Who comes to mind when you think of celebrity giving? U2’s Bono perhaps (one of the featured givers on celebrity giving site Looking To The Stars), maybe even people like Lady Gaga and Alicia Keys giving up Twitter for a good cause now and then. Don’t forget the golf tournaments and baby holding done by groups like Rascal Flatts. Read the rest of this entry »
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So, it’s February 1, 2011 and the Nashville Music Buzz hasn’t chimed in for the new year yet. Better late than never HAPPY NEW YEAR! What, you don’t think it has the same appeal a month late? Well, you might be right, but well wishes are never out of style. Read the rest of this entry »
Nashville’s Salvation Army Command kicked off their bell-ringing season with A Gathering of Angels. This event was held to raise awareness, funds, and the spirits of the listeners as the performers and guests shared stories of hope, promise and need.
“Doing the most good,” the Salvation Army’s tag-line, could be seen at various spots around the event as well as on the faces of the performers lending their time and talent to this special cause. The line up included The Nashville Choir, Matthew West, Julie Roberts and featured Restless Heart and Jimmy Wayne. Read the rest of this entry »
An interviewer was once giving a lecture on the art of the the Q&A. He shared question strategies, tips and techniques he had carefully collected over the years. The overarching advice he offered to the intently listening crowd was empathy. That’s it – that’s all it takes to be a good interviewer. Interviewers are there to be the brush that asks the questions resulting in a beautiful self-portrait. The moment you take off your shoes and try theirs on for size, you will know what questions to ask that will take the discussion straight to the heart of the matter. Read the rest of this entry »
“When I was a boy, my father, a baker, introduced me to the wonders of song,” tenor Luciano Pavarotti relates. “He urged me to work very hard to develop my voice… Arrigo Pola, a professional tenor in my hometown of Modena, Italy, took me as a pupil. I also enrolled in a teachers college. On graduating, I asked my father, ‘Shall I be a teacher or a singer?’ “‘Luciano,’ my father replied, ‘if you try to sit on two chairs, you will fall between them. For life, you must choose one chair.’ “I chose one. It took seven years of study and frustration before I made my first professional appearance. Read the rest of this entry »
Yesterday’s entry discussed time’s speedy nature and it’s ability to pass by virtually undetected. A different way to take the phrase, Time’s not afraid to fly, would be to personify time and allow it to be fearless. The bold determined nature of time could teach us all a lesson worth learning. After conducting the personal exploration of 2009 – where do you stand? Did you find any fear or doubts that held you back from overall success?
“Fear is a habit; so is self-pity, defeat, anxiety, despair, hopelessness and resignation. You can eliminate all of these negative habits with two simple resolves: I can!! and I will!” This blunt statement is easier said than taken to heart and applied. Read the rest of this entry »
“Sometimes I feel that life is passing me by, not slowly either, but with ropes of steam and spark-spattered wheels and a hoarse roar of power or terror. It’s passing, yet I’m the one who’s doing all the moving,” Martin Amis, Money. Martin’s featured character/narrator in his 1984 novel gets it right as he ponders the frightening pace of life rolling right on by. Time rarely seems to stand still long enough for us to figure out which moves more rapidly – the hands of Father Time or the feet with which we walk in and out of the shadows of sunrises and sunsets.
Time’s not afraid to fly. Life doesn’t wait for us to give it the green light… Read the rest of this entry »
The Nashville Music Buzz Blog (formerly known as the Nashville Music Muse Blog) is up and running. You will notice nothing has changed except for the schnazzy new logo and the name of the blog itself.
I know what you are thinking, “Didn’t this blog just start a few weeks ago and you are already re-branding?” Yes, it did. But every now and then you get a rock in your shoe. Sometimes that requires simply removing the rock. Other times you change shoes altogether so as to avoid future rocks. The new blog title is an attempt to clear up some misconceptions that have started to surface. Read the rest of this entry »
Anything worth doing warrants a great deal of sacrifice and ambition. But when the task at hand relies on human ability and strength, people tend to lose heart. We often see the negative or difficult aspects of our circumstances because we are human. Our heart argues with our mind and ignores our gut and we are left paralyzed by the inner workings of our psyche. Sometimes this requires us to look outside of our circumstances to see other people’s triumphs. Acknowledging the accomplishments of others inspires us to carry on. Read the rest of this entry »