By Mick on Thursday, December 7th, 2017.
From: CD Baby Jazz musician Dave Goldberg wrote a pointed and darkly humorous open letter to LA club owners that I thought was worth sharing. In it, he argues that it’s actually a counterproductive practice for venues to book bands who are willing to work for free. And when I say “counterproductive,” I mean it’s…
By Mick on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017.
There’s a formula to making a great first impression: Smile, make eye contact, be engaging. But first impressions can also quickly lose their impact, especially when there’s no substance beneath the surface glow. Being genuinely likable over the long haul is tougher. Building and maintaining great relationships, consistently influencing others in a good way and…
By Mick on Saturday, August 26th, 2017.
1. Your parents are the only people who become genuinely happy when you succeed. 2. People want to see you succeed… but not more than them. 3. A friend in need is a friend in deed. The reverse is true, if you get what i mean. 4. The way you are brought up contributes about…
By Mick on Friday, August 11th, 2017.
Something was bothering me about some of the bass playing when I revisited the Sgt Pepper mono mixes recently. It seemed to be missing bass lines that I knew by heart after so many years of listening. In fact it seems quite evident that there’s a lot of bass ‘flubs’ on the mono mix. Did McCartney…
By Mick on Sunday, July 30th, 2017.
Social media is evolving, with the major platforms constantly offering new tools and features to attract and retain their users. Facebook has a live-streaming feature. Instagram has Stories. Twitter has the President’s tweets. Well, maybe that last one isn’t part of the evolution. But it’s certainly one of the aspects of social media that keeps…
By Mick on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017.
“Man has the ability to change but one thing in life, but by changing that one thing, he changes his life”. Epictetus: “Men are disturbed not by things that happen, but by their opinions of the things that happen.” Ever feel yourself getting perturbed by something that happens during your day? Ever have the urge…
By Mick on Monday, July 3rd, 2017.
Korea is a great place. Before I go into the dark side, let’s look at a few outstanding goodies you get to have as a wide-eyed foreigner in exile from your own homeland. – People are basically friendly, even in big, crowded cities, unlike in many other places. And Koreans are often profoundly decent people….
By Mick on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017.
1. You ascribe intent. Another driver cut you off. Your friend never texted you back. Your co-worker went to lunch without you. Everyone can find a reason to be offended on a steady basis. So what caused you to be offended? You assigned bad intent to these otherwise innocuous actions. You took it as a…
By Mick on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017.
1. We’re Having Technical Difficulties Even if your guitar just caught fire. Well actually, that would be hilarious if you said it then. But when bands sheepishly admit it into the mic, it’s uncomfortable and kills the vibe. Technical difficulties are your fault. Even when they’re not. It’s your stage. It’s your show. You should…
By Mick on Monday, May 29th, 2017.
Chivalry is not dead. The art of the gentleman is very much alive and kicking. There are still some true blue gentlemen out there who are keeping the noble tradition of genuine manliness alive. So what exactly constitutes a gentleman? Well, since the art of being a gentleman originated from ancient practices of knighthood, some…