John "Adidam" Littlejohn

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Pre-order my new album via Indiegogo, and help me create a groundbreaking new show!

Dear Sojourners,

Welp, I’ve finally done it! As you may already know, I’ve been recording a new album for the past year, “Caterpillar Chronicles”, and developing a groundbreaking live show with filmmaker Dale Villajuan.

After lots of late-night recording sessions and caffeine-fueled meetings at Tim Hortons, the 11-track album is fully recorded, and the show is about 30% done (Yay!). I could really use YOUR help to cross the finish line.

I’ve kicked off an IndieGoGo campaign, aiming to raise $6,000 in the next 60 days – which will fund the completion of the project. Will you help? Today?

Here are 5 ways you can help:

1. DONATE – In exchange for your donation, Dale and I are offering some great perks which include: Autographed Merchandise, DVD’s, Private Lessons, Photo Shoots, Home Concerts and a lot more!! (Btw, thanks to everyone who sent me Perk ideas! Super helpful!!)

2. PRE-ORDER “Caterpillar Chronicles” on Indiegogo, which will support the new show

3. SHARE this project, my videos, and streaming links with your friends, family, and followers

4. CHECK-IN often with me. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on Indiegogo, as well as on my social media pages

5. HOLLER BACK – leave a comment here, comment on social media posts, leave reviews on videos, send me an email. Hearing from you makes me smile. :)

Here’s where I am…

If that doesn’t work, here’s the link: https://igg.me/at/CaterpillarChronicles

Still got a ways to go, but getting there. Thank you for traveling with me! Please don’t hesitate to send me your feedback and questions. Click on the links above to become an official part of this project. Thanks in advance for your help!

Talk soon,

John “Adidam” Littlejohn

P.S. Feel free to leave me a comment below via Facebook, Disqus, Google+, or WordPress.

Guess Who’s Bizzack!…well…sorta…

[Drumroll] After an super-productive 7-month break from social media, I’m returning new and refreshed…sort of…

Why return? Simply said, this upcoming season is going to be amazing and I want to invite a larger audience to walk with me through it. My Sojourners will still get priority though!

Why “sorta”? I’ve learned a lot about balancing creative output with social media marketing, and needed some space to do more “making music” and less “talking about making music.” In this time, I believe I’ve created some really great music, and with Dale Villajuan, am in the middle of developing a ground-breaking show…but is music really great if no one hears it? Some would argue “yes”, I think “no.” I’m making music to be shared, hoping that it encourages and inspires someone. So…I’m reactivating my FB page, and restarting my Instagram. No Twitter for now. The difference being that I will not be developing my personal FB page. My closest friends and family should have my phone # and email, and can reach me anytime. I’ve really enjoyed personally catching up with friends over the phone and via text. Being LESS connected made me MORE connected, and I’m not going to trade that in. Also, no more mindless browsing. I’m surprised about how much time I can spend scrolling through funny memes on IG! My favs right now:

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It’s funny cuz it’s kinda true…

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Say “Father God” one mo’ time!

See?? Funny right??…BUT…I gotta chill on the scrolling…Dang though, those memes do crack me up…but…no more! In short, my FB and IG pages will focus on my music and artistic life…but not so much on my family and stomach chronicles. Side note: if you want to see my family, check out this video.

Whatcha’ been doing? Tons! Just this summer I directed 3 music camps, recorded a couple of music videos, composed/arranged 4 orchestral works, and more…Check back often cuz the art’s about to come pouring out of this guy at a faster rate!

Who will be the first person to join my brand-new, baby Instagram Page: @adidammusic???

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Connect with me on FB at: www.facebook.com/JohnAdidamLittlejohn/

Join my email list and you’ll be my road dog as I fight to change the world through music and service. You’ll receive messages directly from me, as well as: exclusive content, free music, pre-release sales, and more! You’ll also be the first to peep my new tunes and videos.

If you’re already on the list. Holla anytime!

Talk soon,

John “Adidam” Littlejohn

P.S. Feel free to leave me a comment below via Facebook, Disqus, Google+, or WordPress.

Catching my breath… (2015/16 Update)

Before jumping into a busy summer of teaching and performing, I wanted to take a moment and send a quick update to those who care. When I left Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram I promised to blog more…6 months later…

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My Bad…See, what had happened was…

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Taking a look back, the 2015/16 season was a great one for me. I…

1. …faced new challenges like acting in a commercial and presenting Infinitus shows in french. The commercial was a blast, but before that first french-speaking concert in Quebec I was backstage looking like –

2. …was meme’d! Be sure to turn up the volume, but if you can’t hear it, it says “genital yeast infections in women and men.” Hahahahaha!

3. …finished my new album, Caterpillar Chronicles, co-produced by Jeff Wang. It’ll be out soon, I just have to figure out how to market it without being on FB, and raise enough funds to give it the release it deserves (Help?). It’ll be worth the wait though!

“Music for EVERYBODYYYYYY!”

4. …started developing a live show with filmmaker Dale Villajuan, which will be a collaboration of music and film. We’ve already got 3 videos done (Yay!), and a lot more to go. You’ll be hearing more about this very soon. I can’t wait to share it with you!

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5. …danced with my wife and kids in my most personal music video to date. “Better“. Have you seen it? If not, here it is:

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HAAA! Sike! – Here it is for real!

This year I’ve faced many personal challenges and triumphs (2016 is no joke! Right?), but the good far outweighs the bad. I’m blessed and I choose to stay that way, no matter what I’m going through.

Next week I’m off to follow one of my major passions: helping others make music. I direct 2 music camps in British Columbia: CYMC Instrumental Program and the Thrive City String Boot Camp (Jr. & Overnight). If you’re in the area, COME TO OUR CONCERTS! If you want to help us continue to send low-income kids to camp for free, DONATE. If you or your child play a stringed instrument, COME TO CAMP. We still have a few spots left. Click on the links for more info.

For all of my prayer warriors out there, please pray that each and every child in attendance leaves encouraged, equipped, and inspired.

I pray that this summer is a blessed one for you. Comment below (via FB, Google+, Disqus, etc) or send me an email if you have any prayer requests. Talk soon. 😀

– John “Adidam” Littlejohn

Breaking Up is Hard to Do – Why I’m leaving Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

I’m doing what I thought I couldn’t. I’m dropping my personal social media pages like a bad habit. Yep. FB, Instagram, Twitter – Deleted. I’ll still be managing business pages (Thrive City, CYMC, Infinitus, etc.), but I’m saying adios to my personal pages – and it feels really good!

Why? The short answer is that it’s time to move to the next level of God’s calling for my life, and in order to do that I need to leave a few things behind. Like all of us, I only have 24hrs. a day, and I have to be wise about how I use them. What worked for one period of life, may not always work for every stage. Facebook served it’s purpose in my life, now it’s time to move on.

Let me tell you, deleting social media accounts in 2016 is DEFINITELY harder than it was a few years ago. Trying to delete my FB and Instagram pages (Twitter was pretty easy) was annoying, time-consuming, and unnecessarily difficult. During the process I learned a few things:

1. Facebook and Instagram are fine with me leaving, they just want to keep EVERYTHING. Seriously. Every picture. Every “like” (why?). Every post. Everything. Don’t believe me? If you have a Facebook page, try to go back to your first years of content and delete it, then come back here and tell me how that worked out. It used to be a lot easier, but now you have to go post by post and delete them all manually. The harder it was to delete, the more determined I was to delete them. At first I was super sensitive, getting all nostalgic at every picture and post from a long lost friend. By the end I was like “Baby Picture?” Delete. “Happy Birthday to…” Delete. “Hi son it’s your mom…” Delete. Once I realized I wasn’t actually deleting real people, cuz it kinda felt like that at first, I was good to go. Delete.
Instagram only let me delete a few pictures every 15 minutes. So I set an alarm. Delete.
I’m not sure why they want to keep everything. But I’m pretty sure it has something to do with data mining.

2. There’s something majorly wrong with being able to delete music I compose, easier than I could delete Facebook content. When composing I wear erasers out, and when I’m in the studio I’m like, “Delete it.” But when faced with erasing FB posts about eating toast I was like, “Maybe I should keep it??” That ain’t right. Delete.

3. After things were deleted and I hit the ultimate “Delete” button, I felt great! [sidenote: the Instagram delete button is no longer available on the website or app. You have to search for it in Google WHILE logged into IG on your computer, then the button magically appears. Shady.] It feels good to be letting go of some big things that were taking up too much real estate in my life. It’s like the feeling of leaving a terrible job, or a jacked up relationship that you’ve been trying to get out of.

4. If you don’t already do it, make a routine of deleting old content. Also, be sure to give someone permission to close your account when you die by setting up a legacy contact. Otherwise you’ll be posting from the grave.

So what’s next? A lot. I’ll be spending more time creating art and sowing into real relationships.

I’m so honored and humbled that you are interested in the life and music God has given me, and am grateful to the many who have rolled with me through many changes and developments.

Sojourn with me to stay connected. I’ll be sending regular updates to the people who really care about my journey, my Sojourners , and will be posting more frequently on this blog.

Join my email list and you’ll be my road dog as I fight to change the world through music and service. You’ll receive messages directly from me, as well as: exclusive content, free music, pre-release sales, and more! You’ll also be the first to peep my new tunes and videos.

If you’re already on the list. Holla!

Talk soon,

John “Adidam” Littlejohn

P.S. It’s kinda weird that the comments section is still via FB, but its the most secure until I find something better. Suggestions?

UPDATE: Thanks to all those who left comments and I’m sorry they were deleted. When I deleted my Facebook account I lost all of them. :/ Well, back to square one. :)

I’m the violinist from the Farxiga commercial.

Of all the things that would put my face in front of America…LOL!

About 2 weeks ago, my first (and only?) acting gig fell into my lap. Apparently this self-proclaimed caterpillar fit the description of a left-handed violinist with diabetes :O (only the violinist part is true). One day I was teaching and I got a couple of frantic messages from a casting director – I thought it was a scam. Turns out it wasn’t – she had come across my FB profile and thought I’d fit the commercial perfectly. She zoomed to one of my teaching jobs and got me on camera between lessons. After a couple of call backs, I got the role! I was excited, but also like, “I’m not sure how I feel about someone looking at me and thinking, ‘You look like you have diabetes.'” Ya know?

Truth be told, I had a blast. As a rookie, here’s a few surprise lessons I learned:


1. Saying ANY word 100+ times in a row makes it lose it’s meaning. Try it. Say “City” 100 times and see if you start to doubt your ability to speak English!

2. Beware of the du-rag line. For those who don’t know, a du-rag is a cap used to keep my hair from puffing all the way out. Between scenes I’d put on the du-rag to keep my dreads tight. One break they tried to rush me on set to film an idea they had, so I whipped the du-rag off and jumped in front of the camera.

Director: What’s that? (pointing to my head)
Me: Uh…a du-rag line. It’ll be gone in 5 minutes.
Director: A what??

This then lead to a 5 minute break, followed by a schedule change, in which everyone waited for my du-rag line to go away. I’ve never had so many people staring at my forehead! ROFL

Du-rag Line - this is not my forehead

Du-rag Line – this is not my forehead

Chillin' with the director.

Chillin’ with the director.

3. Lunch is more like dinner. We ate lunch at 4pm. It was the bomb, but it was at 4pm. If I was actually diabetic, I would’ve needed Farxiga for real.

4. Unless you are in production, you have no idea what the final product will look like, or what you’re true role is.

5. You can create a spotlight out of sunlight. Margaret (my violin) doesn’t like direct sunlight (no violin does), so on every small break I found a piece of shade to chill in, which almost worked except that there was a guy with a gigantic aluminum foil-looking sheet who excelled at reflecting the sunlight directly onto me at all times.

6. If an animal is in a scene, the animal is the star. Meet “Oscar”.

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Oscar

In all seriousness, I had a great time. The staff and crew were great and the food was on point! This was a blessing from God.

Here’s the finished product. It’s halfway down the first page: https://www.farxiga.com/type-2-diabetes-medication.html

What do you think? Do I look diabetic enough? ROFL!

If you’ve never heard my music before, let me send you a couple of free songs. For more info, [click here].

UPDATE: Thanks to all those who left comments and I’m sorry they were deleted. When I deleted my Facebook account I lost ALL of your fantastic comments. (I was using the FB comments plugin :/) Oh well, back to square one. :)

New Album Title Revealed

So…I have FINALLY come up with a name for my new album.

Drumroll please…

“The Caterpillar Chronicles”

That’s it. When I look the tracks on the album, there’s definitely a caterpillar-esque theme to it. Some fly, I grind.

I finished the last track, aptly titled “Amen”, last week and am now in the mixing stage with my co-producer Jeff Wang. It’s hot. I can’t wait for you to hear it!!

10 tracks total, no features on this one, just me and Margaret (my violin).

What do you think of the title?

UPDATE: Thanks to all those who left comments and I’m sorry they were deleted. When I deleted my Facebook account I lost ALL of your fantastic comments. (I was using the FB comments plugin :/) Oh well, back to square one. :)

Caterpillar Video – Behind The Scenes

A couple of months ago I met an up-and-coming cinematographer named Dale Villajuan, who helped bring a musical vision to life. He listened to my song “Caterpillar” and had this great idea to film in the forest. This brotha then scouted out a remote area in a forest in Surrey, British Columbia – I still don’t know how he found this spot – and we came together, along with the 7 on it productions crew, and made it happen!



Dale Villajuan and Hassan Asuncion of 7 On It Productions getting the shot right.

Dale Villajuan and Hassan Asuncion of 7 On It Productions getting the shot right.

All UP in the woods with Vanessa fro 7 On It Productions

All UP in the woods with Vanessa from 7 On It Prod.

My homie Ezra Kwizera came through and added some Rwandan swag to the video!

My homie Ezra Kwizera came through and added some Rwandan swag to the video!

Ezra turnt the video up with some on-the-spot choreography (easy enough for me to do! LOL).

Ezra turnt the video up with some on-the-spot choreography (easy enough for me to do! LOL).

Grateful for the support of my Infinitus bros - Anthony & Alex! They joined me in jumping outside of our comfort zones. LOL  Hopefully it's not too obvious in the vid. :D

Grateful for the support of my Infinitus bros – Anthony & Alex! They joined me in jumping outside of our comfort zones. LOL Hopefully it’s not too obvious in the vid. :D

Some of VanCity's finest showed up and added some heat to the video.  Shout out to David Paul, Rap of God, Infinitus, and Ezra Kwizera!

Some of VanCity’s finest showed up and added some heat to the video. Shout out to David Paul , Rap of God, Infinitus, and Ezra Kwizera!

An actual Caterpillar stopped by made a cameo in the vid!  My wife says it's a millipede and I say IT'S A CATERPILLAR! - stop hatin' :P (although it's probably not a caterpillar, she doesn't need to know that. LOL)

An actual Caterpillar stopped by made a cameo in the vid! My wife says it’s a millipede and I say IT’S A CATERPILLAR! – stop hatin’ 😛 (although it’s probably not a caterpillar, she doesn’t need to know that. 😉 )



I wanna give a special shout-out to Jeff Wang who recorded, mixed, and co-produced the song with me.

Check out the fruit of our labor by checking out the finished video. For the best quality, watch in HD. Enjoy. :)



If you dig the song, let me send you a couple of my songs for free? For more info, [click here].

UPDATE: Thanks to all those who left comments and I’m sorry they were deleted. When I deleted my Facebook account I lost ALL of your fantastic comments. (I was using the FB comments plugin :/) Oh well, back to square one. :)

Don’t talk about it. BE about it.

Don’t talk about it – Be about it. For all of those who are disgusted with what’s happening around the world, be a part of the solution by helping those who are on the ground – battling to support and enrich the lives of those in need.

We live in one of the wealthiest places in the world, an although many of us see ourselves as “broke” (no $), it’s no comparison to the poverty stretched throughout the world – and often right in our back yards.

Myself, and many like me, are fighting to provide quality programs to children from at-risk backgrounds. Statistics consistently show that at-risk students who learn an instrument are FAR more likely to make better choices in life.
It’s easy to recognize a problem once it shows itself, but if possible, it’s far more WISE to prevent the problem from happening in the first place. Music education = prevention (and a whole lot more!).

My small, but meaningful contribution to the fight is to help at-risk students become excellent musicians by teaching regularly at the Saint James Music Academy, as well as giving them something meaningful to do during the summer by sending them to the Thrive City String Academy & Boot Camp.

Can you let go of $10 be a part of the solution?
If the answer is yes, support our IndieGoGo campaign here – http://igg.me/at/tcsbc2015/x

Hear from some of our past and present students by watching this video here: http://igg.me/at/tcsbc2015/x

Humility vs. Fear

c_mg_9890I’ve been realizing something lately. I’ve been confusing humility with fear in my life. I often self-sabotage when it looks like something great is getting ready to happen, especially when it comes to my health and solo career.

Right now, I’m carrying a solid 20 pounds of extra weight – at least. I know it’s extra weight because I’ve lost it easily in the past, just by making simple changes in my diet. I’ll make those changes, see great results, then gradually return back to poor habits and gain it all back. Perfect exempt, 3 years ago I fasted from sugar for 6 months and lost 25 lbs. Clearly, my body was telling me that it wasn’t reacting well to the amount of sugar I was eating (I LOVE sweets, esp. red velvet cake). What did I do, I went back to my daily coffee/banana bread combo (plus lots of other desserts) and gained it all back! Self-sabotage.

Last year I took a 3 month fast from wheat, during which I discovered that I have a wheat sensitivity that my body was just coping with for years. The health improvements were so clear (lost weight, acid-reflux issues gone, mental focus sharpened, etc.) that I decided to cut wheat out of my diet entirely. My body quickly adjusted, to the point where if I accidentally eat wheat it really jacks me up. I know if I severely cut back on the sugar right now, combined with the wheat-free diet, that my body would naturally gravitate to the healthiest version of myself.

On the music tip, a really cool magazine contacted me about doing a profile feature on me. I was excited and honoured, but I didn’t respond. They followed up with another request and I finally responded. They emailed me some interview questions and I answered, but struggled to press “send” – thinking, “Am I ready for a new audience to hear me?” I pressed send. There’s been a few other great opportunities presenting themselves as well, and I’m struggling to follow through.

I know many would describe my lack of desire for fame and washboard abs as “humility” (and possibly “stupidity”) – but I’ve learned to call it what it truly is, FEAR.

Fear that things will change. Fear that becoming the best version of myself will mean seeing less of the people I love. Fear that Biggie Smalls’ “Mo Money, Mo Problems” is true. Fear that success will strain my marriage. Fear that if I let people hear how I truly hear music inside, they’ll dismiss it as weird. Fear that I’ll let others down. Fear of failure. Fear that success and notoriety will change me for the worse. Fear that praise and accolades will result in pride, driving a wedge between me and God. Yep, lots of fear.

Now that I’m seeing it more clearly, I’m determined not to let fear direct my life. I don’t want to reach the end of my life and wonder what would’ve happened if I’d taken more risks. I’d rather shoot for the stars, even if it means only landing on the moon. I don’t want to stand before God, not having fully utilized the gifts and talents that He entrusted me with.

So where does that leave me? Well…we’ll see, won’t we? 😉

Camp-mania 2015!

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Summer music camps and festivals were instrumental in helping me become a professional violinist. Because of that, part of my life’s mission is to provide high-quality and effective music camps to string players from diverse backgrounds – in an effort to reignite a flame of passion, creativity, and excellence around stringed instruments. [I think that’s the most dramatic sentence I’ve ever typed! LOL]

This year, I am blessed to be the director of 4 music camps (in order by date):

Spring Break Boot Camp @VAM

• Dates: March 16-20
• Info: http://thrivecitymusic.com/blog/spring-break-boot-camp/

CYMC Strings & Winds Program

• Dates: June 28 – July 12
• Info: http://cymc.ca/strings-and-winds/

Junior String Boot Camp 2015

• Dates: July 27-31
• Info: coming soon…

Thrive City String Boot Camp 2015

• Dates: Aug. 4-14
• Info: http://thrivecitymusic.com/blog/tcsbc-2015

Check ’em out. If you’re a parent or teacher of a string student, consider sending your young musician to one of the camps above!