Category Archives: singer songwriter

Music True to One’s Nature, in Harmony — Be the Observer

Tonight I met with good friends…where else but Stooges Restaurant ‘where great music happens.’  Also great food–baby back ribs, fresh chips, and just made coconut cream pie, still warm with lots of meringue.

The Dan Martin Band was there.  This guy is unique, down home, and an easy listen.  His songs create impressions with which everyone can identify.  My favorite was about about the WWII naval cannon now gracing the yard in front of an elementary school.

I hesitate to make comparisons because his music is his own.  As he began his first song, I asked myself,

“Are there some hills in Oklahoma I’ve missed?”  It must have been the dynamic mandeline that reminded me of the music of the mountains.  The harmony they created was a perfect “Poetic Melody”, as described on his website .  And with that I found myself putting my feet up and sitting back in my chair to get “a good listen”.

I just couldn’t shake the notion, that its about time for a new musical story teller to be “on the block.”  A favorite of mine is John Prine.  Thanks Dan Martin, Cody Woody, and Jake Flint for the more than pleasurable evening of superb music.

Watch for The Dan Martin Band coming to a venue near you!



Week 23: The Law of Least Effort

I’m out visiting my dad again and he gave me his ticket for the Kristen Chenoweth concert with the OKC Philharmonic.  What a unexpected treat.  She is such a lovely person and quite a dynamic talent.  This was a coming home concert for her and she showed her appreciation and gratitude to her mentors, teachers, students, and the people of Oklahoma.  My favorite song was a tie between Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Little Sparrow.  Please, please look this up and check out her music.  She is a true all round performer.  “Music is my life, and is how I share love.”  I paraphrased this but she uses her music to share happiness and comfort.

I must give a shout out and much thanks to Devon Energy for funding the event and Sonic (her absolute favorite place) for their support.  Without gifts such as theirs concerts like this one would be fewer and father between.

This week I was traveling and couldn’t get on the webinar even by phone!  I eagerly awaited the post of the recording and was surprised again by the content.  Marvelous it was.

My husband frequents our local library so I had to pick up some extra reading.  My pick last week was Deepak Chopra’s The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.  Well to my surprise I was more than prepare for the webinar.

The chapter that hit closes to home for me was the Law of Least Effort.  Sounds like something everyone would strive to reach doesn’t it.  It’s only three parts; acceptance, responsibility, and defenselessness (detachment).

  1. Accept this moment as it is, committing to it because it is as it should be.  “You accept things as they are, not as you wish they were in this moment”  D. Chopra
  2.  “Responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for your situation, including yourself.”  D. Chopra
  3.  Once you practice defenselessness (detachment) you no longer need to defend your point of view.  If this is practiced, there can be no argument.  And you gain enormous amounts of energy that otherwise would have been wasted.

What if we could all do this consistently?

One quote from D Chopra’s friend that I really liked follows.

“The past is history, the future is a mystery, and this moment is a gift.  That is why this moment is called ‘the present’.”

Please relax and take the 9:39 to watch this Hero’s Journey.  You’ll hear his lovely song, FIREFLIES.  It’s special to me because my Precious Caleigh gave me the CD and said, “You’ll like this.”  And I did.


Week 17: (The Heroes Journey) Play It Again…

Last night I spent the evening with friends at Stooges Restaurant, a (Big) little place in Jackson, MO.   We went for the ribs…mmmm…and then live music.  Doug E Rees was playing and that’s always a good listen.  I wasn’t aware of who the guest talent was going to be.????

Awareness is an amazing gift and that’s what everyone who studies that the Master Keys attains.


Doug E. Rees, a local musician whose music I thoroughly enjoy, played the first set.  Then he introduced the musician for the next set.  I had planned to leave as I needed to do some studying, but something held me there.  When Doug began to talked about how songwriters and musician spend years discovering their unique style and authentic self I just had to stick around.  He simply said that Travis Bowlin knew his unique style and was like no other.  Well I was stuck in my seat.  I had to hear this.

And that he was.  Travis Bowlin is like no other.  He sings from his heart and soul.  This guy is more than good.

I was in awe to see this young man living his dream.  And when he performs, the music embodies him and carries the audience along with him.

We were asked this week, “How can everyone be the Greatest Salesman?”

I felt like I witnessed the answer in the music set last night.  ‘Ones unique talent and true self given to the service of others.’    And I’m seeing things that I truly appreciate and admire in some of the most unusual places.


Taking up one of the local’s spots at the counter in Stooges:  Herb Aaron and Travis Bowlin.

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