Principle Editor’s Note On Daily Meds
Music has always been a big part of my life. My earliest memories of being at home with my family revolve around music: it seemed like someone always had something on – whether it was my Mom’s Patsy Cline, Dad’s John Denver and CCR, or my sister’s Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey tapes. Music was always on, and when it wasn’t, my Mom would always be singing or my Dad would play guitar. I suppose that through osmosis, music has always been as much of a part of me as the feet I stand on.
It can get pretty bad. When I day dream, it’s often in musical ideas. If I can’t fall asleep, I’ll make up riffs and grooves in my head and continue to layer them until I do. I even dream in music. Although I have stacks of tapes and hard drives full of thousands of riffs and musical ideas that I’ve been creating since I was 11, I could probably count the number of fully ‘finished’ songs on my two hands.
For the longest time, I’ve always wondered why I didn’t take that extra step. That leap of faith. I had the passion and the work ethic – why the hell didn’t I just write some damn songs? Why didn’t I do what I seemed to be born able to do?
I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to help edit the work you now hold in your hands. It’s amazing to me that you now hold a big piece of Dave’s musical wisdom and knowledge that can be digested, felt, and understood by anyone who holds it that gives it a chance. All of his years of blood, sweat, and tears of living a creative life has been compressed and condensed into ink on paper. Call me gullible, but that’s pretty damn amazing.
What was so powerful for me is that this book helped me see myself from a new perspective. More specifically – it helped me re-evaluate my relationship with my own creativity. Or rather, my own fear of doing what I love to do – and that has always been to create. Creating has always been so natural for me. Finishing a song or idea however…
This book helped me look beyond the fear of not meeting my own expectations, of letting go of pre-conceived notions, and letting what I create be whatever it needs to be without judgment. For the first time ever, I feel liberated in being able to finish the overflowing ideas I have in my head so that someone else can finally hear them too.
For the first time ever, I feel brave about hitting record. My hope is that you will too.
Don R., December 2014
The daily dose and daily action meditations and exercises were written as an emotional and spiritual guide for individuals traveling in music career. It is anticipated that the true depth of what appears at first to be naïve or overly simplistic truths will take on more complex and even radically different meanings throughout the development and cultivation of an individual. Therefore, it is recommended these meditations be read and re-read as the years, difficulties and triumphs unfold.
Spirituality is largely ignored in modern music, and we refer to music culture far too often and unconsciously as an ‘industry’, rather than a path or a calling. Hence, there is a terrific need for works like this, which address the less superficial, less monetary, less frivolous side of musical creation and performance. With respect to musical cultivation, divine creative spirit or higher consciousness, every effort was made to avoid religious or dogmatic overtones, including the omission of words like God, which were substituted with less narrow or culturally homogenous words. Language fails to adequately describe what higher creative awareness is, not to mention god, divine inspiration, happiness, transcendence and so on. The reader is encouraged to extrapolate the meaning of these various terms throughout their career and development. Just as music can be an intensely personal and intimate experience and highly subjective with ever changing meaning and interpretation, so are these daily meditations.
This is a collection of thoughts with no ulterior motive. It does not propose to have all the answers. It is the experience and wisdom derived from one man’s commitment to a life of music. It would do any aspiring musician well to adopt these meditations and take them to heart, as they will undoubtedly enrich and fortify ones spirit in the tough and great times that lie ahead. Written with empathy and a genuine concern for the happiness, success, self-actualization and spiritual fulfilment of musicians alike, it has been of enormous benefit and delight to be part of the process.
B.T. De Laire – April, 2014