Category Archives: The Unknown Musician

Let Your Soul Shine

“When You Can’t Find The Light, That Got You Through A Cloudy Day”*

Throughout my life there has often been an ongoing struggle between my intentions, goals, hopes, and dreams, and my fears, doubts, and negative thoughts.

I didn’t just study self-help books because the black clouds were rollin’ in, I studied them because I knew that there had to be more to my life – a purpose for the insanity of it all.

Along the way I not only discovered the universal laws of mind, but also the various states and attitudes of mind that when consciously directed and harnessed rocked my world.

“When The Stars Ain’t Shinin’ Bright, You Feel Like You Lost Your Way”*

It’s true that all of my greatest accomplishments took imagination, desire, and disciplined action, but after a great idea was sent to me out of the ether, my spirit needed to be inspired by the gods with enthusiasm.

By tapping into this source of power at will, you become like a magnet that radiates attractive forces in all directions, and you influence those who enter into your force field of energy.

This power comes from deep within, from inside your soul. I’ve written much about a positive mental attitude, and second only to gratitude, the best way to get a PMA is through the power of enthusiasm.

“When Those Candle Lights Of Home, Burn So Very Far Away”*

No one has ever attained success without it, and no one ever will because there’s no internal power that compares to the right sort of enthusiasm in making your dreams come true.

Few people realize its value, but those who do, use it as an impetus to accomplish great things. Everyone has it potentially, yet most don’t stoke their desires intensely enough by believing in themselves.

Enthusiasm breeds optimism which in turn builds confidence, faith, determination, and perseverance. It’s also contagious because an enthusiastic person vibrates with an aura of success.

“Hey Now People Don’t Mind, We All Feel This Way Sometime”*

Without enthusiasm your efforts can often be wasted and your results impaired. The trick to mastering it is to develop your standards such that you always do your best.

If you do your best, even if things don’t turn out as you hoped, you were still victorious by reaching the finish line. And along the way, you became so much more than you were before, so you truly did succeed because you now have what it takes inside for the next time.

Whereas conversely, when you quit or never even get started, that nagging feeling of what could have been will always haunt you for the rest of your days subconsciously.

“You Gotta Let Your Soul Shine… Shine ‘Til The Break Of Day”*

Fix your mind upon the goal, and shake off those doubts, fears, and negative thoughts that always seem to rear their ugly heads. Chase them away when you hear them calling, and soon it will become a habit.

Remember that true heroism is enduring for one more moment in the face of adversity. And it’s in that moment that the winners and losers are separated.

“And When Your World Seems Cold, You Got To Let Your Spirit Take Control”*

No one is dead as long as their heart beats, and no one has lost the struggle within as long as they have some fight left in them. And more often than not it’s just one more moment when the enemies of doubt, fear, and negativity release their hold and drop back beaten.

And that my friends, is one of life’s greatest treasures – to taste deeply from the fruits of your labors for having done your best. For that’s when your soul shines its brightest for all the world to see.

“You Gotta Let Your Soul Shine… Shine ‘Til The Break Of Day”*

Vaya con dios, – The Unknown Musician.

Quotes – The Allman Brothers Band“Soulshine”






Beethoven & The Blind Girl

“Assume A Virtue, If You Have It Not”*

In the context in which I’m using it here, a virtue can be any empowering feeling or emotion that enhances your abilities. In this example – enthusiasm.

It takes enthusiasm to succeed in most worthwhile endeavours, and the lack thereof can doom you to failure before you even begin, or at least guarantee mediocrity.

By using the law of assumption, you assume a state of mind, then act accordingly, then your subconscious mind kicks in along with universal laws, and soon you are one with the feeling.

In Pushing To The Front {<Free Copy} Orison Swett Marden shares a story that I love from the biography of Beethoven. It’s about how the great composer came to write my favorite classical piece “Moonlight Sonata”. It’s also a great example of the power of enthusiasm.

“One moonlight evening in winter, we were walking through a narrow street of Bonn. ‘Hush!’ said the great composer, suddenly pausing before a little, mean dwelling, ‘what sound is that? It is from my Sonata in F. Hark! how well it is played.’

“In the midst of the finale there was a break, and a sobbing voice cried: ‘I cannot play anymore. It is so beautiful; it is utterly beyond my power to do it justice. Oh, what would I give to go to the concert at Cologne!’

‘Ah! my sister’, said a second voice; ‘why create regrets when there is no remedy? We can scarcely pay our rent.’ ‘You are right,’ said the first voice , ‘ and yet I wish for once in my life to hear some really good music. But it is of no use.’

“‘ Let us go in,’ said Beethoven. ‘Go in!’ I said; ‘what should we go in for?’ ‘I will play to her,’ replied Beethoven in an excited tone; ‘here is feeling, – genius, – understanding! I will play to her, and she will understand it.

‘Pardon me,’ Beethoven said as he opened the door and saw a young man sitting by a table, mending shoes, and a young girl leaning sorrowfully upon an old-fashioned piano; ‘I heard music and was tempted to enter. I am a musician. I – I also overheard something of what you said. You wish to hear – that is, you would like – that is – shall I play for you?’

“‘Thank you,’ said the shoemaker, ‘but our piano is so wretched, and we have no music.’

”No music!’ said the composer; ‘how, then, does the young lady – I – I entreat your pardon,’ he added, stammering as he saw that the girl was blind; ‘I had not perceived before. Then you play by ear? But where do you hear the music, since you frequent no concerts?’

“‘We lived at Bruhl for two years; and, while there, I used to hear a lady practicing near us. During the summer evenings her windows were generally open, and I walked to and fro outside to listen to her.’

“Beethovem seated himself at the piano. Never, during all the years I knew him, did I hear him play better than to that blind girl and her brother. Even the old instrument seemed inspired. The young man and woman sat as if entranced by the magical, sweet sounds that flowed out upon the air in rhythmical swell and cadence, until, suddenly, the flame of the single candle wavered, sank, flickered, and went out. The shutters were thrown open, admitting a flood of brilliant moonlight, but the player paused, as if lost in thought.

“‘Wonderful man!’ said the shoemaker in a low tone; ‘who and what are you?’

“‘Listen!’ replied the master, and he played the opening bars of the Sonata in F. ‘Then you are Beethoven!’ burst from the young people in delighted recognition. ‘Oh, play to us once more,’ they added, as he rose to go, – ‘only once more!’

“‘I will improvise a sonata to the moonlight,’ said he, gazing thoughtfully upon the liquid stars shining so softly out of the depths of a cloudless winter sky. Then he played a sad and infinitely lovely movement, which crept gently over the instrument, like the calm flow of moonlight over the earth.

This was followed by a wild, elfin passage in triple time – a sort of grotesque interlude, like the dance of the fairies upon the lawn. Then came a swift agitated ending – a breathless, hurrying, trembling movement, descriptive of flight, and uncertainty, and vague impulsive terror, which carried us away on its rustling wings, and left us all in emotion and wonder.

‘Farewell to you,’ he said, as he rose and turned toward the door. ‘You will come again? asked the hosts in a breath. ‘Yes, yes,’ said Beethoven hurriedly, ‘I will come again, and give the young lady some lessons. Farewell!’

Then to me he added: ‘Let us make haste back, that I may write out that sonata while I can yet remember it.’ We did return in haste, and not until long past the dawn of day did he rise from his table with the full score of the Moonlight Sonata in his hand.”

Can you get inside of it and feel it?

Vaya con dios,- The Unknown Musician.

Quotes – * William Shakespeare




Count Your Blessings

“You’re Riding So High, Sailing The Seas Of Success”*

One of the most essential and timeless secrets that I had to learn the hard way is that in order to improve your life, and take it to a whole new level, you need to count your blessings.

Have you ever wished that you were slimmer, taller, smarter, stronger, more talented, better looking, or better in some way other than what you are? Well, join the club.

You may have debts, a job you don’t like, bad relationships, bad habits, or regrets about past decisions, but what do you have to be grateful for?

“But How Long Will It Last Babe? That’s Just Anybody’s Guess”*

The best law of mind that you can learn to harness the power of is the law of gratitude. Because when you develop the habit of counting your blessings, you’ll then attract and be blessed with even more.

The best way to count your blessings is to put things into perspective, and to focus on your blessings by making a list of them.

For example, can you walk, talk, and hear? Do you have a roof over your head? Do you have nutritious food and potable water? Well, take a look around the world because lots of people don’t have those things.

And what country do you live in? I live in Canada where I’m free, have free medicare, and lots of options of what to do with my life.

“Let Me Give You Fair Warning, Tomorrow Never Knows”*

But, no matter where you live, can you read? Because if you can then you have the ability to improve your lot in life by reading self-help books, and if you don’t like reading then you can listen to free self-help audio books.

And if you wish that you were more talented then keep in mind that talents are developed. Yes, there are people with genetic advantages, but even they need to improve by practicing regularly, or their talents will fade away.

The best things in life are free, and since questions are the answer to counting your blessings – can you see? And if you were blind, what would you give for the priceless gift of sight?

“Ever Since Time Was Dawning, That’s Just The way It Goes”*

I’m often inspired by one of my heroes and his music. Adopted as an infant, Jeff Healey lost his sight to cancer when he was only one year old.

But, as fate would have it, Jeff was given a guitar at the age of three. Because he was so young and blind, he developed his unique way of playing the guitar on his lap.

Although later in life Jeff also mastered playing the trumpet, he was better known as a blistering blues rock guitarist and a singer. When you hear Jeff play the blues, you just know that he was the real deal.

“So Many Times I’ve Seen It Happen, Count Your Blessings While You May”*

Jeff struggled with cancer his whole life, and it finally took his life when he was just 41 years old, but he left us with the gift of his spirit and his soul that will live on forever through his music.

So, do you see that things could be worse? That even if you have genetic disadvantages, talents can be developed?But, most of all can you see that if you’re alive, and enjoy a reasonable degree of health that you’ve got it made?

Either way, next time you’re feeling down about your lot in life, or feel like complaining about what you don’t have, think about Jeff Healey or one of my other heroes – Terry Fox.

Then count your blessings, and remember to savor every day – even the bad ones.

“‘Cause Just When You Think, You Got It All,It Could All Get Blown Away“* {<Jeff Healey Song}

Vaya con dios, – The Unknown Musician.

Quotes -*Jeff Healey.