12 must read books for the artist & creator

The job of the artist is to be creative.  Not a bad gig!  The act of creating is exciting for artists, it provides a rush of excitement, connection, and flow.  We can expand the power of that creativity by educating ourselves and broadening the scope of how we use our creativity and what we use it for.  Reading is an essential tool to improving yourself and increasing your happiness and success.  I have complied a list of books that have reshaped the way I think about making art, productivity, and the promotion of creative work…

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Thoughts on Style

This post was inspired by watching and playing soccer in Brazil.  Brazilian soccer is known for its graceful flow, creative combination of touches, smooth and quick movements, and a visual aesthetic equivalent to dance.  In Brazilian soccer, there is an emphasis on style.  Brazilians have a term for style, as it pertains to soccer:  Joga Bonito means “play beautifully” and Jogo Bonito means “the beautiful game.”  Both refer to the artful expression through the game.  I hope the ideas here inspire creativity in any medium…

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How to learn music quickly and thoroughly

This post is intended for musicians who often need to learn and/or memorize music quickly.  Any working musician is required to learn a steady stream of new music for his/her gigs, and it’s often necessary to learn material simultaneously for multiple gigs.  By developing a focused and efficient method, one can learn music quickly and thoroughly.   Knowing the music inside-out will make you comfortable and confident on the gig, which is recipe for tapping into your best musicianship & deeper creativity….

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