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"PASSION - There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart ... pursue those!"

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June 14, 2006

Well, it's been an awesome month since I launched this site and I feel so blessed by the response it's generated!  I've made a LOT of wonderful new friends and strengthened several other songwriting partnerships, and each day gets me closer and closer to my goals.  With that in mind I'd like to share with you some comments I wrote this morning for the "Up Close and Personal" page on my other website, Change Your Stars!

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CLOSER and CLOSER

I received an email from my friend, James, today and he was sharing with me some great news.  He and another friend of ours, Susie Marshall, are partners in a music publishing company in Nashville and they continue to make progress in building their business inside the music industry.

James and I met by email nearly 6 years ago and shortly thereafter started writing songs together.  It was amazing to see how much we thought alike and how well we worked together, even at a great distance (he's in Texas and I'm in California).  Together we came to realize that our ultimate career goal is the same and we can both see it getting closer and closer to becoming a reality ... fulltime songwriting partners in Nashville!

Along the way we've not only developed our own partnership but we've also created a "circle of friends" - contacts within the industry, mostly in Nashville, that we stay in touch with regularly.  This "circle" has been very beneficial to everyone involved, and it continues to grow on a regular basis.

Nobody becomes successful in any endeavor overnight.  Nearly everyone who gets labeled an "Overnight Success" has quite a story to tell about the years of hard work they've put in and the many sacrifices they've made in order to achieve their goals.  Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy, but with consistent effort things can become easier.

Whatever your goals are, whatever your wildest dreams may be, keep working on them and never give up.  By making progress each and every day, even in the smallest amounts, you'll find that all of your efforts are paying off and you'll continue to gain the confidence you need to keep going.  John Wooden, the famous Head Coach of the UCLA Bruins Basketball Dynasty, and 6 time Coach of the Year said,

"If you go as far as you can see you will then see enough to go even farther."

Whether it happens later today, tomorrow, this week, this month, this year, or at some other point in the future the achievement of that special goal of yours will come into sight.  Just keep working hard ... because it's getting closer and closer!

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See ya down the road!

Jace

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May 21, 2006

It's been a wild and crazy week since I launched this site and I'd like to thank everyone for all of the very encouraging and supportive e-mails!  You guys are the BEST!  Hopefully I'll be able to catch up on responding to each of them within the next day or two.

Some exciting news to share!  I just received an advanced copy of the latest book from songwriter / author Jason Blume and so there'll be a new book review coming your way on this site within the next couple of weeks.  Jason told me about this book when it was in it's early planning stages when I was in Nashville in August 2004 and so I'm glad to FINALLY have a copy to read.  My initial reaction is "WOW!  This book is PACKED with very usual info for songwriters everywhere!"  I'll give you an update right here next week to let you know how my reading is coming.  The release date from the publisher is just 9 days away!


See ya down the road!

Jace

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May 14, 2006

As the quote in the marquee above states I am pursuing those few things in my life that fill me with passion, and music & songwriting are two of them.

And now ... a new journey begins ...

If there was ever a time to dare,
to make a difference,
to embark on something new,
it is now.
Not for any grand cause, necessarily ...
but for something that tugs at your heart,
something that's your inspiration,
something that's your dream.


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I'm very excited to finally be launching my site today.  It's been in development for a long time, going through a variety of design and content changes along the way.  I'm grateful to my family and friends who have shared their opinions and valuable insight during this journey.  And I'm also very grateful for all of you who've bought my books in the past and have encouraged me to keep on writing.

As you wander through these pages you'll find samples of the various things I've written from lyrics and poems, to book & concert reviews ( I may even begin sharing some CD reviews soon ), and some personal commentary.  I have a steady stream of projects going, the most important of which is my songwriting, so there's no way I'll ever be bored.

Lots of exciting events are unfolding during the coming months and I'll keep you informed as the details get hammered out.

More soon ...

Jace

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