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Practical advice from jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel

“You must be continually finding yourself, because it is always changing. It may not seem like it but that is practical advice.” – jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel (This quote was in response to an interview question asking for advice for young musicians.) We pride ourselves in being practical, and who couldn’t use some practical advice? […]

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A 99 for the Heart at the Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival

After spending an utterly exhausting afternoon/evening judging 109 different juveniles (age 6-13) playing solo harmonica, the next day I got ‘adjudicator dessert’. I judged a series of different categories that had only a handful of people in each. One was the senior category, very sweet. Another category was ‘younger than 6’. There was one contestant, […]

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Why the future of the harmonica is in good hands

In my lifetime, I’ve seen harmonica playing die out in the U.S. Not totally gone of course, but very diminished. I don’t mean all harmonica playing. For example, there are probably more diatonic harmonica players this decade and the last as well. What I mean is the tradition of playing the ‘other’ harmonicas – the […]

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Narcos on Netflix and Generosity

I just finished watching the first season of Narcos. This 10-episode series (on Netflix) plays like a 10-hour movie and gets so much right about balancing a great story with the truth of what happened. Set in 80s Colombia and cocaine crazy Miami, it traces the upwards and downwards trajectory of Pablo Escobar and other […]

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On the Way to the Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival

Hello from Taiwan! Well, actually I’m on the 15-hour flight to Taiwan, heading right over the North Pole. I’m on my way to the weeklong Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival. The largest harmonica festival in the world, there will be over 4,000 harmonica enthusiasts attending. Along with team development and team building, I’m passionate about music […]

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Tom Petty On, Songwriting, Fishing and Four Things You Need to Persist

“Sometimes songwriting is pretty lonely work. I don’t think a lot of people have the patience for it. You’re not necessarily going to get one every time you try. In fact most times you try you’re not going to get one. It’s like fishing. You’re fishing, and you either caught a fish or you didn’t. […]

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Tom Petty Helps You Identify Your Strengths

“It’s just something I was born with, mostly. A lot of areas that are hard for somebody else are really quite simple for me. I don’t know why that is. Maybe because my mother read a lot of me when I was a young guy. When I was two and three years old, she read […]

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Tom Petty Wonders If He’s Ever Written A Song Before

“Songs are kind of mystical and magical, there’s not a formula that brings them around, I don’t have a concrete method of doing it. Sometimes I sit down and wonder if I’ve ever done it before.” – singer/songwriter Tom Petty in a Billboard interview That’s a familiar feeling – whether literally writing a song, or […]

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Tom Petty On A Good Song And Breaking the Rules

“A good song should give you a lot of images, you should be able to make your own little movie in your head to a good song. But not everything gets offered up as a single. The radio has so many rules, and songs don’t.” – singer/songwriter Tom Petty in a Billboard interview Passion trumps […]

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Tom Petty, Thomas Jefferson, Seneca and the Fruits of Persistence

“With ‘Free Fallin” I was very lucky because it came very quickly and we recorded that song in a day and we went very soon after that, maybe the next day or two, to another studio to mix the tracks — because I like to just finish the song, I don’t like songs to sit […]

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