A few days ago
As we go through life, it is only natural and human to allow disappointment or failures or just things that impact us in negative way, to become the focus of all of our thoughts. The mind will always bombard our thoughts with “why did this have to happen to me?”, “Why can’t I ever seem to do anything right?”, “Why do I always fail at everything I try?” Believe me, I have had my share of these thoughts throughout my life. It seems to take such effort to focus our minds on positive thoughts, but it is really a matter of retraining ourselves to stay positive. This may be due to generations being taught to be humble and not self centered. There is also evidence that our brains are actually hard-wired to focus on negative thoughts as a defense mechanism. The data shows that areas of the brain will expend most of it’s energy on the negative thoughts to the degree that other areas lessen or stop completely to give the primary focus on the negative or possible threat, for survival purposes. What I have learned in the last 5 years or so is that thinking negative always gives the exact same in result – negativity.
We need to reprogram our brains to say “STOP”, when we start thinking anything negative and find any thought, as quickly as we can, about something good or that makes us smile. Even if you can’t think of something, physically make yourself smile! This is something that will take a good deal of time to be able to do. Many of us have been allowing ourselves to think negatively for many, many years, so to think this habit is going to change over a few weeks or months, is quite unreasonable! The key is to START NOW! Start snapping yourself out of being angry in traffic, or saying negative things about people, even when you are alone. Make a list of positive thoughts or goals you want to achieve and say them aloud to yourself every morning and night. There are studies that show that verbally speaking out loud has longer lasting effects on your brain than merely thinking good thoughts.
Learning new things can be a challenge but also very rewarding, such as learning to play an instrument or to sing, at any age. Music is one way to steer your mind and behavior to positive thinking. This is why we are brining Music Therapy as part of our Music Plus Program throughout the year at DMH. Music continues to improve our lives in so many ways and David’s Music House exists for the single purpose of making the world a better place, though Music, one lesson at a time.
Thanks to all the community for your continued support and love that you show all of us and for becoming part of the DMH Family.
Here is a video to show all the LOVE we all share with all of you.
Why do we play music? We love when we can learn to play or sing and be good at this power of music we are all drawn to. Even people who don’t seem to be particularly into music, don’t buy music or go to see performances, are still drawn to its power in movies, television or even just shopping. Many people want so badly to make music and then when they discover the attention they receive when they are known as music makers, they love becoming aware of their own value.
Often musicians develop an ego of accomplishment if they are especially good at their craft. Many want to be the center of the attention and in the limelight, even when they perform with a group of musicians. This is usually due to immaturity and youth. Even the very talented performer will hear and thus feel the power of the group performance when it comes together. However, many take a long time, if ever, to realize that they are only part of this power.
We play music for what is does to the listener. The listener can be unknown to the music maker. The listener can be any life form, anywhere. Music, in many forms, from rhythm to frequencies and melodic tones has been a form of communication and known as such for a long time, but we know now that it possesses a power to the emotional and physical state of living things. Music can heighten the emotions of anger or sadness or provide great relief of stress and even healing. Music can enhance the well being of life.
The point of all of this is that when we learn to play music, LISTENING is the reason for the playing. Listening is what draws us to music in the first place. It’s why we want to play it. Whatever end result we may want to achieve, whether it be to be the best player or singer, LISTENING becomes the end requirement.
This is WHY we must learn to keep our focus on how we play music. It’s for that life form who the notes and frequencies eventually reach, that the performer may never be aware of. We all want to be accepted and acknowledged for something while we exist as part of the “stuff of the universe”. We are all connected by many things and music is one force that connects us.
This is why I have always brought the message that David’s Music House was created to help everyone find the WHY they are learning about music. It is important that we learn early in the process, and we keep our eyes and ears on WHY we are actually doing this wonderful thing! All of us at David’s Music House are here to insure that DMH students stay on a path of “Inspiration and Exploration of The Power of Music”
2014….WOW…. I can remember when I was in my 20′s, thinking, “I’ll be 48 years old in the year 2000″. It seemed like everything would be Jetsonian. We’d all be driving cars that hover! These are amazing times. True, we’re not getting around in flying cars, but we can own a car that can parallel park itself and we carry instant connectivity to everyone on the planet in the palm of our hands! Ah…pretty amazing, I must say.
So, what’s in store for DMH? There are some new ideas and concepts for 2014 for ‘da House. Some of them we have already introduced, such as Music Therapy and Life Benefit Through Music Sessions, our MUSIC PLUS PROGRAM which will get into full swing sometime in the first quarter of 2014. The first part of MUSIC PLUS is our Music Therapy Program which is currently underway. We will also be making some physical improvements in things such as making our lesson rooms more soundproof and adding an additional lesson room.
We continue to see increasing student growth and we continue adding more resources and exceptional DMH APPROVED MUSIC MENTORS to keep up with the growth demands. We will soon be a staff of 10 teachers! Our new SPRING GROUP CLASSES offer some affordable NEW learning experiences such as Mandolin, Songwriting and Music Theory.
Look for some exciting concert events in 2014 on our website Calendar as I continue driving my mission of bringing Professional Touring Performances and DMH Students together. I continue to stress how important it is for learning students to see, hear and meet musicians who are out there, doing this thing called MUSIC and making a living doing what they love and bring #THEPOWEROFMUSIC to everyone in the world. (A pretty awesome thing to do as a living!)
That is WHAT WE DO like no other place of music education. We make sure students learn WHY they are taking lessons, WHY they are practicing, choosing the instrument they love best, play best and we make sure they WANT TO CONTINUE LEARNING. It’s not all just about taking lessons. It’s about listening, playing with other musicians, thinking about ALL the other musicians and parts of the music, being inspired and inspiring others. You can feel this Love of Music when you walk into David’s Music House.
You will always find a NEW Total Music Experience at David’s Music House because it’s not about what we do…..it’s about WHY WE DO IT!
So get ready, get fired up and get TOTALLY EXPERIENCED!
Have a most wonderful, peaceful and prosperous 2014!!!
As always – Thank You for your support of David’s Music House.
AGAIN?… Another year has passed and it is hard to believe how incredibly fast each one seems to fly by. This was our third year of David’s Music House and we made it through a HUGE milestone in the life of a start up business, especially in about the worst economic times since The Great Depression! It just proves what I call “The Power Of Music”! Even in the worst of times, music will carry us, support us and provide focus and direction and even serenity.
So, as I do at the end of every year, I pause to reflect on what I have learned and how to put the experience to good use. This year is no exception. I will spend the end of 2013 first, enjoying special time with family and friends, and then coming into 2014 with fresh new ideas and services from David’s Music House for the community of music lovers
One NEW idea has begun to form and that is what I am calling our “Music PLUS Program”. This is actually a spinoff of our Music Therapy service. Music has so much POWER to influence and affect our emotions and lives. There is a lot of scientific data now to illustrate how music can affect our well being, emotionally and physically. Our Music PLUS Program will provide LIFE BENEFITS such as STRESS RELIEF, IMPROVE INTELLIGENCE AND MEMORY. This program will be launched in the first quarter of 2014 in various phases. The first being Music Therapy. We will have several events over the next few months to raise awareness and knowledge of what Music Therapy can do for anyone. Music Therapy is not just something clinical that uses music to help with a problem. It is rather a way to use music to improve social interaction and well being of anyone and there is no need to actually know how to play music. That’s the amazing thing abut music. You don’t have to know how to play music to enjoy the benefits.
I also have a story of great Inspiration that occurred this month. One of our adult students who decided to learn how to play the guitar is also a professional in the medical field. He asked if we could provide a method for him to sponsor a young gifted student to who perhaps can not afford to pay for music lessons. What an absolutely AWESOME heartfelt way to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. This also is inspiring me to find a way to offer such a Sponsorship Program through David’s Music House in 2014 so that other community members can sponsor other gifted young aspiring musicians to be able to realize their musical dream.
Stories like this and many others have been presented to me on my journey to make this world a better place….through The Power Of Music!
As always, I have to thank each and every one of you reading this article, for supporting David’s Music House and it’s mission to do everything we can to bring more music into this world….. and that’s always a good thing!
Please have a safe, happy and the most wonderful Christmas and New Year Holiday season.
David – President of David’s Music House, Inc.
More than a month ago
I am very excited to be part of David’s Music House and introducing music therapy to the community. Music therapy is an established and accredited profession that can have lasting effects on the clients it serves. It is a fun, creative way to allow people to express themselves and work towards goals that enhance their well being.
There seems to be some negative stigma attached to the word “therapy.” Therapy is something that makes life better. There is nothing bad about seeking or going to therapy. It’s there to give us motivation, guidance, and a little help. No matter who you are, we all need a little help sometimes. Broken leg? Physical therapy helps it heal faster. Going through a rough time? A counselor can help you see the light. Hurting back? Massage therapy feels great. Music therapy has many benefits as well.
Music therapy focuses on a variety of areas. It helps address social and academic needs in school aged children. It helps relieve stress for the busy mother, or help a grieving family member. It helps a person recovering from surgery to relax and manage their pain. It helps an elderly grandfather remember dancing with his wife, or someone with Alzheimer’s disease find their voice again…and so much more.
So, why music? Music is a great motivator. How many times has music helped you run that extra mile, or made a chore or that long commute a little easier? Or when you hear your favorite song on the radio, you can’t help but dance and sing along. Music is a universal language, spoken across the world and part of our every day lives. In our bodies, music activates different parts of the brain at once, connecting our speech, movement, and emotions. And finally, music is just a lot of FUN.
So how does music therapy help? Music therapy is practiced by a Board-Certified Music Therapist, like me! I have the training to know what kind of music to use, and how to use it. For each client, I work closely with the family to determine goals, and create ways to address those goals through music. I usually use guitar, piano, and percussion instruments with structured activities based around the client’s individual interests and needs. These activities include singing, playing instruments, creative improvisation, song writing, lyric discussion, story telling, and reminiscing. I often write my own songs to use with my client or group, so we can work on a specific goal at their level.
There’s so much more I can say about music therapy. I absolutely love my career as a music therapist, and have personally seen it help many people, in many areas of life. It is beneficial for all- from young children, to middle aged adults, to senior citizens. And all are welcome at David’s Music House! I offer free consultations for anyone interested or wanting to learn more about music therapy. Insurance reimbursement may be available. Just call or stop in! And be sure to save the date for our Music PLUS Program Fun/Info Night on November 14th at 7 p.m. It will feature our guest Ed Boas, a certified rythmic facilitator, who will lead us in an energizing drum circle that will have us all feeling the beat! Ed works with many organizations and corporations to build teamwork and social interactive rhythmic sessions. I will also be presenting on some of the aspects of our NEW Music PLUS Program and how it can benefit you, your loved one, and our community. Come on in! It’s a FREE night of FUN for the whole family.
“Somebody’s Praying” is a song written by John G Elliott and performed by Ricky Scaggs is an amazing song and has so much meaning for me. A good friend, Brad Bendis, introduced me to this song and I have performed it several times at the House. 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 if 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. My parents had gone shopping at other stores in the plaza and came back about 2 hours later and I was still sitting there, playing the organ. They bought that organ that night.
My dad took me to my organ lessons every week, to recitals, to my classical pipe organ lessons in Oakland, 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-3, Leslie speaker cabinets, PA 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 3 years, although David’s Music House has always showed positive movement toward success, I can’t lie that it hasn’t been about the hardest thing I have ever done in my life! There have been several times when I didn’t know how I was going to keep it going, the many milestones of funding and at one point, when I had no idea what to do next, an angel came almost from nowhere and gave temporary financial support to get me through. Everything that has happened over the last 5 years has enabled the business to keep going and moving forward. Now, at my third year anniversary, I am seeing the signs of real success. I have known all along that there is only ONE WAY for this dream to succeed and that is to NOT STOP!!!
This month of October 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, who comes often to our DMH Unplugged Nights, came this month with my Dad’s 1930 Gibson acoustic guitar, wonderfully restored. He played amazing, as he always plays and all I could think of was my Dad starting me in music and guiding me all of those 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 gift Jim.
Thank you DAD…….
YES… INDEED, THERE ARE ANGELS!
“ANGELS ARE WATCHING, I CAN FEEL THEM. ANGELS ARE WATCHING OVER ME……”