Save Your Life and Succeed With Autosuggestion — OR — How To (Not) Kill Yourself

Did you know that you can literally kill yourself by the way you talk?


Consider this quote from

“… an instrument that we possess at birth, and with which we play unconsciously all our life, as a baby plays with its rattle. It is however a dangerous instrument; it can wound or even kill you if you handle it imprudently and unconsciously. It can on the contrary save your life when you know how to employ it consciously” (11, Émile Coué in Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion)

In my research and in my experience, this term affects the following areas of your life:

  • Whether you believe in God/Allah, Satan (note: Gnosticism), or nothing
  • How you see your world
  • How you see yourself and project yourself into the world
  • How you believe about the world
  • What/How you value certain things/emotions within the world
  • What/How you understand
  • What/How you act and learn a skill
  • What/How you use a given a technique in an area
  • What situations you put yourself into and how you put yourself into these situations
Pretty cool, huh? For more information, you can combine Émile Coué’s autosuggestion with NLP’s (neuro-linguistic programming’s) “Mental Models.”


How to use this in your own life? You can:

  1. Shout this to yourself or move with strong emotion as you say something to yourself
  2. Write and rewrite what you want to impress into your brain

(Here’s what I personally love writing and rewriting:

  1. Key beliefs I hold
  2. Key values I embrace
  3. Key Long-Term Strategy Components I Act Upon Over Time
  4. Key Short-Term Action Steps)


If you’ll do this, you will probably surprise yourself BIG TIME.



“In This Day [Industrial Music Publishing]… Became Nearly My Sole Occupation”

Here is an interesting quote. Again, I’m no expert in industrial music publishing; however, I find this quote incredibly inspiring.


“In this day [music publishing], and a particularly [industrial music publishing], in the most comprehensive sense of the term, became nearly my sole occupation. I read with ardour those works, so full of genius and discrimination, which modern [musicians] have written and played on these subjects… My application was at first fluctuating and uncertain; it gained strength as I proceeded and soon became so ardent and eager that the stars often disappeared in the light of morning whilst I was yet engaged in my [studio]” (adapted from Shelley’s Frankenstein).

This quote has driven me to a level of inspiration so high in whatever I pursue. Whether I develop my skills in music or business (music business?), I look back at that quote often and feel even more driven to get the latest details and wisdom from the experts.


Perhaps it can help you, too. I wonder how much we can improve ourselves by looking a little bit more, by bringing just a little bit more quality information into our lives that we actually use.

Perhaps it would help us quite a bit to have the experts point us in the right direction–if only just a little bit more.


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Or you can act like a cheap bastard and buy the free version… lol :)


Everything Else I’ve Written Pales Compared to This

(Tid Bit: I definitely want speak on this topic at some point in the future. How about I present this topic for my birthday on November 11th, 2012?)


If you’re having trouble sticking to commitments or playing long and complicated pieces, consider this (NOTE: You’ll want to actually follow along for this post)

This tool has changed my life more than anything else.

(Also! You may find it interesting to note that this represents the biggest cause of divorce in the United States — Statistics will tell you “Money fights,” but it’s the principle BEHIND the  money fights that causes the problem!)

I now quote/paraphrase Wyatt Woodsmall, Ph.D., Certified NLP Practitioner:


Enter Wyatt Woodsmall

“Point to your past, don’t think, just point to your past.

Now point to your future.

There are two basic ways people view time: In-Time and Through-Time


In-Time People:

In-Time People perceive their timeline from side-to-side. Where the past stretches from your left to your future to your right (or vice versa if you’re left-handed).

  •  Are Often Late for Commitments
  • Don’t See The “Bigger Picture”
  • Can’t Get Themselves Organized
  • Hate Schedules/Planning
  • “In The Moment”
  • Sleep More Easily

Cons: The people are more likely to take drugs, for example, because they don’t see the long-term consequences.. they don’t see how it’ll affect them in the future.

Pros: However, the positive of these people is that they can really enjoy life, enjoy the moment.


Through-Time People:

Through-Time People visualize their timeline from back-to-front and can therefore “see their future.” Because through-time people can see ahead in their timeline at most times, they naturally think about the consequences of their actions.

  • Arrive On-Time Or, Usually, Early
  • Always Think a Dozen Steps Ahead
  • Usually Consider the Consequence
  • Sometimes Have Trouble Sleeping

Cons: These people can have trouble living in the moment… Have a “Through-Time Mindset” tends to ruin the luxury of a “care-free vacation.”

Pros: These people run our society. You can rest assured that Presidents and founders of Fortune 500 companies are “Through-Time” People


You-Time People


Now, here’s what you can do. Take your timeline and ROTATE it 90%.

If your timeline goes from side-to-side, you can rotate it so that your past is behind you and your future is in front (typically avoid placing your past in front of you).

If your timeline goes from back-to-front, then you can rotate it from side-to-side (typically, if you’re right-handed, so that past is to your left and your future is to your right.

Now that you’re aware of how your mind perceives time–and how our perception of time affects our life, you now have the option of making yourself more structured and organized, or alternatively you have the option of making yourself more spontaneous and in the moment.”


If you’ll just play with this at varying times in your life, you’ll notice some profound differences in everything you do: From music playing, to signing your music contract, to interacting with your musician friends.

I tend to favor Through-Time, by the way, because when you hold yourself in a “Through-Time” manner:

  • You’ll be more likely to play in harmony with the rest of your band members
  • You’ll “see/hear/feel” the notes well-before they come to you
  • If you have something memorized really well, you’ll think about the outcomes you want for your performances
  • You’re more likely to see the consequences of any deal you sign
  • You’re more likely to direct your practice to making ACTUAL differences in your playing ability, in other words:
    • You’ll tend to practice more complex, “stretch” material that extends beyond your comfort zone
    • You’ll tend to avoid playing things that you’re super comfortable with (usually) so that you can actually make yourself better
  • You’re more likely to make good decisions involving the outcome of your band, your gigs, your songs in general
In-Time has it’s advantages, but Through-Time has always panned out to be the best way of perceiving time that I currently know of (other models exist, but this will do for now).

I LOVE Wyatt Woodsmall for showing me this. He’s changed my life sooo much after revealing this to me. So, I wonder how this will make a lasting change in your life?

Check out his hidious website here, and check out his Ted X Presentation, too.

Play 100%

How far do you go to get your music out there?


How many hours do you practice your music each day?

How many times do you attempt to contact high-end artists for their mentorship?

How many gigs do you do a week?


You’re more likely to play 100% if you track these numbers (and track them visually) in an Excel file and make a line chart. Making a chart,  it does something to your psychology.

When you look at this graph, you’ll realize that, “Hey, maybe I’m not doing as much as I want to,” and you’ll make these numbers go up.


Let me know what happens if you try this.

Trent Reznor’s “Ghosts” – An Addition to An Earlier Post

In an earlier post, I mentioned how if you consider themes with your music, you’ll dramatically improve the quality of your music. It doesn’t matter if you play like a two-year-old or a seasoned veteran.


Well, I’ve started listening to Trent Reznor’s Ghosts Album again lately. I used to not really care about this album until recently, due to my sudden (and rather extreme) interest in music and music publishing.

Trent Reznor says that following (which proves my point on themes):

“This collection of music is the result of working from a very visual perspective – dressing imagined locations and scenarios with sound and texture; a soundtrack for daydreams. I’m very pleased with the result…”

Ghost’s Home

It really transformed how I looked at his music when I noticed the corresponding slideshow as I listened to his music.


Consider “dressing” a scene or plot with your music. Then let me know how it changes your music.



P.S.  I commit to posting my first song within the next 30 days of this post.

What Would Happen If You Made Your Music Better and Better… Not Perfect? (Plus: Music Theory)

This question results from a business-based home-study course titled, How to Build a Profitable Business from Scratch by Eben Pagan. You’ll find this important because he demonstrates how people ruin their ability to develop because of their perfectionistic attitudes on the world of meeting needs and building products and marketing.

If only people would focus on improvement, then people would skyrocket their ability to craft and produce beautiful, da Vinci (or Michael Jackson) level music. I say this with absolute certainty, because everything I applied this “Better and Better” method too (including music) has doubled, tripled and quadrupled in quantity quality.


What happened with me when I used this? With music, I now play for fifteen to fifty minutes every day at a rather advanced level (chord progressions and scale-oriented melodies in harmony with each other)–where I used to only play for ten minutes at a really crappy level.

If that’s not a shift in the quality of life and the music we create, then  I don’t know what is.


To proselytize yourself from the clogged cog world of perfectionism, go for “Great” by asking, “What could I do better,” instead of “Why can’t I make this perfect?”


Run: Ask yourself this question right now and, when you go out in the world, for whatever purpose, ask yourself this wheneveryou’ll enjoy your life about fifty times better–especially within the context of whatever you focus on.


About the Latest App: Pull out your iPhone right now, unlock the screen, go to the App Store, Search “Atmospheres,” then click “Buy Now” to get Jim’s amazing app, Atmospheres… available now!

Or you can act like a cheap bastard and buy the free version… lol :)

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Why Does One Not Want To Invest The Time To Make His Music Great?

To extend the discussion of music theory from our earlier chord progression theory post, this question penetrates the reason why people relinquish one of the “liquid” (cashable) and exciting opportunities available in the human experience: Bashing an instrument to hell to make random pattern of sounds.

Now, if you don’t read this post and make yourself privy to the reasons you might not work like a dog on your music, you then chain yourself and those who surround you  to mediocrity, because simple awareness could solve these problems of yours.


I now type for you the reasons why an individual might not invest the time to make his music great

  • Because he creates images in his head of people frowning and ignoring him and his music; he compares everything he does with the greats instead of observing his own progress
  • Because his parents laugh at him or told him he’s “Too loud” when he’d enjoy himself and his music
  • Because he might freeze in the complexity of music and the theory involved that expresses how to relate notes to each other for the effect he wants
  • Because he attempted to perfect his music instead of making it better… and better… and better (big difference here)

To transfer the person from accruing reasons why he invests too little  time into his music to: “Why he invests too much time into his music, do the following:

  1. Figure out what he values most (done by asking, “What’s most important to you in life?”)
  2. Ask him how not playing music violates that value.
  3. Offer him a solution for how he can meet that value with music.
  4. Then continue to talk about music creation with that highest value–implicitly (i.e. just talk about the sounds and what sounds he’d make with a “Free” moment or a “Loving” memory… etc.)

Dance: Seriously, if you or someone you know invests too little time in his or your music, then get up right now, grab a sheet of paper, write down the answer to, “What’s most important to me in Life?” then finish the rest of the steps. Do this now.


About the Latest App: Pull out your iPhone right now, unlock the screen, go to the App Store, Search “Atmospheres,” then click “Buy Now” to get Jim’s amazing app, Atmospheres… available now!

Or you can act like a cheap bastard and buy the free version… lol :)

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“Energy Flows Where Attention Goes”: Pay Attention To Your Music

If you come from a similar background to me, then you recognize that family fights run deep within your family. Well, as it turns out (you’ll like this little nugget of gold here), I used to always believe that diving in the middle of the proverbial s*** storm would allow me to pull everyone up in an anti-gravity beam of light. Well, I had infused energy into the argument, which has only exacerbated the issue.

That’s the bad side of this delicious pancake.

Now the good side of the pancake (cut the pancake in half and eat the good side). When I stopped paying attention to that garbage, they literally disappeared–both for myself and those involved. This means that we have a lot of influence on others based on what we care about about and devote ourselves to.


If we haven’t made this clear yet (lol), it applies very much to music creation and music publishing.

Don’t reward garbage with your attention. Your family, friends, and your music will conform to whatever you focus on the most (even if the absolute trash doesn’t seem to go away at first, give it time… it will). \

When you let things flow in improv, thinking about the beautiful music you want to create (or the theme), you will probably make something incredible.

When you focus on that bastard who stole your music rights (or when you focus on hording your music from any would-be shark), you could very possibly hinder your positive energy that you could otherwise devote to crafting high-quality art in the form of your music.
Time to apply this law POSITIVELY to your life. Let’s do something great with your music career… both in music production and music publishing.

Before we start, take a moment to do the following: Focus on your subconscious mind. Focus on the positive impacts of your life. Focus on the good qualities of life. I mentioned in my first post that most people tend to filter most good in life. Then, even if they don’t receive the bad (i.e. they filter out the bad), they generally live a very neutral life. It seems crazy.

Take ten minutes just to study everything about your career. To do this, buy books on music publishing and music production (such as The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing). Then, create Google account and subscribe to every music publishing blog available. Then read daily.

Afterward, especially every day after this ten minutes session, create a power plan now to play music, improvise for ten minutes while bringing in the most powerful concepts into your play. It’ll make things so much more fun and more available.


Wouldn’t it fill your life with value, wouldn’t you emote your most valued feeling every time when you know that whenever something bad comes around that, as long as you train your mind to focus on the great aspects of life, the bad will shrink to a tiny blip… which then fuels the positive in life with both energy saved and energy produced via recycling.

Ignore the drama and the bad deals life may throw you. It’ll give you more room to focus on the good ones still to come, you will enjoy a lot more love and success in life, because where attention goes energy flows.



You can find more information on music publishing companies at PlayGrind. Furthermore, you can find out how to protect yourself with modern digital music distribution.

Or you can simply explore PlayGrind for more information for your music publishing needs.

Drop the Hammer on Modern Digital Music Distribution: Using the Law to Your Advantage

Sorry about the late post. Measures have been taken to assure your daily fill of music publishing knowledge.

If you want to really protect yourself and your delicious music juice from illegal digital music distribution sources, then you’ll like this post. I’m no lawyer, and thus you might continue to befriend and confide in your attorney with more dollar bills (or pounds) for his input. Nonetheless, read below for a piece of delicious, law-based candy.


Hammer Modern

Digital Music Distribution

With U.S. copyright laws (currently, I speak just for the U.S. here).

S0mething to consider: when you conceive your intellectual property in tangible form (sticks, paper, audio recording, video recording, crayons on wall), copyright laws stand guard to protect you and your property. Two copyrights you immediately contract (in ways not unsimilar to diseases):

  • Performing Arts (PA) Copyright: The actual composition, map, that will create the sounds that make your music
  • Sound Recording (SR) Copyright: Interpretations of that map, the actual recordings of people following the map of your music

For digital music distribution companies to legally spread your music, they need obtain a mechanical license (aka audio-only license) from you. They must contract (whether oral or written) with you before spreading your music, digital or otherwise.


Randall Wixen* and Eric Beall** (music business weasels) recommend that you acquire an official copyright license as little formality to protect you one step further than the default copyright laws.


If you remember these two little bits of information, you can prevent shark music publishers from eating your media (music or otherwise) alive.


More Resources

Sources: Law In Business (8th Edition), and The Plain and Simple Guide to Music Publishing

Related Posts: Protecting Yourself With Music Publishing Companies and Digital Music Distribution (Your Rights)

Related App: Protect yourself more. Stay mentally alert in the presence of shark music publishing companies when you rest with Atmospheres.


One Surefire Way to Make Instrumentals Liked on Facebook (Or: One Surefire Way to Avoid the Massive, S***ing Turtle)

(The original draft of this was funnier but obscene. Here’s the obscene post, if you prefer. It’s funnier.)

There’s a floating turtle the size of your house taking a massive dump on your back porch. Have I got your attention?

There isn’t really a floating turtle the size of your house taking a massive dump on your back porch. I just said that because I love you. However, this turtle will… [picture an obscene turtle scene drafted here] if you don’t listen to the following post… which will get your links to your instrumentals clicked and liked on Facebook.


If you can perceive that giant floating turtle, you can conceive whatever goal you want in life, whether it’s to make instrumentals awesome or create the biggest collection of Yahama synths in the world. So why not keep that image in your mind?

One very cool guy said, “Thirst is the surest proof of water.” The same applies to your goals and your desire for them, whatever nature they may be.


Now, let me ask you this. What would happen if you pictured your goal more intensely, more vividly than ever before? What if you revved up that intensity every day so that your goals became a freakin’ Mo-driven purpose in  life that actually DROVE you to whatever end you chose to conceive?

Wouldn’t it be a crazy change in life?


If you don’t begin to hold that amazing goal in your mind and on paper right now, if you don’t uphold that outrageous goal that no one else thinks you can accomplish right now, then that turtle will do… terrible things. It’ll only do terrible things if you stick to blurry, small goals that don’t allow you to realize your full potential.


For more information on goals, consider any personal development book in the world. Specifically, consider these books in the following order, Think and Grow Rich, Master-Key to Riches, “MTO” with Paul Scheele and Jack Canfield, all things Tony Robbins, and The Magic of Thinking Big.

Another thing, too, is that once you set your goals, you can apply the other technical know-how described elsewhere in the blog. Especially when it comes to understanding your modular synths or making instrumentals of  yours rock.

For instrumental music free downloads, consider this blog post as the beginning of a source of never-ending music that you will love and love forever.

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