Put it down, flip it, and reverse it.

Contribution is the new consumption.

This backwards reality is the opposite of what we’ve been taught, and yet the leaders of tomorrow – in any field – are starting to understand and see this as the way.

Once you’ve poured something out only then will you have made room to soak something in.

Yes, to get it right, we’re going to have to get it backwards.

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LTMP Podcast 6: Wonder, Waltz, & Awe > Win, Lose, or Draw

LTMP Podcast 6

In this episode we talk about losing the proverbial scorecard and opening our lives to the possibility and abundance that surrounds us when we do the hard work of creating meaningful lives.

You can listen below or subscribe and listen by clicking here for iTunes.


This week’s book is Victor Frankl’s, Man’s Search for Meaning. A classic book that seems to always speak to me at every season of life.

Song: Stargazer by Ashton Gustafson

This week’s song and benediction is a song that I wrote a couple of years back.

As you approach this week, may you pause by the orchid. Listen to the bluebird sing. And be love.

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Also known as…







enlightening light.




your all encompassing promise of change.

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Thank you.

To those of you that are still here after nearly four years of writing, thank you.

Time is our most precious asset and I’m honored that you would share some of yours with me.

I sometimes don’t know how to say why I’ve found such a refuge in releasing these thoughts here each day, but I came across a quote today that I hope can give a glimpse into the heart of these entries and everything Let the Music Play is, has become, and is becoming to encourage you in the journey of your music.

May these words marinade into your bones and give you, along with your crazy dreams and ideas, hope and rest.

As far as I can tell, it’s still day one…Ashton.

“…I stand among you as one who offers a small message of hope, that first, there are always people who dare to seek on the margin of society, who are not dependent on social acceptance, not dependent on social routine, and prefer a kind of free-floating existence under a state of risk. And among these people, if they are faithful to their own calling, to their own vocation, and to their own message from God, communication on the deepest level is possible. And the deepest level of communication is not communication, but communion. It is wordless. It is beyond words, and it is beyond speech and beyond concept.”
The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton


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