The Stories We Tell Ourselves 


The gig went south last night? The next day you keep thinking how things could have been better. Missed cues, lack of focus and the distraction that caused the melt down. It was like a game of dominoes, the mistakes fell from one player to the next.

Crowd response was lousy because the band blew it, which carries over into your personal life.

Then there is the nagging feeling your own proficiency is lacking. You tell yourself you are not that good.

The next day all you can think…

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Mackncheeze Music Recipe: Cuisses de Poulet ala Brion 

Chicken Thighs

The magic part of the chicken; its probably the fat content. Thighs are so easy to cook, just a little seasoning, let them slowly render, and, BAMM!!! Delicious, juicy cluck.


I like to plan my meals ahead of time. I’m starting with twelve, medium sized chicken thighs. I have a big Tupperware like container, made by Rubbermaid. Line the thighs in the container and pour course salt over. Be generous, unless you don’t like salt. This week I am using Alessi All

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It’s Very Personal 


There is a burning fire, a flame that is unquenchable. The heat from the blaze pushes me to dig deeper, work harder and yearn for more. My biggest desire is to be able look back on the end of day and say, “I’m one step closer.” I want to feel good about what the day has accomplished. It is the foundation for things that are to come.

The biggest challenges are the obstacles. There are a lot of them. Some of these road blocks are people, some are financial, some involve mindset.

I want…

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Think Again 

I am constantly calling myself in to question. Am I on the right path? Is my work important? Does it matter?


We over estimate what we are capable of. Especially when there isn’t adequate information of what it is we are setting out to do.

There is a natural tendency to create an us versus them mentality. This is the result of black and white thinking without regard for accepting the grey. Most of us believe there are only two options available in given set of circumstances…

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Mackncheeze Music Recipe Poisson Et Legumes 

Simply – Fish and Vegetables Before I share the recipe, I have this to say…

My heritage is from Alsace-Lorraine. Throw in a little German and Dutch, with a whole lot of French, and boom, there you have it. The result is my propensity for Gaulic Sensuality.

This encompasses the total experience of the senses. These are Sight, Smell, Hearing, Taste, Touch and Proprioception. Everyone knows the first five, but for most, Proprioception is not a very familiar concept. Also known as Kinesthesia. It…

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Truth Is Simple? 

Who and what To trust?

I know I can trust my cat. He knows exactly what he wants, when he wants it, and has no problem letting me know. I appreciate his forthrightness even though I’m often unable to figure out his motives. I can definitely depend on him and his friends to do cat things. They are cute and adorable and exhibit contented feline behavior. There is nothing better than a full bowl of food, a warm place to sleep and loving family to keep a kitty happy.

I know you can trust your…

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Influences and Mentorship 

A mentor is someone who instills a success oriented mentality in somebody else.

Steve Jobs was Mark Zuckerberg’s mentor. Oprah Winfrey’s – poet and author, Maya Angelou. Woody Guthrie mentored Bob Dylan. American actress, dancer and singer, Chita Rivera was mentored by her former teacher, Doris Jones.  And the list goes on

The concept of mentoring originated in Homer’s Odyssey. There is a great article in the Atlantic about this.

Four Steps of process

Successful mentoring is…

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Mackncheeze Music Chicken Recipe 

Poulet du Collins

Low and slow, that’s my secret. Gourmet is always best. I hate Bad Food.

When I cook, I need the ability to walk away and focus on something else. Writing, or practicing, or recording, all super important. Lack of time is a huge consideration. Life and creativity are pushing and pulling; the more time I have for priorities, the better.

The fewer steps the better. Minimum ingredients, minimum effort, maximum return. It’s always about the ingredients. The higher the…

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Process Is Art, Art Is Process 

Life brings enormous challenges, some which might represent the distance between how things are and how we would like them to be.

By implementing process I have learned to attain my goals. Putting aside distractions allows follow through.

I work to accomplish daily objectives. We can take measures that help develop our attributes and capacities, reaching desired results. If you are like me, that outcome is a sustained relationship with music and creativity. These are underlying reasons for…

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Mackncheeze Music Podcast #32 Featuring Randy Sage 

Mackncheeze Music Podcast # 32: Featuring Randy Sage – Film Producer 

Film Producer, Screen Writer, Director, Photographer, Singer/Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist and Composer. Randy shares his experiences as a song writer and musician, his journey in film making, and the passion that drives his creativity.

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What Is Your Source of Joy?

When your head is cast in bronze, is that when you will finally be happy?

There is a difference between happiness and contentedness. Happy is a feeling, or a showing of pleasure, or of contentment. Contentment is a state of happiness and/or satisfaction. You don’t need to have the emotion of happiness to feel content. There is a major difference.

A teacher once told me, be content in all things, he did not tell me to be happy in all things.

It is clear…

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Mackncheeze Music Video Podcast #12: Featuring Todd Ainsworth 

Todd shares the challenges and process of writing comedy into music, as well as song development, recording process and influences.

Co-Founder of Seattle Country Band, HartWood

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Love and Relationships 

We all know what love is. I won’t even pretend to know what is right for another person. I’m not even sure that the general rules of romantic relationships actually work for everyone. Each dynamic has its own set of particulars which may not even apply to another persons circumstance.


Both love and relationships are the cornerstone of everything we do. There are certainly many different definitions of love. Love can be one of the most intense emotions we can experience, in…

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The Right Questions 

How Do I Know Who I Am?

Are you searching for your identity?

Curiosity is the key to understanding yourself. Asking questions leads to answers which in turn leads to more questions. The more specific the question, the more specific the answer, at least that’s the hope.

The right questions lead to the right answers.

When I set out to to grasp a subject, I assume that whatever provides answers to my questions is of equal value to others. An incorrect assumption? Probably. It is…

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Mackncheeze Music Podcast # 31 

Featuring Erik Owen Owner of Gig Harbor Audio Eric Shares A wealth of Technical information regarding Audio Components, The history of high Fidelity and The Why Of Vinyl–Proprietor-of-Gig-Harbor-Audio-e1229ah

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Mackncheeze Music Podcast # 31: Featuring Eric Owen, Proprietor of Gig Harbor Audio 

Eric Owen, Audiophile, Owner of Gig Harbor Audio, shares his expertise in High Fidelity Reproduction, History of Sound Reproduction and Vinyl.

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Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts

The Greeks considered the Muses, the daughters of Zeus, goddesses of creativity. They were the source of inspiration for multiple artistic undertakings.

Is inspiration of divine nature, of mystical origin?

I have learned that creating motion, capturing and utilizing process can enhance creativity. Creative inventiveness can be sourced from ideas which may have come about spontaneously or through actual process.

I have heard it said today’s culture seems…

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I think most all of us consider ourselves decent by nature. If we are suffering, it is only natural to seek a reason for that experience. Victor Frankl addresses this in his book “Man’s Search For Meaning”. How do we connect to our environment? Why do circumstances happen the way they do? What is the best way to live? I believe these questions are the basic foundations of why we seek spiritual answers.

As personal as spirituality can be there are immense disparities in belief systems. Be…

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