“Tom Jackson, I hate you!”
Here we go again! My heart drops every time I read an email or comment about what an idiot I am. (Someday I’ll share some of the comments I’ve gotten over the years about what I do!) It can be pretty negative stuff once in a while.
So when I read that first sentence in a comment recently, I immediately went into defensive mode; I hate being misunderstood.
But in this case it was a pleasant surprise! Here’s what indie artist Asher Wood went on to say:
“Every little thing you say makes so much sense to me. I’m totally blown away by all the little things you have told me that make a difference. Example- move sideways instead of back from the mic. It makes so much sense, why couldn’t I figure it out in thirty some years?… Anyway I hate you ’cause no matter how “good” I get, you are always pointing to a “great” path to follow.”
What a relief – he got it! As a teacher, I try to do 3 things: inspire, give immediate practical advice, and give conceptual advice that will last forever (because if you understand concepts, you can apply them to each specific situation that arises).
Over the years I’ve worked with and taught artists as young as 9 years old, and teenagers (Taylor Swift was 16 when I started working with her), to people who’ve been on stage for 20 years. In fact, one of the contemporary Christian groups I work with, NewSong, is entering the 30th year of their career! With all these artists, I live for seeing them have “ah-hah” moments. When they “get it!”
I’ve learned there are 4 ways people “get it”:
- Confirmation – “All right! I’m doing the right thing!”
- Empowerment – “I knew it! That’s was what I was feeling – I just didn’t have the courage to make that change.”
- Discovery – “Wow! I never thought of that!”
- Correction – “Whoa! I better stop doing that; I’m doing the wrong thing!”
All this to say, I’m REALLY excited about a new teaching resource I have that does all 4 of those things. This is the most excited I’ve been about a product since my All Roads Lead to the Stage 7-DVD release two years ago! These new DVDs cover concepts, practical things, and even things from a career perspective.
I’m releasing three new DVDs. The first is my Live Music Method – a method that, if you understand conceptually and master, it will help you the rest of your life onstage.
The second DVD, 7 Deadly Sins of an Artist, is what I’ve gleaned from my 20 years of experience watching people make mistakes, major in the minors, and wonder why their music career went nowhere.
The third bonus DVD is several Mini Live Music Makeovers. You can watch actual rehearsals I did with different artists, and learn practical things to help your live show.
Plus, we’ve thrown in some fun! You’ve seen my Stickman cartoon videos? These new DVDs have 7 new “Stickman” short films!
Normally, we would have packaged these three DVDs separately – but I know that every artist needs to get all three of them, so we’ve put them all in one package.
Honestly, this is the most excited I’ve been in years. I think everyone who has bought my products in the past will definitely learn from these DVDs. And for those of you who’ve never pulled the trigger, it’s a great way to get started!
By the way, the last thing that Asher Wood said in his comment about “hating” me:
“I thank God you were there when I needed you…and hurry up! I want that new DVD package. I’m ready for another Tom Jackson shot in the arm.”