#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.

  • 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.
  • 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…
  • 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?
  • Kipling was right about one thing… I am usually a very observant chap (which gets really annoying for my wife: “Golly! Did you see that?”), and at one such networking event we both attended recently, we walked away saying “Golly! Did you notice…
  • Get real familiar (oo-er) As a fan of #classicalmusic it is probably wise to get familiar with the instruments that people are using to share music with you.
  • When humility is harmful It hit me the other day that the majority of performers and audiences I see on a regular basis don’t get what you get… These articles. I can count on two hands the number of performers in the ensembles I regularly conduct who are wise subscribers, like you (and hundreds of others like you). That bothered me for ...
  • Free #concerthacker cheat sheet People have questions about classical music. You probably have questions about classical music. Here’s one answer to many questions about classical music: Go to a live concert. But then that probably raises even more questions than before. In fact, I asked over 15,000 people what their BIGGEST question about live classical music concerts was, and came up with five primary ...
  • ARGH! Remarkable how accurately The Simpsons writers reflected our farcical realities.
  • What is the best way to start a new club? Seven points you might find useful if you ever find yourself bringing a group of people together for the first time.
  • Patti – dictate enjoyment We don’t get to dictate who is allowed to enjoy art. There is a contradictory message in saying art is everywhere, everyone has the potential for creative expression and engages in it more often than they realized…and then put out a call for all that to be withdrawn.
  • Rogers – Change Minds People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument.
  • 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?