These articles respond to the top concern of my online readers according to the the Annual Readers’ Survey 2015. They help you balance your activities across each area of your life in a no-nonsense, practical, and action-oriented manner.

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  • Garland – 1st rate of self “Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of somebody else.”
  • Schweitzer – kindness melts As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
  • Rohn – Walls The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keep out the joy.
  • Why does Classical Music shut down over the Summer? bar concertOf all the options for eating, cinema, museums, board games, cooking classes, art exhibitions, and so on, there were also seventy-nine concerts. Five were classical.
  • You have more in common with Marilyn Monroe than you think Norma Jeane the MusicalHowever briefly you hear a voice in your head, how you react to it is what makes you… well, an individual. Marilyn Monroe didn’t do so well with the voices in her head, according to this musical.
  • 7 bold ways live music will make you enchanted When asked “Why do you think live classical music concerts are important?” there were some unique perspectives, including pleasure, the impact they have on us, and…
  • A memorable match made in… the pre-frontal cortex?! Nostalgia memories and musicThe connection between music, memories and emotion is so strong that researchers believe that it may even elicit emotional responses from Alzheimer patients.
  • The one really terrible environment you need to know about! When figuring out when and where to perform, you need to ask yourself two very specific questions. Your responses to these questions could mean the difference between an amazing musical adventure, and total career disaster.
  • The one exciting environment you need to know about You might find a small ensemble environment very exciting!Something we all naturally navigate towards are experiences that make us feel good, but oftentimes we forget to consider some of the elements that contribute to those wonderful moments.
  • Your strongest support skill can improve your well-being What is your best support skill?Whether or not you know it, you have a skill you excel in. Another thing you are good at is at least one “support” skill that usually operates in the background. Which of the four support skills are you best at?
  • Results of my Annual Readers’ Survey 2015 THANK YOU. For reading this post, and For completing my Annual Readers’ Survey earlier this month (if you did!). The analysis is complete and it is fascinating! Here is a brief summary: According to my Annual Reader Survey 2015, most of my readers are Christian men aged 25-39 years old who live in the USA, about half of whom have a Masters ...
  • 7 quick ways to embrace delightful simplicity Wall Storage Tidy SimplicityAs musicians juggling multiple poles within spinning plates on them, we can often be blinded by our busyness. So why should and how can musicians stuck in the “First World” keep life simple?
  • How to overcome workaholism through a better #LifeBalance Live music and help bring a healthy work-life balanceToday we look at three articles that demonstrate pretty clearly how we often kid ourselves about how hard and how much we need to work, and what we can do about it.
  • Sir Richard Branson’s 5 inspiring tips for balancing a quality life Balancing work and life can be as much a sport as anything elseThree articles that could help us maintain a healthy work/ life balance, including the dangers of ‘switching off’ and the importance of allocating dedicated time.
  • Withhold no more your unparalleled true colors Suits and SocksWhen society let managers and agents become the top-of-the-pyramid decision makers of art, the Western World lost its grip on cultural reality. Do you think the Corporate standardization of classical music has hurt or helped society at large?
  • Five sources of healthy anger Angry CatIt is OK to be angry. Anger usually incites action. As long as we remain civil, our anger can produce amazing outcomes. Do you ever feel angry about the state of music in society? Or are you excited about its rapid transition?
  • Time, Location, Bewilderment What barriers are there to enjoying live classical music?Over the past couple of weeks one of my projects has been soliciting from folk in various stages of life what interferes with their enjoyment of live classical music. The fourth most popular response was that there are no barriers to their enjoying live classical music.
  • Being an “Amateur” is not an excuse lazy geekRecently I have come across a number of performers who hide behind their amateur status. It’s annoying and inappropriate, so stop it! What do I mean? First, let’s identify the differences between being and amateur and being a professional: AMATEUR,PROFESSIONAL,Source Work when motivated,Motivated to work,James Clear Generally not paid,Generally paid,US Legal Gets upset and assumes the worst,Remains level-headed and optimistic,Creativity ...
  • How to save your audience a mammoth time commitment Save your audience a mammoth amount of timeDo your audiences a favor and avoid hogging their time – they WILL appreciate it. If folk want to hang around afterwards, that is their prerogative, but be wary and conscious of what kind of payment you are expecting from them.
  • 3 powerful performance strategies that will make you money Chamber music at Sandy Springs LibraryYou have spent years developing your craft. Time for payback, right? But time is probably the one thing you’d love more of and simply can’t get. So here are three workable strategies to help you make the most of the time you do have, and increase your income whilst you’re at it.