My parents showed me this video a little over a decade ago. It's a long video, but it's so powerful. During his speech, he correlates "wanting to be successful" with "wanting to breathe," and then mentions asthma. Having asthma myself, his anecdote really hits home for me. This is where I learned that Beyonce forgot to eat for 3 days once, because she was so focused on her music haha
"Let yourself be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen
Connection = It's why we're here.
If you have 15 minutes, take a look at Brene Brown's Ted Talk. Sure, it's a long YouTube video, but it really dives deep into the power of vulnerability and connection. This really speaks true to me.
She really dives into discomfort, and what may be the root of it. I do disagree on her point on religion though, because as a Christian I believe my faith to be Truth and not just "a possibility." Other than that, please take at least 3 minutes to watch the beginning.
Happy Humpday, and have a good week!
Well folks, I performed my first show while living in New York! I actually haven't played a show since December of 2015. It was so great to get out there and play a show again. The set consisted of piano pieces, vocal pieces, and acapella pieces on the loop pedal. Though there wasn't much of a crowd, I think that I performed well.
I performed at a new venue in the Lower East Village called The VNYL (Vintage New York Lifestyle) and I was so honored. Great food, great staff, and great cocktails. They have live music on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and I'm so blessed to have been able to perform last night.
Tonight, Wednesday the 11th, I'll be heading down to The Late Late bar off of 2nd Avenue to perform at their Wednesday Open Mic.
Cheers to performing!
Whoever you are, wherever you are, keep pushing. Keep striving. Take that resistance as inspiration.
Get to work.
First they ignore you,
Praise the Lord that I made it another year :)
Exactly one year ago, I posted a blog update. Part of it read:
"Knowing myself, I can see myself looking back at this post as 2017 rolls around. Will I have come leaps and strides from when I made this post? Will I have begun to grow into the artist that I believe I could be? In roughly 365 days I could either be viewing this post as a depressant (due to my comfortability and lack of effort over the upcoming year), or I could be viewing it saying, "That.....that is where I began. That is where it all started."
I could never thank the Lord enough for what he for me this year.
1.) This time last year I hadn't even thought of using a loop pedal
2.) This time last year I hadn't thought of the name "Dovi J"
3.) This time last year I was trying to graduate college
4.) I had no clue that I would be moving to New York City
5.) I had no clue that I would have business cards
The list can go on and on, but I would just start talking in circles. I'm blessed to have met all of my co-workers. I'm blessed to have made a musician friend here. I'm blessed to be in a financial state where I can load up on Cliff Bars weekly and pass them off to the homeless.
Who knows what 2017 will hold? As long as my God is the pilot, it will be something beautiful.