… and pecan pie

Pecan pie was always a part of the holidays when I grew up. It was on the dessert table in a place of honor. The taste, the smell … ingrained in my mind as a part of my childhood. There was a restaurant across the street from Presbyterian Hospital: Anderson’s. They were famous for their […]

The Guts of the Matter

“Deep inside, all folded up … where real magic happens? Is your signature and hers. Maybe.” Me and my friends? We live to serve. We serve You, our audience. The artists, the performers, the show people. Dozens of different names and flavors. We will perform sick and loaded up on medication. We will perform in […]

Strengths

My friend Kozmo shared this story with me: “I’m working the street one day, and I see a father and son approaching along the path. They looked like good candidates to start building a crowd so I smiled and made eye contact, or attempted to. The father refused to meet my eye, and hustled the […]

Street Lessons (Part Two)

“I can imagine the moment, breaking out through the silence. All the things that we both might say: come talk to me.” ~ Peter Gabriel Here you are. You’ve mustered the courage and practiced your craft, you have committed yourself to your road … now what? Let’s look to the street. 2) Develop Relationships Out […]

Failure is Not an Option

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” ~ […]

Street Lessons (Part One)

“Just breathin’ and dreamin’ and passin’ by the time.” ~ Neil Cribbs For years I’ve worked as a busker, an artist that performs on the streets for tips and donations. In the beginning it was the only venue I had. Street performing and dedication, as well as the ability to tell a good story under […]

Who Are You?

“I know there’s a place you walked Where love falls from the trees My heart is like a broken cup I only feel right on my knees” ~ The Who Who are you? When you were 12 years old, what did you want to do when you ‘grew up’? Adults ask children that question all […]

Pomp And Circumstance

I was in touch with great souls who exalted flesh and spirit over dollars and cents, and to whom the thin wail of the starved slum child meant more than all the pomp and circumstance of commercial expansion and world empire. ~ Jack London We live in an increasingly smaller world. It seems everyone is […]

This Strange Engine

“Every artist was first an amateur.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson   The featured image is of a tool I use for my work. Chances are you have one very much like this. My cards are not special; they are just like yours. But my cards have aided in my business. They have helped me pay […]

To Boldly Go

Guess what? If you are unhappy or unsatisfied in your life (business, personal, spiritual …) you are the one responsible for changing it! That means that you have to do something different in order to get different results. The classic definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to […]