Daily Letters

  • Which do you choose: Bed Bugs or Butterflies? My wife and I recently stopped over in NYC for a few days, one of our favorite places to visit for… well, oh so very many reasons. One thing I find annoying about visiting major metropoles, though, is how much effort it takes to choose how to look at things. Perspective is everything, as we know. And realizing ...
  • A new word for the urban dictionary One of the ways I help make the world a better place to live is to encourage and guide classical musicians towards a well-paid, full-time career sharing live music with others.
  • Everybody Needs Everybody What’s the motivation? Because when every individual is doing the best they possible can, then the ensemble as a whole is inevitably going to be an awesome thing!
  • When a strategy has run its course. Since we first open our eyes, scream our first little scream, and smile our first little cute eye-twinkling smile, we adapt and try alternative means to get what we want.
  • What are you struggling with the most? What’s nagging at you, musically, that you just don’t seem able to overcome, or not do as well as you think you should be able to?
  • What’s your dream as a performer? Think hard and dig deep, and let me know specifically what you want to achieve or overcome as a performer, something absolutely amazingly life-changing.
  • How do you get in front of your fans? How are you keeping in front of your fans and engaging them? Is it working?
  • Seeing to believe is not enough Dear #ClassicalMusic Fan, You have probably heard the phrase “Seeing is believing,” which is a very sad way to approach life as it removes the opportunity for mystery and faith, two very innate human qualities according to Oxford University in 2011. On the other hand, have you heard of this phrase? I have known my student Brian for quite some ...
  • Know the world is a good place to be right now Now you can get on with your day refreshed, with more focus and energy, and knowing that the world is a good place to be right now.
  • What’s good and what’s not about that performance? In my monthly printed bulletin for performing musicians I’m going to demonstrate one aspect of my coaching: the Performance Review.
  • Careful you focus on the right things Instead of making those goosebump moments the ultimate goal, we need to make music – and the sharing of it – our ultimate goal.
  • Did you learn by trial and error too? Melissa’s life has changed dramatically since that first coaching session, and I’m sure yours might, too.
  • Who’s telling your story? And how can we best tell the story, bridging the gap between the music and the audience?
  • Do you keep your promises? I’m still keeping my promise that I’d write to you every weekday with a lesson that will help you accomplish far more than you ever thought possible!
  • Why: Take it slow. It took five days to find my Why. The Why gives you the momentum to keep going. So make it a good Why. Take it slow when finding it.
  • What are you REALLY a fan of? It doesn’t matter if you work at it full-time, are just starting out, or have spent a lifetime with music as a hobby for fun on the side once a week or so…
  • Living the dream! Really? Dear #ClassicalMusic Fan, Are you living the dream? We all are. But be careful about those who claim to be. Because they’re not. All they’re doing is trying to convince themselves that what they’ve achieved in life so far is fine, it’s wonderful, it’s all they need in life, life is great! But it’s a facade. They have not achieved the life-plans ...
  • What makes Itzhak Perlman so good? It is clear that Perlman is a fabulous violinist. But what does he contribute his continuous high mastery of his craft to?
  • Last chance – This is the plan you need to achieve your goals “Changed the way I think about what’s possible for me…” – “The confidence and plan to tackle some of my lifetime goals…” – Those are powerful words, aren’t they?
  • [This weekend only] Best Year Ever – Amazing deal for couples Don’t wait! Sign up for the Couples Package (which is an awesome deal in itself!) — and get access to this exclusive, one-time webinar.
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  • Looking for inspiration? Meet Ray Last year alone Ray lost 53 pounds and paid off $400k in consumer debt. Intention is great. But it only gets you so far…
  • It’s not a random crusade The result of setting SMARTER goals, turning them into plans, and identifying each next step, can be seen in comments like the ones Chris made above.
  • The secret sauce that 25,000 people have found If you’ve been disappointed by how past years have gone… and felt like you’ll never actually achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself, this is for you.
  • Free webinar: Navigate Your Way to Success in 2018 Michael Hyatt is a bestselling author and goal achievement expert, and he’s teaching a free webinar about how to navigate your way to success in 2018.
  • Just HOW OLD are you?! In order to accomplish anything in this world we have to understand how the world around us operates and approaches life.
  • The fastest way to fail with your goals (And more…) Learn to identify the mistakes so you don’t commit them. It’s a sure way to make 2018 different than all the years before it.
  • 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.