Happy Monday Quotes #25: Questions

I was trying to figure out how to theme this week’s “Happy Monday Quotes,” and I was coming up blank. As I started to think about asking people on Facebook and Twitter for ideas, I realized how much of my life is spent asking and answering questions.

 

I really love asking questions. Even when they bring something unpleasant to the surface, this unpleasantness presents the potential for growth. And when I find out something new, unexpected or delightful, of course, my world is changed for the better. I was taught by parents, teachers (the good ones) and others to ask a lot of them, because that is the only way to learn about how all the fascinating things in the universe work, plus about how people’s brains think and how their hearts feel. (However, truth be told, exposing my secretly-tender underbelly enough to answer those pesky feeling questions when they are asked of me is not easy at all, but I digress …)

 

So, here are some quotes on the theme of questions of all types — big, small and in between — that lead to new discoveries and a richer experience of the world.

 

“Where do one’s fears come from? Where do they shape themselves? Where do they hide before coming out into the open?” — Agatha Christie (from The Moving Finger)

 

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.” — Rainer Maria Rilke (from Letters to a Young Poet)

 

“Indeed, the only truly serious questions are ones that even a child can formulate. Only the most naive of questions are truly serious. They are the questions with no answers. A question with no answer is a barrier that cannot be breached. In other words, it is questions with no answers that set the limit of human possibilities, describe the boundaries of human existence.” — Milan Kundera (from The Unbearable Lightness of Being)

 

“An infinite question is often destroyed by finite answers. To define everything is to annihilate much that gives us laughter and joy.” — Madeleine L’Engle (from A Circle of Quiet)

The End of Summer Special is Here!

Last week I asked, “How do you feel about your band or artist bio?” Have you updated it recently? Is it doing you justice? Is it getting you opportunities and introducing your hard work and your art to enthusiastic new fans?

To celebrate the end of summer and to help musicians, bands and others get a jump-start on the Fall, I’m offering 10% off ALL my bio services through September 12. (Note:  This special also applies to the bio services I offer to musicians through the Musician Coaching website.) Don’t miss this limited-time opportunity!

If you’ve been putting off sprucing up your professional profile, now’s the perfect time! Get in touch with me today for more information, including rates and relevant samples.

And if you’re not sure whether or not you need help, check out a recent article I wrote about some of the biggest bio mistakes musicians make.

Motivational Kittens for Your Wednesday

Today’s adorable mistake made by the online version of The Chicago Tribune has definitely been my favorite news story of the week so far. And, of course, it sent me into a minor (or maybe major) tailspin of looking up adorable kitten videos (which led to dog videos — my preference — as well as a few “animal odd couple” stories and videos).

 

If you want to get your writing work done, but can’t get enough kittens, I recommend this little gem:  “Written? Kitten!” I will definitely be using it to get over that Wednesday hump. (Thanks to my sister Kristin for the discovery!)

 

And as a bonus to whet your appetite for feline cuteness, here’s a photo of my own cat, Mr. Fred (who is, incidentally, an abysmal writer):

 

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Happy Monday Quotes #2: Unconditional Love

I’ve been thinking a lot about love lately, in its real-est, most unconditional form. Love in general is obviously a common if not obsessive topic of thought (I would hope) for all of us. In the era of instant gratification, “gotta-have it/you/everything all at once,” I think most of us forget the kind of love that often takes some time to settle in and ripen, but transforms us and motivates most if not all of our life’s most important decisions and experiences.

 

So, a few quick quotes on love:

 

“In spite of death, he felt the need of life and love. He felt that love saved him from despair, and that this love, under the menace of despair, had become still stronger and purer. The one mystery of death, still unsolved, had scarcely passed before his eyes, when another mystery had arisen, as insoluble, urging him to love and to life.” — Leo Tolstoy (from Anna Karenina, which is, incidentally, my favorite novel of all time)

 

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” — A.A. Milne

 

“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.”Bruce Lee

Happy Monday Quotes #1: Time

It’s been a while since I updated, and I think I’m over-thinking it. Thus, I’ve decided each Monday I will put up a few of my favorite quotes related to a specific subject, just because.

 

Here is a collection of quotes I love, on the subject of time. They happen to also be related to a piece of fiction I’m working on right now:

 

“But what minutes!  Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.” Benjamin Disraeli

 

One thing I’ve learned is how to take my time/You’re much too soon/Much too much/You’re much too much, too soon” Todd Rundgren/Daryl Hall/John Oates

 

“I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, not just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the post mortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future.”Carl Sandburg

A Quick, Vague, Barely-Newsy Update

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Spring is here! And I realized this morning that a blog update is woefully overdue. While I don’t have any big “topic” to tackle (at least not this morning), I did want to offer up a few quick thoughts about what’s coming next for me. Working with a string of wonderful artists has kept me quite busy for the past few weeks (and this is never unwelcome!) and I am quite excited about everything that will be coming up in the next couple months.

 

My biggest piece of engaging news is that I have a musician bio-writing webinar coming up later this month with a fantastic indie music organization (to be revealed in the coming weeks)! I will be joining some other experts to discuss the ins, outs and other elements of putting together eye-catching bios to grab (increasingly more distracted) attention in the modern music industry. Stay tuned for more info on that in the next week or so. (In the meantime, you should definitely check out some of the resources on the Presskit.to blog — hint hint.)

 

More soon …

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