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There Is No Magic Formula

Add a headingI LOVE the Rival Sons. Yes, the caps are necessary so strongly it is I feel about this band and yes, I am too old to fan girl, but I do over them. Have you seen Jay Buchanan perform? Ahem, anyway, they recorded a song called “Keep on Swinging” and it is the perfect anthem to what our work ethic should be. The lyrics say, “Gonna keep my head down, and keep on swingin.”

To me, this symbolizes the man praying and hoping, but continuing to work toward his goal. And no matter what we do, this is how we should go about it. I feel like some of us are being taken to the cleaners for stuff that promises some kind of miracle or secret formula that if we can just perform correctly, all our wildest dreams will come true. Not so. Where I come from, they used to call these people snake oil salesmen, which reminds me of a Steve Earle song I dearly love called Snake Oil, but I digress.

Don’t beat yourself up if you’re trying all this stuff and it’s not working, just don’t quit! Pray, meditate, visualize, set your intentions, whatever it is you do for your soul, and work hard, keep learning.

Incidentally, Rival Sons have been recording kick ass music since 2009 and only just this week reached number 1 on the Billboard charts. The only other time they even made the chart was with Keep on Swinging in 2013. There’s a lot to be said for hanging in there.

Get Up and Get Back On


As children, we rode on bicycles with no helmets and sailed downhill on paved surfaces as fast as we could possibly go and even when we crashed and came to a sliding halt face first, we didn’t quit. We got back on.

We got back at each other by seeing who could stay on the merry-go-round the longest and not hurl. Or else who could stay on the longest with twenty people pushing it and not die. And we got back on.

We did penny drops from the highest freaking bar on the death trap they liked to call the monkey bars. We fell face first into the gravel and broke our nose and bled all over ourselves. Guess what? WE GOT BACK ON!

Are you seeing a theme, here? You get knocked down, knocked off, dragged through the mud. You get up and you get back on. 😉

But how? How, when you are hurt, or you are embarrassed or afraid?

You talk hard to life. You get competitive with it and tell it that it’s not gonna beat you. It may get the upper hand once in a while, but you are the freaking master!  Because it’s us against life, my friend, not each other, and we’re all out here just trying to stay on.

Drive All Night

Divide and Conquer PlaylistHere’s a few bands that’ll make you feel like you could turn the world over.

  1. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
  2. Open My Eyes – Rival Sons
  3. Storm Cussin’ – Black Pistol Fire
  4. Hook, Line, & Sinker – Royal Blood
  5. California – The Delta Saints
  6. All Over The Road – Rival Sons
  7. Ain’t No Easy Way – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  8. Beat the Devil’s Tattoo – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Drive All Night Spotify Playlist

10 Epic Ways to Kickstart Your Brain

10 _PIC WAYS TO KICKSTART YOUR BRAINLet’s face it, sometimes your brain goes on hiatus. Whether it’s from stress, not enough sleep, or because you dropped too much acid in ages past, sometimes you need a little something to get the juices flowing. (I mentally slapped my hand for that one. 🙂 )

Here are some tips to wake that creative monster and get him/her back to work.

1.GO OUTSIDE WHEN IT’S STORMING. Now, please don’t get struck by lightning, but if you do, WRITE IT DOWN!

2.LISTEN TO AUDIO BOOKS WHILE YOU SLEEP. There’s a great website that has all the classics for free! Here’s the link LibriVox.

3.LET YOUR HAIR GO CRAZY. I swear sometimes, the crazier my hair is, the more creative I get. Einstein was onto a lot of shit, man.

4.GO FOR A DRIVE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. There’s something mystical about country roads on a moonlit night and if you play your cards right, you might get rewarded with more than a boost in your creativity.

5.TAKE A NAP. I don’t know anything about sleep states, but that dreamstate you get in when you’re just a little sleepy but not tired enough to get into a deep sleep, is gold! Whenever I just barely nod off, I have all kinds of dreams and I can remember them in vivid detail.

6.GET DOWN TO IT. If you can, as soon as you get out of bed, go write or paint or whatever it is you do creatively. Sometimes, this is THE prime time to be working. (DON’T SHOWER FIRST, GET COFFEE AND GET TO IT. WHO CARES?)

7.BUILD A FIRE. Campfires make me wax nostalgic and I’ll be the first to admit that a fire is a hypnotizing element that makes you slow down and think.

8.MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF. Being alone is not always a bad thing. Unplug and go for a walk all by your lonesome. The quiet can help you sift through the noisiness of everyday life so you can get to the good stuff.

9.PRETEND THAT NOBODY’S LOOKING. If you can convince yourself that no one is ever, never, ever going to see what you’re working on, then the monster will come out to play. I think sometimes, we get so scared of what others think that we are afraid to be ourselves and that’s just sad. It’d be a boring ass world if we were all the same. DO YOU!

10.KEEP A SECRET BOX. Or file or notebook or whatever. Keep snippets of ideas, dialogue, locations, photos, character names, cool titles you come up with, bits of descriptive narrative you jot on napkins, lines of internal monologue that come to you when you’re vacuuming, you know, EVERYTHING. Then whenever you’re dry, you can sit down and play with your box. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. Put these ideas in random order and see what happens. I think you’ll come up with something brilliant!