#ShareMyPassion

These articles respond to one of the top five most important concerns of my online readers according to the Annual Reader Survey 2015. They help you clarify why you are passionate about live music and how to convey that passion to others. Hint: playing a technically perfect concert isn’t it.

Browse at your leisure, or dive straight into them. Then join in the conversations in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter.

  • James Reid – keep awake If it’s getting late and I really need to get some sleep I really should not click on your latest offerings here . If I do, bells & whistles always go off in my brain & I’m up for hours thinking, when I should be sleeping. I look really worn out but ...
  • Which Musical Character are YOU? Piano outsideAfter categorizing the four primary types of people who involve themselves in music-related activities, I became interested to find out how many of each type are in my own musical world.
  • Traster DCB “Great time conducting the Dunedin Concert Band; very nice bunch of fine musicians! Their director, Stephen Brown, is happenin’.”
  • The most unexpected networking question. And answer. networkingNetworking involves a multifaceted approach and numerous mediums. A networking event is just one of them, and gets a really bad rap because of the really bad practices people tend to employ at them.
  • 3 steps to consider if you want to be wiser wise old man pianoWhatever industry you are in, or whatever niche you serve, knowing “how things work” is by far the clearest thing we need to work on as we share, teach and grow.
  • 3 steps to safely try something wonderful Orchestral Percussion WorkshopsAttend a meeting, make some noise, build the thing, take one step forward, whatever is required. It’s okay. You won’t be the best. Your adult expectations will expect you to be perfect first time. Guess what…
  • The strongest challenges for authentic musicians this year lightbulbsSome of the challenges the “classical” music industry currently faces include collaborating, the in-person experience vs. technology, integrity, and lifestyle. But, the top five answers so far are…
  • What exactly does “Intentional Cultural Responsibility” mean? Fashion is being intentional about the culture you choose to live in.I encourage you to be intentional about the contribution you make to the culture you choose to live in. Lofty words, but what do they mean, exactly?
  • Will people be happy when you leave? How will you be remembered?When you encounter someone and share your passion for live music with them, will they remember you fondly, with kindness, excitement, hope? Or will they get on with their lives like nothing had happened?
  • How can community music be more fascinating? Live community music is a core foundation of any CultureEvery organization has a specific characteristic that endears people to it. Consider how they make you feel. Do they match any of the following primary advantages?
  • Results of my Annual Readers’ Survey 2015 AnnualSurveyTHANK 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 ...
  • Who are the best expert classical music life coaches? Flute in chamber ensembleIt seems we have hit upon a hot topic! My last two posts about how a coach can help classical musicians, and the mistakes people make when hiring a coach have been very popular, evidenced by both the number of shares (look at the share bar at the bottom of each post) and with the number ...
  • 15 Inspiring Quotes about the Joy of Passion #ShareMyPassionToday we explore three articles that help us with one of the Western World’s most difficult things to express: what we are passionate about. For some reason it has generally become taboo to think of anyone as passionate about anything, so below we explore the energy and authentic joy when sharing our passions with others, ...
  • 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?
  • Why Share Your Valuable Creative Process Right Now? Creativity Sir Ken RobinsonProbably the best way to keep people engaged in your art form and looking forward to experiencing it live, is to share the process you go through to create it. Whether it is practicing a piece of music (see video below), layering a painting, or preparing a speech…
  • How to build the colossal fan club you need Gone are the days a newsletter costs a fortune - send it via email!The reason I consistently grow a solid core of SPB Groupies is because of my email newsletter. That’s right. My newsletters. Not the articles I write, the little booklets I put together, nor the concerts I produce or the music I write.
  • 2 of the most essential competitive advantages you need 2 of the most essential competitive advantages you need - hot dogsWe are rapidly heading towards the middle of the twenty first century. Yet many of classical music’s processes and expectations are still firmly rooted in nineteenth century antiquity. Some of that is good, such as concert halls, orchestras, chamber music, and so on. But if we operate the same way they did then, we are doomed. Perhaps that is ...
  • How to make a remarkable impact during a concert A smiling performerOur little experiment had worked: performers can choose to enjoy themselves, and that enjoyment is clearly infectious, regardless how ‘down’ everyone in the room is.
  • What is the most fundamental purpose of awesome music? Music is the most fundamental form of communication that connects us to our emotionsAs performers are perhaps the most closely intimate with live music, it surely makes sense that is it up to them. They are the masters of music and therefore are the ones responsible for passing on their trade secrets to others.
  • How to make classical music concerts awesome again Cello and Violin sharing music at homeIn his TED talk Ben Zander suggests that everyone DOES love classical music concerts, but that the music is not the problem. The way it is presented and shared could be the problem. You can change that right now. Take ownership of live music and share it.