• Being okay with failing self/others

    Author: Stephen McNally |

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    One thing that continually resurfaces in my mental life is the aspect of the human condition that requires us to perform regular maintenance on our minds. We may have positive beliefs or even feel at a given point that we are extremely centred. I love those moments. I love those moments of feeling like everything is in sync. Inevitably though, things happen and we can fall out of that state of being in tune with oneself. Despite our awareness of the importance of being positive, negativity can sneak it its way in without us even being aware that it is…

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  • At the end of the tunnel.

    Author: Stephen McNally |

    It’s been an interesting 14 months and easily the most mentally/emotionally challenging time of my life. I found myself kicked down a few rungs on the hierarchy of needs. In plain English, poor/impulsive financial decisions, led to a situation where shelter and food on the table became the top focus out of necessity.  It’s not a situation I expected to be in at 26, but at 27 in reflection on the past year I realize that counter-intuitively it was a gift. I would not have gone all-in at my place of employment and have been able to reap the rewards of…

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  • The Social Musician - Thoughts on musician recoil to the word "sales"

    Author: Stephen McNally |

    I've recently been listening to the CD baby podcast for independent musicians and it has really gotten me thinking about the non-music side of Smooth Sailing. When I was younger I thought that if I JUST made the best music that I could that I would be discovered because that bullshit idea had been programmed into my brain. Maybe for 1 in a billion you are just in the right place at the right time and you don't get fucked over by a major label, but for many musicians, the dream of music will remain just a dream.  I don't want Smooth…

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  • Allegory of the Cave

    Author: Stephen McNally |

    Allegory of the Cave December 30, 2013 at 1:47am Platos Allegory of the Cave. http://faculty.washington.edu/smcohen/320/cave.htm We don't know what we don't know, and what we think we know is (sometimes) our best attempt to put sensory information into words. Some descriptions may be more accurate than others, but each meaning and representation is subject to our own biases/conditioning. I have an image of what a car is in my head. The image that comes to mind may or may not be the same image that you have, but we have an implicit understanding that a car generally has 4 wheels, a windshield, roof, seatbelts…

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