Category Archives: Persistence

Nineteen Albums without Words to Support You Playing Work As a Ballad

If you’re attempting to play some important part of your work as a ballad, it will be really helpful to listen to ballads in the background as support. Here are twenty instrumental albums without words to support you playing the work slowly with beauty and feeling. Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny – Beyond the Missouri […]

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What’s important enough to take at a ballad tempo?

Over the years I’ve heard many amazing jazz musicians say that the measure of a real musician is how they can play a ballad. These are people that can play fluently at 300 beats per minute. All of this is reassuring to me – since I love ballads and the idea of playing at 300 […]

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Quix Tip – Start with the Goal First

Imagine the goal clarity of a flock of geese flying south for the winter. Decide where you want to aim yourself (and your team and family) today, this week, month, year. Don’t include the process of how you will get there in the goal; just determine where you want to aim. State your goal publicly […]

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Quix Tip: Take a Leap Towards What You’re Longing For

“Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom. How do they learn it? They fall, and falling, they are given wings.” – Rumi Notice one thing you’re missing in your life, you’re longing for, you’re wishing for. Notice if it links with something you loved doing when you were a kid. Welcome in the feeling of […]

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Eleven Albums with Words to Support You Playing Work As a Ballad

If you’re attempting to play some important part of your work as a ballad, it will be really helpful to listen to ballads in the background as support. Here are twelve albums with singers and words to support you playing the work slowly with beauty and feeling. Rebecca Martin – People Behave Like Ballads Rebecca […]

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Quix Tip – Play Your Work as A Ballad

Pick one thing on your To Do list today Notice the tempo you usually choose to do that task Consciously slow down your speed Play it as a ballad – slow and pretty Notice what changes when you introduce space, beauty and feeling into the mix

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Quix Tip: What Keeps You Afloat?

Some days it feels like we’re adrift on a stormy sea of worry, fear, anxiety, and pressures, whether it’s about work, lack of work, relationships, lack of relationships, the future, the past, and on and on. What keeps you afloat? What displaces the tough parts of life and keeps you going, engaged, hopeful and able […]

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Do The Work, Not The Time (Quix Tip)

Your value trumps your time – it’s a greater measurement than the time you put in. We know this intuitively – it’s why we get educated, get experience, play to our passion. All of these things increase our value. Yet for the most part, we use the clock as a greater arbiter of work done […]

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Quix Tip: Here’s Your Change

Pick a change that you’d like to initiate this month. Ask yourself: What visible changes would you like to make in one month? What has been cold and dormant in you waiting for new energy? What dream would you like to make visible to the world by the end of the month? You can track […]

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Try Something New: The Optimism Test

What happens when you try something new that is in some way challenging? How do you react you when you don’t quite get a new skill right away, or master a task? What do you tell yourself? These are questions I ask during our music team building programs, whether it’s Play the Blues, Rock Band […]

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