Wednesday, February 18, 2009
This is the amazing Venezuelan Youth Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, a graduate of El Sisteme which was started to help all talented kids learn the language of music,no matter what their class.
Be sure to click on the talk given by its founder Jose Abreu. He came up with this inspirational idea.
Beautiful music played with such enthusiasm is such a joy. Enjoy the music and peace.
Friday, February 13, 2009
WHO SHE IS: Author, Humorist, Creativity Coach, Corporate Drop Out
WHY YOU SHOULD KNOW HER: Because her book on creativity will keep you happy for at least a year and it only costs $19.95!
The first time I met Jill was at Urban Think Bookstore (our favorite cult bookstore in downtown
Since that time I joined her Creative Coaching and became a Certified Muse Coach. She joined with Dr. Meurer to establish the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching and also began her Body Blissmas (and a happy new rear) coaching.
So my initial meeting has blossomed into a real friendship with Jill and continued admiration for her continuing project to guide other artists of all kinds with their stumbling blocks. Many of her clients include well known artists, lyricists, song writers, poets, singers and other writers and also struggling artists like me J. So I was so excited that she agreed to include my blog on her blog tour (who doesn’t want to be a VINA (very important nerdy artist)?
BLOG TOUR INTERVIEW:
Jill, we are so pleased and privileged to have you visit us here in
Who do you think is your primary audience for your new book, THE AWE-MANAC?
Anyone who likes to laugh, think creatively, discover joy in the small things and is tolerant of my quirky style.
What do you think is the most important barrier to creativity and how will the Awe-Manac address that?
I think fear is a huge barrier. It masquerades itself as procrastination, overwhelm, perfectionism, and even staying comfortable in routines that don't serve us. The Awe-manac is designed to nourish people's creativity a little each day. Small steps side-step fear. If people at the very least, read the creative prompts, the quotes and explore the illustrations, there will be a subliminal response of being more creative without really trying. It's a very manipulative book.
What is the best way to read this book?
The best way varies according to the day, the mood, and your intuitive. For most people I think it would be just to read a page a day. For others in need of a little adventure outside of the rules, just open the book to any page and see what message the book is trying to tell you.
Do you think people other than writers should dive in as well to the suggestions in the book?
The prompts are also for artists, musicians, and anyone who wants to "create" a more joy-filled existence.
Have to ask, what gave you the idea to write this which is very different from your first book, THE MODERN NINE DAY MUSES?
Actually, I got the idea in the same way as the Muse book in that I took something already existing, (the nine Greek Muses in the first book and The Farmer's Almanac in this book) and reinvented it to deliver my message of creative joy. I had lots of creativity prompts from classes and workshops I've done for the last 20 years, so having a daily place to supply them inspired me. Both books are filled Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Priniciples.
I first met you when you were on your book tour for that first book, here in
Urban Think is a way cool bookstore and I will miss going there. In this economic climate, I'm saving money, time and resources by visiting people in cyber fashion. this is lot of fun too because there's so many wonderful blogs out there. My readers and their readers are cross-pollinating in the interest of new inspiration and discovery.
What other innovative things can we expect from you in the future?
Thanks for having faith in me in that way. I am planning a documentary about choreographing complicated performance-art dance with mid-life, non-dancers using very small steps. I'm also developing products to go with the Modern Day Muse book and The Awe-manac. Another book seems to be yanking at my skirt as well.. this one even more quirky and less of the self-help genre. I'd really like to write a novel about a self-help author who is a basket case, but I'm still collecting the information for that one.
Thanks for these wonderful questions Margie!
You are most welcome, Jill.
For more information go to www.themuseisin.com.
Here's Jill's gift especially for you readers for today:
Thanks to all of you for visiting.