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You are the ‘average of your five friends’ only to the degree to which you have neglected to influence yourself

Jim Rohn is famously credited with the axiom, “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” This idea is reinforced by many Instagram posts and YouTube compilations and in interviews with thought leaders. The axiom is an important catalyst for self-examination, but should not be interpreted as deterministic. You are the average of […]


Resurrect Your Past Ideas

Here’s something you can try: take the song ideas you’ve discarded in the past — including melodies, chord progressions, and beats — and resurrect them. Give them another chance. See if they contain anything useful. Perhaps they found themselves on the receiving end of your past frustrations.  See if there is anything that can be […]


What to Do When Performing Turns from Joy to Dread

For me, performing the music I love with the bandmates I consider friends is one of the greatest joys of my life. You can probably imagine, then, how strange it felt after years of performing week-to-week, night-to-night, to suddenly sense that subtle but palpable shift in anticipatory sentiment.  One weekend, seemingly out of nowhere, I […]


“What Pedal Was That?”

If you’ve ever tried to deconstruct the sounds of your favorite guitarists or musicians, you may have found it challenging to separate fact from fiction. Random google searches aren’t guaranteed to produce the truth. Often, I find articles, blog posts, and message boards containing too many assumptions and the faint echo of hearsay in their assertions. […]


Galileo (1564-1642)

We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves. I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.