It was a Friday evening, and I was jogging along the ocean in Hollywood, Florida. I was reflecting about an interview I had just read with Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull. He was on a solo tour, but it got me thinking about the days of “Aqualung” and “Thick as a Brick.” Can you imagine someone putting out an album today with a 45-minute track on it?
I was thinking about Britney Spears and the rest of the microwave pop music scene today. And just when I was thinking we were at the end of the world, hope appeared!
Reaching the band shell at Johnson Street, there was a five-piece group jamming some funkalicious jazz. There was a guy on keyboards, bass, lead guitar, drummer, and the front man was a kid with a saxophone. Doubt that any of them could have seen their 20th birthday. Yet these boys could jam!
They had no stage presence really. They were dressed in whatever they rolled out of bed that morning, and didn’t speak to the crowd between songs. They just played some wonderful funky jazz.
Not frothy pop, but real arrangements that take learning, experience, and much practice. I stopped jogging and took a 30-minute respite to listen to the jam. It made my evening and provides a good prosperity lesson.
There are some things that can’t be rushed. And in our instant gratification society, we would be wise to slow down and recognize that more often. Music, martial arts, literature, and many of the other things that can bring joy to our life take time. Sometimes years, and sometimes a lifetime. But if you’re in such a hurry to be “done,” you miss out on the pleasure of the journey.
So how you doing on that?
Great stuff !!! Was just talking about how alot of people in the industry are on the " GET RICH OVERNIGHT " thing, and it is harming a lot of people. It's like people want it now or it's not going to happen.Reality is, it's not going to happen. There are always gray areas and lucky situations, but i don't believe you will have anything that's going to last, without seedtime and harvest !! TONY
Randy, here are two of my favorite local bands - totally different from each other too!
I'm a work in progress!
Randy you nailed it! I feel like that is EXACTLY what is going on in our society today. We are so busy looking for the next greatest thing, we don't stop to appreciate the things around us that held that magic just a few short years ago. Training your mind to slow down and be thankful for each and every experience you have in your life is the key to true peace and happiness. Sad that so many rush to the end and never fully appreciate how they got there. GREAT POST!
The prize is not what we get at the end. The prize is all of the experiences we get as we go along the journey.
I am doing fantastic enjoying the journey that is my purpose. have a great day
I'd like to add the art of painting, takes time to contemplate the beauty of a work of art.
Randy.. these are great points you make and in fact, I'd been thinking something similar with regard to what I've been working on for the past 18 months.. Sometimes you have to step back and take a break from it in order to get some fresh ideas and create a breakthrough.
Having been a musician for years as well as worked in the biz, I completely get the essence of what you're saying. Listening to some unknown players play original or unique approaches to other's music is always a breath of fresh air. And it takes time to develop much as a Chef takes time to create his style, etc.
I have observed myself getting frustrated when things don't flow and this reminds me that I have to 'be' with it and stay present. Our Divine Guidance will come when we allow it and are grateful in advance.. Thanks.
Patience is NOT my strong suit. Yes, I'm working on it. But it's a vicious circle...cuz paitience aint my strong suit.
I think what happened with music in the 70's was partially a result of the emergence of FM radio. There was a completely different type of music played there. FM didn't have the reach nor the audience in the beginning that AM did so Eric Clapton's 'Layla', which is a very long song, could get airplay.
I wonder sometimes if that might be the reason we had artists like Jethro Tull playing back to back with artists like the Bee Gees?
Musical taste will change again and I wonder where it will take us. Just a side note, but when American Idol (yes I like the show) was auditioning there was one girl whose voice was a through back to the 1930's. She only got as far as Hollywood Week, but I hope some one who can make a difference heard her. She had such a distinct voice and style that could really through a curve ball in the music produced today. She didn't fit the AI style so she was axed. It's a shame because she could have made a real splash.
A monk was being chased by tiger, to escape he started to climb a steep cliff face. Half way up he looked to the top to see a second tiger looking down at him. He looked to the right and saw no way out, he looked to the left and saw a strawberry growing from the cliff face.
What did he do?
He ate the strawberry.
Lesson - enjoy the moment!
I'm good with this...
We have Stephen Warbeck in this village - he's the composer to Shakespear in Love, and Captain Coello's Mandalin etc - and he does weekend gigs - jamming joys. It's heaven.
And my kids are great at enjoying this life too - they'll see a sunset and say "check that" - and we'll pull over, pause, and breath in the colours.... Or drive around to find the best view.
Sundday nights here are my best - I live behind the village.... and on sundays bands play - so I can sit in my garden watching the sunset and stars, while hearing joy!!!
This lesson is so important! Thanks Randy. /M
Wow!Running on the beach is absolutely great! You are just the observer and a whole new world unfolds...I take time every day for a moment just for contemplation and enjoying the ride-running,watching the sunset on the roof of my house,walking on a crowded street and noticing the people or simply staying in nature for a couple of minutes.
No matter what difficulties we're facing at this moment we should not forget to celebrate this incredible gift called "life".
Thanks for sharing all these lessons with us!
Enjoy your week-end Randy!
I am sure it won´t take much longer before the coin flips over: the more people from the "money, money making" company stage are being kicked out (health-wise), the less will stay and the more have time to go back to the roots and live life, as 100 years ago, probably. it´s these ups and downs!
and "visitors" like you can enjoy the scene! good -
Life is not meant to be rushed. Life is meant to be enjoyed every single minute, to take in everything around us as we go through experiences, events, places and people. There's just so much to experience in this world.
Most of us rush through life and miss out on the wonder of it. They are not tapped into the flow of the universe. And this happens to all of us sometimes. When we stop and look at what's around us and surrender ourselves into it's energy is when we are in tune with the universe.
As I'm writing this I just realized it's about living in harmony with nautre. It's like we are part of a band and all the parts need to be in harmony two produce beautiful music. I suppose it's the same with prosperity. We have to play our part and be able to maintain the harmony when the music changes. And i guess if one of the band players refuses to play in harmony and distrupts the music, he/she has to be eliminated from the band.
We are individuals playing in the band of the universe. As long as we are playing in harmony with it and we are aligned with it's infinite source, prosperity happens naturally.
What do you think?