Welcome

Welcome to Shadows Falling. Please feel free to peruse the site and listen to the examples of my work. This website is now a placeholder for the NEW site which should be up and running by the years’ end. This year sees the release of a CD of theatre songs and suites based on previous productions and music for a new short film, examples available soon.

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A Seminar in Music Business Strategy

In this clip John Kellogg, Professor of Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music, discusses matters of strategic interest to anyone starting out in the music industry, whether on the music or the business side. He addresses what the industry is likely to look like tomorrow and how that will change who gets paid and for what, how to use new media methods to get your music to your fans, how to network in the industry effectively, when you need a lawyer, and how to protect and monetize the songs you worked so hard on writing.

Your Guide To Being Awesome!

Like it or not, life is short, and it’s getting shorter all the time. Unfortunately, many people choose not to enjoy it to its fullest, opting instead to wait out adversity or succumb to their own inner turmoils. Today is as good a day as any to address your fears and problems, and these tips are an excellent starting point for your journey.

A great self-help tip that can help you change your life is to buy a pet. Getting a cat or a dog can do wonders for you stress levels. The simple act of petting a dog can greatly reduce your stress. Having a pet is beneficial for you and them.youreawesome

Personal development means branching out. Why not enhance your knowledge base? After you’ve identified your personal weaknesses, find self-help media that will enable you to combat them! There is a book for virtually any type of self-made obstacles. Audio books are an excellent alternative to those who are seeing impaired. Either way you go, self-help books make a lot of sense.

You need to be realistic with your to-do lists. If you have things on there that you cannot do in a day, then that will hinder the rest of your progression and probably make you feel disappointed in yourself. Be realistic and add things that you know you can achieve in a day. Keep it simple to get things done.

Refrain from drinking alcohol. You have probably heard that alcohol is a depressant. This is true. It can also interfere with any medications you might be taking. It can cause you to feel worse, become ill, or maybe even overdose. If you are feeling unhappy, it is always best to steer clear of alcoholic beverages.

You can help yourself battle depression by making sure your diet is filled with enough complex carbohydrates. Studies show by not getting enough complex carbohydrates, you may lose serotonin which can cause depression. Make sure your diet is filled with fruits, vegetables and foods made with soy to avoid this.

Don’t ride your path to personal development on a high horse. Taking the enlightened path is great, but you also must work to understand why we sometimes take the low road to minimize the time you spend on it. You can’t deal with these instincts without first acknowledging them. Remember that no one ever leaves them behind completely.

Take that first step. Regardless of the goal we have in mind, we all have to start somewhere. Toss those empty cardboard boxes out of your storage area and you’ll free up space to start organizing the rest. Lose one pound and you’ll likely follow it with more. The point is just to get started.

A good self-help tip to combat anxiety is to go to a small get together with friends. This is like a low key party, so you will be able to socialize and get comfortable around groups of people, but you should not get overwhelmed as there are not too many people there.

Instead of harboring resentment and frustration, make a conscious effort to remember that the rest of the world need not be attuned to your personal schedule. This is especially true of household chores and small, non-urgent tasks in the office. If you have reason to emphasize time-sensitivity, follow your request with an explanation of what is to be gained or lost by completing the project by a given time.

One of the most effective ways to overcome feelings of shyness is to arm yourself with a bevy of relevant, interesting, and current information. This can be the news, research findings from a recent report, or even the latest celebrity gossip. Finding ways to engage others and spark their interest can have an extremely gratifying effect on your confidence in social situations.

One of the best ways to identify an unknown ‘anxiety trigger’ is to regularly keep a ‘worry journal.’ This is where you can document the circumstances that preceded the attack. At first, you may not notice any trends, but over time it may be easier to identify. Perhaps you have certain patterns that are tied to your anxiety – write it down.

Habits are something that can be very hard to break. To build your personal development, you need to put the effort in, to break all the negative habits that you have. Value the choice that you make to break your bad habits and you will have a much simpler time succeeding.

To stay true to your goals, enlist the help of a friend or join an online support group. It helps to have support from people who are going through the same thing. You will be surprised how much an “atta boy” or “way to go” can lift your spirits and keep you motivated through rough patches.

Improving wealth can be one step in personal development. This will enhance the quality of life that you are living. Everyone would love to be happy and have less stress, and while money can not solve your problems, it can ease any financial strain that you might be experiencing.

Act on your wisdom and live through your actions. It is only worth so much to gain knowledge and understanding. How you act on that wisdom defines you. Others cannot see inside to know your level of understanding, yet they can see your actions and how they benefit society, individuals or the world as a whole.

Do something every day that gives you pleasure. You can get caught up in your day-to-day responsibilities and go days without doing something that you truly enjoy. Start now, by making a list of the things that you like to do and commit to finding time in doing them. You will be much better able to handle the rest of your life if you know that you will also be enjoying yourself, part of the time.

So whether you make a positive change in your attitude, diet, mindset, or relationships, remember these tips as you make the changes necessary to reach your personal goals. Enjoy life, for it is truly a blessing that we are all meant to enjoy to its very fullest, even if we hit a few bumps along the way.