Sound Matter Moments

Mixing Music, Marketing, & Motivation Topics with Rock n’ Roll References…

SMM: Wake Me Up

A “Sound Matter Moment” It’s happening more and more… Recently, I found myself turning up (just a little bit) a Wham song I heard playing on one of those “we play everything” radio stations. That’s right, Wham, featuring the late, great George Michael… (there goes all my “street cred”…!) I know what you’re thinking… f@cking Wham?? Believe me, that’s…

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SMM: Gettin’ Better**

A “Sound Matter Moment” It’s what we’re all charged with… getting better at 1) that which feeds us, and 2) that which ails us. Two important, yet very different things for sure. First, the continual improvement and growth of our talents and skills to elevate our performance in our fields of expertise, be it our…

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SMM: It Don’t Come Easy

A “Sound Matter Moment” What’s the message when things come easy for you?  When good fortune or good luck seems to come out of nowhere? Are these things “supposed to be?” Is it fate or destiny? Or, are they of lesser value because little effort was put forth? What about when things don’t come easy?  When…

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SMM: Human Behavior**

A”Sound Matter Moment” The ego has the power to fuel you and fool you simultaneously. The ego is what drives the best and worst of all human behavior. Yes, there’s a time and a place to super-charge the ego. But there’s also a time and a place to keep it in-check. It’s a balance that’s elusive to say…

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SMM: Under Pressure

A “Sound Matter Moment” Here’s a high school Chemistry class question: What happens to matter when you reduce the volume or the space of the container it’s in? The answer: The pressure inside goes up. So the smaller the space = the greater the pressure. For many, their worlds, and world (views) are very, very small;…

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SMM: Let It Be

The single most important breakthrough that recovery has provided me is one of self-awareness. To deliberately raise my awareness and honestly look at 1) myself, 2) my behaviors, and 3) my resulting consequences coming from each, is a gift I never knew I needed, nor or wanted. In the AA Big Book, Step 9 reads: “Made direct amends to…

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SMM: I Don’t Care Anymore

What do you really want? Really… And how READY are you to go get it? If you’re simply hoping and wishing and wanting things to come true, or come through for you right now… Stop. Care enough to care less about the end result, and start to care more about the EXECUTION of the steps of the journey,…

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SMM: That Smell**

A “Sound Matter Moment” Addiction stinks… You can smell it… literally and figuratively. It stinks literally because of the undeniable stench that often accompanies a chronic user of chemicals of any type. It stinks figuratively because it pollutes most everything around it. It stinks because it’s often brushed under the carpet. It stinks because it’s often…

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SMM: Time Waits For No One**

A “Sound Matter Moment” I’m always looking for overlooked deep tracks to feature on Sound Matters Radio, I discovered the undiscovered gem, “Time Waits for No One” from the Rolling Stones’ 1974 It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll album while listening to the excellent, The Deep End Radio Show with legendary radio host, Nick Michaels. This moody Stones tune…

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SMM: Just Got Lucky

A “Sound Matter Moment” Everyone’s heard the aphorism: Be careful what you wish for… you just might get it. Some call it “getting lucky.” Others call it hard work. Sometimes it’s a little bit of both as indicated by the equation: Luck = Preparation + Opportunity. I agree with this formula, BUT… it’s also important to…

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SMM: Everybody Wants Some

C’mon, be honest. You’ve been there… Air-guitaring in the mirror, singing in the shower, steering wheel drumming and driving… It’s a universal passion. Everybody wants some, because everybody wants to be a rock star… so-to-speak. But while not everyone is destined to be onstage, everyone has the potential to be a “rock star” in the real-world, on their own stage……

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SMM: One In A Million

The original Appetite For Destruction-era Guns N’ Roses line-up is arguably the most notorious band in rock and roll history. Their drug use and abuse is well-documented along with the infamous in-fighting and animosity between band members, past and present. Despite, or perhaps because of, the volatile nature of the band’s personalities, GN’R has sat…

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