Archive for the Life Category

To our newest Followers

Posted in being thankful, followers, Journalism, Life, networking, promoting with tags , , on October 8, 2013 by damngoodtunes

Sometimes we get so caught up in the illusions of our own importance we zip right past the niceties of life and the courtesies we as civilized people should adhere to. So, I want to take a moment and thank those of you who actually took the time to say ” yes , I am interested in being notified whenever you post something “.

We have many readers but none as important as yourselves. Some of you may also follow us on Twitter and Facebook and might have noticed we don’t have that many subscribers. The reason is simple; I / we never have purchased a follower. Rather, we have built a small community where we know and have spoken directly to everyone. Sure, there’s lots more people who read our web magazine, follow the Blogs and are interested in what we do, but the ones who take that extra step, or we say ” hey we’d like to stay in touch with you ” these are the people who will be around for us in the years to come.

So, we thank you. You are not many, but you are mighty.

Bruce J Maier / damngoodtunes.com publisher and owner Continue reading

Musicians Can Give Life

Posted in Clyde Blosl, Donor, Fender guitars, Giving Thanks, Life, Life Center Northwest, Lifesaving, save a life, Talent, Tribute with tags , , , , , on April 22, 2013 by damngoodtunes

Clyde Blosl modified

You may recall the story we did a couple years back about a man named Clyde Blosl, a name you would be hard pressed to find many of in many places of this world, let alone western Washington. Clyde was an exceptional musician and good friend to this writer since an early age. This story continues now, as we learn that Clyde Blosl was an organ donor and, in a way Clyde continues to live on. This report has so inspired me that I can only think of the breadth of applications should musicians throughout the USA, Canada and the rest of the world were to become as caring and giving as was our friend Clyde. And now, as Paul Harvey used to say – is the rest of the story;

On April 15th 2013 this editor-owner was invited to meet with the Governor of Washington State on behalf of the
Blosl family to receive an award acknowledging that Clyde Blosl had donated his organs in order that others might have a better chance at life. In particular, Clyde’s liver was donated to a Mr. Paul Brown, a youth Pastor near Tacoma Washington. On this day, Mr. Brown and his wife met with the Blosl family for the very first time. Tears and hugs were exchanged as much emotion and love filled the room .

Paul Brown - Recipient

Paul Brown – Recipient

Governor Jay Inslee has stepped forward to make Washington state number 1 for designated organ donor endorsements on driver’s licenses – having seen a 22% increase in just a little over a year, ranking the state as number three in the nation to 69 per cent willing to donate and possibly save other lives. Governor Inslee went on to tell us that his own son’s eyesight was restored due to his receiving a corneal implant.

The Incredible team leaders from LifeCenter Northwest work selflessly 24-7 to facilitate all phases and dimensions from logistics to consolation of family members – both donor and recipient. Please visit their website by clicking the Life Center Northwest Logo in this feature

Local regional newspaper, The Daily Chronicle with reporter Lisa Broadt had contacted me the week prior to the event and arranged a pre-meeting between Clyde Blosl’s brother Richard, Lisa and myself. We were all together for the entire day at the Capitol building and later over at Providence St. Peter’s Hospital in Lacey for more of the ceremony and the meetings of the Brown and Blosl families. Ms. Broadt’s coverage of the story encompassed two full-paged articles in the Daily Chronicle, providing excellent advertisement for the Life Center Northwest and the importance of organ donation at large.

We sincerely appreciate the cooperation with Lisa Broadt, The Daily Chronicle – Chronline.com and mutual concerns shared with and about my dear friend Clyde Blosl

Life Center Northwest

Life Center Northwest

www.lcnw.org

Richard Blosl - Clyde's brother with Paul Brown

Richard Blosl – Clyde’s brother with Paul Brown

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee and writer Bruce Maier

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee and writer Bruce Maier

Learn The Basics with Linda Harborth

Posted in Indie Music, Life, Management, songwriter with tags , , on January 5, 2012 by damngoodtunes

Linda harborth - Contributing Journalist

Just like anything else in life – learn the basics. Practice what you learn. This is your foundation. Learn song structure. Join organizations like NSAI and local groups. Reach out and find a mentor or two. Learn to network. Take songwriting courses and buy foundation books. You need a library of inspiration to fall back on from time to time. I also like biography books about musicians. There are hidden gems in them. Find your groove….be it an emotion, a fabulous song or a thought in your head. Write it down before it flies away. Have a working file of all of these. Find a time every day to sit down and write. There will be times when nothing happens – so be it. It’s the effort made everyday. Write, write, write. Then put it away – let it simmer – then re-look with fresh eyes. Some of my work has taken years before it was ready to be recorded. Don’t rush – let the work tell you when it’s ready. Build a catalog of your work. Be part of the world. Become a people watcher. Try new things. Listen to the radio. Find out why you love certain songs and hate others. Use that song as your inspiration – to figure out how you can change the lyrics/music to be yours. Listen more and talk less. Listen to what others suggest – give it a try – but if it’s not working for you, listen to your inner you. Learn what makes “you” tick. Spend time alone. Always have a recorder or pen and paper with you. Don’t ever think you know everything about this craft. It’s a life time adventure. Writing is my therapy. It’s a love/hate relationship. This is probably the hardest field to choose. You will have many more negative comments or worse yet – no comments than successes. Learn to live with it and go on. There are some really flaky people in this field. Take time to decompress, eat right, get enough sleep and don’t be too hard on yourself. Give yourself time. Time to think, understand and sometimes just “be”. You are a work in progress. Find your balance, Complacency or stress will both kill your spirit. Strive for excellence but accept your failures. Learn from your failures. I need to have a goal. It helps me stay focused. There’s a saying, “You don’t learn from your successes. You learn from your failures.” Find out what you love and are good at and hire/find the best of the rest. Above all, remember the golden rule – treat others the way you would like to be treated yourself.

Contact Linda: lsharborth@gmail.com

Thanks for the comments and e-mails

Posted in Hereafter, Karma, Life with tags on April 23, 2011 by damngoodtunes

Our story about our friend Clyde Blosl which we have published in damngoodtunes.com, here at WordPress and also my own personal band site has received a lot of love and attention and so I want to thank you all. As I just mentioned to a subscriber, Clyde’s life was not in vain, for he made his mark and spread a lot of love and good music around.

Many of us writers and aspiring ” superstars ” aim for the big time with all the fame and fortune but really, what is the ” big time ” ? At the end of this part of life’s journey if your book notes are inscribed
as inspirational , loved, loving, kind, fair, compassionate, trustworthy and perhaps even talented…then hey – you’ve had the greatest existence most could ever hope for. Life is not about the money or the things we aquire while we’re here. We can’t take any of it with us. ( didn’t work out so hot for King Tut did it? ) When we come into this world with nothing but skin and blood corsing through our veins and yet we can rise above the sea of sameness and create love and relationships, and a respect line of those that are left in pain when it is our time to go…then we’ve really had a great life and figured it all out along our pathway. Maybe Clyde didn’t know how much he was worth but in the end it was known by all who knew him.

Have a great Easter no matter what your faith. Just use this time to be closer with your family and friends. We never know when we might get that last long-distance call.
Peace