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Going Overboard

I was pulling up to a gig the other week and was greeted by one of the stagehands at the venue. He watched me lug in a loaded V-Cart full of gear from my truck;...

Insanity and Practice

I’m currently on week 6 of Insanity, which is the most ridiculous work out routine I’ve ever attempted. It’s a 9 week course, consisting of 6 ...

Keep it fun

Over the past two weeks I’ve been asking for help with my new Kickstarter campaign. And while our goal is to be able to develop this company into somethin...

Should I pay for the music that I listen to?

Well, should you? Historically speaking, the answer has always been a solid “Yes.” Before there was the internet, iTunes, YouTube, and all of the pr...

Does "Talent" Exist?

I’ll go ahead and be blunt here – and my intent is not to be harsh or offensive, I assure you, but – I don’t believe in talent. There. I...

Am I playing the right thing?

More often than not, people aren’t interested in who the “best” player is. It doesn’t matter how fast you are, how much you know, what y...

Always Remain a Student

I think one of the most important aspects of being a musician is that you always remain a student. It’s actually the one thing that I like most about musi...

What to Bring to the Studio

In the world of recording music there are so many options, so many boxes and devices to plug into, so many knobs to twist and turn and so many microphones to ch...

You're Always Honing Your Craft

It’s easy to forget this, but it’s completely true. You have to remember that everything you do – and I mean everything; gigs, rehearsals, rec...

Technology – Tool or Crutch?

So I experienced the most horrific feeling last week when I left home for the day having forgotten my cell phone. I got about 20 minutes into my journey before ...

How important is reading music?

I get asked this question all the time from students, Internet friends and fans, even co-workers (yes there and MANY working professionals out there who donR...

Toning Up

One thing I have found to be the key to my success as an in-demand local musician (which has also spawned popularity for performing abroad, as well) is my abili...

Negotiating Payment for Gigs

Even though my days of gigging with a steady-working Top 40 cover band are practically gone, I still get a phone call or email about once or twice a week saying...

Dealing with Nerves

We’ve all been there… You’re about to walk onstage and it hits you all at once; they’re all watching you! Or that small control room fri...

My Top 10

One of the hardest questions for me to answer is, “What’s your favorite kind of music?” I just hate answering it because I always sound like a...

Just start already!

I’m reading this great book by Jon Acuff called Quitter (a book not so much about quitting your day job but more so about pursuing your dream job) and I k...

Knowledge and Action

I mentioned this topic in this week’s episode of the Jayme Lewis Podcast and I’d like to dive in a little deeper with it. I think it’s a monum...

Time for a change

So I’ve been doing a lot of fitness experimentation these past few months, doing things that I thought I would never dare trying. I’m now almost a s...

Time and Hobbies. Do you have them?

I’m currently writing this blog post from the beautiful city of San Diego, CA, which is where I’ve had the immense pleasure of staying for the past ...

Do you live intentionally or by accident?

I was reading a great book last week, which I highly recommend for any of you business-entrepreneurial types, called The E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber and I came ...

What a weekend

It’s funny how one single event can stop you dead in your tracks and command 100% of your attention. This past weekend was my wife’s birthday so we ...

2013 Already?

So I find myself sitting in my studio on New Years Eve of 2012 thinking to myself, “What in the world happened to this year?” This one, more so than...

Speechless

My heart is so heavy right now. I have no words to express my condolences for the tragic event that took place today in Newtown, Connecticut. Since reading the ...

Stay Organized

I’m sitting here in my studio on an early Monday morning and it almost feels like my head is going to explode. I’ve got so much to do and so little ...

Be Prepared

It’s funny how some things happen, and it’s even funnier that they can happen without you even trying, or without you even knowing about it. I’...

Learning from your mistakes

Let’s face it, we all make mistakes. It doesn’t matter who you are or how much experience you have; you’re gonna goof up sooner or later. It j...

Criticism and voicing your opinions

When I began a solo career I was ready to broaden my horizons as a musician, as an adult, and as an artist. I thought that I was ready for it too, and to be qui...

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