That One Time I Surrendered My Music Career To (Hopefully) Love Music Again

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
– Bob Dylan

Our relationship with music is just that... a relationship. All musical relationships are unique to the parties involved. Some get married and make albums. Some get divorced and split the royalties. Some just want to have fun and listen to records.

The first 28 years of my life were mostly dedicated towards building a music career,...

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Ep. 40: Nashville Financial Planner Helps Musicians Thrive

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Financial advisor and radio host David Adams is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and CPA in Nashville, Tennessee. As President of David Adams Wealth Group, LLC, an Independent practice offering securities through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., David is dedicated to helping his clients live well and retire, too. For more than 15 years, David has been committed to the financial well-being of his clients,...

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12 Steps to Financial Independence

Before we get to the first ever Thriving Musician guest blog post, you need to understand who Cody Garrett is...

When I started Thriving Musician I couldn't imagine there could be another musician out in the world as interested in personal finance, financial literacy, etc. as myself. It turns out there is and he is only 240 miles away in Houston on practically the exact same path as me. After hearing about my financial endeavors a musical colleague who moved to Houston recommended I talk...

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Ep. 39: World-Class Composer Fills His Plate With Pragmatism

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Richard DeRosa received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition in 2015 for his big band composition “Neil”. He is a tenured full professor and Director of Jazz Composition and Arranging at the University of North Texas. 

Mr. DeRosa’s most recent project was Joey Alexander with Strings where he served as conductor and arranger. The concerts premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center in October 2018.

Since...

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Ep. 38: Creativity Coach Helps You Master The One-Person Business

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Dr. Eric Maisel is the author of more than 50 books. His interests include creativity, the creative life, and the profession of creativity coaching, which he founded; issues of life purpose and meaning; mental health and critical psychology (also known as critical psychiatry and anti-psychiatry); and parenting in a “mental disorder” age.

Dr. Maisel’s most recent books include Unleashing the Artist Within (Dover,...

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Ep. 37: Music Educator Talks Retirement, Band Directing and 50k Marathons

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Dr. Brian N. Perez is a saxophone and woodwind performer, educator, and composer.  Dr. Perez is Director of Jazz Studies and woodwinds at Texas Southern University where his duties include directing the jazz ensembles, teaching jazz curriculum courses, teaching the woodwind studio and coordinating the jazz area. Under Perez’s direction the TSU Jazz Ensembles have performed for the Jazz Education Network National...

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