• “Dear Musician, Beyond Competence You Also Need Character” — Dr. Pokey

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    Learn more about the importance and implication of character to career musicians.

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    What Happened In 2008 Can Happen This Year

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    You’re just one decision away from making a monumental leap forward in your musicianship.

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    Pop Warner Football, Busted Lip, Stitches… And What It Taught Me!

    If you’ve read my story about being born severely bowlegged with little chance of walking properly, then perhaps you’ll understand why mom and grandma kept me away from sports.

    But somehow, pop warner football slipped through the cracks and I found myself playing tackle football for the first time in my life. I was 12 and boy was I thrilled!

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    “House Hunters”… Behind The Scenes

    If you’ve been reading my newsletter, you know we’re going to be on the next season of “House Hunters,” a show that has been running on HGTV for over a decade.

    The show is detailing our transition from a smaller home into one that will hold our rapidly growing family — wife, 2 daughters, 1 son, myself… and maybe even another future son, if things work out as planned! :-).

    So needless to say, space, in the search for our next home, was a pretty big deal to us!

    Believe it or not, it takes 5 full days to…

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    Blast From The Past: How The Piano Made Me A Popular Guy In High School…

    As many of you know, we’re moving into our next home. With 3 kids now, we’ve outgrown our current place.

    So with that comes packing and reorganizing stuff. And since my wife has adopted this “decluttering” philosophy, it means methodically going through EVERYTHING to see what deserves to be kept, donating and trashing everything else… not just throwing stuff in boxes and figuring it out later (as I probably would have done).

    In all that, I came across my old high school yearbook. I flipped to this one page and there I was, “Mr. Jackrabbit!”

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    What A Near-Death Experience Taught Me

    I jumped in.

    Ferociously paddling my arms and legs like I had observed the other children doing, I tried to get back above water but nothing happened. I just sank deeper and deeper.

    As I looked up, all I could see was dozens of legs kicking… and… blue water.

    Water gushed through my nose and mouth; my ears now flooded. I paddled incessantly for dear life. Surely someone could see me.

    10 seconds passed… 20 seconds… 30 seconds… 40 seconds… a minute.

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    Time to Share Some Family Pics

    If you’ve been with me long enough, you’ve seen me grow from a skinny, goofy teenager (when I first started this site at 17) to a muscular, handsome heartthrob. (Ok, the “muscular” and “heartthrob” part are a little far-fetched but at least give me the “handsome!”)

    More importantly, from a dependent kid without a responsibility in the world to a married man and father of 3.

    So in this post, I thought I’d take a break from music and share some family pics. They are long overdue…

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