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David Foster’s 10 Rules For Songwriters

May 31, 2011 by  

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David Foster is the kind of songwriter that you don’t see much of anymore. He’s made some iconic records and produced even more. Although his music does tend to fall into the mainstream shlock category, there is no doubt that David Foster has been amzingly effective at reaching people; Counting millions of records sold and countless radio hits.
He was recently honored by BMI for being old and successful and he took a few moments to give his top 10 tips for songwriters. Watch it below.
  1. Save your money
  2. Don’t get married
  3. Play an instrument
  4. Don’t be too precious for your craft
  5. Be genuinely happy for others’ success
  6. Phone people back
  7. If your name is going on it make sure you give it everything you have
  8. Be on time
  9. Make every creative decision as if you had millions in the bank
  10. Save your money
Music Consciousness
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Meet Sisse Marie: Denmark’s Lady Gaga

May 31, 2011 by  

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So many great new videos early this week, people. Over the weekend, Denmark’s Sisse Marie dropped this great-looking clip for “Dirty Hands,” and it makes me happy. The new promo reminds me of Lady Gaga and I’ve had my eye on Sisse ever since she wowed me last year in Morten Breum’s video for “Every Time You Look At Me.”  Now, the former model is striking out on her own in a big way this year. Girl has heat with this track…can you feel it? Check it out below.


A Magical Experience

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Varty Camp I might have appeared as calm as ever but I definitely had a case of the ‘night-before nerves,’ the kind that can make anyone compulsive. My bags had been packed and repacked. I could hardly sleep. My imagination was already starting to run way ahead of me. Eight o’clock came and I hit the road, under the beautiful Lowveld morning sky. This trip had to be a good one – it was the start of an epic journey into the wild and the unknown. I had already chosen to take the route through the Kruger National Park, it had been a long time since I’d been to the bush and it would serve as a great introduction to life at the Sabi Sands. A brilliant idea… So I thought, until the Toll Gate and park entrance fees, park speed limit of 50 kilometers per hour, the scorching Mpumalanga sun and having to ‘hurry’ past any sightings to make it on time all convinced me otherwise. The wildlife was, however, out and on display that day. I even caught my first glimpse of a Leopard – it was as if they were to say ‘welcome’.

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Learning the Hard Way About Hydration

May 31, 2011 by  

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Water. Drink it Water. Drink it
All of you out there who think you drink enough water – I bet you don’t. Okay, maybe some of you do, but I thought I was one of those people and turns out…Nope. Or maybe it’s my potassium levels… So I’ve told you already that I broke the ice and started running for my journey from Couch to 42k with Heather. Well guess what happened after that first run? Probably mere hours after I told you about it. The. worst. muscle. cramps. ever. I’ve had muscle cramps before. I was an athlete in a former American high school life, and I remember the times when I’d be doing my laps in the pool and suddenly my foot would decide to try curling up into a ball. Then it was out of the pool, bottle of water in one hand, banana in the other, while the physio did things to your foot that felt worse than the cramp in the first place. I thought that was bad. So the day of my first run went great. I got up early, jogged around Clissold Park, got home, got ready…

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Check Out a Pilot Episode of Food Forward

May 31, 2011 by  

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If you read tablehopper, you’re sure to have noticed the growing movement toward urban agriculture in our fair city (beehives on restaurant roofs, herb gardens in bars) and across the country. On Thursday June 2nd, you can attend a screening of the pilot episode of the new public television series ~FOOD FORWARD~ to learn more about urban food pioneers and other “food rebels”—educators, scientists, fishermen, farmers, and chefs—who are spearheading the movement to change our currently unsustainable food system. The reception includes food and wine and a meet-and-greet with the team behind the documentary. It all starts at 6pm in the Goldman Theatre in Berkeley’s LEED-certified David Brower Center. Tickets $10 advance, $15 at the door.


Uma Paro: Luxury in the Himalayas

May 31, 2011 by  

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Photograph of COMO Uma Paro boutique five-star hotel, Paro, Bhutan Uma Paro, Bhutan
Imagine my surprise when I arrived in Paro, Bhutan, was met at the airport by two very charming men, Kanchzen (my guide) and David (my driven), driven about 10 minutes up a hill outside of town to the Uma Paro boutique hotel, introduced to my butler Jeewan and shown to my 1,200-square-foot villa. It was a bit like waking up in Oz and seeing everything in Technicolor. Or having an old dress turn into a glittering gown and a pumpkin turn into a gilded carriage. I had to rub my eyes and pinch myself to believe it.
Photograph of COMO Uma Paro boutique five-star hotel, Paro, Bhutan The bedroom in my villa
I really didn’t know what to do first. Explore the delights of my villa: Have a bath in the claw-foot tub? Warm up in front of the wood-burning traditional stove (called a bukhari)? Sit outside on my terrace and use the WiFi service on my laptop? Ask Jeewan to fetch me a fresh fruit smoothie from the hotel’s stellar kitchen? Or just stare out the enormous picture window in my…

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John Perry Barlow Inspires Again: TEDxMarin

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As always, John Perry Barlow gave an inspirational talk on the TEDxMarin stage on May 12, 2011. Most known for co-founding the Electronic Frontier Foundation, I love the other aspects of Barlow that set him apart from other visionaries in the industry. 1. His transparent heart and ability to inspire others because of it. 2. His ruggedness…you know, an old fashioned masculine energy that is frankly lacking in Silicon Valley (will definitely get a beating for this one). No surprise, he’s a retired Wyoming rancher (and native). It comes with the territory and it’s a beautiful thing. 3. He’s a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead. (not everyone knows this). Enuf said. Now, it’s involved in a new venture called Algae Systems, that aspires to turn sewage into carbon negative jet fuel. His talk below:


Not Just in Aging that the World Surrenders to a Silent Mind

May 31, 2011 by  

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Aging It was on a flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco, a flight I had made countless times over the years, when I had a deja vu moment about aging. As I glanced over to the woman to my right, I suddenly remembered all the times I had watched the older women in my life as a child and felt as far removed from them then as I do now from a 15 year old male skateboarder from Detroit. On that flight, a surreal feeling swept over me…as if I was her or could have been a dear friend of hers in a previous life. The moment was short lived but vibrant and incredibly real, and it made me incessantly aware of aging and this precious thing called human life. Not quite 70, the woman was a petit, short Asian woman with beautiful silver hair, strands of black scattered throughout as the only remnants left of her middle age life. Her skin was glowing despite her obvious fatigue and you could tell she was once a stunner in that way you can about some people; there’s a certainty, a quiet sauciness, and a knowing smile…

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