Who Is The Storyteller?

Posted on Mar 19, 2016 | 2 comments

The Storyteller is an idea that I took from a book that helped me in a lot of ways. Transcending Evolution by Richard H. Barker. I would try and think of how to describe The Story, or The Storyteller to you – but I think this quote from Mr. Barker’s site (www.transcendingevolution.com) would do it.


  1. Your story acts as a lens through which you experience reality, but it can also become a wall between you and reality; it can become less a window and more a mirror.
  2. Your storyteller translates the world into words, which in itself is not a bad thing, but problems arise because it instills within you a powerful bias to value the description of reality more than reality. For instance, our inborn capacity to be empathetic is described in words (“laws”), which we are compelled to value more than empathy.
  3. Your storyteller considers any info that has been incorporated into your story to be the Truth. So, when presented with any new info that is contradictory to your story, your storyteller judges it to be untrue and thus a threat, just as your immune system judges anything within your body that has genetic info (DNA) that is different from yours to be a threat. This becomes problematic when the new info is actually truer than the competing info already in your story.
  4. New info that does notcontradict your story is highly valued by your storyteller, who incorporates it into your story without any consideration of its value to you.



For me, so much of the making of this album (and my life) has been changing the script of my Storyteller. But, for the sake of the blog, let’s keep it on the music. I’ve always battled wanting to make music, writing it, recording it, releasing it – and being… Me. For so long, folks like me who grew up in the ages of record deals and radio airplay have been of the belief that we need the industry and managers and things like that in order to be successful musicians. Well, the times they are a-different than they were.


After a lot of wishing, hoping, dreaming, doubting, and believing it could never happen, I went for it.




Now, I’m sure one or two people (if there are that many people that read this thing) expect some schmaltzy Seize The Day & Your Dream Will Come True thing. Well, here’s a big ol’ cup of disappointment for ya.


Ain’t happening.




Just letting you know how some of this came about.

Now, back to your internet browsing or crocheting or cat videos or… I don’t know… Maybe go to Mr. Barker’s website & buy his book. Just an idea…


  1. Speaking strictly as a fan of great music, I can tell you that what I long to see is a return to the days when we had local “stars,” bands or singers who were willing to sit down in their own town or city and stay there, building a loyal following until word-of-mouth spread like wildfire. It seems today artists are focused only on the pursuit of national fame, whether it’s through competing on television talent shows or making YouTube videos. Then, when failing to be catapulted into superstar status, they become discouraged and give up. I’ve witnessed 3 of these casualties and it’s heartbreaking to see such misguided potential.

    We’re living in a nation obsessed with celebrity, dictating that artists skip an essential aspect of their careers…the training ground. This begins at home, not on the road, not in Nashville or LA, and certainly not on TV or the internet. It’s in the barrooms, clubs and coffeehouses of everyday America. Places like Phoenix, where a great singer and guitarist played every night with his band until the whole city knew his name, and it was only because of this tenacity to achieve such LOCAL success that the rest of the country was finally introduced to Waylon Jennings.

    So my view of a successful musician is simply this…Idyllwild is damn lucky to have you, Mr. Page. 😉

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    • Thanks Dan!

      I have to admit, I do want the life of ease that would come from being a world-renowned musician (read: successful musician) – but, at the same time, I enjoy the simplicity of, well, simplicity. I enjoy recording at home, I love the mistakes as best I can, and I do what I can to get my ideas and songs out there.

      Hmmm…. There may be a Udemy class in this…


      Thank you for your support, dude!

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