I've got ALOT of thoughts on music, performance, teaching, and living life. Broadcasting my more personal thoughts on social media platforms has never resonated for me, so I figured it's time to start a blog - this feels like a place I'll be able to open up and share the many experiences I've had that shape my relationship with music and the people in my life. I hope to keep my writing as unfiltered and unedited as possible so as to keep it authentic.
The last couple of weeks I've especially been reflecting on what my impact is - what am I putting into life and how it affects my sphere of influence. This has been an essential part of my daily mindset for many years now, but lately it has become more apparent - I have (we all have) a unique opportunity to impact others - whether it be "positive" or "negative". I prefer not to think it terms of absolutes - "all or nothing" thinking - but when I scan over my daily habits of thought feeling and behavior it is abundantly apparent that there is either a negative or positive charge I put out into the universe. Like throwing a rock in a pond where the ripples move outward in all directions - inevitably I continue to find whatever I put out into the world I receive back - and so much of this begins with my thought life. I think we can all agree the qualities of love, kindness, and courtesy (among many other synonmous qualities) are "positive." The qualities of hate, violence, rudeness, impatience, self-pity (among many other lovely things) are commonly held as "negative." It's of course easy to recognize these manifestations in others - in society, on the news (which I try to avoid), and our closest relatives/friends. The treasure hunt for peace of mind begins with finding the darkness in me and setting out to eradicate it with the powerful qualities of love, kindness, generosity, honesty, etc. I have found the seeds of negativity begins in my thoughts and therefore the seeds of love and peace begins in my thoughts.
Ok - wow - didn't know all that was going to come out right away but there it is! And, I don't know if anyone is going to read ANY of that - but who knows, maybe someone will come across this and it might be helpful. My reason for starting this blog is ultimately to try and pass on the priceless lessons I've learned from others who have selflessly shared their life lessons with with me. SO, hopefully this may bring some light and hope to anyone who may stumble across this page.
I think I will end up writing mostly about music, but all this stuff I went into today will certainly be woven throughout. After all, the practice, performance, teaching - all of it - is only going to be as positive as I make it. As a result I believe I have a shot at getting out of my own way and letting the art move through me to touch others. At the end of the day, I don't want this ("this" being my music and career and even this blog post) to be about Adam - building up my "image" or marketability or any of that shit - I just want to make real music from raw life stuff and put it out there for someone to hear. However that continues to work out we shall see - but I couldn't be more grateful to be doing this music thing full time day in and day out. It's been an insane amount of work for this to be my reality as a musician - looking forward to sharing what that work looks like and how it might help you reach your goals. Cheers till next time - and if you read all of this thank you for sharing some time together and please leave a comment below!