Archive for November 2011

Why Logic Always Fails You

What part of your life always seems to be on the back burner? Is it a certain relationship? A hobby you’ve always wanted to enjoy? A spiritual pursuit? Do you tell yourself that someday this part of your life will move to the front burner and become a priority? How will that actually happen? Back…

Music Trial Recap

Yesterday was Day 30 of my 30-day music learning trial. My aim was to invest at least 30 hours in learning to compose music. In actuality I put in considerably more time. I found it pretty addictive. I spent the first half of the trial mostly writing simple electronic songs using GarageBand loops. That allowed…

One Million Forum Posts

Today, most likely within minutes, our discussion forums will pass 1,000,000 messages posted. Our forums were launched a little more than 5 years ago. They were instantly popular and remained so ever since, partly because my blog was already getting a lot of traffic that helped feed the forums. This made the initial launch challenging…

The Golden Motorcycle Gang

This week I read Jack Canfield’s new book The Golden Motorcycle Gang, co-written with William Gladstone. The book is centered around Jack’s personal story and his sense of purpose in life, and it invites you to consider your personal role in our ongoing social evolution. The Golden Motorcycle Gang Jack imagines that before he incarnated…

Learning Music – Day 12

Writing music is addictive! I was up till 3am last night working on a new piece and reading about music production. This music vibe doesn’t seem to mesh very well with being an early riser! Is there something about music production that turns people into vampires? Oh, it’s already past midnight… better get to bed……

Learning Music – Day 11

Yesterday I decided to try inputting a simple melody into GarageBand by playing it via my Akai MIDI controller. I’m still very new to this, so I came up with a very basic C-major tune, not much more complicated than Mary Had a Little Lamb, but it’s a start. After a few practice runs —…

Learning Music – Day 9

I’ve been having a wonderful time with my 30-day trial of learning music. Here’s a quick update to share how it’s going. First, I’m truly grateful for the flow of support and encouragement that’s been coming my way, especially from experienced musicians. Several people have offered to tutor or help me in various ways, and…