“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.” – Miss Piggy

I have to admit there are times when I feel like this too. As a musician and [especially] a composer, I naturally want everyone who comes in contact with my music to feel the same way I do about it – wonderful . . . magical . . . beautiful. It’s the same way I felt about my children when they were small – there just simply wasn’t more beautiful or gifted children than mine anywhere to be found on the planet. If you disagreed with me I might just punch you in the mouth! (Confession: It still holds true today so don’t test me!)

It’s natural to be proud of a project that we’ve poured ourselves into. The old cliché referring to, “blood, sweat, and tears,” certainly comes to mind when describing writing music so by the time I have completed an entire composition I feel as though I’ve accomplished something great. Of course, I’m going to be proud.

It’s always nice to receive the reward of verbal praise and pats on-the-back for a job well done, but like a wise old man quoted to me many years ago;

“Human compliments are like perfume. Smell them, enjoy them while they last, but … please don’t drink them. They will poison you.” (Unknown)

And so while it’s nice to hear marvelous reviews and flowery words about your artistry, it’s also a good idea to remember that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder . . .” so we all need to keep the ego in check.

With all that said, I ran across this graphic the other day. It’s a word cloud of (positive) words that people have used to describe my music. I use it as a tool to see where I’ve been so I know where I need to go moving forward.

I encourage every musician to occasionally take a time-out, step back, and see where you are. Be sure to celebrate the accomplishments and be proud of hard work well done. But then back to work using your newly discovered knowledge to “fill-in-the-blanks.” That way you have a clear path into the future. It helps – really!

Thank you for taking time to share an interest in my music. I appreciate you and I wish you much success!

Living the dream –

Make your own word cloud

Here’s a new video I ran across that was shot in the recording studio on 19 JUL 2013 while I was recording my first album AN ETCHING IN TIME.

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