Finding the Tao in Music

            “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”                                                                                     -Lao Tzu             The Tao is many things, and I want to make it clear that when I discuss it, it comes from a […]

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Steps toward Minimalism

“I’m always just looking to get back to the joy of playing music and keeping it simple as much as I can.”                                                                         -Chris Stapleton Minimalism is the practice of pairing down one’s belongings to remove obstacles and complications between one’s goals and one’s self. Minimalism is the tool that creates room for creativity […]

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Sculpt

“The guitar is basically a vehicle [for me] to be able to express feelings of anxiety, feelings of anger, feelings of passion, feelings of love, feelings of excitement, feelings of violence, feelings of sex… All these different kinds of emotions are, for me, very well expressed through guitar. If it was something I really wanted […]

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Simplify

“It seems that perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to remove.” – Antoine de Saint Exupéry         Simplification is the action of reducing clutter and noise to achieve a perfect end product. The act of simplifying is similar to the act of purification. The […]

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Play

“To any musician, young or old, a beautiful studio full of instruments is like a playground. To me, I’m like a kid in a candy store. Most musicians are always chasing the next challenge, you never feel satisfied, you never feel that you’ve completely mastered the instrument that you’re playing. Its always going to be […]

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Excesses

“As a minimalist, everything you own serves a purpose or brings joy—everything else is out of the way, which allows you to focus on what’s truly important”                                                             -The Minimalists When you look around and find you are surrounded with excess, notice the scared feeling you might get. I “should” play this guitar. […]

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