KEEP YOUR CIRCLE TIGHT! Make sure that they’re people who not only remind you of who you are, but who you are not. #letthatmarinate
Every one of the people in this picture is an incredible artist and human. They push me, inspire me, defend me, keep me in check, and most importantly never let me quit. Some I see and collaborate with each day, and some, I don’t see at all but that doesn’t change the fact that the impact they have on my life as colleagues and friends is undeniable. My wish for you as that you all have a dream team like this, one whose love & quiet support screams so loud that you can’t hear the cackle of the haters.
If you read this far, then TAG SOME MEMBERS OF YOUR TEAM, and let em feel the love. Then, at your next show, make sure you play a few notes for them!
Shout out to my peoples not pictured! @shunwun @slodak @claudensax @dmccc @sjames3839 @blackviolin @ericruckerdrums @giannibmusic @cy.tone @craigspodak @thats_jarrod @gerberragman and those not mentioned know who they are ✊🏾
I think some people get being “content” confused with being “satisfied.
Being content means that you’re appreciative and grateful for what you have. Being “satisfied” refers largely to the feelings that come from reaching an achievement of a goal.
If your goal is to continue to get better every day, then you are likely never satisfied. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t live & perform from a place of gratitude.
I love the way I play, because I’m grateful to have a thing to be able to share with my daughters that I know adds value to their lives, to god for the talent and drive, I’m grateful to my mom for buying me my first Vibraphone, grateful to my dad for driving me all over Florida to get this career started and for every teacher I’ve had a long the way. When I’m playing I try to put all of that in every musical story I tell.
But that doesn’t mean I’m satisfied with the way I play. I’m downright brutal in my self evaluation.
I am never satisfied.... but I am always content.
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A glimpse into my lesson this week playing “Blues for Gilbert” by Mark Glentworth. I’m really digging this piece for a few reasons.
1. It’s written so well - a lot of percussion music these days sounds like a chops fest and is harmonically boring. I love that this piece is the opposite.
2. It feels great in the hands. - kudos to you composers out there who actually want people to play your music more than once. This is a crucial component that some composers frankly, drop the ball on. Composing on a midi keyboard is convenient but it can also be an easy way to forget about the performer.
3. Vehicle for expression - I love pieces that allow a certain amount of freedom to the performer. It enables him/her to make the piece their own, even when tons of people know it. That freedom enabled me to have the confidence to record myself playing for my teacher! (A very difficult thing for me to do) 😌