What does the business convention, Stompernet Live 8, and Barack Obama have in common?

Q: What does Barack Obama and Stompernet Live 8 have in common?
: David Bullock

After speaking to David Bullock at Stompernet Live 8, I was inspired by his story,  good fortune and book.

If, like me, you marveled at the cutting-edge marketing prowess of the Obama 08′ Presidential campaign last year, then you might appreciate Bullock’s  Barack Obama’s Social Media Lessons For Business.”   As Amazon.com explains, the book:

Outlines the multichannel marketing sequence used by the Obama campaign to win the 2008 Presidential Election. Video, audio, microblogging, blogging and user generated content are a few of the business applications examined in this guidebook.

I’m glad someone actually documented the campaign step by step to create a case study that will serve as “the definitive reference for the use of social media as it applies to effective business promotion” for some time.

Avoid two pitfalls most artists never overcome

John Stringer performing with State of ManThey key to becoming a better singer/songwriter, performing artist is GROWTH.
Grow for the better in every area you can.

Here are two quick resources I became an affiliate of because they helped me overcome two very common artist pitfalls – not growing as a songwriter and not growing as a singer:

1. The Songwriting Genius Within You
Simply put, one of the best writing resources I’ve found that goes beyond simple song structure and a lot of the basic tips you find in other songwriting courses.  This is about little-known techniques that help you tap into true Genius and the science behind it.   You also get a great discount from the author of this remarkable resource by clicking here.

2. Singing Success
Vocal coach to the stars (Keith Urban, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Haley Williams  & more)  and creator of Singing Success, an amazingly effective vocal training program you can download online, Brett Manning will help you improve your voice and gain a full octave – Guaranteed!  I’ve written about this resource many times because I use it and it works.  Click here to see for yourself.


So how do you “Swallow Your Fears,” anyway?

The last few months have been beautiful AND challenging in so many ways for me – financially, emotionally, etc.. The challenging part has been in all good ways b/c the situations in my life forced me to face FEARS I am still “swallowing” and learn to trust at a greater level. The truth is, we all live the meaning behind the song, “Swallow Your Fears,” so I’ll share what I do to swallow mine.

Whenever you find yourself fearful or just feeling unsure of how things are going to work in your life, try looking at your situation differently by telling yourself “I am exactly where I need to be in this period of FAITH building. It is ALL good!” Sounds simple, but if you are familiar with this sort of practice, then you know how effective it can be.

Sometimes we see our fears, weaknesses or lack of faith as if something is “wrong” with us, but I was reminded today that if we were perfect in the ways we often think of perfection, how could we ever experience growth and victory; the thrill of expanding our faith, consciousness, alignment, awereness and presence;
the beauty of learning and gaining insight – experiencing”aha” moments; how could we enjoy discovering truth and the excitement of co-creating and overcoming if we were already perfect in the ways we sometimes view perfection?

And yet, we are perfect in the way the greatest mind of all – the Source of all life – has determined perfection to be: we are an incomplete, everexpanding, PERFECT state of being experiencing our human existance!

We are perfect in every way we need to be, exactly where we need to be to experience what will lead us to alignment with God/Source!

It is up to us to seek alignment with Source to FULLY experience what our ever expanding perfection offers! Call it “drawing nigh to God,” “seeking first the kingdom of God,” or whatever you like, but finding the practices that put you in touch with the one Source is key to experiencing the “abundant” life available to us.

Just remember that it is not so much about what/which practices you use – to align with God/Source, to “Swallow Your Fears” – as it is important for you to SEEK and FIND practices that work for you!

CREDO Mobile: More than a network. A Movement?

Anyone else get mail from CREDO Mobile this week? While I admire their green approach, cell phones aren’t exactly biodegradable. The amazing thing is how they really go after AT&T for their past Bush/Cheney, McCain support:

“Here’s a nasty little secret you may not know: AT&T contributed the legal limit to the most anti-environmental administration in U.S. history, Bush/Cheney. What’s worse, the did it twice. And they didn’t stop there. They went on to contribute to the polar-bears-be-damned, “Drill, baby, drill” campaign of John McCain.”

Ok. I’m all for the Environment, but this just seems over the top. Now, I will give them this: they say the fund groups seeking solutions to the climate crisis (such as Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection); support the Wilderness Society, Sierra Club and other groups that protect public lands; donated over $10 million to Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and NRDC; donates to plant 100 trees for every ton of paper used; prints bills on 100% post-consumer recycled paper and have taken a pretty strong stance for the last two decades on green practices, all according to http://credomobile.com/environment

What’s interesting is that they operate on Sprint’s network, though they maintain that Sprint is only the network provider. Guess its no surprise they aren’t buying space on AT&T’s network, huh?

Unheard & Underated: Artists that truly move your soul!

Two things came to mind after I received a few replies to my recent status post about Kings of Leon: the old saying “one man’s trash, another man’s treasure” remains true AND that there are probably so many GREAT artists out threw who haven’t “broken” yet but that would probably be my next Ray Lamontagne or Kings of Leon.

Since this is a social network of mostly real friends and family, I figured what better place for me and you to share and discover some GREAT, unheard music.

That said, are there any artists, bands (rock, soul or other genres) that may have slipped under the radar that YOU think are truly GREAT? NOT JUST GOOD, BUT GREAT? I’m not talking about your buddy’s band or a friend you’re trying to help promote and State of Man is eliminated (of course, I think they are GREAT, but most of us already know who they are.. lol). I’m talking about music that truly moves your soul! Music that you just can’t get enough of!

Do us all a favor and reply with a link so we can check it out for ourselves, as I love discovering new, INCREDIBLE music. Again, I only ask that you make sure you really believe its INCREDIBLE music.

That said, I’ll go first:

1. The Hero Factor
The original line up with the old singer is a band I have found myself going back to listen to over and over again for the last 4 years. Check out this song from their early album:

2. City Sleeps
Yep. IMHO, this Atlanta band created some of the very best rock music I’ve EVER heard, but they fired the singer, so only time will tell what comes next for them.
Check out their song “Prototype” to get a taste http://ping.fm/dsxUK