Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tim Price Bloggin' for Rico- The decision to try.

There is a nice chill in the air as October arrives,enjoyable and a welcome. Everyone has dreams. Whether they are big or small, they have vast importance in our lives. However, the procrastinator in all of us doesn't have to win. The Little Engine That Could was on to something with the whole "I think I can" mentality. With just a little bit of planning, accomplishing a goal is a simple task.
Start working toward your goals today. Ask yourself, "What can I do today to get one step ahead, however small, closer to achieving my goals?" Stay focused and believe in yourself even if others do not believe in you.Define and describe your goal. Write down when you want to achieve it. Write down the reasons why you want it. Write down what it would feel like after you have achieved it and write down your accomplished goals Figure out exactly what it will take to get it. Be realistic about the time things will take. Many people don't allow themselves enough time, and give up too soon.Once you've broken down your goal into pieces, write down the steps on a piece of paper to make sure you have everything thought out. One of the worst things that can happen is you're almost to the point of your goal, but you're not sure what to do next. Also, give yourself deadlines for each step. Otherwise, you'll end up procrastinating and never achieving your dream.
Visualize. Close your eyes and imagine yourself accomplishing your goals. Where are you? How did you get there? How do you feel? Do this often. Don’t get swayed easily with the noise and happenings going on outside. Put your attention on what you are trying to achieve. Remember the goal, and you will have control over the discomforts and difficulties.. Now that you have the momentum going, don't let it stop! Some steps may seem less exciting than others seem, but make sure to stick to your plan until the end! Avoid distractions and stay focused. Don't allow yourself to be distracted by other energy consuming efforts.Be positive. Always believe that you will achieve your goal. As soon as you stop believing, you have already failed.BUT- Keep trying. as Phil Woods once told me - " If you don't try you die."
Don't forget the words of Lao-Tze: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Put Lao and Phil's words together in your mind...you can't loose!
~~ My gig last Friday in NYC was a good example of this energy put to good use. To try and step forward.I woke up Saturday morning, feeling very happy and very fulfilled.A late night drive from Manhattan to my Pa. home was very relaxing, reflecting back on the day with John Gross.It was great to add this experience to my process and journey. I took a two hour multiphonics lesson with John, as well. My goal was to play with John of course...but also create a musicians for the music vibe, and the room at Robertos that I rented, and the audience were just perfect. The room is on the 4th floor- so the windows < behind us> were nice ambiance too. All in all mission accomplished- I am truly inspired. And playing with Putter and Billy was heaven.By the way- we had a listening crowd to which was a joy. You see,life in music was what I desired most in my youth.It was natural, I heard players like Gerry Mulligan whom my teacher in my home town at one time taught. I am so grateful to my musical upbringing and feel honored to continue on my journey.
~ So my vibe is this...You have to realize that some things you have to do yourself.It's about the music. Remember there's ....jazz the art form....and jazz the business. I function in both, but to get a handle on my dreams, you need to step front and try. I wanted to play with John, and Putter and Billy. You don't get things by trying to be king of the hill on the'net...or spending 24-7 in talk groups. NO! Plus when the computer is turned off...them what? LOL. To try is the ultimate. It works. Try it. ~ Till next week- Enjoy this beautiful October. ~ Tim Price
PS- Top picture of John & Tim by Big Dave Wilson. Picture below...in RW aka Roberto's...is John Gross- Tim Price and a long time bro' and asset to this industry, as a repair artist and knowledgeable insightful man- Anthony Salimbene. Good times!


  1. Tim, Very inspirational post. Needed it on a day like this at my non-inspiring job. Also, great time on Friday night.