Four Years – “Live Long and Prosper”

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david on stageOctober 10, 2010 – October 10, 2014, 2 years of planning and 22 years of saving gets you blessings, success, purpose and seeing a dream ( as Mr. Spock would say ) “live long and prosper”. As we hit our 4th year milestone, I must pause to reflect.

Once upon a time… I had a seed of an idea of how to try harder to go the steps beyond giving instruction on how to play an instrument or sing. The seed of an idea was just in my mind a few years ago. I wasn’t even aware that it was there at the beginning, but my frustration was taking hold. I have been a musician for 50 years now. I have taken formal lessons, learned to play with other musicians, learned how to improvise, how to sing harmonies and then lead vocals. Over the years, as I struggled with the age old question of many young musicians, especially from the 1960’s Beatles and Woodstock explosion…”should I be just a full time musician and risk it all…or go to college and get a 40 hour a week job”? Not being a person who took risks in my youth, I chose the latter and went to college. All the while, I would face difficult or uninteresting issues and quit and start performing music more. This back and forth struggle continued most of my second, third and forth decades of life. I eventually worked at a full time job, raised a family and performed music on the side for fun and extra money, thus giving up on my dreams of being all that I could be as a musician.

During the raising of my children, I had two daughters who showed a natural gift for music and I proudly watched them take to it so much better than I ever did, throughout their school years, only to find that they would give it up after school and go the way of college and become school teachers – a very noble profession indeed and one that I always thought I would have been good at. I am extremely proud of the people and teachers they have become but I will always feel like I didn’t do enough to encourage their musical learning journey. THIS is the seed that I speak of! This is what started growing a burning desire in my mind that eventually became David’s Music House. This business would serve multiple purposes. It would allow me to explore my passion to provide encouragement and ways to help students of music discover WHY they wanted to learn how to perform. It would also serve to replace the disappearing ‘Retirement of Baby Boomers” with something that would not only be my retirement, but would allow me to find ways to help the world be better off, because of creating more musicians and in turn, more music.
The seed of an idea grew from my non risk portion of my youth, into a burring desire to do whatever it takes, to see this vision become a reality in my life.

I repeat this vision over and over to all that will listen. David’s Music House is a place you can come to learn how to play an instrument or sing, but there are many private teachers and music stores that do that. David’s Music House is a place to come and discover WHY music is so powerful, incredible, healing, emotional, basic, life improving and on and on. We are like a house or home that explores music and what is so special about music. I call our teachers Music Mentors because as they teach you how to play or sing, they teach you how to act on stage, how to listen to other musicians you perform with, how to add to a musical group or performance rather than “be the star on the stage”! Our LIVE concerts by touring singer/songwriters provide hands on learning that music students can not find anywhere else. We can teach you how to start writing your own music and take it in the recording studio experience.

When new music teachers who come to David’s Music House, they are given the “keys” to experiment and create their new ideas to Inspire students. New teachers also discover that they can actually “learn” from the other teachers here because we are a Music Mentoring Team that does not shun other teachers but instead, help and support the other teachers.

Our Coffee House setting provides a great place for waiting parents but it does so much more than that! It provides the “kitchen table” home-like atmosphere that provides a family welcoming and gathering place where people find a few moments of their day to relax and stop thinking about everything going on in their hectic world outside.

I have learned a great deal as an entrepreneur over the last 6 years of planning, building and tweaking the business model of David’s Music House but one thing never stops being the center of my focus and passion….that is the “seed” of what started in my mind that is growing into a thriving model for help, support and Inspiration to all those who come to share their love of Music.

I end with my forever and constant Thank You to each of you who have discovered, come, shared and continue being loyal lovers of the dream that is David’s Music House.

Sincerely yours,

David

DMH E Sign

“I always wanted my name up in lights”!

 

“Angels Are Watching Over Me…..”

Quite a long while ago

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“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……”

“People don’t buy what you do…people buy WHY you do it” – Simon Sinek

Quite a long while ago

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The message of my article this month is perfectly aligned with an amazing concept from Simon Sinek, noted author and motivational speaker. There is a great video of by Mr. Sinek titled “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” on Ted Talks (www.ted.com) about great leaders who follow a philosophy of “People don’t buy what you do, they buy WHY you do it”. My article this month speaks about my discovery that this amazing principal is exactly the primary mission for my creation that is David’s Music House. I would like to tell you all WHY I created David’s Music House and tell you the VALUE of choosing to come here for your music education, above all other possible choices.

THE reason I created David’s Music House was my underlying passion to do everything possible, in a music educational environment, to prevent a student from losing that passion that first ignited within to make him or her want to learn to play an instrument. (People don’t buy what you do, they buy WHY you do it.) I decided that my music school had to provide any tool or at least the ability for educators to feel free to create and utilize any means to re-ignite that spark when they see a sudden lack of practice or enthusiasm in their student.  Additionally, I remembered that every musician I have ever known, experienced a single moment or person who totally put them on a path of becoming a musician. Therefore, I created a “LIVE music venue setting for the school, where learning students could watch and listen to amazing professional performers dazzle them, right before their eyes, in a close, comfortable setting in a “living room, coffee house”.  I can remember thinking… this is a win-win solution!  I’ll create a music school that looks and feels like anyone’s living room and add the community feeling of a coffee house setting.  This would provide performers with the intimate environment they like to perform in the most amazing music lesson waiting room ever created!

This most unique business idea, along with a perfect atmosphere in a prosperous, growing community is what makes David’s Music House perfect for growth.  I have seen it occurring since I first opened the doors on 10/10/2010.  I knew I had the perfect ingredients for business growth.  The second part of seeing a long successful business is by providing the very best “customer experience” to insure loyalty in your customers so they keep coming back.

FINDING THE BEST TEACHERS:  David’s Music House has some of the finest musicians/instructors you will ever find!  I pride myself in hiring not only teachers with extensive music backgrounds, but also in finding those who can and will embrace the DMH mission. “I will not have a single teacher within David’s Music House who shows resistance to the purpose it was created for and each must not only verbally agree to the mission, but carry out it’s purpose every single day, even when they are not physically within the business.  Those who will be here to see the heights we can all reach, will be those who ‘walk the walk’ of not just teaching… but making sure each and every student wants to come to David’s Music House more than almost anything else they are involved in”.  This can only be done if the teachers are providing the excitement and passion from within themselves, and lead by example.  That is how you mentor and change lives… by setting examples of INSPIRATION, not simply providing instructions to someone and then sending them home, expecting them to come back next week.

The plan, as I tell all the current teachers, is that David’s Music House is going to be larger than they can possibly imagine and following the path and methods I have laid before you, will not only make this happen faster, but it will insure your success, both monetarily and in completely fulfilling your passion for music when you see all your students succeed and become amazing musicians and performers.

So I say, to all who come to David’s Music House and to all the future students out there… when you come to David’s Music House, as long as it has that name, you will find it to be a refuge for you, to come and enjoy, discuss, plan, learn, listen, and perform…all for the LOVE AND POWER OF MUSIC!  We are here to instruct you on how to play and instrument and to insure that the process keeps you loving the journey all along the way.

We encourage all of our parents and students to tell us if you think your student is becoming disinterested.  We are not here only to teach.  We are here to make sure you LOVE what you are learning and most importantly, WHY you are doing it.

“Thank you for finding and entrusting your musical journey to David’s Music House”? – David