You can achieve great things when someone believes in you.

I know this first hand.

Daniel Barret, my music producer, coauthor of The Remembering Process, and friend, urged me to create an album of all saxophone music before I felt ready to do so.

I even argued with him about it.

“You have a two year old son,” I began. “Getting me to record sax music right now is like my offering to train your son for the Olympics. He’s not ready. I’m not ready.”

But Daniel persisted.

My first all sax album

My first all sax album

“You have a supernatural connection to the sax,” he said. “Every time I hear you play, I feel the power of it.”

Keep in mind that I had heard a baritone saxophone for the first time last January, when Thomas van der Brook came into the studio to add his bari sax to a track on my Reflection album.

I loved it.

I decided right then to buy a sax and learn how to play.

I did, too.

But that was only months ago.

I had a couple lessons to learn how to put the sax together, watched some YouTube videos on how to play the sax, bought 17 books on the sax, and a DVD course, and just kept trying.

Every week or so, I’d record my playing and send it to Daniel.

I was simply sharing.

But he used it as evidence.

He felt I was ready to record.

After a few months – and with Daniel’s polite but persistent encouragement – I took the jump.

I realized I had been arguing for my limitations.

Enough of that.

I agreed to create an album of all sax music.


That was a HUGE, BOLD, and SCARY move.

I didn’t feel confident.

I didn’t feel ready.

Yet I knew that one of the best ways to learn something is to simply dive in and create a project out of it. Recording an album of sax music would put me in a situation where I had to learn how to play, and fast.

I also knew that as soon as I stated an intention, and invited inspiration, that the Universe would rush in to help me.

And so the adventure began.

It helped that sax great Mindi Abair heard me play (during a Skype sax lesson with her) and said, “You have real talent.”

It helped that I went in the studio with Mathew Dixon and added some bari sax to the first track of our album, Invoking Divinity, which came out hauntingly beautiful.

But that wasn’t a whole album of sax music.

I still remember the first day in the studio with Daniel.

As he set up the mike, and I put together the mouthpiece and reed on my baritone sax, he looked at me and said, “On one level this is an insane thing to do, but let’s do it and see what occurs.”

The result?


I played the baritone, tenor, and alto saxophones.

Back cover of sax album

Back cover of sax album

Daniel mixed the music and added some tasty sounds.

I wrote and recorded some hypnotic odes, or prayers.

We ended up with ten tracks – the first five with the poems at an audible level, and the second five with the prayers at a subliminal, or below conscious, level.

I decided to call the album Afflatus, which means, “sudden Divine inspiration.”

And the album is done.

The miracle is complete.

When Mark Hallman, who mastered the album, heard it, he said, “This is the best music you’ve recorded yet. A masterpiece.”

When Mathew Dixon, my partner on several albums, heard it, he said, “It sounds fantastic! I just finished listening and it sounds incredible!”

I’m about as proud as any musician could be.

I’ll be selling the album in 2015 but I’ll be giving it away — yes, you read it right: giving it away for free — in December, as part of my birthday/end of year sale. (I’ll give you details later, of course.)

But I wanted to share this adventure with you today for the lesson it reveals.

It all started with someone who believed in me more than I believed in myself.

With encouragement, you can achieve virtually anything you can conceive.

What’s your dream?

I believe in you.

Go for it!

Ao Akua,

Saxman Joe

PS — If you want someone who believes in you, check out Miracles Coaching.

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  1. Louani-Reply
    November 1, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Hi Joe,
    Love your adventure. Beautiful story.
    I agree that it’s wonderful and sometime crucial
    to have someone who believes in you/ me. And many times more than we believe in ourselves.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Have an awesome week end.

    Louani Idar

  2. November 1, 2014 at 7:38 am

    This sounds similar to the way I go. I call it “jumping in with both feet”. When I decide I want to do something, I buy as many books and videos as I can, read up on the Internet, and immerse myself in it. I must admit, it sometimes requires a run up to get going (i.e., to find the courage).

    Some people call this recklessness or impulsive behaviour. I call it commitment!

    I did this when I finally decided to publish my first book “Unleash Your Dreams: Going Beyond Goal Setting”, and I’m doing the same with my second one. I even did it when I decided to contribute a chapter to your next book. I’m sending it off to your team today.

    Doing new things takes courage, but it’s a great investment, and returns the effort manyfold.

    Keep up the good work, and I look forward to purchasing your new album. I’m sure it will be as uplifting as all the others, if not more so.

  3. Edel Quinn-Reply
    November 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Wow Joe! so nice and inspiring a true story! congrats. encouraging too

  4. November 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Jumping in with both feet and eyes open… Everything is changing for me right now. Just as it did when someone believed in me 30 years ago and would not let me give up.
    I wanted to be a doctor but, it had been two years since completing college. I had very little money to pay for it. My grades were not bad but they were not 4-0.
    The school I wanted to go to is in Costa Rica and not set up for English students. I did not speak Spanish very well.
    I was ready to give up my dream.
    “You are going to school and you are going to be a doctor”, she said. “We will find a way to get it paid for and you are going to learn Spanish”.
    My friend’s voice reverberated in my mind.
    I took the admission test. I was accepted and sold whatever I could to have startup money. I moved to Costa Rica.
    I never did have to borrow money from her. I learned Spanish and I graduated Cum Laude and became a doctor.

    All this because someone believed in me. Thank you for reminding me of how our lives can be changed by not just WHAT but WHO we believe in.

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