........ a couple of announcements




I've kept a journal for many years, collecting quotes that I think have a message of some sort. I have also included some of my own musings about life and music. I hope you enjoy them and find them helpful.

I also urge you to keep a journal, as it always inspires me to add something new or use the journal to keep my own thinking positive.



You don't have to read these quotes all at once.

But when you read them, give them serious thought.


Just work on it,

Until you get it.



Works of art make rules;

rules do not make works of art.

.....Claude Debussy


If you hang around the Barbershop long enough

You will end up getting a haircut.

......Denzel Washington


For better or worse,

what you think about most,

tends to create that reality.

......Dan Jacobs


People with great passion

make the impossible happen.



You will never be criticized by someone that does more than you,

You will always be criticized by someone doing less.

.....Denzel Washington


Words mean more

than is set down on paper.

.....Maya Angelou


Music means more

than is set down on paper.



The shoes that you are dreaming of filling,

have already been worn ragged through their soles.

You've gotta step up into your own kicks

and just do you.

.....Alicia Keys


The magic of any art is not only in its technique but in its authenticity.

Truth in its rawest form is what resonates most powerfully.

.....Alicia Keys


Always, study the fine print in your contract.

.....Alicia Keys


Lesser artists borrow,

great artists steal.

.....Igor Stravinsky


When you spend from a belief that every cent you earn will be your last,

you operate from a place of scarcity---

A context that runs counter to that is the Energy Of Abundance.

Money, like all life, is an energy exchange.

.....Alicia Keys


Have a written financial plan.

Pay yourself first and make that payment

a daily, weekly, or monthly ritual to your savings account.

Remember, your plan does not work unless it is written

and perhaps even framed. It can be changed,

but the change must be written too.

There is no success without saving your money.

.....M. V.


Never leave the house without money in your pocket,

and always keep gas (electricity) in your car.

.....Alicia Keys


Give yourself time to just be with yourself.

.....Maya Angelou


Give yourself time to just be with yourself.

.....Maya Angelou


Music begins where the possibilities of language end.

.....Jean Sibelius


If you get it right the first time, go up a level.

There is little to learning agendas that are too easy for you.



Remember people will judge by your actions,

not your intention.

You may have a heart of gold,

but so does a hard-boiled egg.

......Maya Angelou


I was obliged to be industrious.

Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally as well.

.....J.S. Bach


I think when we don't know what to do

it is wise to do nothing.

Sit down; quiet your heart and mind,

and breathe deeply.

.....Maya Angelou


In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune

that nobody else has thought of.

.....Robert Schumann


Practice your craft one minute a day.


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A Closing Thought

A Bit of Business

Please go to https://iclassical-academy.com/online-course-collections-music-career/ and look at, and consider, purchasing my 9 video series on Business and Music. While you are there take a look at the many fabulous instructors that are available to you. There is a lot to be learned on this site especially if you plan a career in music.
Also, please go to www.mikevaccaro2.bandcamp.com where I will now be selling my 9 CDs in various styles. You can audition all of the music in its complete form (not 20-second snippets) and purchase by download or by purchasing the CD directly from me if you prefer. If you like them, please buy one or more since you get to hear complete tracks and CDs for FREE.

www.mikevaccaro.com/articles.html Some musical ideas to consider www.mikevaccaro.com/videos.html Video on aftermarket products talks for teachers, interviews, and more. The most recent video is STARTING MUSIC which tells you how to find an instrument and teacher on the day before you start music.
There are also some musical ideas that may help you. The next video is on the Chromatic Scale and its importance as the alphabet of music which you will see soon.

Until next time:

Always be happy with where you are at, while you are trying to get to where you want to be.