Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Passion Party #530 - Quarterly Goals

I love quarterly goals.
I love creating goals that are measurable and achievable.
It is so much more fun
than long term goals that I never seem to reach,
losing the weight
or having my first million dollars in the bank...
90 days is a good amount of time.
I can see the goal line
and I can easily make up an action plan
chunk it down
one day at a time
one week at a time
And if I set 3 goals for myself
in the next 90 days
and I take action on all three
but I only achieve one...
what a huge success!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Passion Party #529 - Failure and Endurance

We all face failure.
In the real world everyone does not get a trophy.
People keep score
and there are winners and losers.
Fear of failure can stop many a dream.
If you don't try, you won't fail
but you also kill the chance for success.
I went through the early part of my life
taking jobs that taught me what I did not want to do.
It did not feel like failure
it was more a situation of learning form my mistakes.
Over the years I learned endurance.
Life should not be a sprint,
its a marathon
and I want to be one of the people
that can run 100 miles;
then it is not about winning
it is about personal achievement.
When failure is just a lesson learned
then endurance is often the key to success.

*Come join me tomorrow, at Main Event Masters in San Diego
on Wednesday night at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, CA

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Passion Party #528 - A Dream Realized

You would think after 7 self-produced and released jazz records I would have learned my lesson
but actually each experience has taught me different lessons.
This album started as a thought:
It would be great entertainment to have a jazz band fronted by three singers who could do Andrew Sisters-style 3 part harmony AND also sing in various solo styles.  The show would consist of an evening of jazz and blues, covering the history of vocal jazz styles from the '40s forward.
So the Jazz & Blues Revue was born, initially as a once-a-year special event.
Then after 4+ years of performing clubs and concert halls
there was another thought:
Why not make an album of this material that really captures the talents of this group?
This is not so easy.  A first-class recording of 13 songs with a 9-piece group including 3 singers would definitely cost time and money to produce and release.
In January 2014 I started researching the possibility of using crowd-funding to make this dream happen.
On June 1 we launched our Kickstarter campaign to raise $18,000 to make the recording.
On July 10 the campaign ended,
and over 250 fans had pledged over $20,000.
Two weeks later, with recording budget in the bank,  the band went into the studio and started recording.
Even after dealing with everyone's summer vacation schedules the tracks were all "in the can" by Labor Day.
On September 6  the mixing and mastering process began, along with designing the CD package.
On October 1 the final master, plus all the album artwork went off to DiscMakers, to press the album.
And now 1000 copies of the Jazz & Blues Revue sit in my garage, ready to market.
The official "Release Date" for the George Kahn Jazz & Blues Revue will be November 20
but NOW, on October 22, we get to share our dream with you with our CD Release Party.
I hope you can join me
in  this dream realized.
Wednesday October 22 at 8:00 PM (doors open at 7:00)
6725 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
                                                RSVP for best seats    Call 323-466-2210

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Passion Party #527 - Blessings

For this blessing of strength
 For this blessing of talent
For this blessing of passion
For this blessing of health
For this blessing of desire
For this blessing of intuition
For this blessing of creativity
For this blessing of vision
For this blessing of generosity
For this blessing of support
For this blessing of friends and family
an abundance of blessings
to carry me through this day

Friday, October 3, 2014

Passion Party #526 - Pain and Strength

Some times we are given emotional pain,
we can't see a way out
and we have to dig deep
to find a place of strength  to help us get through.
Some times we are given physical pain,
we have an accident
or our body gives out from "normal" wear and tear
life becomes depressing
we question carrying on.
Some times we seek pain
in the belief that it will motivate us,
pushing us towards a better life.
The pain strengthens  our resolve
and helps us focus on the pleasure to be found
when we get through to the other side.
If pain is the problem,
strength is often the answer
and we need to search inside to find it.
Or maybe pain and strength go hand-in-hand
pushing us forward
to a better life.