The writing of ‘The musician samurai code is still going on. Such a project can take time but I use my travel time and sleepless nights hours to go on through this very important project I’d like to end up in months to come.
I’ve just finished a fourth chapter (‘This book’) which is the book’s first chapter.
In this first part of the book, I talk about the purpose of the book, how it should be perceived and used by musicians and how I happened to start such an unusual coaching psychology guide.
I talk also about myself and the parts of my personal stroy that got me to write this book and how it came up as an obviousnness.
The quest is going on as the fifth chapter’s writing already began.
It will be about how to handle relationships in a band or in an orchestra.
Let me know your thoughts through my contact page.
- This book
- Mentors and disciples
- Mastery of the art
- The responsability weapon
- On the battlefield
- Walk on the right side
- Hard emotions
- Zen musical philosophy
- Zen in a battle
- A samurai’s business
- Band of brothers
- And in the end
I’ve been lately asked what my 35 next years will be made of and dedicated to.
Coach and Psychologist Alyson Whybrow asked me the question on Twitter (@alysonwhybrow) and, since I help people to design their professional or personal life, I figured out the question was more than relevant.
Of course I’m not a fortune teller and I indeed know we hardly have any control regarding what will happen to us.
However, as I allowed myself to be happy (see my story), I’m now able to write small action plans so to live a life that will respect my values and psychological and physical needs.
As I already put it in a previous post about projects of mine, planning far over 1 year it’s quite impossible to do because we change from month to month. The flow of our lives makes us different day after day and what was true yesterday is not that true today.
Nevertheless being hungry regarding life and keepig our dreams alive is a good thing to be a great life-designer even if, eventually, things won’t happen to 100% the way we’ve planned them.
So if I had to say what I’d want my 35 next years to be from now on, I would write down the list hereafter. As you’ll see by yourself, I try not to separate the several aspects of my life and personality for that each one has an influence on the others.
It’s like a flow made of dreams, emotions, desires and strong willing that balances itself from one item to another.
- Improve my psychology skills to be a better coach
- Improve my English
- Improve my Spanish
- Explore Zen and martial arts for fun and for coaching practice
- Travel and meet people from around the world
- Help Y generation people to find their place in this crazy world
- Help people to get out of the matrix if they want to
- Help young enginneers to be pragmatic and concrete
- Meet and swim with Manta Rays
- Have great concerts with my band
- Improve my watercolor and painting skills
- Write a science-fiction novel
- Write comic books scripts
- Be an actor from time to time
- Write and play a stand-up one-man-show
- Work as a coach in French and International environment
- Attend International few congresses such as 3rd International Congress of Coaching Psychology
- End to write the musician samurai code
- Write a coaching book for divers
General Purpose and Personal path
- Help people to go on through their life
- Use my brain, potential, skills and commitment to 100% so to have no regrets
- Dive into my emotions to find better serenity
- Know myself better, figure what my true needs are and canalize my energy
- Be dependable for my family and relatives
- Build up a new family
The chapter is dedicated to the mastery of the art of music through workout and theory studies.
The chapter focuses on the fact that trying to learn every technique and every piece of musical theory is not a very productive and efficient way to enter a continuous and vertuous circle of improvement.
I let you enjoy the beginning of this first excerpt that deals with obsessive workout that becomes a mental deadlock for some musicians who don’t think about anything but technique.
I’m looking forward to reading your comments about these excerpts.
“An universal modern zen guide for everlasting artistic fighting souls”
Enter the learning circle, improve yourself,
embrace your destiny, let it go and eventually … reach success
I actually started to write my next book (followers voted for project#2) which is a modern zen and practical guide dedicated to musicians so to help them to live a better life and change their 35 next musical years.
The book has its own dedicated page here where you will also find complete excerpts of chapters.
The following bits of this book you’ll find hereafter are about learning how to play an instrument through the vision of a mentor rather than a teacher’s.
However you can read all of the excerpts of this book on its dedicated page into which I will fill in new exrcepts as the writing will be going on.
I’m looking forward to reading your comments and thoughts about this first lines.
Mentors and disciples
When you start playing music –assuming that you are gifted enough – you don’t really need a teacher to show you how to play the songs you love. You just have to get yourself an acoustic guitar or a small keyboard and start to play. Perhaps will you have to complete this with a basic chords shapes textbook but it won’t take that a long time before you start playing basic songs and get a great deal of pleasure and good feelings back.
It will help you not to be repelled or frustrated because you’d have made some wrong decisions. Let’s face the music : starting to play an instrument can be a tough adventure and at some point, even though you love music, your instrument can become very repellent. Any musician could tell you that, gifted or not when you start to play you have to hang in tough to your passion because odds and desperation are waiting for you on the road.
There are a lot of people outside who are waiting for you and who want to help you to be a better musician. Unfortunately many of them are great specialists in musical-teaching-horse-assery.
Teachers teach; mentors share.
A mentor is someone who inspires us and who helps us to be ourself rather than be him. He makes feel us better musicians and each time he speaks we seem to grow and learn new things over and over again. Through his vision of music he helps us to develop our own skills and abilities and not to reproduce his.
Two musical phrases of his can make us workout for a week. You could feel dumb after listening to a teacher but you always be feeling smart with a mentor. A mentor is someone who has nothing to prove and everything to give. He’s the exact opposite of a teacher.
See all excerpts of the book on the dedicated page right here.
The beginning of the writing of a book is always a very particular and exciting moment.
It’s a period of time where everything seems possible as ideas, concepts and virtual chapters pops out of your mind at every possible unexpected moment.
It can wake you at 3:00 am or it happens when you’re at a restaurant with some friends of yours and you don’t have any kind of pen or any bit of pencil to write it down before it vanishes as quickly as it came out.
Fortunately, it will come back.
As far as I’m concerned, since then, before I actually start to write the chapters of my book, I usually enter a primary building process that stands upon 5 specific steps : structure, path, sources, rest, consolidation.
I always begin with a small and light table of contents, throwing down on a sheet of paper the first ideas that come to me.
This step is based on a few questions I ask to myself :
- What’s the starting point ?
- Where do I want to go ?
- What story and things do I want to tell people about ?
- How this book could be any different from every other book dealing with the same topic ?
- How can I propose a book nobody ever thought or dare writing before ?
- If I wasn’t the author, what would I want to read and learn from the man or woman who’d have wrote it ?
This step is very important because it allows me to see if I believe in the project. It also helps me to identify if I’m gonna take pleasure to write the book and to know if I will be satisfied once the book published.
This backbone will have a strong impact for the writing because, if I’m not fond of what I’m going to do, nobody will.
Just so you know, the first draft summary for the musicians’ self-help and motivation guide I put online is right here : download.
I don’t read theorical self-improvement books.
I just read books in which the author tells with honesty what he did, what he tried, what he failed and what he achieved.
Such books create a specific link between the reader and the author as the first one will identify himself in the story of the second one.
This kind of books generates fan, community, sharing behavior and give hope to any reader.
That’s what I felt whent I read Tim FERRISS’ 4 hour workweek book.
It helped me for several parts of my life, it inspired me, it gave me strength and made me think to myself “At least, someone put in a book what I was not able to say on my own”
As a matter of fact, as an author, I try to stick to such an author’s state of mind.
Hence, I try to pick up in my own story, issues or successes I’ve been through that could help readers to clearly get my point.
Moreover, it’s important for to stay connected to reality. So, as I explained in the books section, I’m not a guru and don’t want to be perceived as a ‘Follow-me-and-all-your-troubles-will-disappear”-man.
For me, the purpose is to help people by connecting my personal growth skills with what I lived, what I tested and what impassions me.
For the musicians’ guide book I will dig in my own musician path, my management skills, my passion for martial arts and zen philosophy.
Humbleness is a must and life is about learning continuously.
I can’t imagine writing a book without being aware of some other author’s point of view.
That’s the reason why I focus tightly on books I call ‘killer” books.
By that, I mean tooks that rule and give you new ideas, new visions, new perceptions and reveals some leads for your book you wouldn’t have even think about.
By the way, I always connect these books I read with music, dvd, footages I see incidentally, Comic books and so on and so forth.
At this moment, as I my mind is definitely oriented to my goal, I try to capture every sign, every piece of information, every color, sound or feeling, whatever, that could bring something a piece of my own DNA in the book I’m ready to start writing.
Should I explain that ?
My brain is my force. So I have to take care of it.
Moreover, all of this is about having fun.
So I have to enjoy my own journey to give the best of me eventually.
It’s time to mix up all of this and put it all together so to consolidate the initial table of contents.
And the writing can start.