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Breck Alan – All about music, performance, and being yourself

Between Two Deferns Podcast Episode #2 – Breck Alan – All about music, performance, and being yourself

In this episode, Heather and I listen and comment real time to a previously recorded interview I taped with Breck Alan. Breck is an amazing human, writer, musician, and coach, who has single-handedly changed the way I think about singing (and performing). He’s been around a long time, having instructional DVD’s and actual books on the shelves back in the pre-internet era. This conversation is especially relevant for musicians and music aficionados, but we tried to open it up and connect the dots to other more general life situations, to make it relevant for non-musicians as well.

Some of the things we talk about in this 45 minutes …

-the connection between mindfulness and singing
-truly expressing a song, on any instrument
-screwing up during a performance
-Heather asks – isn’t a meditative state the opposite of what you want in performance?
-rock climbing
-knitting
-going deeper into your brain
-“it aint what you do, it’s the way how you do it”
-doing the dishes as a spiritual practice
-Heather goes in the opposite direction – going into your head to get out of your body?
-give up trying to sing like Robert Plant or Paul McCartney
-be yourself
-“embrace your noises” – from the late great Chris Cain
-self acceptance
-confidence and vulnerability
-YOU have to be the biggest fan in the room (of yourself)
-writing for your tribe
-manipulating, trying to make a dollar vs creating out of love
-start from where you are
-Ariana Grande
-singleness of focus
-consistent effort vs magical thinking

Find out more about Breck Alan …

Body Singing
https://bodysinging.com/

No Ceiling – New Full Length Release 2021
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0et2FRMe2uHkoRbXvZdsnN

(*The song played at the end of the episode …..)
The Tornado That Got Swept under the Rug (video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aacRrFfLssc

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What if My Job Was to Be Present?

My job is to cradle this cup of coffee with both hands and gently bring it to my lips, feeling every drop as it warms my insides.

My job is to bask in the glow of my tingling skin as the balmy breeze strokes my hair.

My job is to breathe in the air that invigorates my entire body, carrying nutrients to feed my soul.

My job is to run and play like a wild fawn.

My job is to be myself and unashamedly express who I am.

My job is to create the things that I want to exist in the world – art, music, ideas, and objects.

My job is to experience each moment without judgement, letting it all wash over me like a wave, knowing that the changing motions of the tide are part of life.

My job is to wash the dishes with passion, turning the scrubbing into a spiritual practice

My job is to vacuum with appreciation, knowing how many people came together to design and build just the plastic handle that I push against to clean the carpet that I’m grateful to be standing on.

My job is to type a message to another person, focusing on their needs, knowing that my own will be taken care of.

My job is to learn how to stay in the moment, to practice meditation, to bring awareness to my inner body and avoid getting swept away by random thoughts.

My job is to practice connecting with other people, putting effort into staying present in all conversations and activities. 

My job is to get better at living.

Not by mastering money so that I can retire young and consume more, but by learning to experience joy and peace in every moment regardless of the circumstances.

If I make all of these things my job, then those other activities needed to actually pay the bills become infused with new power and inspiration.

When I get paid to scrub the toilet at the restaurant, I’m fully present and grateful, knowing that better things are ahead.

When I get paid to assemble components at the manufacturing plant, I’m inspired with ideas to improve the process and my mind starts to put the pieces together on how I can either be promoted or start my own business.

When I get paid to answer the phone for the insurance company, my infectious attitude makes everyone around me smile, attracting opportunities and possibilities into my life.

When I’m on a roof getting paid to bang nails into shingles, I feel connected to the other workers. I’m part of a team working toward a common goal, with a sense of purpose.

When I’m constantly writing, baring my soul, and feeling vulnerable because it seems no one is reading it – then I get an email from one person who thanks me and tells me how I helped them – and I know it’s worth continuing.

We all have so much power – more than we realize.

We can change the way we perceive what happens around us and to us. By doing the little things we are already doing with more presence, with intention, and love, new opportunities start to appear. 

So, I say make it your job to be present, and everything else gets better.

Header image “Free Air” by Heather Prescott Liebensohn a.k.a. Omega Defern at Zen Mantis Video & Photography

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