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  • EP#67 It's Time To Think About Your Next Chapter

    20/05/2020 Duração: 16min

    I'm sorry I have been MIA for the past several weeks.  I was finishing up the last touches of the book and I'm thrilled to say, it's finally done!!! Woot, woot, where's the champagne??? Since this pandemic has struck, I keep thinking about what's around the corner for us.  Are you thinking about new ways that you can reinvent yourself and your career? Today's episode is here to help you think about just that.  I hope you will be able to find alternate ways to help you and your family through these rough times.  It isn't easy and I'm sure you're feeling its effects.  But, if you get proactive and start now to think about what you might be able to do for your future, you will rise out of the ashes. I love you and I pray for you and your families to stay safe, healthy, and prosperous. If you haven't already purchased the 151 Secrets book, I'm currently selling it for $1 so that I can raise some funds for a couple of charities.  This book will help you get clear on what you can do to create a new life, new busine

  • #66 Are You Getting What You Want?

    16/04/2020 Duração: 15min

    Greetings My Drumsters, I hope everyone is healthy and staying safe during these unknown and chaotic times. Today's episode is a quick but important one.  It's about getting yourself one step closer to reaching your goals. Do you ask for what you want?  Or, do you think that possibly the universe will secretly know and bring it to you?  Knowing what you want is the first step to getting it.  Sometimes we're so distracted that we forget we need to stop and listen to our internal knowings, figure out what exactly we need and then go after it. One of the best ways to getting what you want is to sit quietly where no one will distract you.  Have a  notebook and pen in hand so that you can write down the thoughts that come to mind.   If you ask yourself this question before you go to sleep each night, and, upon awakening, you may begin to see a similar thread.  Maybe they're all based upon the same thing, maybe not.  Either way, you will get more and more answers to your questions. Next, once you know what it is th

  • #65 Acknowledge Your Wins & Then Some!

    13/02/2020 Duração: 15min

    Everyone talks these days about the importance of goal setting.  Yes, of course, it's important, but, just as important is that we should also acknowledge them when they occur.  Writing them in a journal is an excellent way to do this.     A few years ago, I learned the importance of not only setting our goals but, also keeping a separate journal where you can actually acknowledge those achievements on the important things we set out to do for ourselves, whether it was a personal or for a business venture.  Do you keep an acknowledgment journal?  A place where you can capture all of those amazing things that happen to you along your journey?  Keeping a journal or notebook that is solely dedicated to this purpose is crucial because when you have those days you feel blue, you can pull it out and it will make you smile again. If you're already doing this, my hat's off to you, and if you aren't, then, its time to get started.  You've accomplished a lot of things in your time, now is the time to begin celebrating

  • #64 Do You Finish What You Start?

    05/02/2020 Duração: 10min

    Today's show is a reminder of the importance of finishing what you start. Do you have a plethora of projects sitting out there looking to be completed? Or, is there something that might've been very important to you that's fizzled it's lackluster and you tossed it aside like an old shoe? If that's the case, today's episode will help you get back on track.  Here's some #MondayMotivation to help inspire you to get those tasks completed and stay on point until you get to the finish line. Don't leave these important things to chance.  Get back to it, start your engines and get running.  And, don't stop until it's done!! You'll be happy you did, and, you'll want to keep on adding new items to your list that you can achieve.  Who knows where you'll end up. Rock On & Rock Out, Dawn-Marie XO   Let's stay in Touch: IG:   @lildrummergirl55 FB:  DawnMarieMutell  

  • #63 What Are Your Intentions for Your Business & Personal Life This 2020?

    21/01/2020 Duração: 08min

    Greetings my Drumsters, A couple of weekends ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the Oprah 2020 Vision Tour kickoff in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  I've been to many motivational seminars and conferences, and, I've never experienced anything like this one. She spoke about "intentions" and, since we're in the beginning of a new year.  This is a quick episode on the importance of setting them. I hope you see all of your intentions for this year come true. Rock On & Rock Out   Dawn-Marie X0   Stay in touch:   IG: @lildrummergirl55  

  • #62 - Are You Playing Your A-Game?

    15/01/2020 Duração: 14min

    Happy New Year.  Can you believe it's 2020?  Sounds strange doesn't it?   Since it is a new year, I'm hoping you have all of your new year's resolutions in place.  Is playing your A-Game one of them?  If not, why not? Today's episode is a quick little reminder that in order for us to be our best and to have our best lives, we need to step up our game and put our A Game into action.  This may mean taking small extra steps that normally might not occur and becoming more cognizant of when you may need to step up your game and become more aware of when you can give a little bit more of your time, help, or whatever resource it might be. Showing up in a bigger way each day will give you more confidence and happiness in your life.  You can sleep well knowing you're doing the best job you can do every day. Let's make this year we play our A-Game and have a fun time playing it :). Rock On & Rock Out, Dawn-Marie XO P.S. If you haven't already pre-ordered your copy of the 151 Musically Inspired Secrets to Master Thi

  • #61 Lou Bortone - The Godfather of Video Is Here To Help Your 2020 Video Marketing Needs

    01/01/2020 Duração: 17min

    Happy New Year!!!!  It's 2020 can you believe it?  We have a brand new decade to make all of those pesky changes in our lives that maybe we didn't quite get to last year. One of my resolutions, is to do more video for you guys.  I've learned all of my video technical skills and know-how from the man I'm about to introduce to you today, our guest, Lou Bortone is in the house. Lou has worked as a branding specialist for over 20 years.  Before starting his own company, Lou was an award-winning marketing executive.   As the previous Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising for FOX Family Worldwide, today, Lou has been coined the "Godfather of Video & Online Marketing".  He's with us today to share his tips on video marketing and how important it is to have video in your business in order to gain more sales in your business.  Today we cover: -What we should do in 2020 that's going to make a real difference in our businesses. -The 3 Golden Rules of video marketing -The latest trends in video marketing

  • #60 Are You Passionate About Your Career or Are You Obsessed?

    05/12/2019 Duração: 06min

    Are you passionate about your purpose in life? Do you know what your purpose is? I recently read a book called Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone and I must say, everything he discusses in this book rang true to my belief system.  When you have a purpose, a passion, your life's ambition to do xyz, whatever that project or passion may be.  Do you believe  deep down in your heart of hearts that you were meant to do this thing?  Here are a couple of quick questions you can ask yourself about it to see whether or not you're obsessed about it:   Do you find it hard to tear yourself away from it when you're working on it?  Do you think about it every waking moment of your day or, is it just something you toy around with once in a while and don't think that much about it otherwise? Do you lay awake in bed thinking about how you're going to fuel your project? If you've answered "yes" to any of the above, then, congratulations, you're obsessed.  If you answered "no", then you have some work to do. In Grant's b

  • #58 Judah Holiday Living "The Good Life" (The Life of Music)

    01/11/2019 Duração: 24min

      Welcome my fellow Drumsters, thanks for stopping by!  Today we have a special guest, Judah Holiday is here with us from Miami, F.L.A.  He is a singer songwriter whose breed of pop music is infectious with his melodies and hypnotic beats  and, his warm and breezy sounds will quickly captivate you. Judah is here with us to talk about: His songwriting process. How he had to battle his addiction with Adderoll (as he was on them since the age of 7 for a learning disability). Judah shares tips on how to stay persistent and reach your goals and so much more. So grab your headphones, your favorite beverage and enjoy the show. Learn more about Judah at: Holiday Spotify/Judah Holiday   Remember, it's never too late to live the life of your dreams and leave a trail blazin' behind you.   Rock On & Rock Out, Dawn-Marie   P.S. If you are looking for a great gift for you and your loved ones for the upcoming holiday season, pre-order a copy of the 15

  • #58 It's National Love Note Day With an Added Bonus

    26/09/2019 Duração: 07min

    Today is National Love Note Day.  It's that time where you can send the one you love a nice little note to remind them that you care. When was the last time you did something special for your loved one (without it being their birthday or an anniversary). In honor of today, I am sharing two secrets from my upcoming book:  151 Musically Inspired Secrets to Master this Thing Called Life and they have to do with keeping your relationship alive and well. So take a quick listen and enjoy your day. If you like these secrets, there are 149 more.  This book isn't just a book, it's a musical journey that will help inspire, motivate and help you achieve your desires, dreams and goals.  Pre-order your copy today.  It will be released to your email's in-box next week: Order Your Book Here   Here's to much love and happiness. Love, Dawn-Marie  

  • #57 It's Fight Procrastination Day

    06/09/2019 Duração: 05min

    Do you procrastinate?  I think we all do.  One way or another we let days go by and not work on the important things we know we SHOULD be working on.  So, in honor of Fight Procrastination Day why not work on a couple of things that you've been putting off.  You never know, it just might change your year.   Best of luck to you, I know you got this!   Let me know how it goes.   Love,   Dawn-Marie

  • #56- Gerardo "Jerry" Velez Conga Player - Jimi Hendrix the Gypsy Sun and Rainbows Band and Spyro Gyra

    06/08/2019 Duração: 01h02min

     In honor of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, we are pleased to share this intimate interview with Gerardo "Jerry" Velez, the conga player with  Jimi Hendrix in The Gypsy Sun and Rainbows Band.    Gerardo is best known for playing the congas while performing at the original Woodstock with the infamous Jimi Hendrix in 1969.  This month marks the 50th Year Anniversary of Woodstock and Gerardo “Jerry”  is here to give us a birds-eye view into life in the music scene at that time and what he's doing to celebrate the 50th year anniversary of Woodstock as well as a few stories that will keep you in stitches.   Gerardo is a veteran percussionist and drummer who has performed on over 200 celebrity recordings and has played with musicians such as  David Bowie, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Destiny's Child, Stevie Nicks, Chaka Khan, and so many more. He is also an original member of the Jazz Fusion Band – Spyro Gyra which combine Jazz, R&B, Funk and Pop Music.  Gerardo also has his very own special event company

  • #55 How Do You Handle Rejection?

    16/07/2019 Duração: 21min

    How do you handle rejection?  Do you feel when you don't get whatever it is that you want, you immediately feel  defeated and ready to throw in the towel and give up? For those of us in the entertainment industry, artists and entrepreneurs we will inevitably face rejection one way or another.  Whether it's a personal one (say a rejection with a loved one), or going on that big audition and we didn't get the part.  Rejection, by any means is never easy to swallow, let alone try to stay motivated so that you can continue on your path to reaching your goals.  So, how can we lessen the blow of rejection and not feel so icky afterward?  What can we do to stay motivated? Take a listen to today's show and I will cover: Three ways you can kick rejection in the butt and maybe even begin to thrive on it and keep you on your path to reaching your dreams even when rejection occurs.  Learn how you change rejection and turn it into your favor. How to drown out the noise from the naysayers in your life. How to get organize

  • #54 Lawrence "Lipbone" Redding - Now This is Lip Service!

    26/04/2019 Duração: 01h01min

    I met Lawrence "Lipbone" Redding the night he played at my friend Kathy’s backyard concert.  I hadn’t heard of him before and promised her I’d be there to catch the show.  Well, I sure was glad that I did because, although I only had an hour to catch a portion of his show, I was enthralled by his playing and what he can do vocally with his mouth, I mean the sounds he can make are unbelievable, and, all real, no trickery here.  He can sound like a train, a plane or any instrument you can think of.  Not only was I was floored with his musical talents, his story telling was truly captivating.  He makes you feel as though you’re living it right there and then.  And, let’s not forget about the humor in his show, he’ll keep you in stitches. I knew I had to get him on the show.  I happened to post a short video of his performance on my IG account and said something to the effect “I’d love to get this guy on the LDG show” and he replied with a comment stating that “he’d love to be on the show”, well I couldn’t begin

  • #53 Conga Kurty - Kurtis Parsons of HIRIE Music

    22/04/2019 Duração: 29min

    I recently was at my 3rd annual Reggae Rise Up Festival in downtown St. Petersburg when I had the chance to see the band HIRIE live in person (finally), I’ve been trying to catch them since I learned of them about 3 years ago.    Today we have a special guest, Kurtis Parsons, A/K/A “Conga Kurty” is in the house.   In his interview we talk about: How to survive on the road when you have severe food allergies and how they not only affect the body, but, the mind as well and what’s needed to stay fit while on tour. How his 6th grade teacher wouldn’t let him play percussion and wanted him to play the sax!  (Bad move teacher).  How you never know what life has in store for you and how to listen to signs. How he opened up his own organic juice bar in Mexico. How fate stepped into his path, how he met up with HIRIE when they were in town in Mexico and how they’ve been playing with them ever since. How he lives to surf and so much more.   So come on and take a listen.  Grab your ear buds, pour yourself a tall gl

  • EP#052 Going on Tour? Get Your Tour Rider In Order

    18/01/2019 Duração: 15min

    Are you going on a tour with your band soon?  Do you have a tour manager?  If not, you might need to do all of the work yourself. Do you know what to put into a tour rider?  If not, today I'll cover some of the main points to a tour rider and you will learn what you should add to it  and will allow for a smooth and seamless tour.   Having all of your important descriptions and details included will keep no one guessing as to who does what, where and when.   Grab a pen and take some notes.  See you inside the show.   Be one of the first to grab a copy of my upcoming  audiobook:  151 Musically Inspired Secrets to Master This Thing Called Life: PRE-ORDER HERE   Rock On & Rock Out! Dawn-Marie XO    Stay in touch:   IG:  @lildrummergirl55          

  • LDG #051 Harvey Drouillard - Master of The Nude Photograph

    11/12/2018 Duração: 40min

    Today we meet with Harvey Drouillard.  Harvey is known for photographing nudes in public. He wasn't always a photographer.  He's done all sorts of jobs from his beginnings with his entrepreneurial family, working in their family-owned gas station, or, working as a welder, realtor or even a supervisor of Zingermans Delicatessen in Anne Arbor, Michigan.  He even had a stint as a commodities broker and now 3500 nude photos later, and for the past 5 years, he's a full-time artist.   Check out how he got his first start at his craft.   Harvey talks with us today about: -How he first got started in photography. -His stint at owning a nightclub. -How he's worked at so many different types of careers. and so much more.   You can pick up one of his 2019 calendars at: Now & Then Antiques 909 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL   Phone: (727) 823-4904   Rock On & Rock Out,   Dawn-Marie XO   Stay in touch: IG:  @lildrummergirl55                  

  • LDG #050 Nelson Rivera - Island Music Percussionist

    29/11/2018 Duração: 39min

    If you love tropical, Soca music, Steel Pan drums, you're going to love Nelson Rivera's work with the Bickley Island Chill.   Nelson has been playing music from a very early age, he began playing as a bassist and percussionist in over 10 bands which covered rock and roll, heavy metal, fusion, bilingual pop, smooth jazz and now in the Caribean vibe for the past 20 years.   Nelson's origin in music stems from his Puerto Rican descent.  He grew up listening to Aguinaldo music and watching his dad perform as a cuatro guitarist.  His influence helped shape the production of "Caribbean Madness" the only Caribean Riverboat Cruise series on the Connecticut River (which sold out for 5 seasons).  He's performed everywhere from Wisconsin, Michigan, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Ohio, Maryland, Florida, and the Bahamas.  He averages over 120 shows a year.     If you ask which one phrase best describes him, most would say "Ya Mon".   We met a few years ago while he was performing with his wife, Bickl

  • EP#049 Oliver Wellington - Making Headlines and Making Waves!

    06/11/2018 Duração: 32min

    Oliver loves building startups from the ground up.  He was co-founder at nRelate, a content recommendation engine used by over 100,000 publishers and bloggers.   He co-founded  SpareMin in 2015, for those of you who may not be familiar with SpareMin was an app to help podcasters and guests connect for interviews, after moderate success, the company rebranded and Headliner App was born.  It is now the most popular audio to video creator on the market, with over 1000 videos being exported every day, across the continent.  He's here today and talks about: How he got into the world of technology. How he came up with the idea for the app. Some of his favorite hobbies. His past life as a musician. And so much more.  So grab your favorite beverage, your earbuds and come chill out with us.   Stay in touch with Oliver at: email: [email protected]       or [email protected] Social Media:  @headlinervideo   Happy audiogramming!   Rock On & Rock Out!   Dawn-Marie XO        

  • LDG EP #048 Victoria Canal - Music without Boundaries

    31/10/2018 Duração: 23min

    Victoria Canal is with us on today's show.  She is currently on tour with Michael Franti.    Victoria was born in without her right forearm due to amniotic band syndrome. Noone or nothing can stop Victoria.  Her sheer will and determination will prove that her musical talent as a songwriter, singer and keyboardist will carry her to the top and stay there for years to come. Victoria has lived all around the world, including Dubai, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Amsterdam.  She's a mix of Cuban and American descent but refers to herself as Spanish-American because Spain is where she was raised most of her life.   She began playing piano as early as 6 years old and now, at 20 she's a force to be reckoned with.   She's been on tour with Michael Franti and was generous to give us a live interview.  So we're on the bus chatting it up.     I just love what she says about life: "In life what I found to be crucial is to have direction and it doesn't matter how many times you change direction just as long as you're not floating.

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