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Put Up or Shut Up - Springsteen and Me 

Dear Musicfriends, Awaywithers* and Adam Cole Watchers, 

I can't very well go proclaiming myself the world's best anxiety coach unless I do scary things myself!  Can I?

So here's what I did yesterday.

I've been planning to create a series of ads for our upcoming performance of Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run album in April.  I knew what I wanted the ads to look like:  me playing some of the gorgeous Roy Bittan piano parts from the album, with mysterious and tempting words.  The problem:  I'd have to play those parts on camera!  

They're hard!

I had just finished up my church job yesterday and I had some time to kill.  I thought, “Let's go for it.”  I asked my music director to video me, and I dove in!  This is the first ad I created!

The reason I had time to kill is because later that day I had a studio session scheduled to record the vocals for my newest track on my upcoming album, Mix Six.  The song is called “I Picked Up My Guitar,” and not coincidentally, it's about stepping out of your comfort zone!  I had this bass and drums track that we recorded to practice on at home, and feel free to sing along to it!

I've been having trouble with my throat for about a year now, have lost my voice frequently, and have been to the doctor to find out I'm clear in every way.  So a mysterious throat ailment means you just have to work around it.  I've been warming up and hitting the Feldenkrais a lot to get myself as ready as I can be.

Lo and behold, the session went great!  I even hit a really high note that I've been dreading for months since I wrote it, and it sounds really good!  I'm eager to share the track with you when it's done!

What have you been up to?



Adam Cole, Performance and Confidence Coach

*Awaywithers are our newest group, people looking for coaching on presentation topics that are separate from music, like writer's block, public speaking, and marketing challenges! If you're one of those people, or you know someone who needs help, please contact me!

Part One of our Interview with Music Photographer Jason Herman 

How do you get to be a music photographer? What do you have to know? In Part One of his interview with Adam Cole, photographer Jason Herman talks about what he loves doing best.

Jason Herman is a DC-based music photographer who is featured in the documentary "A Year In the Pit." His work can be seen on his Twitter feed iamtourmalet and at

What is good piano technique? 

In Part One of our Interview with Richard Beauchamp we explore the question of piano technique. Is there a "good one?" What does "good" mean? Is there one technique or many?

Richard Beauchamp is a pianist and educator who has studied with, among others, Ernest Empson. He performed on radio and television and appeared as soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Early in his training he became fascinated by the difficulty music teachers seem to have in explaining what they mean, and by the fact that what they did was very often different from what they said. This led to a lifelong interest in anatomy and the mechanics of movement. 

In 1977 he joined the staff of St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh, where he has been Head of Keyboard for the majority of his years there until his retirement from the post in April, 2014. He continues to teach piano and accompany the students.

(Interviewer's note: The history of piano technique to which I refer in the interview is "Famous Pianists and Their Technique" by Reginald Gerig.)

Mastery, Innovation and Service - What it Means to be a Music Pro - Part 2 of our interview with Matt Rollings 

Matt Rollings is a sought-after piano virtuoso whose performance discography spans thousands of recordings. These range from Eric Clapton, Lyle Lovett, Billy Joel, Johnny Cash, and Queen to Metallica, The Dixie Chicks, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, and more.
In Part Two, Matt discusses his professional music principles. Anyone wanting to be a professional musician must watch this video!
Mastery, Innovation, and Service - What It Means to Be a Music Pro - Matt Rollings Part 2

Sondheim, Kenny Leon, and What Theatre Can Do - Interview with Beowulf Boritt Part Two 

In Part Two of our interview, Tony Award Winning Set Designer Beowulf Boritt explains what Stephen Sondheim taught him about the potential of theater. He also talks in depth about working with Kenny Leon and getting out of his own comfort zone to tell necessary stories. Not to be missed! #sondheim #blacktheatre #setdesign #broadway