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Create More Than You Consume

Happy October!  (I know, October already?!?)   

This fall I find myself absorbed in a number of creative projects - from collecting selfie videos of people without shirts on for my new music video "Shirtless" (yes I want your video too!), to leading my 40 hour yoga training Yoga Masterminds, to making connections at various film festivals around the country that have screened my 2016 dance film Not Immune (the pic below is from Cinema Diverse in Palm Springs, CA).

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This recent work load has gotten me thinking about a key concept that I believe can help all of us creatives to move forwards in any project we have on our plate: we must create more than we consume.

It's obvious that if you want to lose 10 pounds, a greater input of calories vs. output of calories would prevent you from getting to your health goal. Taking this idea further, I believe that a greater input of ideas and information compared to your output also prevents you from reaching your career or personal goals.  

In other words, to ensure progress, don't just be a passive receptor of information and ideas (listening to podcasts, reading books on social phenomenon, tuning into NPR etc.).  It's only when we take those experiences and create our own concrete products and services that we become more skilled and expert at what we do.  

Progress can only happen when we create more than we consume.

I'll end with this: I'm definitely not saying that when we commit to creating that everything goes smoothly and that it all just "works out".  In fact, I actually think the inevitable twists and turns we encounter on the path help us to build the muscles and wisdom we need for the next, more complicated, and bigger adventure ahead.

So continue to create more than you consume and watch your work and life transform into all that you want it to be.

I'm here cheering you on,
Andrew

PS. Here are some inspiring things a few of my friends creating these days:

Cave Day (my productive friends Jake Kahana, Jeremy Redleaf, and Molly Sonsteng)

The Joy List (the ever so joyful NYC based Jillian Richardson)

24 Violins (talented music producer Jonas Petersen)

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Fore!!! Four more days until the debut of the CHAMPION music video!

Fore! Yes!! 4 more days until the debut of the music video for my song Champion. The piece will feature 38 athletes from all over the world, including funny man golfer  Yves Nicollier   Opus 1  ‪#‎Champion‬    ‪#‎championopus‬  1  ‪#‎golf‬   ‪#‎golfer‬   ‪#‎golfswing‬   ‪#‎anthem‬   ‪#‎music‬   ‪#‎musicislife‬  ‪#‎indiemusic‬   # championopus1   ‪#‎song‬   ‪#‎singer‬   ‪#‎singersongwriter‬   ‪#‎songwriting‬  ‪#‎inspiration‬

Fore! Yes!! 4 more days until the debut of the music video for my song Champion. The piece will feature 38 athletes from all over the world, including funny man golfer Yves Nicollier

Opus 1 ‪#‎Champion‬

‪#‎championopus‬ 1 ‪#‎golf‬ ‪#‎golfer‬ ‪#‎golfswing‬ ‪#‎anthem‬ ‪#‎music‬ ‪#‎musicislife‬‪#‎indiemusic‬ #championopus1  ‪#‎song‬ ‪#‎singer‬ ‪#‎singersongwriter‬ ‪#‎songwriting‬‪#‎inspiration‬

Yoga Champion

The Champion music video premieres next week and I'm so honored one of my favorite, long time yoga buddies is a part of this project. Much love to @mackenzieyoga ...I can't wait to show her off in this video!     #yoga     #yogaeverywhere     #yogaeveryday  #backbend     #heartopener     #music     #song  #originalmusic     #indiemusic     #anthem     #inspirational  #singersongwriter     #bendy   #championopus1   #singer

The Champion music video premieres next week and I'm so honored one of my favorite, long time yoga buddies is a part of this project. Much love to @mackenzieyoga ...I can't wait to show her off in this video!   #yoga #yogaeverywhere #yogaeveryday#backbend #heartopener #music #song#originalmusic #indiemusic #anthem #inspirational#singersongwriter #bendy #championopus1 #singer

CIRCUS CHAMPION

AMANDA'S CHAMPION MOMENT

BASKETBALL CHAMPION

Another moment from the upcoming music video for my original song "Champion". This one features my buddy @heyshay14 Her story is truly inspiring and I'm honored that she's a part of the story I am telling!  ‪#‎inspiration‬  ‪#‎inspirationalsong‬   ‪#‎indiemusic‬   ‪#‎originalsong‬   ‪#‎musicislife‬   ‪#‎music‬   ‪#‎song‬  ‪#‎songwriter‬   ‪#‎songwriting‬   ‪#‎musiclife‬   ‪#‎usc‬   ‪#‎trojans‬   ‪#‎fighton‬   ‪#‎layup‬   ‪#‎basketball‬  ‪#‎wnba‬

Another moment from the upcoming music video for my original song "Champion". This one features my buddy @heyshay14 Her story is truly inspiring and I'm honored that she's a part of the story I am telling! ‪#‎inspiration‬‪#‎inspirationalsong‬ ‪#‎indiemusic‬ ‪#‎originalsong‬ ‪#‎musicislife‬ ‪#‎music‬ ‪#‎song‬‪#‎songwriter‬ ‪#‎songwriting‬ ‪#‎musiclife‬ ‪#‎usc‬ ‪#‎trojans‬ ‪#‎fighton‬ ‪#‎layup‬ ‪#‎basketball‬‪#‎wnba‬

Champion Music Video - Coming Soon!

Super excited to be releasing the official music video for my song Champion! I've had the opportunity to edit together video entries from over 40 athletes, artists and people with dreams.  I'll be releasing a photo of some of these inspiring Champions everyday up until the release of the video.  Here's  Vilte Radzvilaviciute , a Lithuanian ice skater I met via Instagram in her beautifully executed Biellmann spin.  Opus 1  ‪#‎Champion‬    ‪#‎figureskating‬   ‪#‎iceskater‬   ‪#‎iceskating‬   ‪#‎biellmannspin‬   ‪#‎biellmann‬  ‪#‎ladiesfigureskating‬   ‪#‎lithuania‬   ‪#‎music‬   ‪#‎song‬   ‪#‎originalmusic‬   ‪#‎indiemusic‬  ‪#‎songwriter‬   ‪#‎piano‬   ‪#‎pianist‬   ‪#‎inspiration‬   ‪#‎musicvideo‬  

Super excited to be releasing the official music video for my song Champion! I've had the opportunity to edit together video entries from over 40 athletes, artists and people with dreams.

I'll be releasing a photo of some of these inspiring Champions everyday up until the release of the video.

Here's Vilte Radzvilaviciute, a Lithuanian ice skater I met via Instagram in her beautifully executed Biellmann spin.

Opus 1 ‪#‎Champion‬

‪#‎figureskating‬ ‪#‎iceskater‬ ‪#‎iceskating‬ ‪#‎biellmannspin‬ ‪#‎biellmann‬‪#‎ladiesfigureskating‬ ‪#‎lithuania‬ ‪#‎music‬ ‪#‎song‬ ‪#‎originalmusic‬ ‪#‎indiemusic‬‪#‎songwriter‬ ‪#‎piano‬ ‪#‎pianist‬ ‪#‎inspiration‬ ‪#‎musicvideo‬ 

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

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