Rule #1 of Labels

Make sure they can peel off.

When the true essence of what the label is stuck to is introduced to us, more often than not, the name on the label will change as well.

It only took me 32 years to know broccoli by flavor and not by name.

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LTMP Introduction Podcast 1 – Take 1.

It’s raw.

It’s redneck.

It’s just the beginning.


Show notes:

Aural Method

Pat Dodd – Great thoughts, insight, and intro to super-good tunes.

Donald Miller’s book – A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.


A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. Frank Kafka

You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the ocean in an entire drop. Rumi

The music is the experience that is heard, felt, and seen and the story that unfolds when one’s divine identity, core conscience, God giftings, core beliefs and core values come together, come alive, and crescendo in the universe we exist in. Ashton Gustafson

The border between music and noise is always culturally defined
—which implies that, even within a single society, this border does not always pass through the same place;
in short, there is rarely a consensus …
By all accounts there is no single and intercultural universal concept defining what music might be. Jean-Jacques Nattiez

The greatest tragedy in America is not the destruction of our natural resources, though that tragedy is great. The truly great tragedy is the destruction of our human resources by our failure to fully utilize our abilities, which means that most men and women go to their graves with their music still in them. Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Proximity & the Factor of 5

The last five books you’ve read will write the prescription for your next pair of glasses.

You are the average of your five closest friends.

The last five songs you’ve heard will be what you’ll be whistling.

Awareness of such proximity is the great predictor of the people, paths, and melodies that will write the soundtrack of our stories.

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A Tale of Two Hearts


Jaded, cynical, & emotionally unbalanced. Keeps the score of everyone else, but keeps no records of personal fouls or mishaps. Always asks, “What about the score?”


Surprised, delighted, excited, & wonderfully wonder-filled. Rarely earns points, but rarely thirsts for a scorecard. Surprisingly asks, “Points? What points?”

The seekers are the finders…and the finders (and they all find something) will walk this journey to the reflecting beat of the music that is beating in their chest.

Sunrise. Sunset. Hand on your heart.

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Numerous Ways to Talk About Learning, Writing, Experience, Response, Meaning, & Clarity.

When words and ideas enter your eyes and then get hidden in your heart, your thoughts, feelings, and actions will eventually change from such exposure.

Grow your capacity so you can hold more of your next experience.

When you open yourself to take something in and then give yourself time to reflect on it, you will -eventually- have a living/breathing response.

When you read and then you write, eventually it all all starts to add up.

Readers are writers. Writers are readers. Reading writers, eventually, fully experience the depths and heights of all of their experiences.

Sponges > Calculators.

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