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quality of container

Have you ever been working on a medium or larger project (an album, a concert, a piece of theatre, a novel) where you didn’t have at least one moment where it felt incredibly difficult on some level?

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the elucidating gimmick

I love a good gimmick. I really do. But the gimmick has to add to the artistic expression for that real amplification of effort to occur, right? I’m talking about gimmicks of all kinds.

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the first 15

Imagine me putting on my best Don LaFontaine movie trailer voice-over voice: In a world where music flows like cheap wine from every speaker connected to the internet, one artist rises above.

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Hot, cup-of-tea

Wanna play a fun musicianship-building game real quick? Today’s fun listening experiment comes from golden lotus studio’s own Donovan Dorrance. Take it away, Donovan!

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Siena Friend

I want to invite you to a celebration. A birth of sorts. Siena Friend was in the first course we ever offered at goldenlotusstudio.com more than 2 years ago and she’s been an integral part of our community ever since.

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If you’ve read a handful of our blog posts or attended a few gls classes, you’ve probably already heard me talk on the topic of “keeping the process weird.” But if you haven’t, I want to share one of my favorite quotes on the subject from one of my personal heroes:

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on turning toward

Now is a time unlike any other in our lifetimes. The time is extreme and it’s hard and there is so much pain. And it is vibrating with potential.

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Start Close In (free songwriting meditation)

“don’t take the second step or the third, start with the first thing close in, the step you don’t want to take.” – David Whyte

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write a crappy song

And then a little whisper would come into my ear reminding me how much I loved music and that I had a hunch that there was some kind of a higher purpose

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