KINGVEGAS

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KINGVEGAS plays bass, guitar, the Warr Guitar, drums, sings, produces, performs, writes music and spends the other few hours of the day sleeping, eating or riding his motorcycle. (OK- and spends time with his wife and kids, too)

He has been playing music professionally for 30 years and has performed with a wide variety of artists including his own original group Smokstik, the Blue Man Group, Jim Infantino and many others.

KINGVEGAS currently performs with a number of cover groups as well as writing, producing and performing music for his own original group.

KINGVEGAS rides his Honda CBR 600RR daily and year-round and loves to hit curvy country roads. He aspires to do a track day someday soon.

Check back often to see what’s up with KINGVEGAS and his musical and motorcycle adventures.

Running Into Walls Looking for a Door

Kingvegas : July 18, 2014 8:30 am : Kingvegas' Musical Adventures

Our lives are often defined by the places that we stay most often and the company that we keep. Regardless of our skills, values, experience, knowledge or character the parameters that we actually work within dictate our success and happiness be it personal, professional, spiritual, physical or whathaveyou.

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Sometimes we are doing the best that we know how to do but we are not progressing or achieving in the way that we might want to. Could it be that our options and/or opportunities are limited by our vision or ability to find the resources necessary to be successful?

Becoming more aware of ourselves and our surroundings can help us to develop ourselves more fully and also better recognize the opportunities around us. If what is familiar to us is not getting us the results that we’re looking for it’s often a good idea to step back and assess our situation. Are we honestly taking the actions necessary to accomplish our goals? Do we have a robust professional network? Perhaps a roadblock is there for a reason because it wasn’t a good idea (at least for us) to begin with? Perhaps you’re selling snowcones at the North Pole? Are we working smart? Have we given our ideas a chance to succeed? Have we spent too much time hoping that our ideas would succeed?

As an artist I have often been driven more by my passion to create than by my desire for financial security, stability or even wealth. As I’ve gotten older my desire for material comforts and financial security has increased so I have learned to apply my creative passions into the process of promoting and expanding my art to become an entrepreneur. Part of the reason that I have been learning more about doing business is that I feel that I keep running into walls in my desire to progress. If I can’t find a door to move to another level then maybe I can make one.

Taking the road less travelled and pursuing one’s unrealized potential can be very challenging but can also be a very rewarding way of life. As a young musician I was more excited about playing and creating music than fulfilling material desires. As an adult I still long for the freedom of an artist along with the comfort and opportunity that comes with material wealth. Since my goals have expanded artistically and financially my efforts have needed to grow and change. My old habits are not going to manifest the goals of today.

Because I have grander goals than many of the people that I am acquainted with I am often frustrated in my efforts to progress and to find like minds. I also have a tendency to doubt myself and my capacity to achive my goals.

On occasion I have allowed myself to lose faith in myself and my capacity to realize my dreams. However, I never quit. I pull myself out of my paralyzing state of doubt and get up and swing again. Sometimes we need to sharpen our tools. Sometimes we need to elevate our efforts. Sometimes we just need to take a walk and clear our heads. No matter what I’ll never give up and I hope that you don’t, either.

Here are some thoughts regarding obstacles and/or frustration:

  • My mother likes to say “It is what it is”.
  • Breathe.
  • Take a walk.
  • Try a different way.
  • Open your mind to new ideas.
  • Do your daily habits reflect the kind of lifestyle that you want for yourself?
  • Are you actually taking the actions necessary to accomplish your goals?
  • Do you make it a habit to grow and nurture your social and professional network?
  • Is whatever’s bothering you going to matter in 2 weeks? 2 years? 10 years?
  • Learn to choose your words wisely. What you say and how you say it can make a big difference.
  • Always be honest to others and yourself. Live life without guilt or regret.
  • At some point you have to stop blaming others and take control of your own situation. Nobody can help you the way you can help yourself.
  • Don’t let doubt and fear hold you back. Be brave. Courage isn’t a lack of fear but pushing on despite fear and doubt.
  • Are you associating with the kind of people that you want to be?
  • Are you working to grow and nurture your customer (fan) base on a daily basis?
  • Develop relationships with people that are doing what you want to do.
  • Learn about what other people have done to be successful and follow their lead.
  • Know your industry. Stay current with your industry. Know the movers and shakers in your industry.
  • “To master others is strength. To master yourself is true power.”
    -Lao Tzu
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    Are You Creative or Just Thoughtful?

    Kingvegas : July 5, 2014 5:45 pm : Kingvegas' Musical Adventures

    Are you a daydreamer? Maybe you have lots of great ideas that never come to fruition? Perhaps you have a hard time “putting wheels on your vehicle”?

    It’s easy to get caught up in the habits of “regular” daily life. Paying rent. Keeping the lights on. Keeping the house clean. Spending time with family and friends. These are all important activities but are you living your dream or someone else’s? If you are employed by someone else you are helping someone else to realize and perpetuate *their* creation. Their business. Their vision. Are you pursuing your own as well?

    thinking johnAll the things that we use including our clothing, toiletries, plumbing, electrical devices, automobiles and so forth were all *created* by someone. Then they were built by someone. Many more people manufacture things than create things and without the creators there wouldn’t be anything to build. All our creations started as ideas in someone’s mind. These ideas were then transferred to actual plans and physical actions to manifest these ideas into the real world. Some ideas end up benefiting millions and even billions of people through their use, manufacturing, sale and so forth.
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    Be What You Want to See

    Kingvegas : June 24, 2014 9:39 am : Kingvegas' Musical Adventures

    Do you have goals, dreams and aspirations? Are you working hard on the path to achieving your goals, dreams and aspirations? Have you arrived at your destination yet? Do you visualize what “arriving” will look like?

    Part of the process of making progress in life is *becoming* the progress that we want to see. I believe that progressing is not like achieving a goal and receiving the “Achievement Award” that suddenly transforms us into that which we seek to be (author, musician, songwriter, painter, business owner or whathaveyou). I believe that by doing the work to accomplish our goals we become the thing that we seek to be. If you are writing music then you are a songwriter. If you are writing a book then you are an author. If you are training for a race you are an athlete. If you practice an instrument then you are a musician.

    jk car mirror sillyThe accomplishing of goals makes you accomplished in your field but it is the work that you put into achieving your goals that makes you what you are. Don’t wait to release your album to allow yourself to be a songwriter, producer or performer. Don’t wait to consider yourself a business owner until you turn a profit. Approach your work with the intention of being what it is you are trying to accomplish. Bricklayers are bricklayers when they are laying bricks and after the job is done. Accept your identity as a creative person and create.

    No matter what you do or how well you do it there will be those that love your work and those that despise it. Don’t base your identity on what others think about you or on a competitive sense of what you think you should be able to do compared to others. Don’t shortchange yourself by doubting your work or you capacity to be successful in your endeavors. Stay in the creative mindset and be the best you that you can be and become the “Me that you want to see”.

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    Don’t Feed the Trolls

    Kingvegas : June 7, 2014 11:14 am : Kingvegas' Musical Adventures

    How many times have been scrolling down your feed on Facebook (or whatever your favorite social media platform may be) and you see a post or meme that gets you a little rankled inside? How many times have you posted something on social media and someone (whom you may not even know) seems hellbent to start a confrontation with you that seems above and beyond the gravity of the actual post?

    “In Internet slang, a troll (/?tro?l/, /?tr?l/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people,[1] by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.” (from Wikipedia)

    The internet troll often seeks to provoke others by (seemingly) purposely being disagreeable, oppositional, insulting and so forth. I have been guilty of allowing myself to fall prey to these kinds of individuals in the past but over recent years I have gotten better at ignoring them and/or unfriending them. However, on occasion I still get sucked into going back and forth with a troll though I usually reel myself in pretty quickly. more »

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    Fear of Failure vs Anticipation of Success

    Kingvegas : May 24, 2014 12:20 pm : Kingvegas' Musical Adventures

    How do your goals and dreams make you feel? Hopeful? Excited? Scared? Depressed? All of the above?

    I believe that goals and dreams are often unrealized due to fear more than most any other obstacle. Often the risks required to make great strides threaten our ego more than our physical beings. How do you feel when you think about your goals and dreams? How do you feel when you do the work required to accomplish your goals and dreams?

    10354380_257044007832868_715638662_nAs a musician and creator (songwriting, producing, etc.) I have fallen victim to my own fears and lack of confidence for many years. On one hand I’m trying to make an artistic statement and express myself and on the other hand I fear that it won’t be good enough for anyone to appreciate. Then at this point in my life I begin to wonder that if I haven’t become successful after 30 years of being a pro musician maybe I just don’t have “it” (whatever that is). Maybe I’m too old and just being foolish. (these ideas can often also be expressed by those around us thus further reducing our confidence in ourselves and what we’re trying to do) more »

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    Do Today What You Should Have Done Yesterday

    Kingvegas : May 3, 2014 7:23 am : Kingvegas' Musical Adventures

    Do you ever wake up and instantly feel the stress of an upcoming deadline and think “I should have prepared more”? Do you look in the mirror and say “I need to get some exercise”? Do you step on the scale and say “I shouldn’t have eaten so much yesterday”?

    What if you lived today so that you wouldn’t have regrets tomorrow? Put in the extra effort to prepare for that performance. Push away from the table. Go for a walk. Head to the gym. Clean the garage. Organize your bills. Think about what you are going to wish that you did today when you wake up tomorrow because you can only progress in life from doing the work today. Putting it off until a tomorrow that never comes simply means that we get stuck where we are. more »

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