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David Oliver’s Inspiration for Wedding and Party Music

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Who is this man, and why does he inspire me?

Debbie and David Oliver, in 2013

Let me tell you:

Several years ago I wrote about this amazing fellow.  The David Oliver I refer to was currently making videos (see them here) on YouTube and Facebook to document his struggle with cancer.  His heroic example is a testament to the durability of the human spirit and how we cope with obstacles.

You might know several other David Oliver’s — for example, a famous Olympic athlete, a singer, a magician, an actor.  You can Google them.  This David Oliver is a physician and an educator, on the faculty of the University of Missouri medical school.  As you can imagine, his videos teach many things for many people.

It’s certainly valuable inspiration for others struggling with cancer. Valuable information, also, for physicians and other caregivers — from professionals to family members.

I am in the second group, but right now I’m talking about what David Oliver teaches me as a musician, concerned with wedding and party music.

Here is a tip I like for finding inspiration in unexpected places:  Observe how others meet their challenges, and imagine how their strategy could benefit me or my business.

Three lessons come immediately to mind.

1.  Don’t panic.

2.  Be proactive.

3.  Rely on your strength.

Oliver must have been stunned at the first diagnosis.  Who wouldn’t be?  But he quickly focused on taking constructive steps.  First, to get treatment for his medical problem.  Next, to create some good out of this awful situation.

Finally, he transformed his tragedy into a remarkable teaching opportunity.  After all he’s an experienced educator.  Apparently an exceptionally good one, judging from all the interest his videos have generated.

We can all learn something from David Oliver, and be inspired.  I’m learning more than these three lessons, I’m sure.  Actually, these three reinforce what I already know about helping people plan music for their weddings and parties.

“Don’t panic”. Problems inevitably come up in even the most careful plans.  I always expect the occasional glitch, so when it occurs, I deal with it without panicking.  There’s usually no time to waste, and “the show must go on”.

“Be proactive”.  I see an obstacle as an opportunity to create a better way, or at least to restore the old way. The key idea here is taking action.  Creating.  Restoring.

“Rely on your strength”.  Oliver is a fine educator, so he created a wonderful teaching opportunity.  Similarly,  I’ve become good at listening and thinking creatively.  I apply these skills to entertaining people with our music, and to helping them personalize the music for their celebrations.

Finally, as David Oliver’s example inspires me, he can encourage you, too.  Apply it to whatever you do:

Whenever a problem comes up, follow David Oliver’s example.  Don’t panic, be proactive, and rely on your strength.


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Posted by on February 9, 2012.


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