From the Road: Limitless Love & Light Tour – Part 2

From the Road: Limitless Love & Light Tour – Part 2

Thank you all once again for the overwhelming support and love you’ve shown my family and I on our Limitless Love & Light tour.  As I explained in the Part 1 blog post, we had an amazing first leg of the tour and we just kept being blessed from there.

This is part 2 of the tour post, but let me cover a couple of things I left out about our time in St. Augustine, FL:

First, during our outing to see Disney’s/Pixar movie Inside Out,  Johnny schooled us on what it was all about on the way there… he even made up a song about it and Kathy joined in… lol:

Second, we hung out with our friend, Lynn Pouliot, on our last night in St. Augustine and she showed us around Old Town (sharing some history of the sites we visited). We stopped in for some great deserts along the tour and really enjoyed our time with her.

The next day, we left our friends Derrick  & Stephanie’s home to head to  Crystal Rivers, FL near Ocala.  We shot a thank you message to all our friends in St. Augustine on the way:

 

Rob-AmandaWe arrived safely in Crystal Rivers at our friends, Rob & Amanda Mathews‘ home where we set up for another donation based house concert that same evening.

Jolie was a bit under the weather due to an ear infection, so while she rested up that night with Johnny, we had a fun and “revealing” set where I shared a lot of my personal journey and songs to a wonderfully receptive crowd.

Rob-Amanda-freindsThe evening turned out be the most financially abundant night of the entire tour, so big thanks to Rob, Amanda, Mike, Chelsea and all their friends for the amazing generosity!

During my set, I quoted Maya Angelou’s famous quote – “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – and someone put a card with that exact quote in the donations.  Whoever put the gave us the card didn’t identify who they were, so I’ll just say thank you to them here. It was a cool surprise!

We had a great talk with several of the guests after the show about life, sharing stories and insights on the lessons we learned, and I played one more song before we all called it a night.


The next morning,  Johnny, Kathy, Rob, Amanda, Michael, Chelsea Rioux and I all went out on the lake in their two boats. Unfortunately, Jolie still wasn’t feeling that well, so she couldn’t join us.

Crystal Lake on  boat This was Johnny’s first time out on a boat and we all had such a great time.


At one point, we headed to the natural springs where the water was much colder.

Johnny eventually convinced me to dive in, which is a big deal b/c I’m NOT a big fan of cold water… lol.
CrystalSprings

He dove in after me and we explored the springs further before heading back to warmer waters.

We all packed lunches and stayed out for as long as we could and then came back to the house to pack and head out for the next location.

Thanks to Rob, Amanda and Mike for sharing  about the overall experience:

Next, we headed to Orlando, FL on the 4th of July to stay with our dear friend, Joy Steelman.   On the way, we encountered something pretty awesome –  a rare and magical double rainbow:

Once we arrived at Joy’s in Orlando, we ate some great deserts that Joy’s mother made and I played a few songs for Joy’s mother and her friends while Kathy took Jolie to the hospital…  her ear infection had become too painful.

Fortunately, the hospital gave Jolie some medicine that seemed to help and we took her to an ENT the next weekday to help get rid of the rest of the problem.

Christ Church Orlando shotsThat Sunday, I played at Christ Church Unity in Orlando and it was a  great service.

The message was so in line with everything I’d been realizing during the tour and the church band did a great job playing to my songs!

We were also well received and supported, so our sincere thanks to the Christ Church Unity Orlando community for so much love!

That’s it for now.  I’ll post another update – part 3 – soon to wrap up the first leg of our tour.  If you haven’t signed up for the online community yet, make sure to sign up here and I’ll keep you posted on the next blog, shows, speaking events and updates on the next album and book.

Jazz Notes – Friday, April 25, 2015: West End Community Learning Center & Alkebulan Academy Fundraiser

Jazz Notes – Friday, April 25, 2015: West End Community Learning Center & Alkebulan Academy Fundraiser

John Stringer at Jazz Notes 2014

John Stringer performing with artists and children at Jazz Notes 2014

Kathy and I are excited to support Alkebulan Academy again this year for their annual fund raiser, called Jazz Notes!

I’ll be performing multiple songs with a stellar artist line up at Jazz Notes 2015 and would like to invite you to purchase a ticket to help the West End Community Learning Center raise funds for our son’s school.
When you purchase a ticket, 100% of the funds go toward the upkeep of the school, teacher salaries and special school programming.

Purchase tickets for only $21 each here.

Jazz Notes is always an amazing line up of performers and patrons typically bring their own food and non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy at tables while watching the show.

Our son, John Hamilton Stringer V, has attended Alkebulan Academy since he was 2 and half years old and we’ve been very pleased with their education. From class sizes to curriculum, the value of the school has been incredible.  He’s now 5 years old (turns 6 on June 19, 2015) and is already doing 2nd grade level Math and 3rd grade level reading.

A lot of love at SXSW 2015


I went to SXSW 2015 and I’m grateful for all the love witnessed there. From the companies that showed up to help artists, the artists that showed up to share their magic, to the fans that showed up because of their love of music, it was quite a great time!

I went with my biz partner, Bram, to support the LoudStage and the launch of their new LOUD app (check it out at joinloud.com).  We also went to help artists with our new indiehitmaker Android app – now available on Google Play and coming soon for iOS – along with many other new opportunities.   You can learn more about that on the IHM blog post here.

So, one of the things I asked God / Source / the Universe for before going was a chance to perform. I didn’t know how, or what would happen, but I left it up to Source to work out and… wow.. it couldn’t have happened in a cooler way!  My friend, Speech (from Arrested Development), showed up to perform on the LoudStage one night and asked me to join him before he went on stage.  It was an honor and a blast!  To top it all off, his bro, HeavenBeatbox, ripped the mic AND one of the top charting Indiehitmaker artists of all-time, J-Metro, came out and sang his tail off with us!   It was simply amazing!

Here’s a clip of just one section of Speech’s set, when he invited me to “do whatever”. Check out his response after I called out the chord progression… lol:

 

Following Inspiration: Why I left a great job to create my life

Following Inspiration: Why I left a great job to create my life

I’ve spent close to the last 4 years working at an SEO / Digital Marketing agency and I loved the experience, the people, the clients and all the wonderful lessons I learned there.  As I mention in the video above, I resigned on Friday, Jan 23, 2015 (last day Jan 30) because I was inspired / guided to pursue an expanded vision for my life… all with no immediate “guaranteed” income in sight and a family of four to support.

How did this happen?

It’s all (life) lead to this, but some recent events stick out.  A few months ago, I sat down to re-evaluate the most important categories of my life and put them in priority order.  As a result, my first priority category was Personal development (knowing and loving God/Source, Self, & others, etc.). The second, Family (immediate and beyond).  Third was Music, followed by Marketing in fourth place and Business in fifth.  I realized the only category I was giving priority to in the order I made was personal development.  Business (e.g. making a living) seemed to eclipse everything else even though it was the last priority. In fact, I was spending 60+ hours per week working but was lucky to get 20 hours of quality family time each week.

On Jan 22, 2015, I asked my good friend, Ade, to hold a vision of me freeing my time. He encouraged me to re-phrase that as seeing myself Financially Free to use my time as I see fit, which I did. The very next day, I got to resign from my day job.

Although the day I resigned was a surprise to both my wife and I, we knew the day would one day come… just not so soon.  See, we frequently use meditation and prayer to get guidance in our lives and we’d asked several times about my role at my job.  We got that I would be there for a time to help “bridge the gap” and would eventually leave.  We asked if we could have replacement funds for my salary in place (e.g. BEFORE leaving) and got “yes.”  So, the day I called my wife to let her know I was getting to resign, she was understandably concerned b/c neither of us could see the replacement revenue.  As she noted, this seemed like a change in plans.  We’ve received guidance before that seemed to change later on (though not exactly like this situation), so I figured something happened to make it necessary for me to leave earlier.  Of course, I kept checking to make sure this was “best” and  I’d get the same answer to resign that day each time.  So, my wife agreed to trust w/ me and I got off the phone and resigned.

What I was later reminded of is that what we see with our eyes isn’t always what’s actually happening in that moment.  If life / Source /  God (the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent) / spirit / LOVE gives us a clear message to go one way and tells us we will be blessed, we can trust that going that way will lead to our blessings whether we see how or not.

So, I took the leap and 6 days in, things are unfolding beautifully.

The agency gave me an extra week to be “available for questions” remotely and asked to be one of my first clients.  We’ll continue to work together where the need arises while I pursue my priorities. I’m grateful for that.

What am I up to now?

As I mentioned, I’m continuing to invest in the four priority categories. For Family, I’ve been blessed to spend more quality time with my wife and children.  My son, Johnny, and I launched a new Youtube series called Science Sundays.  The first episode goes live Sunday, February 8th at 11:11 am.

Through meditation and whatever I find works, I’m aligning with source / God / spirit / love moment to moment, knowing that I can trust the very power that created and maintains the universe to lead me to what’s best.  As a result, I received inspired action and follow through to support ventures that fit the categories, including:

  1. Launching a boutique digital marketing consultancy.   I’m already serving clients as a digital marketing architect who helps design plans around SEO & Inbound Marketing.  I’m also grateful to have a new Marketing Evaluation specialist on the team, as well as amazing SEO resources, including the agency I worked for, EverSpark Interactive.
  2. I’m working on my first solo album and will release it on a new record label platform that will be part of (in some way) the label I founded with State of Man, PolyPlat Records.  I’ve dreamed of creating a label where both the fans and artists were the owners, so now’s its time to make it a reality.
  3. A virtual community surrounding the forthcoming indiehitmaker.com platform and reporting apps.  The focus of the platform will be providing A+ Revenue, Opportunities, Development, Education & Services (R.O.D.E.S.) to performing artists.
  4. Developing sustainable luxury communities / “neighborhoods” with cottage industries (Music, Organic farming, etc.). I first got inspired to go this new direction 3 years ago but kept getting it wasn’t time to fully pursue just yet.  Now, I’ll put my energies into this as guided!

I know my journey will continue to be financially abundant and fulfilling spiritually, mentally and physically b/c I’ve learned how to “seek the kingdom within” and continue expanding on that.  The most important part of life is the internal. The external follows to match it. So, if I’m “in the flow,” creating internal abundance, the external follows!

If you’d like to keep up with my journey and receive uplifting, empowering updates, join my mailing list above and I’ll keep you updated on what I’m learning in hopes it inspires you. I’ll also let you know when my music is out!

Bon Iver & James Blake – just now “discovering” and enjoying both

Ever find out about a new artist and can’t get enough of them?  That happened to me recently when my friend at Everspark Interactive, Aaron Chapman, skyped me a recommendation to check out Bon Iver (where “Iver” is pronounced “ee-v-ay-er”  and rhymes with “Slayer”).   I took one listen and I was hooked, which lead to discovering another great artist: James Blake.

One BI track that nearly brought me to tears is “Holocene”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWcyIpul8OE

I dug deeper in the Bon Iver catalogue on Spotify and discovered I was already familiar with “Skinny love” and “Lost in the World,” the latter a track from Kanye West featuring Bon Iver:

“Skinny love”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O7GByZ1-zg

“Lost in the Woods”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-KiTmhR_v4

I like the Kanye track a lot and found a similar BI release called “Fall Creek Boys Choir“, that moved me AND  introduced me to James Blake who’s featured on the track:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aqKA_2UUy4

Check out James Blake’s performance of “Retrograde” on the Dave Letterman show:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAEkGbGiv7I

the official “Retrograde” video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p6PcFFUm5I

and this Cochella performance of “Air & Lack thereof“:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-gdZO9wZeY&feature=c4-overview&list=UUIZ4NEJamsWybup2TJUdoPA

I’ve added several of the Bon Iver tracks to my playlist called “Jams I’m listening to” on Spotify, so if you like the tracks above and want to explore some of my personal favorites, check it out and follow for updates.

Of course, if you have some recommendations for me, please leave them as comments so I can check them out!

My Birthday show this March 8, 2013 at Vinyl in Atlanta, GA

Join me this Friday, March 8, 2013 at Vinyl for my BIRTHDAY SHOW and return to the rock stage!  It’s been a long time, and I’m excited to play at Vinyl  for an ALL AGES show that starts at 6:30PM.

Advanced tickets online are only $8 right now for the next 10 DAYS ONLY using the EARLY PURCHASE PROMO CODES below…. thats $3.00 OFF Online Tickets price of $11 (27% discount) and $7 OFF the door price of $15 (47% discount).
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This is my first solo show at a rock venue in a LONG time, so I’d truly appreaciate it if you could join me and bring any friends you think would have a great time!  Your support and help spreading the word for this show would be the best B-Day present I could receive!

I’ll know my set time closer to the event and plan to perform solo acoustic/electric,  but I may have some special friend join me as well, so sign up f0r my mailing list at http://www.reverbnation.com/johnstringer and I’ll keep you posted on set time, etc.!

I look forward to seeing you there,

John Stringer
www.johnstringerinc.com
Limitless Love & Light”