George of the Dungeon!

December 31, 2009 Comments Off on George of the Dungeon!

The past 5-6 days,  I’ve been immersing myself in writing and recording with my best friend,  Wendy.  During that time, we were able to create the skeleton of 10 original songs. This has been one of the most creative periods of my life.  I never thought that being locked in a Dungeon of a recording studio would be so fulfilling.

January will be spent mostly producing and finalizing these songs, after which I will be out of the country for a little while.

2010 = long overdue leap.  I feel good about the decision of leaving the corporate world behind.  I hope that everyone with big dreams will get the  opportunity to be able to do that.  It’s a freakin’ weird feeling.

I feel humbled, blessed…….lucky.

I figured it out….

November 30, 2009 § Leave a comment

After a serious trial by fire the past month or so, I think I finally figured my life out .  Hmmmm, strange it seems that I would say that.   As a very late bloomer, I definitely took the time, wandering aimlessly at times, until I found that little bitty dirt road leading to where I was supposed to be 20 years ago.

I’m talking about two things that mean the most to me – creative pursuit and…..love.   My childhood dream and goal is to become a music producer.  HECK, why not?  I have all the studio equipment and can play lots of instruments. I’ve been playing music most of my life and have  produced lots of stuff for other people.  And due to my film/photography background, I can also create their music videos and  photograph their promotional materials.  The all in one producer!!!!  WOOOHOOO – that’s me!!!   Now, I just need to find the most amazing artist that can match a Rihanna or Lady Gaga.  So far, I am working with a couple of good ones….one more would sum it all up completely.

In matters of the heart, that’s for another day 🙂  But what I learned  from this ephiphany month is the one thing that has eluded me my entire life until recently.  I just needed to learn to love myself.  I freely give that to the WHOLE PLANET anyway.  So why not myself, right?  Once that was accomplished, everything became super clear to me.  So is that the secret to life?  Hmmmmm…

Little successes..

November 12, 2009 § Leave a comment

I had to start from scratch with most of the things in my life.  It’s good to be able to have a chance like that…..at least that’s how I would like to look at things.  Here are stuff from fortune cookies lately 🙂

Nothing can keep you from reaching your goals.  Do it!

Do not wait for others to open the right doors for you.

Focus on your long-term goal  Don’t hesitate to act now.

The time is always right to do what is right.

You could prosper in the field of entertainment.

Delegation, Dots, Decisions…and DRIVING FORCE

October 2, 2009 § Leave a comment

The other night, it was impressed upon my mind the importance of delegation when it comes to huge projects and goals.  I pondered upon that word “delegation” for several hours, thinking that it was the lack of that particular skill that sometimes makes some projects fall short.  I reviewed all the things I’ve done in the past and I realized that I actually delegate things quite a bit.

I dug a little deeper and found one important factor that made the lightbulb above my head go bling (with my friend Aly’s help)!!!  What’s even more vital than delegation is DRIVING FORCE.  Each project, goal or anything that has to deal with ambition requires a driving force behind it to be accomplished properly.   Call it whatever you wish – leadership, passion, soul, hunger, motivating factor.

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Furthermore,  I realized that most people can successfully only be the driving force of one goal at a time….and when I mean goal, I mean something that is an absolutely incredible goal.  For instance – Steve Jobs = Apple.  Larry Ellison = Oracle.  Bill Gates = Microsoft….and at a much smaller scale, Joe Schmoe = Joe Schmoe’s very successful Craw Fish Diner. The magnitude of success is of course determined by that person’s vision, happiness , destiny and resources.  We can’t all be a Larry Page of Google.  I hope I didn’t contradict myself here…..the term success or incredible is relative.  Plus, if there is more than one person involved as the driving force, being united is critical.

I looked at the things I’m working on and was appalled….I mean downright SHOCKED to find out that I’m the driving force behind not one, but  5 major projects.  After vomiting for a few minutes…looks like I’m back to the drawing board.  I agonizingly and reluctantly let go of some things while assigning the “driving force” title away to others.  First, I needed someone with a solid knack of getting things done…a natural from birth, yet someone who is fresh, relatively unproven, very driven and who already believes in the project.  Task #1: I asked Dani to be the heart, mind, soul, and face / CEO of beginningfilmmaker.com.   If there is a person who can potentially turn coal into diamond, it would be her.  Now I need her more than ever to figure that all out.  How to make it work? ….. That’s to be determined!!!!  But she may have saved me from a potential heart attack.

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What I have on my wall is  Steve Jobs’ Commencement address given at Stanford University.  In essence, what he said is summarized as follows: “…the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it.”  He also mentioned that if one looks back at the past, that person can see certain events as dots in their lives.  Connect the dots and life becomes miraculous.  Everything makes sense.

I already know what I love to do, and that is creating music.  I need to give my full dedication and effort to make that work.  Me and my talented music partner in crime Wendy Girl are already the driving force(s) behind that goal.  We know it, we want it, we are passionate about it, and there’s no way it will not succeed.  It’s inevitable.   While others, such as Dani, may be at the beginning of the search for that holy grail of passion…..and I know someday significant events will clearly manifest themselves in a big way for talented people  like her.  And I can’t wait to find out how I’ll be privileged enough to be  part of  the  “dots” in another person’s life.

Back to normal….in more ways than one.

September 25, 2009 § Leave a comment

Talking to Wendy after her week long California vacation opened my eyes to a woman more determined and more focused than anyone else  in  accomplishing one specific goal – MUSIC SUCCESS.  I think her attitude, energy and talent have had quite a profound effect on me.  You see, I was blessed with many musical talents, especially in songwriting at such a young age.  But it’s a talent that I  somehow squandered and lost  over time.  A series of life changing events changed all that and now I suddenly see myself pursuing music in a way that I’ve never experienced before.  The biggest positive about this  is that there are adult type things that we don’t learn unless we experience pain.  And thankfully, a lot of pain equals hidden treasures for any artist.

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So, getting back to Wendy’s musical goals, I’m more determined more than ever for us to succeed: her as an artist and me as a songwriter.  I’ve rediscovered my love of playing instruments and channeling various forms of emotional energy and translating all that to writing songs.  And as a bonus, last night I finally rediscovered an old confidence in my singing voice.  Somehow I forgot that I actually sang professionally more than a decade ago and my voice was temporarily reduced to frog-like squeaks and sounds.  Not anymore!

Wendy’s homecoming after a week long absence, and rediscovering my old voice after a decade long sabbatical, bring things back to normal….way long overdue.

Rainbow, Rhymes and Reasons …

September 22, 2009 § Leave a comment

I’ve always believed that rainbows are a sign of great things to come.  This past weekend, Utah has seen an incredible amount of thunderstorms which we all needed.  Lightning and thunder have a way of bringing so much beauty in nature – before, during and after the storm.  I also believe that major turning point type events in a person’s life are like thunderstorms.  Regardless of the outcome: before, during & after a major event is absolutely beautiful at so many levels.  Joy, heartache, stress, love, learn, growth….and most of all, LIFE.  These are a few words I can think of after that type of experience in a person’s life.

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Which brings me to my point. At the end of a major event in my life, I felt a deep inclination to reevaluate what I really wanted to do at this point.  So, I dug up old plans, threw away existing ones and cleared up my schedule to open new avenues to explore.  Somehow that gave my brain and heart that much needed clarity on the projects that I should be pursuing. Feeling that type of newness, passion and inner ephiphanies, I started writing music non-stop like I always do after an emotional turmoil.  Music is what feeds my soul the most and I was able to compose 5 songs within a weekend – so wooo hooo!!!!  Pat in the back for me 🙂  And I supposed this can only benefit my music goals with Wendy – HAHA!

Last night, I worked with Dani to get things rolling with www.beginningfilmmaker.com.  Following an honest SWOT analysis of the venture, I feel like we really have something good to work on. I’m very lucky to be so close to such a smart girl, extremely wise, and giver of the best advice on life.

Afterwards, I talked and hung out with a dear friend and a cool mutual friend.  A good and honest conversation have done wonders, and  I feel like the resolution I was looking for from a recent falling out has come full circle.  I think that I can finally move on to the future amazing projects I’ve been planning on for a while.

Today is the day my website was truly born…

September 20, 2009 § Leave a comment

montage 1Beginning Filmmaker Project with Dani

Today I went online, created a web blog and at the same time officially organized a production company that tracks everything I do in the creative arts. I realized the hard way how intensely exciting and wonderfully rewarding it is to pursue a creative endeavor, but mostly at the expense of another project or goal. I’ve involved myself in many aspects of filmmaking, music, and photography over the years; resulting in some quality compromises and major contribution to an insanely busy life. So, I’ve learned to delegate a lot of responsibilities to people who are more qualified than I am at certain aspects. I’ve also learned to focus more on different segments….one thing at a time.

This blog’s purpose is track my involvement in amazing projects with amazing people. I’ve made a firm promise to myself to only get involved in projects of the highest quality, greatest reward and maximum potential. Check on the above tabs to find out more about each one!!!

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