This post is a bit special..... I'm interviewing Justin Tessier, drummer extraordinaire for The Blue Stones. Justin and Tarek Jafar met in high-school. They are the duo behind The Blue Stones, a blues-rock duo based in Windsor, Ontario. 3 Reasons You Don't Want To Miss What Justin Has To Say They knew about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's engagement before the Queen herself! Check out what they're up to on Bands in Town. Make sure you follow them on Spotify... The Interview So there you have [...]
Whether you’re a complete beginner or seasoned music composer, there is ONE, unbeatable trick that will ALWAYS improve your music writing skills… And the best thing is that it’s FREE! So what is it? I know, I know, you’ve probably thought about that one before ;) and yet, until now, you haven’t been doing it that much, have you? It’s not always obvious who to study and how to approach this exercise. Here’s where this post will help: I'll share with you a 6 step process that will get you going in no time. I'll demonstrate the process with 3 [...]
Do you know what's the best way to freak out? Comparing yourself to others! And what's the best way to keep your sanity? Take it step by step, little by little, Celebrate your accomplishments and never EVER forget: YOU'RE ONLY HUMAN! It's fine if you binge on TV shows once in a while. You SHOULD be spending quality time with friends and family. Life is NOT about working or hustling all the time. At least not for me. Now go ahead and download your FREE Weekly Planning Tool. It's help you remember to celebrate your accomplishments and hopefully avoid overwhelm.
Or are they? 😉 STOP comparing yourself to others in the public eye! While there are some genius exceptions and some not so genius exceptions (hello reality-TV)… QUALITY COMES WITH QUANTITY, wait for it…. OVER TIME! 99.9% of the time. In other words, practise, practise, practise, create, create, create and ENJOY the journey while you’re at it. Before you know it, you’ll have created TONS of quality music! You may never reach the heights of Mozart or Bowie but you sure can try and get as close as you possibly can! Pep Talk [...]
Building a morning routine that includes a 30 minute music session has been the single most impactful decision in my life when it comes to composing. Before that, I used to wait for inspiration to strike. For periods of time, the muse showed up fairly often and then it stopped, for months at a time, as I got distracted by life. Between 2003 and 2006, I must have written and composed 10 songs per year, maybe a little bit less, probably not a little bit more. Lyrics, melodies and arrangements came pretty easily and I was happy. Then I lost a [...]
Mmmmm... let me think... Many many years ago, a pompous math student argued that artists don’t produce anything of value. I looked at him, just as confused as he looked at me. We simply didn’t get each other. Since then, I’ve thought a lot about what artists in general and musicians in particular bring to the world. I’ve narrowed it down to a simple idea: art brings excitement to our lives. Whether we love or loathe a piece of art, art makes us feel alive. Excitement is what keeps us going. Love, friendship, sky-diving, music, horror movies, adventure books, board games, spirituality, all these occupations [...]