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Greg Spero
los angeles, ca
i make music
Interests: music, business, economics, social dynamics, life
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Today I'm going to point you in the direction of someone else, because his guidance is probably applicable to you. If you're feeling like you're spinning your wheels, sometimes you need to lighten your load. Subtract. https://sivers.org/subtract Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Spero's Blog
I saw a post from a friend on instagram today with a photo of an empty fridge and the caption “when you want a sandwich, then you remember your album is on Spotify”, implying that his album being on Spotify is the reason that he doesn’t have enough money to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2019 at Spero's Blog
Have you ever noticed that a constant sound has existed only when the sound stopped? For example, when you put on noise cancelling headphones almost anywhere in modern society, you'll notice a lot of noise has been eliminated. But you weren't noticing the noise was there in the first place.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2019 at Spero's Blog
There are many parts of life where tapping into our intuitive knowledge below the conscious mind is essential. Meditation helps us get deeper and find knowledge and more importantly wisdom from the depths of our mind. However, we will only be able to make good decisions when we learn to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2019 at Spero's Blog
Think you’ve got a pretty firm grasp of reality? Think you know pretty much the baseline standard of what exists and how to function in it? If you do, you’re a unique individual. Most people are bouncing off the metaphorical bumpers of that which the society in which they live... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2019 at Spero's Blog
I started swim training on Monday. Follow up is Friday. 3 days of practice on my own between trainings. Goal = wake at 5:30am. Coffee, meditate, journal, blog, and in the pool by 6:30am at the very latest. Yesterday I made it a point to get through the full training... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at Spero's Blog
The biggest problem with most people is they don’t understand the point of view of the people with whom they disagree. We have a two-party system in the US and each half of the country thinks the other half is either full of idiots or full of terrible people. This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2019 at Spero's Blog
I use plane rides to meditate. Chanting meditation. I just did for 6 hours. Minus being distracted by my neighbor’s movie for a bit. I’d highly recommend it. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2019 at Spero's Blog
Try it. You often have 30 minutes before boarding. People will look at you funny but who the fuck cares. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at Spero's Blog
One of the things that I see most successful people talk about when giving advice is long term thinking. Gary V has a great video where he talks about moving quickly in the short term, but being very willing to move slowly in the long term. Don’t try to make... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at Spero's Blog
Be careful of love. There is a jewish saying that ‘he who puts emotion before reason is a fool. he who puts reason before emotion is wise’. Of course we always need to dig deep into our intuition, and especially as musicians we need to be completely emotionally open, expressive,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Spero's Blog
I treat money very differently than most of my peers. I save money wherever I can. For example, I don’t have an apartment. I have a music studio, and I have some family that I stay with from time to time, and I tour most of the time. But between... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2019 at Spero's Blog
Composition and improvisation are the same thing. If you are struggling with improvisation, I’d recommend composing something written out, and learning to play it. This has helped me break through plateaus at several points in my development. And if you’re having trouble composing, let yourself improvise. Sit at the piano... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2019 at Spero's Blog
I am hard pressed to find an accomplished individual who I deeply respect who does not attribute their success to working very very very hard. Will Smith, Elon Musk, Gary V, Jordan Peterson. These men dedicated a vast majority portion of their lives to self improvement and their craft. If... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at Spero's Blog
Classism probably exists. There are probably people who have disdain for lower classes of people and want the worst for them no matter what. However, I’ve met a lot of very wealthy people, and a lot of very successful people, and a lot of people who occupy upper classes of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2019 at Spero's Blog
What is beauty? Where is beauty? Shallow beauty is that which appears as something that can fulfill your desires. An apple when you are hungry. Nature when you are stressed. A symmetrical human because we are genetically programmed to be attracted to those who would create healthy offspring. But the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at Spero's Blog
We are surrounded by black-holes of our own opinions. All of social media is this. It’s built to keep you engaged. Your friend communities are also this. Our tendency is to surround ourselves with people who have our same opinions. Especially when we take our opinions so personally and to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at Spero's Blog
Creating with music is like painting with light. The paintbrush leaves streaks through the air that gradually fade. The shapes that are painted layer on top of each other, and find synchronicity with each other. The new paint strokes wave over the old ones, interacting with the past, creating tensions... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at Spero's Blog
I’ve practiced Nichiren Buddhism for over 10 years. All of my best ideas have come to me during or after a session of chanting meditation. You can get info at www.sgi-usa.org, or ask me personally and I’ll explain how (and why) it works for me. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at Spero's Blog
In music school, there were people who didn’t want to show other students their licks, for fear of being copied. They would cover up their sheet music, not talk about concepts their were working on, and be frustrated that anyone aside from them was successful at anything. There were also... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at Spero's Blog
I don’t remember who told it to me, but someone pointed out a rule that many of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time use. It’s a rule that for one hour every weekday, you’ll put down what you’re doing, pick up a book, and learn something completely outside of your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at Spero's Blog
This is a new morning meditation I’ve been doing lately. It’s derived from a famous self-help guru and translated to me by my friend Salim Najar who owns a company called Sound Tea. It should take 15-20 minutes. Do it every morning and your life will change. Warm-up of breathing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at Spero's Blog
I wasted a lot of time in my youth. I worked very hard, to the point of having almost no actual recreational activities, but life taught me something very problematic; if you keep quiet, people will like you more. So I did. And I was liked a lot. Because I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Spero's Blog
Human existence is complex. Our biology evolved over millions of years, and our social infrastructure for a hundred thousand at least. As society evolved, we needed ways to describe perfection, so we’d have something to reach for. After all, we evolved from scavenging, narcissistic, murderous organisms (in fact we’re barely... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Spero's Blog
Victims in history have created the greatest mass catastrophes in recorded human history. The holocaust was a socialist movement that allowed everyone to subscribe to the identity of a victim of the effects of the jews in society. The soviet union was comprised of victims who perpetrated the mass execution... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at Spero's Blog