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The Artist’s Way and Creativity

Last week I talked about The Artist Way. As one part of The Artist’s Way exercises that I use to stay so creative and productive all the time is Journaling.

It’s a pretty simple tool. I’ve been journaling pretty much every morning now for … I don’t know …. maybe ten years now. In that time I have written countless blog posts, newsletters for subscriber lists, sales letters and other marketing materials for my music business. I also use it to stay fresh on stage with my improv comedy. But I am constantly writing songs, lyrics, piano pieces, for my CDs and for other artists, podcasts, plays, stories …. I mean the list goes on and on. It seems to be a never ending font of available source of creative energy.

I credit it, in major part to, writing in my journal everyday.

I think of it as ‘cleaning the pipes’, if you will. A data dump from the chatter of useless thoughts that get in the way when I am trying to write for a deadline for a corporate event or for an advertising piece.

What I do, what is suggested in Julia Cameron seminal book, The Artist’s Way, is to write 3 pages long hand in a notebook every morning right after waking up. Boom.

I can write about anything. I can write jibberish. Mukka Lukkah Whukkah Bukkah Blabber Dab fest swing set.

I can complain. “Oh my horrible hang nail.” “I need a haircut.” “When am I gonna get a new car?” Anything.

It can be dreams. Ambitions. Goals.

It can be Mantras or prayers. Or affirmations.

I think of it as transmitting to the universe. Clearing the way to work things out that I am thinking about.

Everyone talks about being positive all the time. I find that next too impossible. Sometimes I need to whine a little bit. The daily journal is a good place to do it. Plus, once I got into the routine of constantly writing every morning, I found that on the days that I didn’t get to it, I really missed it. So I would do it in the afternoon when I got a break.

It is suggested to get a notebook. But sometimes I write on my lap top or on my ipad if that’s what I have available. But its not the same. I can tell by my hand writing what kind of mood I am in or what I am feeling even if the words don’t exactly communicate it all.

I know some folks keep a really nice journal book. They maybe have a nice leather bound cover that they swap out new notebooks in as they get filled up. I like to go with the Standard College Ruled 1 Subject Notebook. Spiral bound.

Sometimes I splurge a little on nice pencils. But I prefer the mechanical pencils with the .09 lead. I press down on the page pretty hard some mornings when I get going and I’m in my zone. I like the different colors and feel of the pencils in my hand. I’ll put a link at the bottom of this page so you can see what I’m talking about.

So look at this book by Julia Cameron if you want to develop your creativity. It is excellent. It’s not just for musicians or artists necessarily. She talks in the book about people from every different occupation benefiting from these activities. Anyone can use them to enhance their creativity. Try it. I’ve had mind boggling good results. You will too.

Oh … BTW … this is an affiliate link. When you get your book through this link, I do get a small percentage. It won’t cost you anything extra. And since it is through Amazon, you can donate a portion of your sale price to go to a charity of your choice. Pretty cool if you ask me.

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I wish I could do what you do. But I’m not creative.

Many people tell me, “I wish I could do what you do. But I’m not creative.”

Cue the game show buzzer.

Ladies and gentlemen. We are all creative. Come to one of my shows and observe how I can get a room full of people who, in some cases, have never met each other, come together in one unified voice and sing like they’ve been friends for seven lifetimes.

We are all creative. You probably haven’t been given permission or found a safe way to explore.

My wife told me of a friend of hers who decided to take singing lessons in adulthood. She is only doing it now because she was told she wasn’t a good singer when she was younger. She has joined a singing ensemble at The Old Town School in Chicago and is really enjoying it and has joined a band.

We tend to think more inside the box than youngsters do. We have jobs and rules and penalties for not following the rules and lawyers that cost money to get us out of trouble when we do. Or we’re afraid we might fall down and get hurt and then our insurance premiums might go up or we’ll have to wear a bandage on our head to church and we’ll look stupid. But that’s wrong. Incorrect. Totally fake.

That’s F.E.A.R. False Evidence Appearing Real. .

You are creative. Now. Today. No matter how old (or young) you are. I mean honestly …

Is there a time limit?

CUE THE ANNOUNCER

“I’m sorry. You didn’t do it before you turned 30 so you must return to your seat and place your tray in the upright position…. or … off with your head!”

I know. I know.

There is a bit of a hitch. As adults we tend to be much tougher on ourselves than kids are. We feel like if we make a mistake that it’s over. We’re wrong. We can’t undo it.

But that’s why the arts are perfect. There are no rights and no wrongs. Someone will not get injured or killed because we sing a different note than everyone else. It’ll just sound — well, different.

There are no attorneys waiting to litigate you in a courtroom for picking up a guitar or taking salsa lessons.

Arts are great for kids because it allows them to crack that shell of conformity and see what’s inside. It’s ten times better for adults to experiment in the arts. Our societal instincts get to be shattered and replaced with a whole new perspective. Step outside the safety of the herd. Be different. Be unique. It’s risky. But compared to what? Cliff diving in Honduras? Taking up chiropractic medicine on your Gramma?

Sing like no one can hear you. Dance like no one can see you.

I had one woman in an audience at a cabaret show I was doing last week tell me “Oh no. I don’t sing.”

Ha! I told her what I thought of that thought. “If you can talk you can sing,”

So get out of your comfort zone and try something new. Try and do something someone told you you were no good at when you were younger but you want to do it anyway. Just go do it.

I used to be a pretty crappy singer. Some would kid and tell me I haven’t improved much. But I tell them at least I know which notes not to sing. And if I do, I try not to repeat em

But like my piano playing I got better with time. I repeated mistakes and called the good mistakes jazz.

Same thing as a creative writer. For years and years now, I have written countless bits, jokes, plays, sketches, songs, lyrics, commercials, scripts, stories and podcasts. They weren’t always good. Some were perfect. Exactly what the client needed for their product roll out or corporate event.

I have cultivated my creative abilities over time. It has been an occupation to be creative and it has been a choice. Out of either the necessity of the deadline looming over the horizon or out of the curiosity to discover the right combination of music and lyrics, I have developed a system of being creative at will. On demand if you will.

It’s not an original system I use. I learned about it from a woman named Julia Cameron. She wrote a book called The Artists Way.

I can only keep recommending this book for forever. I still use her very clear, loving and supportive direction to develop new projects all the time. I still write piano music both with and without lyrics. Listen to this podcast. PMSPODCAST

Her system of awakening and nurturing our creative beings — that resides in every human being, is effective, safe and possible for everyone. No matter your occupation or position in life.

I can go on and on about the tasks and the methods and the joy and the fears and the breakthroughs and the ecstasy of accomplishment that comes from taking a risk  from trying some thing new. Of being creative. Of being unique and significant and, well, being human.

If you buy The Artist Way through my link l will get a small commission. It won’t cost you anything extra. But I will get paid for my referral.

Be creative because you are.

​​​​To learn more about how I can provide unique and memorable music and comedy at your event, call Amber at (773) 527-7417.

Check out some of my other projects.

I always love the feedback!

All the best,

Dan Gillogly

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Part 2 How do you know the words to so many songs?

One question I get asked all the time is “How do you know the words to so many songs?”

I make ‘em up!

Which is only partly true. These days with contemporary tunes most times a verse and chorus is all you need before people get bored and want something else. We call it The ADD Factor. Some people get easily distracted.

I also like improvising words to songs that interact with the people in the room. This works best in a cabaret setting. The concert stage goes well with primarily scripted material. But when I’m in a smaller venue I make em up from time to time.

I also have gotten pretty good at parody songs. So if you have a customized message you want to get out to your clients or customers, give me a call. I can write, perform and record em for you.

It wasn’t always this way for me. When I was the music director at The Second City e.t.c. theater, I worked with the best of the best in the entertainment business today. I had the opportunity to write and perform with the like of Stephen Colbert, Oscar winning Adam McKay, and way too many others to mention.

I learned how to improvise and I learned how to script the best jokes, the best songs and THE BEST CONTENT.

I learned in the circus tent under the bright lights in front of a live audience, a receptive audience that wanted to see you fall from the high wire yet always ecstatically acknowledged when you succeeded.  I learned to try something new and daring.

I learned in the writing sessions that went on for days, sometimes weeks, hunting for the perfect phrase, the right combination of gesture and timing.

So to summarize, Please don’t try this at home folks. I am a professional. Or do try this at home and have fun with it!

To learn more about how I can provide unique and memorable music and comedy at your event, call Amber at (773) 527-7417.

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I always love the feedback!

All the best,

Dan Gillogly

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How do you know so many words to so many songs?

One question I get asked all the time is “How do you know so many words to so many songs?”

Long answer? I’ve been doing this for so long it comes to me pretty easily. But not before some long years and months putting in the hours.

It wasn’t always like this. I studied. A lot. I went to college for music AND I played with some stellar musicians and entertainers along the way. I learned from them as well.

It’s also a combination of physical memory combined with an emotional memory.

Many times I will be on stage singing a song and I’ll be in the middle of the first verse and silently ask myself what are the words to the second verse? But then I calm myself down and say well I’m not on the second verse yet so I don’t have to know them. So then I get to the chorus with everybody singing along and here comes the second verse and sometimes I don’t remember what the second verse is while I’m singing the chorus. But when I finally get to the second verse, my memory banks kick in and I’m right there.

Another trick is if I can start off with the opening line of a song, I can usually get it after that. But if for some reason I stop in the middle of a song to crack a joke with someone in attendance, a song like Devil Went Down To Georgia or Baby Got Back, I need to go back to the beginning of the verse to get back on track.

It also helps if I can read the lips of someone singing along. Really! I can see them mouthing the words and I think, “Oh yeah. That’s the correct version.”
To learn more about how I can provide unique and memorable music and comedy at your event, call Amber at (773) 527-7417.

Check out some of my other projects.
MyCDLink
MyChildrensBook
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I always love the feedback!

All the best,

Dan

The Little Luxuries of Life On The Road As A Piano Entertainer

Singing and playing piano for a living as a piano entertainer becomes an athletic event every night onstage.

So in order to be prepared, I need to keep working out. Lifting weights, cardio, conditioning it’s all part of being a professional musician in this day and age.

It’s not all about being able to stay until as late as you want to or any of that anymore. Maybe it used to be before. But not these days. Now it’s s about doing all that we need to stay competitive and viable.

On this latest gig on the road, I am working on a really high end cruise ship entertainer. I feel very fortunate to have a solid contract that allows me to have both passenger status and crew status. I have a ship that has a really nice workout room.

It’s been awhile since I was around good gym equipment.

In our house we have a decent treadmill and some free weights. I do some yoga too. But I haven’t had a gym membership in quite awhile. At least not while I’m on the ship.

So it was with great wonder and satisfaction that I got to use some modern equipment now that I’m working on a cruise ship so much these days. Pretty awesome!

Being able to connect my phone or watch TV on the monitor while I’m working is a fresh, new luxury for me. I also have been getting into podcasts a lot these days. There are a lot of good ones to choose from. I love podcasts so much, I started working on my own and publishing it with original piano music that I write. Go check it out

www.patreon.com/pianomusicshow

And there you go. A good workout, a healthy meal and I was ready to go when we hit the downbeat tonight. Refreshed. Relaxed. Rejuvenated. Show time! piano entertainer 

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Comedy — How Am I Supposed To Do This with Music?

So I was thinking the other day. I know that’s a bad habit. But I do it anyway. Comedy

The thing is, I find myself thinking more and more all the time about this and thinking about that but it doesn’t stop me or slow me down at all.

You’d think I’d be done by now. But No-o-o-o-o-o!!!

I keep doing it all the time. Sometimes I don’t even notice I’m doing it. It just happens. Without my knowledge.

Thinking that is.

Thinking about things I’ve already thought about and things that I think I should think about in case something I was just thinking about should happen to come true. It’s ridiculous really and there appears to be no end in sight. None.

So I came up with a possible solution. Something I think might work (damn it I did it again). I don’t know if it will work or not.

Anyway, here it is. I think I should think about the things I want to think about and nothing else. Comedy works. Music is fun. Sports are a little annoying but whatever. 

What do you think?

(Crap!) Now I’m going to think about your thoughts which could be worse than being stuck on my own.

Well, have at it.

As you long as you don’t respond with “Let me think about it”.

We’ve got enough of that going on around here.

Need some custom written comedy and music for your next corporate event? Give me a call. I will think about it. But when I’m done, I’ll have some excellent live music and comedy all ready for you that will improve employee production, increase their profit potential and deliver your message and mission statement faster, more efficiently and completely legally.

Music and comedy. The most fun you can have with your mouth in public!

EP11:Piano Music Show Podcast A Long Wind

Click on the Piano Music Show logo above to hear the podcast.

Let me know at www.pianomusicshow.com I will be compiling your comments on another podcast so please tell me what you like about all this original piano music here. I’ve got a couple of surprises planned for the coming weeks with new music on the piano for you.

Be sure to share with your friends.

Contact me on Facebook at Piano Music Show or on

Twitter @PianoMusicShow I always love to hear from you.

Please become a supporter of the Arts and support me on Patreon.com/PianoMusicShow

Enjoy!

Become a Patron of The Arts. Help me produce more of these shows. When was the last time you bought a CD? I’m not talking about paying for spotify or pandora. Songwriters like me never see a dime of that. So let’s get a new paradigm started by having you become a patron.

Sign up at https://www.patreon.com/PianoMusicShow For as little as @2 a month you can become a Premium Member and get all the best goodies as I continue to roll them out.

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EP10:Piano Music Show Podcast Crunch-eeeezz

Click on the Piano Music Show logo above to hear the podcast.

Holy Shamoly! Another Piano Music Show podcast. This one comes from the heart of Central Florida where I am staying during the wonter months of early 2017. This one is called Crunch-eeeez. Why? Listen and find out.

Recorded on a real, live acoustic piano (That means a piano with real strings)

Let me know at www.pianomusicshow.com I will be compiling your comments on another podcast so please tell me what you like about all this original piano music here. I’ve got a couple of surprises planned for the coming weeks with new music on the piano for you.

Be sure to share with your friends.

Contact me on Facebook at Piano Music Show or on

Twitter @PianoMusicShow I always love to hear from you.

Please become a supporter of the Arts and support me on Patreon.com/PianoMusicShow

Enjoy!

Become a Patron of The Arts. Help me produce more of these shows. When was the last time you bought a CD? I’m not talking about paying for spotify or pandora. Songwriters like me never see a dime of that. So let’s get a new paradigm started by having you become a patron.

Sign up at https://www.patreon.com/PianoMusicShow For as little as @2 a month you can become a Premium Member and get all the best goodies as I continue to roll them out.

piano, piano music, good music, music, pianist, piano player, blues piano, jazz piano, song writing, writing songs, piano entertainer, serenity, calm, joy, happy, meditation, meditative music, peaceful, quiet, meditation, tranquility,

EP2: Piano Music Show Podcast: Pick Me Up Piano Better Than Coffee

Piano Music Show Podcast is Wa-a–ay better than a cup’o’coffeee in the middle of the day or the start of the day. Just a little gift to you from me, Dan Gloglee at www.PianoMusicShow.com

For pleasure, joy an smiles all around. Share with your friends. Tell me what you like. Drop me a note (Ha! Get it?) and tell me what you would like to hear in the next podcasts.

 

Please become a supporter of the Arts and support me on www.Patreon.com/PianoMusicShow

Contact me on Facebook at Piano Music Show or on

Twitter @PianoMusicShow I always love to hear from you.

Become a Patron of The Arts. Help me produce more of these shows. When was the last time you bought a CD? I’m not talking about paying for spotify or pandora. Songwriters like me never see a dime of that. So let’s get a new paradigm started by having you become a patron.

Sign up at https://www.patreon.com/PianoMusicShow For as little as @2 a month you can become a Premium Member and get all the best goodies as I continue to roll them out.

piano, piano music, good music, music, pianist, piano player, blues piano, jazz piano, song writing, writing songs, piano entertainer, serenity, calm, joy, happy, meditation, meditative music, peaceful, quiet, meditation, tranquility,

EP9:Piano Music Show Podcast Turn It Over

Hey hey All! Another fun podcast of piano music for you. This week has a slightly different slant with a new intro. Should I use theme music for this podcast? Let me know at www.pianomusicshow.com I will be comiling your comments on another podcast so please tell me what you like about all this original piano music here. I’ve got a couple of surprises planned for the coming weeks with new music on the piano for you. Be sure to share with your friends. Contact me on Facebook at Piano Music Show or on Twitter @PianoMusicShow I always love to hear from you. Enjoy!