Oteil Burbridge gave us some very good advice a few years back. Do you know of him? He is the bass player for the Allman Brothers. Oh! Did you know we played a very cool show with Butch Trucks and Oteil Burbridge a few years ago?
Here’s what the show was: Butch and Oteil, along with some members of the North Mississippi Allstars, hosted a music camp up in the Catskills in New York. Campers/music lovers paid a fee and in return, they got to spend 4 nights/5 days at a beautiful remote resort in the mountains. The musicians held workshops during the day, and they jammed for the campers at night. They decided to have an opening band on one of the nights. They held a contest through Reverbnation. Butch himself chose a band out of all the submissions they received. He chose US. Whaaaaaaaaat
It was an amazing experience. The campers got a lot of face time with the rock stars. Everyone ate together at the catered lunches/dinners. One day we hung with Oteil and he offered some advice, which he pointed out applies to both music and just…life.
Got a problem? Pull yourself back. Imagine jumping out of yourself and pulling back, way up into the sky. Imagine looking down on your world, your neighborhood, your family, your workplace, everything. The world is bigger than you and me. Try to think of your problem as someone else’s. What advice would you give them? Watch your life like a TV show. Sometimes we might overthink. We might take a bad day and escalate it and turn it into a bigger deal. Maybe your partner says one dumb thing and it totally ruins your whole day. Pull yourself back. What about the nice things your partner said? Maybe something bad happened yesterday. Did anything good happen? Pull back. Look at all the moving parts of your life, and those around you. Look at the big picture.
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