November 15, 2016 – Pre-order my new album via Indiegogo, and help me create a groundbreaking new show!
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. [Read more…]
August 26, 2016 – 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…[Read more…]
June 26, 2016 – 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…[Read more…]
February 4, 2016 – 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. [Read more…]
October 27, 2015 – I’m the violinist from the Farxiga commercial.
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. [Read more…]
October 9, 2015 – New Album Title Revealed
So…I have FINALLY come up with a name for my new album.
Drumroll please… [Read more…]
May 18, 2015 – 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! [Read more…]
April 29, 2015 – 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!). [Read more…]
Feb. 18, 2015 – Humility vs. Fear
I’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. [Read more…]
Feb. 10, 2015 – Camp-mania 2015!
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. [Read more…]
Feb. 10, 2014 – Man vs. Machine
My real name is John Henry Littlejohn – the first and only. How did I end up with that name? Well, here’s my story…
My parents weren’t married when I was born, actually they were never married to each other. They basically made me, then went their separate ways. They are very different people. If you met them today, which would be a blessing because they’re both great people, you’d probably think, “How did you two ever come together long enough to make a baby?” [Read more…]
Feb. 4, 2014 – I took it personally…
I want to say THANK YOU for all of the encouragement with the release of my first single! This is by far the most personal music I’ve ever made, and because every sound on the album is made by myself and the violin, I’ve had to pour my total self into every song – starting with “Blahdidam.” Personal.
It’s always a scary feeling to reveal so much of yourself to the world because it publicly opens up a vulnerable place that is normally reserved for a close, “safe” group of people. Maybe that’s why so many brilliant artists are nuts.
When someone else writes the song, you’ve hired background musicians, and someone else makes the beat – it’s easy to pass the blame on to your collaborators – but when it’s all me, I’m left holding the can of spraypaint next to the AmTrak car. Guilty with no scapegoat. [Read more…]