Archive for Inspiration

Thanks for making me crazy

Posted: Feb 28, 2010

As we’re just coming to the end of another winter – I want to thank all of you for your educational e-mails over the past season. I am totally screwed up now, and according to a few blogs I’ve just read, there’s little chance of recovery.  Allow me to explain…

I no longer open a bathroom door without using a paper towel, or have the waitress put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.

I can’t use the remote in a hotel room because I don’t know what the last person was doing while flipping through the adult movie channels.

I can’t sit down on the hotel bedspread because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.

I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pastime while driving alone is picking one’s nose.

Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of trans fats I have consumed over the years.

I can’t touch any woman’s purse for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public bathroom.

I must send my special thanks to whoever sent me the one about rat poop in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing.

Also, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.

I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl (Penny Brown) who is about to die for the 1,387,258th time.

I no longer have any money, but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that bill gates and AOL are sending me for participating in their special e-mail program.

I no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels looking out for me, and St. Theresa’s novena has granted my every wish.

I can’t have a drink in a bar because I’ll wake up in a bathtub full of ice with my kidneys gone.

I can’t eat at KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes, feet or feathers.

I can’t use cancer-causing deodorant seven though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.

Thanks to you I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

Because of your concern, I no longer drink Coca-Cola because it can remove toilet stains.

I no longer buy gas without taking someone along to watch the car so a serial killer doesn’t crawl in my back seat when I’m filling up.

I no longer drink Pepsi or Fanta since the people who make these products are atheists who refuse to put “Under God” on their cans.

I no longer use cling wrap in the microwave because it causes seven different types of cancer.

And thanks for letting me know I can’t boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face… Disfiguring me for life.

I no longer go to the movies because I could be pricked with a needle infected with aids when I sit down

I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

I no longer receive packages from ups or FedEx since they are actually al Qaeda agents in disguise.

And I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore, and Uzbekistan

I no longer buy cookies from Neiman-Marcus since I now have their recipe.

Thanks to you I can’t use anyone’s toilet but mine because a big black snake could be lurking under the seat and cause me instant death when it bites my butt.

And thanks to your great advice I can’t ever pick up $5.00 bill dropped in the parking lot because it probably was placed there by a sex molester waiting to grab me as I bend over.

I no longer drive my car because buying gas from some companies supports al Qaeda, and buying gas from all the others supports South American dictators.

I can’t do any gardening because I’m afraid I’ll get bitten by the violin spider and my hand will fall off.

If you don’t send this blog to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, and the fleas from 120 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor’s ex-mother-in-law’s second husband’s cousin’s best friend.

PS: I now keep my toothbrush in the living room, because I was told by e-mail that water splashes over 6 ft. Out of the toilet.

So, thanks everyone for looking out for me.  And now, back to my email….

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Welcome to the world of high flying

Posted: Dec 15, 2009

My friend Alex sent this to me, and I had to share it.  One of the most spectacular flights videos I’ve ever seen.

Really brought out my “wish I was an astronaut” feelings.

Maximize screen, Sound On.  Enjoy!!

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Two great stories… both true and worth reading

Posted: Jul 22, 2009

Story #1

Edward "Easy Eddie" O'HareMany years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic; he was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

Capone had a lawyer nicknamed “Easy Eddie.” He was Capone’s lawyer for a good reason Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.

To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.

Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.

Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object.

And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.

Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn’t give his son; he couldn’t pass on a good name or a good example.

One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done.

He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al “Scarface” Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified.

Within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.

The poem read:

“The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still.”

Story #2

Butch O'HareWorld War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.

One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.

His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.

As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet.

The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet.

Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.

Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.

Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction.

Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier.

Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft.

This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Congressional Medal of Honor.

A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O’Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.

So, the next time you find yourself at O’Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch’s memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It’s located between Terminals 1 and 2.


Butch O’Hare was “Easy Eddie’s” son.

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ND Listed as “Top 100” Artist for 2009 by Music Connection Magazine

Posted: Dec 22, 2008

Every year, Music Connection Magazine publishes their list of the “Hot 100 Artists” to watch for the upcoming year, and we’re very proud to announce that this year, Nick made the list!

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Mocha Club and How To Get The New Matt Wertz CD FREE

Posted: Aug 15, 2008

A few months ago, I signed up for a charity called Mocha Club, where you give up $7 a month to support a project in Africa.

Mocha Club supports projects like clean water, care for orphans, and relief for the victims of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.

To us, $7 is the cost of 2 mochas, but in Africa $7 gives clean water to 7 Africans for a whole year!

I got into this after going to see Dave Barnes and Matt Wertz play live and hearing their stories about how they went to Africa first-hand to see the amazing work Mocha Club was doing over there. To show their support, they usually give you a free CD of theirs if you sign up for the Mocha Club at their concerts.

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The Last Lecture and How To Really Live

Posted: Mar 21, 2008

I don’t normally post stuff like this, but for me, amidst the chaos of living in L.A. and traveling almost every week, living life in the fast lane, being a busybody, juggling a day job and a night career, dealing with roommates and agents and lawyers, and doing whatever it takes to make this CD the best it can be, it’s important to put it all into perspective once in a while.

This video brought a tear to my eye. Watch it — it’s a quick 11 minutes out of your day, but worth every minute.

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Advice to A Young Musician

Posted: Jul 31, 2006

From music veteran Slaid Cleaves:

1. Don’t believe the people who say you are good. Listen to the people who tell you where you are failing. You have to learn to be extremely hard on yourself in order to continually improve, or else you’ll just end up playing in your room. Everyone wants to be a musician, but only the ones who are self-critical, work the hardest, and stay with it the longest will succeed.

2. Songs are more important than anything else. There are thousands of great songs out there in the world. Why would people want to buy your songs if they aren’t as good as what’s already out there? You need to strive to write songs that say something interesting, something moving, something memorable, in a way that no one else has said it before. In order to get good songs you have to be hard on yourself. One of my favorite songwriters, Mary Gauthier, says she puts about 40 hours into every song she writes.

3. For a long time, you will have to do everything yourself. Make your own records, bring them to record stores, book your own gigs, play for free, do your own promotions (create a web site, make posters, buy adds, bug radio stations, create mailing lists). Nobody will help you until they see something going on already. Only then will they want a piece of the action. You have to get the ball rolling yourself and convince them there’s some action.

4. It’s very hard to get things going on your own. Find a group of musicians who are at your level, doing similar music, facing similar challenges. Work together, help each other get better, write together, share gigs. You might have to move out of the security of your hometown to find a group that you can be a part of. I’ve found “comrades in arms” by moving to a big music town, going to a lot of shows, performing at open mics, even playing on street corners.

5. Big record companies are more trouble than they are worth a lot of times (they might even be extinct in a few years). Small, local independent record labels are doing better than the majors lately, and you are much more likely to get their attention. Big record labels almost never sign someone unless they’ve made indie records and already have a significant audience (thousands of fans). But you won’t need them anyway, because the future of music is in digital downloading.

6. Despite all that I’ve said, you must find your own way. Every successful musician has “re-invented the wheel” to get to where he or she is. The business part of the music business is always changing. And when it changes, smart, alert, creative people will see an opening where they can gain a foothold.

7. In sum, work on your craft, let people know what you are doing, be patient.

8. Oh, yeah. Most important: find a girlfriend (or boyfriend) who has a good job and is willing to support you for several years.

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Posted: Jul 6, 2006

If you’re a struggling musician with big dreams to be a star, love to root for the underdog, or just a fan of good music, then…

“Hop In The Passenger’s Seat
With Me ‘Cause It’s Gonna’ Be
One Wild 365-Day Ride”

You look for stars. You look for the makeup of artists who can have long lasting careers and who could be headliners.

— Clive Davis

It took Lenny Kravitz 10 years to get a record deal.

Aerosmith and Red Hot Chili Peppers both worked
for 20 years before ever having a #1 record.

Buddy Guy was 65 years old before he became a star.

Countless acts have tasted that sweet success they worked so hard for, only to be thought of as a has-been the next year.

So in the age of “here-today-gone-tomorrow” “MySpace-crazed” digital ADD “give it to me now” population, just who in their right minds would be so arrogant to think they could start from scratch and build a “ready-to-go-right-out-of-the-box” band, complete with original song catalog and loyal fan base in under a year?

Me. This guy. Woo-hoo, over here! Hi, I’m Nick…

I’m not arrogant, just determined. And maybe a little crazy. But I’ve always been a dreamer and I’m not afraid to work.

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.

— Winston Churchill

I’m attempting the impossible. I’m putting everything on the line into a project no one has ever attempted before, and I’m giving you the chance to come along for the ride.

Let’s face it. Every year, thousands of starry-eyed songwriters and pop stars flock to Austin, Atlanta, Nashville, L.A. and NY to vie for a few coveted record deals and production offers. But never like this…

I’m taking you with me, inside the closed doors to where the good stuff goes down. You can come along and watch as it happens, learn from my mistakes, laugh with me, cry with me, struggle with me, and succeed with me. This has been welling up inside my chest for almost a decade now and it’s time to make this thing happen.

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Accordingly a genius is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.

— Thomas Edison

Ask anyone in or around the music industry today about music or the music business and they’ll tell you almost everything has changed — from how artists are signed and marketed to how the companies that sign them function. Musicians, songwriters, and budding moguls need current inside information to succeed in what many perceive as the most ominous of industries.

Pop music, executives say, is a high-risk, low-margin business in which more than 90% of the CDs released each year flop. So, can it be done?

The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.

— Anthony Robbins

So without any further ado, here’s the video you’ve read all this to see. I call it…

“How to Get a Record Deal in 365 Days”

Phase 1: And So It Begins…

Jump on the mailing list while you’re here!

Whether you’re a fan of my music, my site, or are just a fellow musician looking for marketing tips on how to promote yourself more effectively, I think you’ll enjoy your stay here.

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All the best,

Nick Daugherty
Los Angeles, CA

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