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First Post!!! 1.15.14

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Welcome to my blog. This is my first post and I’m going to try and find things to say that you might not find in a music techniques book but are also interesting and informative. If not from me, then from friends of mine that you would probably enjoy listening to. To me this is like moving into a new place; unpacking the boxes from the old place, figuring out where everything should go, getting tips from others already established in their comfortable little nook. I invite you on this journey with me and hopefully I won’t get us lost.

I’ve found that I’m generally a little behind when it comes to new technology. Hence why I’m just starting a blog in 2014 and still listening to vinyl records. I’m ok with that though. I’ll let someone else test the waters then I’ll wade in when I see there aren’t any sharks. They say the early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese! I like cheese. Literally and figuratively.

So who am I? I play percussion instruments. Pretty much anything you can hit, scratch or shake. If you want other detailed specifics just click on my ‘bio’ tab at the top. There’s plenty there for you to peruse. Not to mention, I’ll attach more social media links than you could ever want to the bottom of this post so you can follow (stalk) me till your heart is content.

Since this is the beginning of a new year, I’m going to focus on goals for this blog post. Most people make resolutions, even fewer stick to them. I prefer to call them “New Year’s Reminders”. This is a chance for me to review my previous goals and make sure I’m still on track towards achieving them in the new year. This can also mean amending them, based on what I’ve learned or become more interested in.

What is a goal? I’m sure Webster’s has a wonderful definition and there are plenty of blogs from life coaches and various people, more intelligent than me, with lots of letters after their name to explain further. One guideline that I read ages ago, and found works for me in choosing a goal is this acronym: S. M. A. R. T.
S- Specific. Narrow it down. Make a list. I love lists. Especially crossing things off of them.

M- Measurable. Pick something that you can gage your success in reaching. It would be awesome if there was a blue progress bar loading next to my goal list, since one appears everywhere else in my life.

A- Accountable. I try to do something everyday to make sure I’m taking the path towards successfully achieving my goals.

R- Realistic. I pick goals that are actually possible. I will never give birth to a child (don’t have the machinery) or play for the Knicks (I’m too short). So those aren’t going on my list.

T- Timeframe. When am I going to get this done? One of my professors told me that deadlines and fear of failure are two of his motivators to produce results. I have used the same ones to battle my disease called “procrastination.”

So when I make my list of goals I have both short term and long term ones. Short term could be as simple as make it to everything on time today. Eat more fruit this week. Do my laundry before I’m on my last pair of underwear. Whereas my long term goals are what I’d like to have completed in the next 15-20 years.

I also put this list (specifically the long term goals) somewhere I will see it every day. Out of sight, out of mind. This has helped me stay on track.

“So Damon, any goals you’d like to share?” Yes! One goal I’ve been thinking about was doing another album. I’ve done one full length album back in 2004 on my own with my own hard earned money. It is now 10 years later. I’ve changed (hopefully for the better) and it’s time for me to document that musically. One thing that has deterred me in the past was money, and how little of it I had. Another was that I usually hate everything I write. However, I’ve gotten to work with some amazing musicians who have changed the way I look at things. With that being said, I’m going to be working on a new album. I will be funding it with a pledge music campaign. It will be produced by my friend David Ryan Harris. I can’t tell you when it will be out just yet, because we need to work out scheduling. He’s in high demand. I CAN tell you that it will be great, and there will be a few awesome special guests involved. Not to mention, there will be some rad incentives if you pledge your support. Yes, I said rad.

Well, there you have it. My first blog post completed. In and out like a dentist’s checkup. The final verdict? No cavities!

My hope is to do this on a regular basis, so I will get a subscription page up and running. In the meantime, if you can’t wait or this wasn’t enough, use the hyperlinks at the bottom of the page to follow me on social media. Till the next time……….