New Year Proclamations

I have decreed!

Live shows are inevitable this year.

With AUROCH as well as PAUL OZZ MUSIC.

All shows are already pretty much fully booked up and are just waiting certain announcements.

Excitement builds.

I IMPEND UPON THIS WORLD!

In The Hall of the Mountain King (Cover)

This merry little cover was kind of a bit of a brash one; I don’t like Christmas songs or music. I don’t like the holidays because a lot of people fake being very very friendly. This is my answer to all of that.

You step into my domain with your mask of positivity? You have stepped into the wrong hall. This is my mountain dude. Step off or step on with actual positivity. Feel it. Mean your happiness. Then I won’t chase you out with a hammer.

(That isn’t a threat or anything, but yeah anyhow.)

Guitar Gear / Addiction / Inspiration Fix

Someone once told me ‘It never ends.’. He of course was talking about gear. Guitar gear; namely.

And boy is he ever right. I have a list of gear that I’d like to have that would run be about 10-15,000 in debt just to get. The problem with that kind of extreme gear-wanting and drug like fix requirement is that of course it’s great to get a shiny new toy. But it isn’t about that really; it’s about the inspiration you get from that new toy.

Take for example my Canon 60D. I love it to bits. I know a lot of people would love to own one themselves. The difference between me and them is that I have the means and that I have the mental willpower to put my feelings into what it would be like to have it. And now I do. And it’s wonderful. I don’t call myself a photographer; but now my videos look a lot more professional and I can take some shots here and there and they turn out great without a lot of effort. Some people would call that a waste? But I call it an inspiration. It has been the greatest gift I have received this year because it stimulates a different part of my creativity.

And that’s what it all comes down to. Having that new shiny toy isn’t only about having that high quality piece of gear; it’s about the inspiration and the actual use you get out of it. A horrible use of my Canon 60D is as a dust collector. But a great use is to explore the world I already live in through a different kind of lens. But back to the guitar fix.

Since music is my main career path and interest; the gear involved with the guitar is a lot more exciting for me. The idea of a new guitar entering my bedroom door and gracing me with songs and melodies that I might have never thought of otherwise is inspiring in itself. It’s that near drug like high moment where you just want to play and do nothing more but express creativity. Thankfully I have a modest home studio that is able to record those ideas.

I believe that is why it will never end: the gear addiction. Because it stimulates creativity. I am reading a book about being grateful for what you have in order to attain more of what you want, and I am grateful for my creativity, but I am grateful for what I am going to receive one day as well. In that there is inspiration. I am grateful for the day I receive my first custom 8 string guitar because I know it will be perfect. You should be grateful for your next big purchase too; because you damn well earned it and don’t think for a second that you didn’t.

I am also grateful for my YouTube subscribers. I have a lot of positive and negative feedback which keeps it really fresh for me and tells me which direction I should go as well as changes my inner dialogue to be more appropriate and actually kind: meaning, when someone says something awful to me about my video, I realize that it’s just them projecting their own shortcomings onto me, and that it isn’t my problem. Some might say that is delusional thinking but really it works out most of the time to be true. That’s the thing about YouTube though; you can always make content private or delete it.

But I’d rather learn through the experience of being wrong than take such immense offense as to give it more energy than was already expressed to me.

It’s all about the way you think about things; and I think I’ve stumbled upon a great way of thinking.

How to Perform Live

This video is quite a long explanation; I had in fact planned on this being a lot shorter but alas what can I do but yap a lot out of my gob.

AND ISN’T IT FUNNY HOW I LOOK LIKE THE ‘ALIENS’ MEME IN THE THUMBNAIL?! WHOOPSIE BOOPSIE.

Gratitude

So ever since I started reading this book “The Magic” I’ve become a lot more grateful. As expected; the books chapters contain daily ‘rituals’ for being grateful as it’s premise is that being more grateful will only bring you more of what you are grateful for; or at least a lot of positivity.

Well since I started using it and started literally feeling how grateful I am; a lot has changed. A lot of confidence has started to build up. A lot of personal promises have been kept; and a lot of change has happened in my relationships and in my confidence with money. I have a very small sum of money; according to society, but man is it going to bring me a lot of changes that I am really happy to say will be only amazing ones.

I am grateful for it. I am grateful for what it will bring me and what my resources have given me in the first place. I can only go up and up from here with it. Partly is of course because I know where to invest it, but the other part is knowing that it is going to actually cause positivity. There is something really heart warming about knowing that you are going to do something positive with something physical in a way that will provide happiness – it’s this endless circle of joy. I love it.

I implore you to try it out. Take 20 minutes a day and think about things you are grateful for, and really feel it. Think about your relationships and your monetary situation or your career and just be grateful for where you’ve gotten yourself. A pat on the back can go a long way to helping confidence issues and bringing about a lot of extra joy you didn’t realize you could tap into.

Especially around this holiday season I am beginning to feel the happiness of family whereas usually people think hanging out with the fam-jam is a very boring and potentially hazardous situation or thought. I love it. I have a very small family but we get along just fine. We have never been super wealthy in the eyes of big pay-checks but we certainly do have each other. What more could you ask for other than for good health and to be actually happy with your life?

When one starts to focus on the ‘don’t-haves’ and the negative aspects of their lives they usually NEVER think about the positive aspects of those negatives. I know for me my current situation financially won’t bring me an apartment of my own, but I don’t let it get me down. I am thankful for knowing where I want to be, and what apartment I do want so that when I get it I am that much more grateful. But to even think of such pleasant thoughts and bring those endorphines in is ALSO something to be grateful for – getting the picture?

Just be grateful. It’s not that hard. As Devin Townsend has said in one of his songs “Laugh, love, live, learn.” Take the high road.

Cheers.

~P.o