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  • Which camp are you in? Let me share with you the best life measurement tool out there: Michael Hyatt’s LifeScore Assessment™
  • The only way to grow in life’s most important areas If we don’t measure these areas of life, it’s hard to improve them. You have to know where you are now before you can move beyond it.
  • What I did to change my life for the better It seemed pointless trying to work on my physical health, finances and career if I didn’t first establish a solid set of building blocks to base my decision-making paradigm on.
  • Being, Relating and Doing Lifescore AssessmentRather than the trendy, lazy annual New Year resolutions of “diet, exercise, earn more,” etc., what if there was a better way to being, relating to others, and doing life?
  • I’ve now got 3 years left… Stephen P Brown's PsalmQuest PremiumOriginally posted May 3, 2013. Reposted here due to a mid-term update. “Safety does not result in efforts that fully show one’s capability.”
  • Nostalgia ain’t all that bad. Or good. Nostalgia is always selective, whether the things we remember and dwell upon were positive experiences or negative ones. Usually we go for the positive.
  • That carpet is looking mighty high! It’s interesting is how much both the British and the US Americans have a propensity to brush things under the carpet. Ignore reality. Pretend there’s nothing wrong.
  • How valuable are those annoying feedback requests, actually? Our society has become feedback frenzied because the latest trend is to think that “Data is everything.” You can’t make a decision these days without data. And lots of it.
  • What to do with four days? Normally Thanksgiving weekend isn’t quite as busy as this one was, but I am actually thankful for that.
  • What happened to our dreams? From The Podium, LiveYou may remember a letter I wrote to you explaining the difference between Classical Music and classical music, and my next podcast episode highlights just another sub-type of the world’s best classical music.
  • Do you get a day off too? Dear #classicalmusic fan, Today, the USA, Canada and a few islands have an annual federal holiday called “Thanksgiving.” Many folk misunderstand it’s origins and think it’s something to do with independence from British rule, but that’s not at all true! The reality is, according to Edward Winslow who was there, 143 New England immigrants and natives, workers and ...
  • For real: you are about to lose internet access Net neutrality is in danger of disappearing. An open Internet is important for fans of #classicalmusic because it is important for everyone.
  • Why an astronaut told us to build a future with the Arts Is STEM losing steam because we removed the Arts from Education? Are we still “failing to act in the future?”
  • “Don’t break it!” Even though I’m a percussionist, it’s not my story. It’s a story belonging to Bob McCormick, my guest on my latest podcast episode.
  • Has this been your best year ever? If you want to achieve anything this program will help. It’s not for everyone, but it just might be perfect for you at this time of your life.
  • What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Revisiting a childhood vacation spot I simply had to get a cone with my favorite ice cream flavor. At least, it used to be.
  • Is it a pipe dream to want to be The Best? Becoming “The Best” is a temporary illusion that means someone judges you better than the person next to you. At least today until someone else comes along who is 10% better.
  • What’s more valuable than doing? Moments are the jewels of our lives. Don’t make yourself so busy that you don’t see the color in the sparkles.
  • Know thy consequences Staying on the beach too long in the rain meant that everyone suffered for days afterwards, and in my opinion, unnecessarily.
  • True hotshots dive a lot deeper Concert HotshotsI looked through all the responses I’ve received and identified those points that are near and dear to you as well as me…
  • Not enough concerts SPB leading a chamber ensemble in live performanceI don’t think there are enough concerts in the world.
  • 4 distractions that spoil your concert experience Kittens master the art of watching vs. looking pretty early on.Noosance behaviors like these are distracting and do not support the communication of emotions. In fact, they utterly spoil your concert experience. Ignore them.
  • What’s true about program notes? Program notes, Wikipedia and every other source on the planet exist as support material. In fact, you will never be able to read or write enough words about music.
  • How is a society’s quality of life actually reflected? The advancement of technology in our world has been so rapid we still haven’t figured out how to incorporate it into living. Not really.
  • How to turn a concert into an event From The Podium Live goes live on Saturday November 4 2017One of my habits is to turn every concert into an event. If I am not performing and the performers themselves are not creating an event, I will turn the concert into my own event!
  • Take the stress out of watching Are the performers just providing a background soundtrack to a silent movie in your mind?
  • Getting stuck in the instructions It is a mistake to think that notation and sheet music is all there is to recreating music. There is so much more to music than just the notes on the page!
  • You cannot fake Energy When you read fiction, the story is in your mind – the words are only reference. When you listen to a recording, the music is in your heart – the recording is only reference.
  • I call it passion. What do you call it? One mistake I made early in my conducting career was telling a bunch of professional musicians “I’d rather work with people who actually…
  • (Let me tease you a little…) My last attempt to put out there how much you’d benefit from signing up for my new podcast’s notifications.
  • Why, oh why, oh why? Why am I producing and hosting a new podcast about classical music? Here are just a handful of reasons:
  • Is “From The Podium” right for me? CoffeeAmong the many excited emails about From The Podium I recently received, one included a very valid question: Is this geared more toward the…
  • What’s in my new podcast? From The Podium, LiveIf you are not yet convinced that listening in for 53 minutes a week while you’re multi-tasking, then have a look at what each action-packed episode includes.
  • Why you should listen to my new podcast From The Podium, LiveMy new podcast will definitely give you something to talk about every week. So sign up now to get notified.
  • When face-palmage occurred facepalmDon’t be surprised when classical music gets mentioned!
  • A reliable source of arguments …about music itself, the arts, education, creativity, leadership, sociology, psychology, technology, and so on. All these topics affect how we relate to classical music.
  • Be the butterfly There is no accounting for Chaos Theory except just one truth: do nothing, and something else will take over.
  • Continuing the conversation… As a society we tend to consume. We are consumers, after all. But that’s not what my letters to you are about, I’m afraid.
  • 7 of the best places to sit in a concert hall Where is the best place to sit when you attend a live classical music concert? Obviously where the tickets are most expensive, right? Wrong.
  • What dress shall I wear tonight? Don’t give a damn what anyone else is wearing – they dressed exactly how they wanted to, just like you did. THAT’S equality.
  • Would you like to go for a drink? Drinking before, during and after concerts does not necessarily mean consuming alcohol, but it does give you an opportunity to talk about the music, and perhaps even…
  • What We Can Learn from East Asian Education Politics and Education: two Establishments that are hot topics people love to yell and scream about.
  • Which is which and who does what? There are some things that still shock me when I realize most people on the planet have no idea about classical music. I frequently hear people stumbling over the terms…
  • What’s in a title? Old Sheet MusicLiterally. What are all those odd numbers and abbreviations you see on posters and in programs? Sometimes it can get confusing looking at the title of a piece of classical music.
  • Forgive them, for they know not. “Professional Politicians” – those who have done nothing else in life – can no longer tell the difference between the manipulative games they play, and the real world.
  • Community validation is a huge deal. FTP Donation Envelope MessageThe other day, as I was sorting through the mail, I flipped one hand-written envelope over to open it. But what I saw made me tear up.
  • Please leave the candy at home Sweet wrappers are like the triangle – it doesn’t matter how much noise is going on, it’ll still be heard by everyone in the concert venue. What other Audience Etiquette is there?
  • Proof we can make the world a better place. #Classicalmusic, unlike most contemporary music genres, actually has an uncanny ability to mediate and touch the human heart like no other.
  • Call in to a #classicalmusic radio show? From The Podium, LiveI am excited to let you know about From The Podium, a radio show and podcast that I am producing and hosting, and that YOU can call in to… This is not only expanding the more than 40 episodes of my two-minute podcast Stephen’s Classical Rate N Slate to a full hour each week, but From ...
  • How the record companies got us all confused In music, a genre can be defined as a particular style or form of composition. In other words, pieces of similar styles and forms can be categorized together into one genre.