What’s the Secret of Success?

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Three key ingredients – Yep, that’s the big secret to success, so simple and yet so not followed. So many approach success as what’s the popular thing…what will yield the most return on investment… The secret comes from inside YOU and what has life taught you and what frustrates you that you want to fix…? Here are my 3 ingredients:

1) The idea of what DMH continuously strives to do comes directly from about 60 years of my personal life experiences. Every facet of David’s Music House is created and driven by the voice inside of me and that makes the business have no direct competition. No one else can possibly have had the experiences I have over the last 66 years.

2) Never, never, never, never, never…infinity + NEVER….QUIT. I know if I ever stop, that will be just a few inches short of succeeding beyond my wildest dreams. Every single world changing idea, invention or service created only came about to all of our awareness because the originator continued until it happened.

3.)There is one more key ingredient, which I strongly believe in, more so now in my life than ever before…that is the knowledge that I have discovered why God created me and why every good and terrible experience I’ve ever gone through happened to me. Every step, from my earliest childhood, to the moment I am typing this right now has allowed me to be exactly who I am and where I am and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve experienced, over the last 7+ years, digging into some of my retirement money and even hitting a couple of solid walls of not knowing how I would pay for the next month, but every time, God has provided a way, through sources I would have never imagined! I have never been very religious, but at this stage in my life, I am 100% aware that all the years I thought my life was nothing of any significance, there were just far too many times and events that could have turned my life the wrong way or even ended it. This has solidified my faith in the simple fact that God has taken care of me. I won’t go further into this subject here except to say that these “facts or ingredients” provide such a sense of accomplishment and happiness to my life. I also know there is so much more to come…because I hear it and feel it from my inner voice every day.

Want to succeed and be happy? Look at your life and all the events in it that you experienced and then ask yourself, in your most quiet moments…What am I here for? You will find your answer….BUT…you may not realize it until you have had enough life experiences in order for this to be revealed to you.

As aways, I thank everyone for finding and supporting David’s Music House and what we do.

“It is our mission to not only teach how to play an instrument or sing, but to help students discover “WHY” they have begun this music journey! I call our music teachers, “Music Mentors” as they live the passion of “The lesson room is only the FIRST STEP” in the process of discovering this almost magical and emotional thing that we humans do to express ourselves, communicate and make the world a better place.” – David

 

Peace and Love,

 

David

 

A Father’s Day Story – Big Dave’s Dream

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Big Dave and Little DaveAs June 17th is Father’s Day, I thought I’d share a bit of how much my Dad influenced my life and led me to create David’s Music House, as well as why I am trying to do more than provide a place that offers music lessons.

“Somebody’s Praying” – a song written by John G Elliott and performed by Ricky Scaggs is an amazing song and has so much meaning for me.  I have felt the presence and guidance of my father, David A. Lindberg, “Big Dave”, almost from the moment he died, on December 21, 1989. The passing of my father became a new season of my entire life, as I became a completely new person and I know it is because he became my guardian angel and continues guiding me every step of the way. The lyrics of the song include, “Mighty hands are guiding me, to protect me from what I can’t see. Lord I believe, Somebody’s praying for me. Angels are watching, I can feel them. Angels are watching over me….”

Many of you know that I often speak of my Dad starting me into music. He and my mother went to look for a player piano at a music store one day, when I was about 13 years old. The salesman sat me at an organ with some music note cardboard guides and a beginner song book and I was hooked.  They bought that organ that night.

My dad took me to my organ lessons every week, to recitals, to my classical pipe organ lessons, bought a small organ when I started with some friends in a band, bought us a van to carry our equipment, bought a Hammond Organ B-3Leslie speaker cabinets, sound equipment, found playing jobs for myself and the band, came and recorded us many times when we played….and on and on…. He was living his dream, through me.

When I faced leaving my corporate job of 22 years in 2008, I didn’t know if I should take that leap or not. My whole life was about playing it safe, not taking risks, but a voice inside kept telling me that if I stay the same, so will my life, and possibly fill my memories with regrets. I listened to that voice, and I have no doubt it was being guided by my Dad.

Over the last almost 8 years, although David’s Music House has always showed positive movement toward success, it has been one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life! During the first three years, there were a few times when I didn’t know how I was going to keep it going.  All through these scary times, suddenly, seemingly from out of the blue, financial support would come to see me through…thanks to my Angels watching over me. Everything that has happened over the last 8 years has enabled the business to keep going and moving forward. 

This video below is from a few years ago and it brought me a wonderful gift of a sign from my Dad, coming full circle.

A good friend and great musician, songwriter and guitar player, Jim Lawrence, had my Dad’s 1930 Gibson acoustic guitar, wonderfully restored. He played on our DMH Stage and all I could think of was my Dad starting me in music and guiding me all of these years and I KNEW he was right there, in spirit, beside me, listening to his guitar, and telling me, “It’s all going to be great David. You are living my dream. You are making this work. I’m so proud of you!” and my eyes just began to flood without control. Thanks for a “priceless memory Jim!

Thank you DAD…….

This Father’s Day…go see your Dad and give him the BIGGEST HUG ever and say the words..”Thanks for everything Dad…I love you”.  Trust me…he wants no other gift than that. If your Father is no longer with you…say the same words to him. I truly believe he will hear you.

Peace & Love,

David

Happy Mother’s Day!

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We celebrate Mother’s Day this May 13, 2018. Below are pictures of my Mom, Hannah.

Hannah 2007Young Hannah

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month, we celebrate Mothers and for many of us of the Baby Boomer Generation, we are at the stage of life where we have lost or nearing the end of our Mothers being here with us. I have reached the stage of having both my parents and my brother and sister having passed away. I am the only member of my immediate family still living and let me tell you, it is indeed a strange feeling! All but my brother lived a long, mostly healthy life and passed from natural causes. My brother died around the age of 50, much too young. It is true that as we live our busy lives, focused on what we each need to do for ourselves and our families, we don’t really appreciate how great it is to have our parents alive with us. Sure, there are many who may not have good relationships with parents or may have lost one or both at a young age, or perhaps never even knew their parents, but if you are fortunate enough to have relationships with your parents, don’t forget to spend time with them while you still can.  It is pretty strange when you think of giving them a call to see what’s going on..and you realize that you can’t just call them on the phone anymore.

Our family noticed my mother, Hannah, beginning to forget things and act confused. She would stop in mid sentence and search for a word she wanted to use. We all thought it was just normal behavior of someone almost 90 years of age. It wasn’t. It was the “Silent Epidemic” of our time. Silent because we all just think it’s normal to begin to forget things when we get very old. Alzheimer’s is going to be the most crippling disease of our times as the Baby Boomer Generation, the largest aging segment of our population, grows older. This country will feel the heavy burden on its economy and the families will feel the tragedy and sadness that it brings.

My mother lived her last 5 years in a state of being perfectly healthy of body, but feeling the nightmare of feeling her mind slip away. I’m sure she was quite aware many times of what was going on, seeing that she was living in a old age home with other victims of age related illnesses, being terrified but actually getting some relief from the fear as her mind slipped into the fog once again.

So take some time this Mother’s Day and tell Mom how amazing she is…Say The Words to her. If you have any issues or are not in contact with your Mom, for whatever reason, perhaps visit a neighbor or join some friends who may be taking their Mom out to dinner…or even send a card to someone who is a mom…just to say…for this day…Have a Great Mother’s Day Today!

David’s Music House sends out our Love of Music to all you Moms out there!

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Peace and Love,

David

 

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April ???…Really ???

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david on stageRemember last month, I said if March comes in like a lamb, it goes out like a lion?…well, it looks like the lion is hanging on into April still. What’s with these cold temps and snow…still in April? It’s supposed to be April Showers..but not SNOW showers! Oh well, it is Pittsburgh, PA…we get the four seasons, but they also tend to blur from one season into another anymore. We seem to not really know when Winter stops and Spring starts. It’s a good thing we have calendars to tell us…right?

So, since it’s mostly Spring, we’re all getting ready to see those trees fill with all those green leaves and the spring flower pop out of the ground. We’re gearing up for some beautiful Spring action at ‘da House as well. We have more new teachers and new Performance learning all beginning in April.

We have 3, yes, three String teachers now! Check out all of our teachers BIO’s on our Music Teachers page on our website here.

We are beginning our NEW Performance Learning in April as well. One of the key missing components of most musicians is knowing and understanding why and how to perform on stage. I’m not talking about playing their instruments or singing here. I am speaking about having the awareness that musicians are not performing on a stage for their own pleasure. Yes, every musician gets pleasure from playing and performing, but without an audience, you may as well be alone in a room listening to yourself. Once a musician steps onto a stage or has an audience listening, they have a responsibility to “entertain” those listeners, at least if they ever want people to like, follow and come hear them perform again in the future. There is more to entertaining an audience than just being good at playing an instrument or having an amazing voice. Every musician should show their audience that they are aware that they are indeed out there and let them know that, by talking to them, looking at them and most importantly, thanking them! Believe it or not, there are so many who do not do this at all and many more who don’t know how to do this. This is because they don’t have any experience entertaining audiences and have never been taught HOW to do this.

This has been a fundamental reason I created David’s Music House. In addition to providing inspiration, encouragement and mentoring students to want to learn…I want students to show their listeners that they care about them. This falls under our mentoring of students. It provides students with more than lessons, but with responsibility and caring for others. This part of learning at David’s Music House will carry over into our students awareness of how to care for and support others throughout all of their lives. At DMH, it is an important value to make our best efforts to encourage support of others and community. We do this through the very best communications tool known…MUSIC! Music is communicating directly to not only understanding, but to our human emotions and there is no better pathway to promote kindness and understanding of others.

As always, I want to thank all of the parents and students who have chosen David’s Music House for your Music Education and for spreading the word about what we are trying to do in our community and the world – make our world just a little better, one student at a time.

“The Lesson Room is Only the First Step” – David

Peace and Love,

David

 

 

 

 

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day…March Madness?

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Sorry sport fans…just trying to get your attention. We do have March Madness though…MMM…Music March Madness!

So…it seems March is coming in nice and gentle, like a lamb…so you all know what that means…if you don’t walk under ladders or have other superstitions…it means March’s weather will go out like a lion…meaning some serious snow type blizzard is due. We have had some big blizzards in March. I can remember they years of performing at Seven Springs Ski Resort, many a March we found ourselves having to stay there over the weekend because we were caught in a blizzard…and what a place to get caught in snow. That place comes alive when it happens. The next day, they usually get the roads pretty clear to allow all the skiers access to come up and spend some serious dollars…oh and have fun too.

Those days are long gone and I’ve had my share of dealing with driving in snow, so I’m just fine, as they say…”hunkering down” and staying home, inside looking out at it..as long as the electricity stays on that is.

So DMH will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day with our awesome Peppermint O’Patty Lattes. Sorry, we don’t have the Irish brew (no alcohol, we’re a music school after all) but that won’t keep us from decorating and putting up a bit o’ the green. Ya know…Lil’ Davy is part Irish…on his mudder’s side ya know!

So, I’m going to talk a bit about our Performance teaching here at David’s Music House. I have said since the day we opened (10.10.10) that we do much more than teach how to play an instrument or sing inside a lesson room. There are lots of music teachers all around who do that and they do it well. I am very proud of our DMH Teachers and how amazing they are at providing music lessons. DMH, on the other hand, was created to do so much more than that. It is my clear passion to teach our students what to do when they get up on a stage! So here’s a few changes we are putting into place to do a better job of that.

Currently, we have our teachers each host a Student Showcase once a month to get the students they teach some “on stage experience” and perhaps to learn to perform with some other students in bands or ensembles. Now we are kicking that performance training up a notch by providing a path of performance training that arrives at the Student Showcase as a final accomplishment. We are starting “DMH Student Open Stage Performances”. Open Stage is only for DMH students and can be any day a student and teacher want to give it try.

Our teachers will begin getting students up on the stage during their regular lesson days, and show them how to use a microphone, how to talk to an audience and say more than my name is…and to begin learning how to show an audience that they, as a performer, are actually engaging the audience and letting them know they are thankful for their attention and perhaps applause. They can even perform a couple of songs, up to a max of 15 minutes.

As little as one or a maximum of 5 students may perform on any giving evening. This will be a learning performance, meaning they may make mistakes, start over, or whatever. It’s just fun and informal but a teachable moment. After a student has performed a few Open Stages and are more polished AND their teacher feels they are ready, they will then step up, eventually, to the Student Showcase, where at this point, they will know how to engage and thank an audience.

The intent here is to make Student Showcases a goal to strive towards and in the meantime, be much more prepared to actually entertain an audience, once they perform at a Showcase.

This will be a great step by step method for students to gain not only experience of being on a stage, but to actually entertain an audience.

We are excited about this new Performance service, which will begin in April. It’s just another way David’s Music House is your place to get the best Total Music Experience around.

As always, we are all so thankful to each of you parents and students for choosing and being loyal fans of David’s Music House.

Peace & Love,

David

Happy Valentine’s Day – 25 Years – More Teachers – More Performance Learning…So Much Happenin’ at ‘da House!

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Where do I start? So…what’s happenin’ at ‘da House?

This Valentine’s Day, Anita and I will be celebrating our 25th year of marriage! We can’t believe that many years have gone by…so quickly and yet so amazingly full of way too many blessings to begin to count. We had both ended first marriages and as God seems to have always been with us, we happened to meet while working for the same company we had been working for quite a while but didn’t know each other.

All throughout my life, I have always focused too much on the difficulties I have gone through and as I look back at all of those times, when I thought everything was never going my way…I now plainly see that all that time, I was constantly being saved and blessed by God. After my Dad passed away, about 28 years ago, my life took a 180 degree turn around, starting with finding someone who has been my best friend ever since – Anita. I know that my Dad has been guiding me all these years, from marrying Anita to celebrating over 7 years of growth and success of David’s Music House. Anita and I have worked and been together almost daily since 1993, and now we are blessed to both work together at David’s Music House. I know that ongoing success of DMH will have so much to do with Anita being the face to our DMH Families. I have never known another person who in a few short minutes of spending time with people, uplifts the spirits of those she talks with for the rest of their day. I have watched her do this from the very first time I saw her and she still is doing this at ‘da House. People’s faces light up with smiles and they just feel good, even after they leave DMH because she spent some time catching up on their lives. The very BEST thing about Anita..is that I get to be with her all the time. I have never stopped feeling so blessed that I have been given the Gift of Anita.

sooooo…anyway….what else is going on? (sorry..I begin to ramble when I talk about Anita)

We are kicking up the Performance Learning aspect of what we teach at DMH. We are leaving the stage set up with sound and mics and equipment so teachers can bring students up during their lesson and introduce them to being on the stage.

We are introducing “Student Open Stage” at the DMH Coffee House beginning in February! So here’s how it works. During lessons, teachers will bring some of their students to the stage just to introduce them to being on it. They are actually taking a first step out of the Lesson Room to begin performance training. Next, whenever any teacher feels they have a few students who are ready to get more stage experience, they will sign them up on our All The Time DMH Open Stage List. Any teacher can, on any evening, prepare students (up to 5 per any night) to perform in an Open Stage format for their friends and family. This is a Second Step in Performance Training. All of this prepares DMH students for the more organized, Monthly Student Showcases, where students should now be much more prepared to look and talk to the audience, engage an audience and not “run off the stage” but stay and audibly Thank the audience for their attention and applause.

One of the weakest aspects of most ALL musicians is that NO ONE EVER PREPARED THEM TO PERFORM ON A STAGE! I have wanted to make this a big part of what DMH does since I opened the doors. We are NOW getting more serious about making this part of each student’s learning.

“The Lesson Room is only the FIRST Step”

We are also bringing on a couple of new teachers to our DMH Team. James Diller is an excellent guitar player and teacher who will be teaching beginning to advanced guitar. Nathan Weese, who you may recognize as the 1st Place Winner of the 2018 Washington’s Got Talent” contest. Nathan will be teaching piano as a Level 2 DMH Teacher beginning February and until he goes to college this fall. We are introducing a new program for learning teachers who are at the beginning and during college years, who will give beginning lessons at a reduced cost, as they are not yet fully degreed. We hope this will give high school graduates and those still persuing a college degree in music, some great teaching experience, that they don’t provide at college. You can check out the BIO’s of both James and Nathan on our www.davidsmusichouse.com website on the Music Lesson page.

There’s more to say, but I’ll save some of that for next and upcoming months.

Anita and I thank you each from the bottom of our hearts for coming to David’s Music House and for showing us your love back.

We LOVE YENZ GUYZ!!!!

Peace & Love,

David