Creativity

As a Loser, You are Anything but a Failure

As a Loser, You are Anything but a Failure

Jon Nakamatsu won the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997. Like so many musicians in all genres, this type of international recognition launched his career “overnight.” Ten years later, he was seated on the judging panel for the competition, which is held every other year in Ft. Worth, Texas. The thing with competitions is(…)

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What’s the Life Cycle of a set of Guitar Strings?

What’s the Life Cycle of a set of Guitar Strings?

Pro guitarists can hear when their strings go dead. Its a tone thing, and for great acoustic guitarists, tone is everything. When Greg Newlon and I were touring and performing regularly, he would change the strings on all of our guitars about once a week. The string stretching phase sometimes turned into the key riff for a(…)

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Creativity and Collaboration

I got some reading done on my vacation this past week. Instead of packing the latest social media marketing guru’s missive, however, I packed my brand new copy of my friend John Dillon’s “The 20 20 Creativity Solution,” and my autographed copy of Twyla Tharpe’s “The Collaborative Habit” which we bought when we attended her(…)

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Can Technology be Funny?

I think the key to humor is not taking yourself too seriously, and avoiding laughs at someone else's expense. Oh, and rising above the cheap and taudry laughs that appeal to 13-year olds. I like my humor on the intelligent side. Here are two videos that I shot and edited recently for my client, FaceTime(…)

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Creativity: the highwire between art and commerce

Innovation is the high wire between art and commerce … with death a distinct possibility Jessica Hagy’s Indexed blog has received several awards, including “favorite reason for the Internet to exist.” I have to agree, its a favorite stopping point for me. Every morning Jessica sits down with a cup of coffee and a blank(…)

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Is the real product the song, or the CD?

When Taylor Swift’s new CD came out, I took my 17-year-old daughter straight to Target after school to buy it. Yes, the PHYSICAL CD. Taylor Swift is her favorite artist, and she listens to her CD before every track meet. But why, you may ask, would a 17 year old buy an actual CD rather than the download? Well I wish(…)

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Politics and Musicians

There have been heated discussions on all three music-related email discussion lists that I subscribe to over the past several weeks. On the Folk Alliance list, the FAR-West list and the House Concert Presenters Yahoo! Group the discussion has turned to whether or not – and when – it’s appropriate for a musician to bring(…)

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The many faces of creativity

What is creativity? The 2nd definition of creativity, according to Dictionary.com, is: “the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination: the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts.” * I believe creativity is(…)

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