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Put action before mood

I learned when I was on tour with the band that no matter how terrible I felt day of a show, five minutes before stage I’d be fired up and the show would be great. In all my years of

Posted in Pragmatism

The Power Of Playfulness

I was thinking about playfulness as a tool for creativity. Think back to when you were a kid, you and your friends played out immensely creative, immersive, improvised LARPs on a whim. You invented the world and the rules of

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What’s Changed?

I keep asking myself what’s changed since I felt adept at writing songs? It was never easy per se but it was common, it was what I did. I worked on Senator’s Daughter for days at a time. I wrote

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External rewards

Mostly how not to use them. In a long term study it was found that kids who participated in charity drives at school were less likely than others to become charitable people as adults. The contributing factor? Prizes. Kids who

Posted in Depression & Suicide, Pragmatism

Don’t let feelings dictate behavior

One thing I never want to be is a hypocrite. When I was suicidal last year I saw all the ways people weren’t helping. They wanted to, they even thought they were, but the misconceptions and barriers were all over

Posted in Depression & Suicide, Pragmatism

In training vs in combat

I started of thinking of all life as a test and it made me a much calmer person. If a test goes exactly as you expect then it wasn’t really a test, it was just a transaction. Expecting things to

Posted in Depression & Suicide, Pragmatism

Don’t rely on subtext

In songwriting I learned to start with the point. I’d think what do I want this song to be about in one sentence(?) and then I’d make that sentence the opening line. It caused me to build outward and explore

Posted in Gender, Pop Culture, Pragmatism