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The Small Moments Matter

The small moments matter.
 
"It's hard to believe that small moments matter when we're so focused on conquering big and great things.  But I've learned that the key to performing any great feat is actually by mastering a series of small feats along the way. So have patience.  Step by step, strive for excellence in every moment, even the small ones.  And when you start doing small things in a big way, the greatness you seek is bound to find you."


Big Moment for me: I've been invited to teach for the first time in Europe!  I'll be hosting an inversion workshop at Italia Power Yoga in Florence, Italy next month. (Fun fact: Americans refer to the city as "Florence" but it's "Firenze" in Italian) Check out this cool boutique studio in Firenze  :)
 
Small Moment for me: I begin my study of jazz piano this week! My first lesson is on Thursday and I'm more of a classical pianist so of course I'm kinda nervous, but I'm also excited - I teach so much these days that it's nice sometimes to just be a student and learn. 
 
Here's the interesting thing: It's the moment after moment after moment of being a diligent student where I collect the teaching tools I then use to be an effective teacher.  And being an effective and inspiring teacher earns me opportunities to expand my business to far away, and exciting places like Firenze.  
 
So yeah, the small moments do add up – and they do lead to the big moments!  Pay attention to the opportunity you have in this moment, because each tiny opportunity becomes the next stepping stone to your greatness.  (Do I dare say that the small moments are your greatness?)
 
Remember this month to celebrate every victory, especially the small ones.  

I'll be here cheering you on,
Andrew

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If You Want Something Different for Your Life...

...then you'll have to do something different to get it.  I know it's scary to try and do something that seems so impossible, but the more we practice letting go of what we know to move towards something different, more often than not we surprise ourselves with what is actually possible. And when we tap into the possibilities from the inside, we come closer to realization that when we put our mind to it anything is possible on the outside too.

2017 - Unlock Your Potential

My 2017 intention is to unlock my potential.

What does that mean?  Well, in everything I do - the creative arts, health and fitness, my spiritual practice - I will strive to be my best, loving self. I will allow these parts of me that seem broken and disconnected - my music, yoga, travel, philosophy, and writing - to coalesce this year into a force that is authentically me and no one else.

I will also be open to new possibilities, and new paths that I never dared to go down.  And so, I open 2017 with a type of music video I have never made before - a commercial video that I musically scored - an online video promo for the construction company RSDC:

 My hope is that when I unleash my talents, unhinged and without fear, that this new light (and truly more like this "uncovered light"), through openness, honesty, and vulnerablity will inspire others to become their true authentic selves too.

And so I hope this new music video and New's Year intention inspires you to unlock your potential - that it motivates to discover your true and natural light, whatever beauty that may be.  Here's to the biggest and brightest year yet.  Happy 2017!! 

 

Portland Show Success!

Portland was a blast! Thanks so much to everyone who came out to support!! Up next - York, PA #music #musicislife #song #singer #singersongwriter #originalmusic #acoustic #acousticmusic #piano #pianist #albumrelease #pdx #pdxmusic #portlandoregon

OPUS 1 - Now on ITunes

Opus 1 is officially available on ITunes!   https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/opus-1-ep/id1114161328   Many talented people were a huge part of this process and deserve a big thank you from me:   Mark Winkler  - my songwriting mentor who constantly pushes me to be lyrically honest and articulate   Rob Seals  - owner of the songwriting school who's lent an ear and provided a safe space for me to write (and re-write) many of these songs   Jamieson Trotter  - teacher extraordinaire who inspires me to create instrumental arrangements that reflect my musical background and strengths   Jonas Petersen  - whose amazing production and mixing skills you'll hear on this album.   Reuben Cohen  - who always does a killer job with mastering and is always a pleasure to work with   Josh Hankey  - who helped me reinvent the sound of this EP and in many ways was my biggest supporter   Chelsea Foster  - who did all the graphic design work, and who I love working with!   Kevin Frenzel  - the best photographer I've worked with who captured the pose on the front cover  And finally to everyone who has supported me over the years in creating this art - thank you. You guys truly inspire me to keep on making music, and none of this would ever be heard without you.   ‪#‎music‬   ‪#‎musician‬   ‪#‎song‬   ‪#‎songwriter‬   ‪#‎acoustic‬   ‪#‎piano‬   ‪#‎pianist‬  ‪#‎singersongwriter‬   ‪#‎musicislife‬   ‪#‎musiclife‬   ‪#‎album‬   ‪#‎DIY‬   ‪#‎indiemusic‬  ‪#‎popmusic‬   ‪#‎pop‬   ‪#‎classical‬

Opus 1 is officially available on ITunes!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/opus-1-ep/id1114161328

Many talented people were a huge part of this process and deserve a big thank you from me:

Mark Winkler - my songwriting mentor who constantly pushes me to be lyrically honest and articulate

Rob Seals - owner of the songwriting school who's lent an ear and provided a safe space for me to write (and re-write) many of these songs

Jamieson Trotter - teacher extraordinaire who inspires me to create instrumental arrangements that reflect my musical background and strengths

Jonas Petersen - whose amazing production and mixing skills you'll hear on this album.

Reuben Cohen - who always does a killer job with mastering and is always a pleasure to work with

Josh Hankey - who helped me reinvent the sound of this EP and in many ways was my biggest supporter

Chelsea Foster - who did all the graphic design work, and who I love working with!

Kevin Frenzel - the best photographer I've worked with who captured the pose on the front cover

And finally to everyone who has supported me over the years in creating this art - thank you. You guys truly inspire me to keep on making music, and none of this would ever be heard without you.

‪#‎music‬ ‪#‎musician‬ ‪#‎song‬ ‪#‎songwriter‬ ‪#‎acoustic‬ ‪#‎piano‬ ‪#‎pianist‬‪#‎singersongwriter‬ ‪#‎musicislife‬ ‪#‎musiclife‬ ‪#‎album‬ ‪#‎DIY‬ ‪#‎indiemusic‬‪#‎popmusic‬ ‪#‎pop‬ ‪#‎classical‬

1 More Day

Tomorrow my album Opus 1 will be available on ITunes. Thank you to everyone who's supported me in the process. I can't wait to share my art with you all tomorrow.   ‪#‎music‬     ‪#‎musicislife‬     ‪#‎musiclife‬     ‪#‎song‬     ‪#‎songwriter‬     ‪#‎singer‬  ‪#‎singersongwriter‬     ‪#‎voice‬     ‪#‎vocals‬     ‪#‎piano‬     ‪#‎pianist‬     ‪#‎popmusic‬     ‪#‎classical‬

Tomorrow my album Opus 1 will be available on ITunes. Thank you to everyone who's supported me in the process. I can't wait to share my art with you all tomorrow. ‪#‎music‬ ‪#‎musicislife‬ ‪#‎musiclife‬ ‪#‎song‬ ‪#‎songwriter‬ ‪#‎singer‬‪#‎singersongwriter‬ ‪#‎voice‬ ‪#‎vocals‬ ‪#‎piano‬ ‪#‎pianist‬ ‪#‎popmusic‬ ‪#‎classical‬

I'm Heading Home - Portland Show!

In less than 2 weeks, I will be digitally releasing my new album Opus 1. Although I've been writing and arranging music for the past 7 years, this body of work truly feels like my first. It is more than fitting then, that my first CD Release party will take place in the city where I grew up.

Portland friends - I am coming home!! The Opus 1 album release will be at the Atlantis Lounge next to the Mississippi Pizza Pub on June 12 at 5pm. All ages venue, and no cover charge (donations welcome)

Invitations coming shortly...hope to see you there!

‪#‎Opus1‬ ‪#‎pdx‬ ‪#‎PortlandOR‬ ‪#‎music‬ ‪#‎album‬ ‪#‎singersongwriter‬ ‪#‎piano‬‪#‎voice‬ ‪#‎pianoandvocals‬ ‪#‎CDRelease‬ ‪#‎albumreleaseparty‬ ‪#‎atlantislounge‬‪#‎mississippipizzapub‬ ‪#‎themississippipub‬

PORTLAND, OR - Here I come!

In less than 2 weeks, I will be digitally releasing my new album Opus 1. Although I've been writing and arranging music for the past 7 years, this body of work truly feels like my first. It is more than fitting then, that my first CD Release party will take place in the city where I grew up.

Portland friends - I am coming home!! The Opus 1 album release will be at the Atlantis Lounge next to the Mississippi Pizza Pub on June 12 at 5pm. All ages venue, and no cover charge (donations welcome)

Invitations coming shortly...hope to see you there!

‪#‎Opus1‬ ‪#‎pdx‬ ‪#‎PortlandOR‬ ‪#‎music‬ ‪#‎album‬ ‪#‎singersongwriter‬ ‪#‎piano‬‪#‎voice‬ ‪#‎pianoandvocals‬ ‪#‎CDRelease‬ ‪#‎albumreleaseparty‬ ‪#‎atlantislounge‬‪#‎mississippipizzapub‬ ‪#‎themississippipub‬

Champion Spotlight Profile #1 - Diane Padre

Champion Spotlight Profile #1 - Diane Padre

I met Diane when we were students at USC. We both were involved in the Filipino Club Troy Philippines, and one of her best friends (still to this day)Amanda Arce became my ading or "little sibling" in a matchup mentor program. Amanda, Diane and I quickly bonded and have kept in touch ever since.

My first impression of Diane was that she was unwaveringly positive and a hard worker. She was constantly smiling, open to new people and new conversations. As we continued to keep in touch throughout the years, I noticed she regularly posted on social media about her involvement in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. And of course I was so honored when she submitted video for the music video for my new single - Champion.

Diane says that Jiu Jitsu grounds her. Not only have the people in her studio become like family (she been invited to many of their weddings!) but the art itself teaches you to be present - to make real time decisions based on "what is": your own body and its current capabilities, the moves/positioning of your opponent, and the exact physical and mental situation you both find yourselves in.

She also says her study of the craft has pushed her to become more present and a better decision maker on and off the mat, and it shows in all the things she does. Diane is currently in medical school - studying to become a family doctor who also specializes in sports medicine - is an avid piano player, and devotes much of her time and attention to her family. Despite being a woman of many talents, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been a huge part of her life for the last 8 years and counting.

Diane says a champion is someone who never quits, who never gives up despite the hardships. A champion works hard everyday and despite the current difficulties, looks forward to a better tomorrow.

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If you'd like to submit video for ‪#‎Champion‬, private message me and I'll send you details as to how you can contribute. And if you know of anyone who would be great for this video, please spread the word!!

I will get up, hold my head up, I won't let up
No I won't be broken, i'll keep going
Cause I know that I'm a Champion


Opus 1 #Champion

‪#‎USC‬ ‪#‎Trojans‬ ‪#‎FightOn‬ ‪#‎Filipino‬ ‪#‎Troyphi‬ ‪#‎BrazillianJiuJitsu‬‪#‎mindfulness‬ ‪#‎positivity‬ ‪#‎doctor‬ ‪#‎musician‬

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