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The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas. -W.C. Jones

Music is a balm. Music uplifts and makes us smile and gives us hope. The creation of it, the listening, the sharing of musical ideas with our band mates, and performance for the public are such spiritual experiences. Giving away our musical gifts is indeed a blessed and wonderful thing.

The music industry often differs with the above opinion. The industry focuses on sales, draw, tickets, charts, reviews and critiques. In an industry often viewed as a “shallow money trench, where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs…” (as Hunter S. Thompson pointed out), we can make ourselves valuable by simply being nice. And is that such an effort? We can spend time training ourselves to…

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“”We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”-Winston Churchill

Musicians can tell you the moment they recognized their gift. For all of us there is a defining moment in our musical lives that told us,”This is it, this is what I want to do with my life .” For all of us the giving of our musical selves as performers, is reciprocated as an audience responds to our giving. Therefore the art of giving is the art of receiving as well. Daily life is an opportunity to give countless gifts. Gifts don’t always come wrapped in shiny paper with a big red bow. The best gifts rarely fit into boxes.

This is the perfect time of year to adopt giving on a daily basis. A gift is a smile, a kind word, an understanding comment. The music world is not a…

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“Music is a fair and glorious gift of God.” proclaimed Martin Luther and no other time holds the gift of music as Christmas. Carols, choirs, children’s voices all remind us we as musical people are blessed with a true and innate gift of spirit. December is the perfect time of year to share your gift with others.

This season is built around ancient celebrations of the winter solstice which falls on or about December 21. Before the birth of Christ, the Roman Empire already celebrated December 25 as the birthday of various pagan gods. Most of our symbols of Christmas are of pagan origin. And pagans, of course were closely tied to the earth, our primary source, our first father and mother and teacher.

Nature makes its way indoors at Christmas as we bring Christmas tress, poinsettas, Christmas cactus into our homes. The burning of the Yule Log is a Scandanavian…

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