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The first five minutes of the day

The first five minutes of the day have become the most important for me lately. The moment the alarm goes of, somewhere around 6:30 through 8:30am depending on what time I went to sleep the night before, I have the option to increase productivity for the day as soon as my eyes are open. It’s …
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Keeping it together

“Keeping it together” might give a hint of caution as to what motivates such a title. But this is far from a tale of woe and suffering. Although it’s inspired by a particularly hard time in my life, it’s actually the joy of keeping it together that conquers all in the end. It’s the satisfaction …
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How tough is tough?

One of the things that seems to come up on a pretty regular basis in life is “man, this is tough”. I’ve thought that about a few things I’ve been practicing musically lately, and have been trying to find ways to accommodate that feeling of something being too difficult, and then turn it around into …
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When was your last umbrella moment?

For the most part I’m all about right now. Not the past, not the future, but right now. It’s right now that is happening, and right now that I like to enjoy. But sometimes the past is an impossible force to overcome, and I have to welcome it back whether I like it or not. …
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The difference 20 mins can make

I really love playing music. I’m sure, that if you’re involved in the music business at all, you do too. Sometimes I get hours and hours to practice until I’m completely exhausted. But a lot of the time, like most of us, real life happens and practice does not. At least not in the sheer …
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Nathan East makes superb artist debut

I was about to open this post with “Nathan East makes superb artist debut – like many bass players, you’ve probably been listening to Nathan East for a large portion of your life”…. But when you stop and think for a second, it’s got very little to do with bass players in the grand scheme …
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How to wake up in the morning

I just received an email from Matt Read who wrote into me saying he follows me on facebook, and had a question about my schedule. I’ve been getting this question a lot recently, so I thought it might make for some interesting reading on the blog, and maybe give some of you guys a rough …
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What are you supposed to do?

I really have no idea what I’m “supposed” to do on a daily basis, and only have control over what I can do. But at the same time what I can do seems to constantly be growing and changing, which maintains interest in my life and in what I’m passionate about. So the next time …
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Getting better

Getting better at something seems to happen less and less the more we do it. The later in life we are, the shorter strides we take in learning, and the tougher it is to figure out what to try next to improve whatever it is we do. All of this bad news so to speak, …
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