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In search of "Standard"

Thanksgiving brings a time of preparation and reflection for most. When you are a musician, this calm before the storm is critical to surviving the month of Dec with its onslaught of emotion, opportunity and music, on top of music, on top of music. I read a lot of reviews these days, most are not about me thankfully, and as an artist I seek the affirmation of the critics, audiences, and beyond. In my book there are two ways to do it. In the first approach, I attempt to do everything as it has "always been done" just execute better, be better, more perfect. In the second, I embrace a sense of identity and passion verging on arrogance. With the confidence of a mature adult, I seek my own path and performance "within the rules" of course. Both of these approaches can be successful and indeed, a great artist must blend the two.

As we all continue into this new 21st century I propose that we use a new standard. We measure our art by the impact that it and our serv…

Kung Fu Panda: Secret?

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What a great movie for a family. It has something in it for everyone...
The theme of the secret to "infinite power of awesomeness" is believing.  Po believes and has passion, he follows it with discipline brought on by a master and finally he uses his knowledge of who he is to save the world and make a difference.   His secret power stemmed from first believing that he could do it.  This resonates deeply with me and ties so closely to my personal journey as a musician with Da Capo and our "way".  Love the movie, love the depth of the messages and the imagery from the noodlehead all the way to the ascension of Uguay on a cloud of petals. 
AWESOMENESS!

Legacy

As I awakened this morning, I thought of the freedoms provided us by the millions of American veterans that have gone before. I had the privilege of interacting with a Va Vets organization during the recent election and I was amazed at their energy, confidence and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

I am not a veteran myself so I cannot provide a legacy like theirs to his world. However, their example set my thoughts in motion. Some other people who leave a legacy for us are ministers, musicians, and even builders of all types.

Our churches exist because dutiful ministers have followed God's call and struggled through good times and bad despite the frequently despicable actions of congregation members seeking power and self recognition. For that I am thankful for a place to worship that is profoundly beautiful in intention and facility.

When I was about to graduate from Drewry Mason HS I spent the Summer working for a construction crew. This taught me the value…

Perfect Breakfast c.1999

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Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All

We have come through a trying period. The election cycle has been debilitating and infuriating for many of us who embrace passion and politics as a way of life. I make no apologies for where I was, nor how I voted, but starting right NOW, it doesn't matter.

We have a new president on the way. Our lives and mentalities have changed and we must look to the future as one people. Americans all.

I am proud to be an American today. I am proud that we elected a black man as our next president, but most importantly, I am proud that we the people have embraced a cultural shift of people, process and perspective without a WAR. What a tremendous advantage we have as Americans that we can navigate such volatile waters without tearing each other apart.

Campaigns are filled with decisions and words. Administrations are filled with decision and actions. Real leadership comes from the actions.

Let us all unite for a common purpose and get busy.

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United State…

Challenge: Change? First 100 days...

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What will you do to help the next president of the United States change this country?

We have all listened for weeks to the rhetoric of change from both parties. The reality is that with very little money available and an impaired economic foundation, the larger government action that we all want is very unlikely to happen.

I propose that we all identify something that we can do to make a difference in our community and go out and do it for the good of our country. Don't seek recognition. Just do it.

Patronize a local business that you didn't before.
Volunteer at a shelter or a church.
Become a mentor/tutor and help a student.
Make a list of things that you and your family can do and then check them off.
Influence and talk to your kids about the hard issues.

Is it really so hard to come up with a list of things that you could do for others? try...

If we all had our own "First 100 Days", just imagine what this country could accomplish.

We live in the greatest country in the w…

If? but?

I have a lot of ideas running around in my head tonight.

We are on the verge of a very important week for our country. I am still young and idyllic "in my mind", I want to believe in the change that so many have embraced. I am however, stuck in a place where I don't trust institutions for much of anything. I don't trust churches and governments to do much of anything well. I am in a cynical place tonight.

I trust in my competitive drive. I trust in my intentions. I know my methods work and deliver results. Above all, I trust in God and his plans to prosper me and my family if...

There is always an if or but in these sorts of thoughts. I long ago gave over my music, indeed my entire life, to God. I have never regretted that decision. The institutions of my world have failed me "early and often." My faith and belief in love, and my humility before my heavenly Father has sustained me through it all.

Mom and Dad were in Richmond this weekend to visit and we d…