Everything I Know, I Learned Through Music

Essays, articles, and fiction by Andrew Ingkavet

9 Negative Emotions And What They Mean

There are 9 common emotions that are uncomfortable, unpleasant and just darn nasty. Fear, Hurt, Anger, Frustration, Disappointment, Guilt and/or Reget, Inadequacy, Overwhelm and Loneliness. I think most of us have felt these in our lifetimes, and perhaps even on a...

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What are you going to be when you grow up?

Try as he might, he just could not sway us.  We all turned out to be true creative people.  My brother, sister and I all turned out to be creative types in advertising, music, dance and photography. My Dad (and to a lesser extent, my Mom) tried to brainwash us kids to...

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How To Design An Exceptional Life

Are you feeling stuck?  There's a way to take control of your life.   Whether you are looking to increase your wealth, health or happiness, this will make a difference.  You can design an exceptional life.  And you can get started right now. To begin, let’s clear  the...

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I Was Fired

I was fired. It was a dream job.  Or what I thought was a dream job.  The pay was awful but the perks were amazing.  That’s the paradox of the music business.  All the free records, CDs and t-shirts you could possibly carry home daily.  Oh salary?  You want to get...

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Do you know how to hear the secret chord?

“Well I heard there was a secret chord That David played and it pleased the Lord” - Leonard Cohen, Hallelujah I’ve been listening for that chord.  It haunts me.  Just when I think I hear it, it slips away like a distant echo.  A foghorn on the black lake in the mist....

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Chris Cornell asked me this question in 1990

I heard the terrible news about Chris Cornell’s suicide.  I was laying sick in bed with a horrible cold and had spent a few feverish nights.  It was something Chris said to me that echoed through my head for decades. Back in the late 80’s, I was working as a freelance...

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Displaced

At age 7, I used to lay on the grass lawn of our suburban home, head cradled in my hands, staring at the clouds drifting past.  I was acutely aware of the sounds reaching me and they would begin pulling pieces of me to their sources; the dog behind the house barking,...

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A Funny Thing About Commitment

If you commit yourself 100% to a project, it becomes effortless. There is no friction. It’s all or none. You do not battle yourself of whether you should or shouldn’t. You don’t prioritize, you just do.   It’s when you’re at 95% when there’s trouble. At 95%,...

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Cinnamon and Sparkles

  “There’s cinnamon in there…sparkles and cinnamon.” M laughed. I rolled over onto the New York Times Sunday edition spread out on the floor.   The sun was streaming in and M was staring at me with a look of wonder. “Your eyes are dusted with cinnamon and...

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Awake at 3am Questions Arise

Questions What do you call the time between midnight and dawn? Where do all the questions come from? What are you working on to make a difference in the world? What is holding you back? Is it a mislaid remark from your childhood, that has grown into a thorny cage...

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Your Mental Thought Bank

I was skimming through last night and came across the concept of the mental bank. It’s what Schwartz calls your mindset. You can put in positive thought deposits or negative. Each one will accrue and grow just like financial deposits do. So if you tend to see things as negative, you continually fill your mental thought bank with these negative deposits which grow and grow blocking any positive deposits. As time goes on, it gets harder and harder for the positive to get in. It first needs to cancel out the negative.

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