This wisdom from Maya Angelou is a great life lesson -personally or professionally, in our leaders, pretty much around the board. No matter how many times, second, third chances you may give, it often comes back to that principle.
I learned this again this week in a business related situation, no more chances now..and then the other wisdom came to mind ‘You teach people how to treat you” – both go hand in hand. Think about it – walk away, do better now that you absolutely know the situation isn’t right and you may not getting what you want out of something or the respect you deserve. Heed the lesson and keep it pushing forward.
I just wanted to thank those of you who follow my posts. Wishing everyone a blessed holiday season.. it’s a very sad time of year for so many.
The victims of the Oakland fire – young people just going out for a good time, artists just trying to make a living and live their dream. You never know in life. Those families are still on my mind and in my prayers – not to mention so many losses due to tragedy, from Aleppo to Chicago to Oakland and beyond. This year should remind us all how unpredictable life can be. As an artist and someone who has sought out less commercial clubs to dance – just as my daughter does and many of you may very well relate. She knew 3 of those of lost their lives and nearly went to that club that night..and so it especially hit close to home.
My message is always to cherish each day – no matter how stressful, imperfect or trying to the nerves things can be..keep moving forward and let those you love know it – show it. Give to someone in need..by kindness as a starting point.
Let the holidays and the forthcoming new year simply serve as not so gentle reminders of what means the most in life – the ultimate gift. Moments – not things (unless it’s the little ones..and I do miss the whimsy of those times through a child’s eyes)..though even then..it’s the moments that will live on long after the gifts have been received and wrapping paper tossed away. Keep people in your life that bring joy.
The SRL single O.R.I.G.in.A.L which was our true debut statement song about us. Understanding people will always have something to say so – do you, we are doing us – originals to this new group and creating our own path – makes Dave Higdon’s Poptastic Confessions Music In Review – check out the list. Here
One of my favorites of the many songs I’ve written and recorded – and this collaboration with Soulpersona out of the UK (aka Morgan Howell). This is a timely, real and comforting song in often troubled times. As I say when performing it live..your space, your vibe – sanctuary is our home. Take those same vibes into the world..an environment of love and when you close the door..a safe place..for you, your significant others, family, children and so on.
I’ll be releasing this long version as a single – the short edit is available on my “Paradise” EP which is available at digital outlets worldwide. It’s a new era since this millennium (always surprised by those who are still waiting on the old model of the industry – it’s not coming back..) and you don’t have to wait for commercial radio to make you aware of and/or quality new music and video. Support independent music and artists. No rants, no controversy, no public romances to exploit ..just quality music.
I’ve been inspired to do a video for it..stay tuned!
We never know what each day will bring as we put our best foot forward. Don’t stress over what you can’t control. With the hateful and divisive nature of the election, the results and the aftermath..in a current climate that the doors have been opened wider for those with hate in their hearts..don’t be that person. Like I sang ‘It All Begins With You’ and wrote ‘The Beat Don’t Stop’ ‘Bed of Roses..get up get out..be strong..” Be diligent, alert and safe in your surroundings but we all have to keep living life no matter the obstacles and potential barriers. Look out for your neighbors that might not look like you. Let’s all do our part to put love into the universe.
Landed safely in Tokyo and so honored to have the opportunity to perform with the Tokyo Symphony. No gimmicks..no controversy, nonsense.. public romances or anything driven by tabloid media to generate interest..just a veteran artist who continues to live my dreams – it’s in the music! Blessed and grateful.
Safely landed – time to relax unwind..good food a little wine..just cherishing the time!
Woke up, said my thanks to God and the universe for the continued blessings and gift of life and the opportunities to do what I love on my own terms – enjoying the view..coffee and reflections of how awesome it is to look out over Tokyo. Two wonderful children..great friends..my wonderful SRL mates who I miss on this trip but so happy to have them (Nate and Rosero) in my life and the love from true dedicated fans who lift me up daily.