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It’s 2014, not 1975

This movie got me asking some questions this morning: click here to see their fund raising campaign page Anyone who thinks the musician is suffering in this day and age of technological development is, in my opinion of course, out of there F*#&$^g mind! Do you honestly think that making everyone equal in terms of …
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So inspired I can’t sleep

Today might have been one of the most inspiring days of my life. Just to be in the presence of someone as musical, as giving, and as kind as John Patitucci is one thing. To actually sit, work together, discuss, and learn from him is something on a level I have seldom come across in …
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The importance of being you

I’m sure this is true, not just in the rather small demographic of improvised music, but in the big picture of what it is to be a happy human being. It’s hugely important to your health and happiness in life to be you. Let me explain where I’m coming from and what prompted this blog …
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Japan, you’re about to get lucky!

So after a redeye to NYC from LA, a 12hr day in the studio, and a rather loud NYC hotel night’s “sleep” I found myself in rehearsal for a small tour of Japan with someone who is becoming one of my favorite musicians. I say “becoming” because this person is someone I thought I really …
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The friend that makes you want to be better

And not only is this the friend that makes you want to be better, but he’s the friend that inspires you to be happier. Have you met someone like that before? Is there someone in your life that makes you feel like everything will be okay no matter what? someone you’re not married to or …
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There’s nothing more important than support

This blog post is dedicated to my mother, Tom Clamp, Peter Woodings, Laurence Cottle, my sisters and my wife: I truly believe that there’s nothing more important than support and guidance in life. When I think back to all the people that have helped me in my life, there isn’t a blog post long enough …
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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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