Mark Villarosa

Hard Rock Cafe Gig!

 

 

Walking through Buckingham Palace's back yard! to the Hard Rock Cafe gig - London is beautiful at night man

 

One of my fans turned up wearing an awesome jacket! ; D

 

Exclusive EP Preview!

 

I'll be providing an exclusive/private EP preview of all my new tracks and asking for your opinions soon

 

I'm signed to "Integrity Publishing"!

10 Commandments to be of kick ass value to the world...

 

Ten Commandments to be of kick ass benefit to the world:

  1. Give more value than you take in.
  2. Strive for self improvement, to become the better version of yourself you can be.
  3. Always leave people feeling better, than when you found them.
  4. Treat people with honesty & integrity.
  5. Surround yourself with people better than yourself.
  6. Be the reason people smile.
  7. Always seek to live just outside the edge of your comfort zone.
  8. Respect your body. Give it things that revitalise & nourish it.
  9. Respect your mind. Give it thoughts of serenity & peace and feed it things that nourish &  expand it.
 

Is it time you got your shit together?...

 

There comes a time in every one’s life where they have to decide: Am I going to get my s**t together, or am I just going to breeze through life? there's no wrong or right answer, one persons idea of a happy meaningful life may not be anothers.

But if you choose positive change, however painful or difficult the process then here are some of the best times (in my experience) to do it.

1. In the words of the band "Free": All Right NOW

Not tomorrow, not the day after. Make the commitment right now and just stand up from your desk and leave that job you don’t like. Or get off the couch and get a job you do like.

One of the best questions you can ask yourself is: Why. Why do I want out of this situation.

Why do I want things to be better than they are now. The why can act as "fuel", to make the changes you need to be happier where you already are -

Or, to getcha motor running and get the hell outta there (as the Born to Be Wild intro riff starts playing) : D

There's a famous saying that “Knowledge is power.” Not 100% true; knowledge is potential power. Knowledge applied with purpose & action is REAL power.

Action is the bridge between potential power and actual power, so putting one foot in front of the other – as soon as possible – gets you on the path.

Just thinking about it alone, doesn’t.

2. After your biggest setback

Did you lose your job? (I did, more than once...the most difficult ones were just after 9/11 and then another one during the global recession when the banks crashed) Well, all that means is that now you have nothing holding you back from starting your business - or finding a job that really suits who you are, makes you happy and where feel appreciated and valued.

When your back is up against the wall and you have nothing to lose, you can be more resourceful and more effective and focused than ever - than when you’re safe and comfortable.

For every person who falls into a depression after getting fired, there’s someone out there who uses it as success fuel. Steve Jobs got fired from Apple for being a difficult, immature person to work with. He apparently never became easy to work with, but he matured and stormed back into Apple and made it one of the most phenomenally successful companies of our day, you might even be reading this on an iPhone or tablet (nuff said).

Don’t take a setback as condemnation. Take it as a challenge. TAKE IT AS A SIGN.

3. Peak state

You have more control over what you "think" than anything else in the universe. Start there. Focus on what’s good about a situation rather than what’s bad. Reinforce the things you’re good at instead of doubting and saying negative things to yourself.

Spend time each day focusing on what’s already good in your life and what more you could accomplish to make you happy - keep your focus there. Start lifting weights, take a boxing class, or test drive that dream car – something that makes you feel physically and mentally powerful and free.

Before long, you’ll find yourself in a state where you feel like you are capable of great things, all the time. In that state, the mountain doesn’t seem so high and the landscape isn't so dark – and that’s the perfect moment to take a concrete step towards progress.

Sign up for a workshop or language class. Call that company that’s hiring and in addition to sending in your CV, speak directly to the head of HR tell them you've just sent in your CV and to watch out for it, tell them you're keen and why (Yes, I've done this ; )).

You’ll be amazed that progress actually isn’t as tough as you had made it out to be in your head, when you're in a peak physical, mental state. "Trick" your body into success. It WILL respond.

4. When you’re starting a new relationship

It’s only human to project the best version of yourself when you’re just starting to date someone (I do. Erm, don't we all? or is it just me? ; D). Then they find out the real you and the party's over haha. But seriously, what if it didn’t have to be that way? What IF... instead of projecting that ideal version, you just, well...became it?

Since this person already views you the way you want to view yourself, it gives you something to live up to - your own personal benchmark. It gives you something to reach for. You become your own moral compass, you become your own mentor.

At first, you’re doing the things the “ideal you” would do, but before long, you’re doing them because that’s who you are. It’s a subtle, incremental shift, but a powerful one and one that doesn't require anyone else but you, to make it happen.

5. When you know what you want and why you want it

One of the most overlooked aspects of the road to self fulfilment is having meaningful goals. Maybe your goal is to start a successful business, maybe it’s a particular job, maybe it’s a type of lifestyle that would make you happy, or to make a positive contribution to society and help others.

Whatever your reasons are, these are the things that will get you (out of bed) to do the work when things get difficult (and those times will come). You might think, (big sigh) “I don’t want to do my own taxes", or "being self employed sounds scary", or "I can't be bothered reading/learning this book on coding websites, but wait, starting my own business is going to make me feel so much happier than if I stay here working for this asshole of a boss,” and you’ll get that website coding training into your head FASTER than ever : D

Without strong reasons, the couch will seem like a safer more comfortable option.

Good reasons give you fuel and "soul juice". So figure out what you want and why you want it...and DO IT (as AC/DC's Back in Black intro guitar riff starts playing) : D

MV

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Wow. Hangover is being played a LOT on UK Radio!...

 

Wow. "Hangover" is being played & supported by these radio stations! Thnx guys. Can't wait to get my EP out now! : D

• Bridge FM 
• Sound Lab Radio UK 
• Surrey Hills Radio 
• Way Out Radio UK
• Control Radio UK
• TD1 Radio 106.5 FM
• Matt Baker Podcast
• Wythenshawe FM 
• Vixen 101 FM

"Express FM Portsmouth" have invited me to play Hangover "live" on their Monday night show! : ) Keep you posted.

 

EP is nearly done!...

 

I got so much done this month, all 5 tracks of my upcoming EP have been recorded! now it's jus titme to edit, mix and master the songs.

I'm also thinking of getting some limited edition CD's done for the EP, as a keepsake for those of you who want them :  )

I feel exhausted tbh, I think it's because of the energy I've expended to make this happen Tired...but happy.

I think it's time for a nice relaxing cuppa.

 

What's your favourite song? Your answer could be life-changing one day...

 

Just in case you fancy watching something 
this weekend (in between enjoying
the preview of my new song "The Path") ; D

 I have a Movie Recommendation!

I recently
watched an amazing documentary on Netflix
called “Alive Inside,”
and it’s about these wonderful
people who champion using music
to mentally and spiritually REVIVE
Alzheimer’s patients - despite the overwhelming
challenges of a system and govt that frankly -
couldn't give a s**t.


My Grandmother was sharp
as a needle till the very "end", and
I'm convinced it's because
she loved and played music
(she was a classical pianist) :  )

Other people are not so lucky it seems.
People with Alzheimers, are often sadly referred
to as “the living dead.”
Their world is extremely lonely and confusing,
many of them forget everything that
makes up their identity.

Souls once young and full of energy stare at the
floor with no way to
access and enjoy their memories.


Then, comes the miracle....

The social workers in this documentary found that
by finding the favorite songs of their patients, and preparing 
customized playlists...when the headphones started playing
their favorite music on iPods,

their souls magically returned
into their eyes! I’m not kidding, it is one of the most
moving, incredible things I’ve ever seen.

These people who can’t even recognize/remember
their own loved ones, or their own names -
start recalling memories of their lives
 IN VIVID DETAIL.

Music is the bridge that unlocks the long lost
world of their past...music gives them back their identity,
and their dignity.

 

This documentary suddenly made me realise
that musicians,
are waaaaaaay more than just entertainers...

We're ushers of emotions. Conduits for something
greater than we are, to create medicine
that has the power to LITERALLY heal souls. We
empower & encourage.

What a great honor and responsibility to
touch the lives of others so deeply. Something
that I now take very seriously.
And I'm glad you're with me, for the journey :  )

I encourage you to check out the “Alive Inside”
documentary and let me know how it touches you.

I hope it inspires you to connect with
your loved ones on a different level,
and maybe if you know
someone who has a relative
with this condition,
tell them about the documentary as well,
ask them to check it out.

I believe in the power & beauty of music - 
I'm passing it on, to you...


MV

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New song - super sneak preview

 
I'm setting up a private "treat" for you
this coming Saturday.

My single "Hangover" will be available soon,
but in the meantime! I want to give you

an exclusive pre-mastered preview of
my brand new song
"The Path"
(3rd song on my upcoming EP!),

This won't be available for 
anyone else to hear, other than
people on my list, so if you're not on it yet?
Get on it!

It's also only going
to be up for just "one day",
then it comes offline,
until launch day sometime in the spring.
So this is a very exclusive
pre-sneak preview.

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Feeling stuck...that's a good thing right?

 

I just wanted you to know that if somewhere
along your journey you feel stuck, confused, frustrated,
or even overwhelmed.... you're totally normal
and in good company : D

In fact, I would say if you don't feel like that
at some point? it means there's no growth happening!

There were times when I felt I was hitting
roadblock after roadblock and 
I wanted to (literally) pull my hair out.
In fact I think I did?
Probaby why I wear it short nowadays.

Besides juggling a full time job, two 
freelance businesses 
and at times
the demands & stresses 
of heart relationships,
(whether they were going well or not!)
there were (and are) periods
where I have little
to almost zero energy left.

I just want to share something
that's really helped me along the way (and still does).
which is...

To take things one step at a time.
Allow yourself time to grow..progress and move on.

Feeling stuck (I've learned) is a in fact a GREAT sign
of growth...or of desire for growth.

So next time you're feeling
"stuck"...why not celebrate it?!

You're probably on your way to a (major)
breakthrough, just give yourself time
and constant pats on the back
while you figure things out, one step at a time,
as the "answers" - make their way to you,
effortlessly.

Our journey is a road trip,
not a sprint :  )


Till the next time,
 

MV