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Collaboration: The Comedy 

Collaboration can be like an episode of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?". Last night I sat at a table with five other creative people. We were planning a music and art camp for the summer. It was interesting seeing all the different personalities and gifts bouncing off of each other. Definitely kept me entertained. Please enjoy my comedic descriptions :-p. There was the "Big idea gal", whose ideas seemed so left of center at times we all wanted to scream. There was the "Let's just keep it simple gal" who didn't seem to enjoy ironing out any details. There was the "The organizer" who sat at the table with pen and paper, documenting every single word that was spoken. There was the "So where are we at now guy" who kept looking over the organizer's shoulder to see what decisions had been made. There was the "Can't we all just get along guy" whose main job was to keep us from killing each other. And then there was me, "The I have no idea what's going on guy". Ha, I was clueless until the last 10 minutes of the meeting. Then it all started making sense to me. Ok ok, so I took some creative license in my descriptions, but you get the point. :-) It takes all kinds to make the world go round, folks. All of us have our gifts, nuances, and idiosyncrasies. It ain't always easy, but magic can happen when we sit down and create together. 

Idle Hands 

My Grandpa use to always tell me that "Idle hands are the devil's workshop". When I was a kid, I had no idea what he was talking about. Just sounded like something an old person would say :-). Now I get it. My Grandparents use to live right down the street from us. Every time my Grandpa was driving by, and saw me being idle and unproductive, he would roll his window down and say that quote to me. It took a while, but eventually I took his advice to heart. Ha, now I'm the one saying it to all you creative people. Creatives, are your hands on the plow today? What are doing today to move your thing in forward motion? Don't leave room for negativity and discouragement to set in. Stay engaged. Stay focused. Stay busy. 

Music and Sports 

Music and sports don't always mix. March Madness is in full affect (and of course, being a basketball fan, I'm loving it!). There's nothing like playing a gig, and there's a room full of college basketball fans cheering on their favorite teams. The last thing they want to hear is some loud musician drowning out their game. And they don't have a problem letting you know it either. Sooo, what's a fella (or gal) to do? All you can do is keep on picking and grinning and try to be sensitive to the environment. It's what the venue is paying you for, so be a professional and do your job. If they think you're too loud, just turn it down a bit. I've learned in those kind of situations that you have to be ok with being background music. Some venues are getting smarter and not booking music during big sport events, but if you find yourself in that situation, handle with care. And don't root for the wrong team :-). 

Competition  

A little competition ain't a bad thing. As artists we don't like to look at ourselves as competing with each other. And that's probably a healthy way to look at things. We're all out here just trying to do what we do to the best of our ability. But the reality is, those listening, watching, and hiring us are comparing us. So whether we like it or not we are competing. Personally, I think it's great. Keeps me aware, and on my toes. Also, when there's lots of competition that means there's a demand for what you're doing. So embrace it my friends, and bring your A game. Like a good boxing match, we can shake hands and hug when it's over. :-) 

Anita's Arrest Warrant  

I love R&B/Jazz vocalist, Anita Baker! Always have. When I was a kid, I thought she was the epitome of grace and elegance. And man can she sing. So passionate! Well this past weekend, I read that there was a warrant out for her arrest. She owes someone money for work they did on her home. I've heard since then, the warrant has been lifted and they're handling it privately. My question is, why do I need to know about any of this?! This is headline news? She didn't kill anybody! Ha, she's not paying her bills. And?? That's her business. All of us have some debt. All I want to know about her is when her next album is coming out, or when she's putting on a concert in my city. Why we put artists on such a pedestal baffles me. I'll never understand it. 
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