I watched an interview of Leland Sklar, it was part of the “Legend Series” by Don Famularo.
Any drummer or musician who is not familiar with Leland Sklar should immediately turn in their musician card. Look him up and spend some time listening to his work, then you can have your card back.
Here is the interview. Watch it when you have a half hour to spare. It’s pretty cool. Continue reading
King Solomon is one of my favorite persons in history. The wisdom and knowledge that he shares in the book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes has become the cornerstone for my philosophy of life. Not only does Solomon give us wisdom and truth that is ageless, he does it with simplicity. I love simplicity.
In 1 King 3:5-14 we learn how Solomon gained this wisdom.
Solomon has just been anointed king by his father David who passes away shortly after anointing Solomon.
Solomon has vanquished those who tried to usurp his reign and now realizes just how much power has been placed on his head. Solomon will reign over, “a great people too many to be numbered or counted for multitude.”
God asks Solomon, “What shall I give you?” Continue reading
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
This verse caught my attention when I read it. What made me stop and write it down was the paradigm shift I had when I read it.
I originally thought this verse to mean you think and act according to worldly wants and desires and you pay the price. You think and act of God and you are saved.
I still believe that, but this time I saw an affirmation of my belief in the simplicity of life and God. I saw the simplicity of getting your relationship with God and in doing so you are filled with the energy, the will, the Holy Spirit of God. Continue reading
For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.
The above verse is from Paul’s letter to the Romans and another piece that confirms my faith in the simplicity of Christ and God.
The law is what you know in your heart is right. What is right, the right thing to do, is placed in your heart by the Holy Spirit. Continue reading
My earlier post was about King Solomon telling us it’s not about what others think of you. It’s about the simplicity of life and the relationship between you and God. If you understand your relationship with God the rest will fall into place.
So right after I wrote my last post I read the following verse from the New Testament. Continue reading
More Ecclesiastics today.
Do not take heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servants cursing you. Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others.
I love this book and the lessons of King Solomon.
What is Solomon saying?
He is simply saying what others think of you and have to say about you isn’t important.
Your self esteem and sense of worth should not come from the opinions of others because it’s not important. What others think about you and say about you is not what matters in your life.
What matters is your relationship with God. Continue reading
Earlier I had written about brevity, storytelling and imagery.
I’ve been studying and really trying to listen to the lyrics of song writers that I like and admire.
What I find common in all these writers is that they tell their stories with simple and clear thoughts. They write in a way that people speak.
I look at lyrics from aspiring song writers and see what they most likely perceive as clever as just being cryptic nonsense.
I am not saying that writing cannot be cryptic. The phrases should read as if from a book, as if a narrative of the story. They should read as if I was sitting with my friends and family telling them a story. Continue reading