Charile Haden: You have the history of the world within you. To improvise is to tap into it!

This short talk by great bassist Charlie Haden sums up what I believe about music.  In another interview he says that he plays and records as often as he can to “further the cause” of spreading this deep spirituality.   He explains that each time  someone listens to him play they absorb some of this amazing and enlightened version of what it is to be human.  A version of what is possible to be – when our focus is on loving kindness  beauty, creative pursuits and sharing of all that is pure gold in the human spirit through the history of the ages.

This reminds me of the teaching of Carl Jung about the collective unconscious, that we are all one and not contained within our physical beings….we are so much more that than.  We are not our body, as Depak Chopra said in one of his audio books, you are not this tiny speck in the universe–the entire universe is WITHIN YOU.  You need only to be aware that it is there, allow it to flow through you.  You give up being individual, in a sense, but you don’t loose your sanity, you just walk within the all that is…

Please enjoy Charlie Haden!

If You Don’ Know How, First Learn HOW to know HOW: Blogging Will HELP YOU LEARN

learnToday I have pain from my hours of guitar practice. But I will not let that stop me.  I can take ibuprofen, stretch my arms and hands every 30 minutes. That should do it.

Today I am breaking through on how to play improvised jazz. It is all in the scale patterns. Memorizing them in each key…then, when I am playing a song, based on what key it is in, I can improvise all up and down the fretboard using scale patterns one through seven.

Never thought I would be able to – and I still don’t know how YET.  But I think I know HOW to know HOW. When it is a more complex goal, this step – how to know how – could make all the difference. I will let you know how it works.

If you are wondering will I ever post music of my own, this blog is for me to say things that I don’t have to worry about anyone judging.  Since I work in music, a potential client reading about me doubting my skills could be detrimental to me getting gigs.

I love WordPress and this community.  It has helped me to start each day taking the ZEN attitude – by writing what I know and feel spiritually. Without this blog it was hard for me to stay positive.

This blog/writing a “journal”, is life changing. IF YOU DON’T HAVE A BLOG – GET ONE!  Or at least start journaling.

Blogging brings about huge personal growth for people like me–people wishing to get beyond their baggage and to realize their dream. I have dreamed all my life of success in music.  I am on my way now,  BY GEORGE!