You can hear the sound cranking from the garage most mornings. A couple in their fifties walking their dogs witnesses a crazy man listening to loud noise, swinging an iron ball around, and hoisting it over his head triumphantly, calling it physical practice (sometimes called “working out”). Why can’t people be normal, the couple agrees.

But there is something about the noise, something very raw and energetic. That noise is the Willy Wonka of Rock and Roll, Jack White.

Jack is one of my favorite artists. I don’t know if he likes the title, but, I once read a Rolling Stone article about him, and the author of the article had referred to him that way, the Willy Wonka of Rock and Roll, and I must say, the title is rather fitting. Jack’s view of art and music has little to do with polished technicality, Conversely, it seems as though he is tapping into something on a moment to moment basis. Although I enjoy polished, technically sound work often times, there is something to be said about an organic, raw performance.

I recorded this video the other day, hoping to capture some of that raw energy on camera, the way Jack would.

Still, no one can do it quite like Jack and Meg.


Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

You have the power to create your life.

But it takes a decision, the decision to admit to yourself that life is up to you.

Help will be there when you need it, and their is a certain amount of uncertainty, variation, heredity, and randomness that will add to your unique story. However, the ultimate decision of what your life will stand for is your own, and no one can help with that.

I watch this video quite frequently, when I need to remember that I – along with anyone else – have that power.


Thanks for helping me wake up, Alan.

You and your environment are one and the same.

Sure, we can define certain aspects of ourselves and our environment. For instance, we define this is my body and that is yours, just like we define property lines, and this allows us respect and privacy. This is a good definition to have; it is an important distinction to make for life to run smoothly. Depending on your profession, interests and hobbies, you may define many different aspects of life.

But life is really one energy, mixing and twisting and turning, changing from hot to cold, from intense and chaotic to smooth and serene. Therefore, everything about you – your mood and emotions, body shape and fitness level, your health, etc. – depends on your environment.

Have you looked at your environment lately? Is your environment helping you or hurting you?

His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, suggests that we spend some time alone every day.


Because while alone, we are better able to create our own environment. When we are alone we can find strength in our posture and breath. Our thoughts become deeper, and more meaningful, as our mind settles and becomes less turbulent. And we can remember. We can remember who we are, and why we decided to put ourselves here in the first place.

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What are you afraid of?

I don’t mean this in some snobby, pompous, I have no fear, kind of way. I’m serious, what are you afraid of? Have you given it any thought, or do you ignore it because your afraid of feeling afraid?

Fear should be our friend, a guiding force that gives us wisdom and insight, like a guru or a sensei, into what and where we should explore; within ourselves, as well as the outside world, our fear is a director of where to increase our comfort zones, and what should be our focus on a daily basis.

The next question is, why do you fear?

Fear is your separation from the world, your anger, your anxiety.

“Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or our worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear. Thus, a feeling of utter worthiness can be a source of courage. Everything seems possible when we are absolutely helpless or absolutely powerful – and both states stimulate our gullibility.” – Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do.

You fear because you don’t know – you don’t know what to do, where to go, what will happen next or how you will die. You may also have forgotten – you can only be yourself.

Therefore, you can’t escape your fear; but, you can disarm your fear by diving into it through your vehicle of expression. Once you have explored it, intelligently, and possibly with the help of a teacher, you will know what to do next. As you stick with fear, you will understand phases of your life, and why you feel the need to act in certain ways.

You are worthy of your fear. Treat it as a gift and a teacher. Then, you may learn how to act, and where love comes from.

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Uniqueness is a distinction, a distinction that creates a boundary between what is unique – the thing or, often times, the person – and the rest of the world. We are all unique individuals, and our genetics are a road map to the expression of what makes us unique. Our identities come from our uniqueness, our distinction.

We creative type, the ones who identify ourselves as artists, often seek to understand or highlight our uniqueness. It’s what separates us from the crowd, and is usually where much praise comes from. He or she has such a unique voice, or interesting prose, or sound; as an artist, this is usually what we focus on cultivating. But, when we identify to closely with what makes us different, our uniqueness, the distinction, it can be very tough to feel at home in this great big world.

We are all human, let us not forget that fact. What makes us different is not as important as what makes us similar. Don’t try to be unique – you already are, and it will show in your work beautifully. Focus on being human, and understand what that means.

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind.

One of the most exciting aspects of starting a new project are the possibilities of what may come. This is a great joy that comes with creativity, inspiration and expression. The result is the reward for our hard work and perseverance.

It’s important, however, to remember the images in our minds eye are images and not real life. We cannot become too attached to these thoughts, ideas and possibilities. The excitement is important in the creative process; it is fuel for the fire. Still, big or small, solo or collaborative, we as individuals are not the only participants in creation.

The master is the one who learns to dance with the inspiration, the tools and the energy, that surrounds him or her, expressing, in the purest fashion, without trying to control, the vision, the music, the feeling within.