with otherwise. One such person is the talented bass player Casandra Faulconer. This weekend was her last gig with the band Cowboy Mouth. She is now going to travel the world as a musician for one of the touring companies of Cirque du Soleil. I am sad that I will no longer get to work with her and see her a couple of times a year, but I am excited to watch where this new adventure takes her.