Music that Impacted My Life (Part I)

For those that don’t know, I am very passionate about music. Not only do I like making music, but I love listening to it. And over the years there have been some songs and albums that impacted my life.

It would be safe and ‘religious’ if I said that it was only Christian music that impacted me, and it would also be a lie!  Yes, I love the Lord and I love worship music, but my musical palate has been shaped by many different sounds since the late 80s/early 90s.  In a series of posts, I will share with you a variety of song styles and genres that have shaped my ears.

#1 – Groove Is In the Heart

Though I didn’t really know the words at 5 year old, the vibe of this song was (and is) hard to forget. The whole feel of the song is fun and borderline weird, but I remember it fondly.  One of several songs that fed the quirky, experimental side of my production efforts.

Tell me what songs have impacted your life.  Be honest.

(featured image derived from; Author: Alishayan79)

Stop Talking, Do It.

The title says it all, folks.

I read an article from a website for the Gym Jones facility in Utah that made this point…with rather explicit language. I would have posted the link, but I wouldn’t wish to offend anyone. Though I normally opt for ‘cleaner’ fare, I appreciated the honesty and bluntness of the post.

Basically, the point is this: someone out there wants to accomplish something. It could be getting in the right relationship with God…it could be to finally lose weight and be healthy…it could even be to learn an instrument. But you can never seem to do it. Why?

The list of excuses rolls on and on and on.

Could it be that you’re afraid to work hard?

Before you stop reading and think I’m picking on you, just think about it.

Think about your goal. Got it? Good.

Now think about what it will take to reach it. Did a shiver go down your spine? Did you get nervous?

I’ll cut to the chase. Sometimes it takes hard work to reach our goals and realize our desires. But should that stop us? We have one life, and a whole lot of potential. We are fearfully and wonderfully made…our brains and bodies have more potential than we could ever imagine. And you mean to tell me that we still find reasons to fall off the wagon?

Let’s stop talking and just DO it.

This won’t be the last post on this subject. 😉

SNS: He’s the Keyboardist, I’m the Drummer…

Hi all.  I’m Shawn, Shaine’s twin brother.  Like he said in this post, back in our college days we used to do some music stuff…beatmaking, funny rhymes, stuff like that.  Since that time, he’s gone on to form SJMak Music, learn keyboard, and produce for other artists while I have pursued another passion of mine by going the health/fitness route with a personal trainer certification, a health blog and a newspaper column.

In the midst of that, I have always desired to continue to develop myself musically.  There’s something about having a musical talent (drumming in my case) and being able to develop it, even if you don’t plan on going on world tours and stuff.  That’s how I feel and that’s how my brother feels as well.  Yes, I know that I am grown with a wife and a kid, but how far could I take my current drumming skills if I actually practiced?  Have any of my fellow musicians out there felt the same?

Starting when Shaine posted the original post in this series, we both began to make a more concerted effort to listen to songs for the purpose of learning them.  After we listen to them enough, we’re going to start learning them in chunks, and although we are going to try to replicate the songs to some extent, our goal is not simply to be copycats.  Rather, we know that we can learn from folks who are good at their craft, so we plan on adopting techniques that we personally like.

A couple of specific goals I have in this endeavor are to:

  1. Develop hand speed, particularly in my left hand
  2. Develop kick drum foot speed

I know that my lack of speed in my hand and foot is a block to progress for me, so I’m determined to get those right as we learn these songs.  After that, I’m sure I’ll have to move toward additional weak points.

Anyhow, we’re gonna do this thing.  That’s my drum set in the picture, and yes, that’s Batman that you see in there, too.  I like Batman.  Enough said.


We all want to do things. A lot of things.
We want to learn to play an instrument.
We want to lose weight.
We want to ‘eat right’…whatever that means.
We want to be nicer to people.
We want to do a better job at work.
Or do we really want to?

My challenge to you today: take 2 minutes to look up the word “intent”, and then ask yourself if you really want to do the things you aspire to do.

Food for thought…your life could be totally different…if you really wanted it to be.