Let’s face it; if you want to succeed at anything, you need to have a certain level of confidence.
The first thing you need to do is to identify where you need more confidence, and where you don’t. During preparations for the 2010 Huntington Folk Festival, Acoustic Live was sending invitations to all performers in its email showcase folder.
When August 2011 rolled around, diverted by a yeara€™s worth of other featured performers, Ia€™d forgotten exactly what Ia€™d seen last summer. Anthony stepped away from the mic at the title line, turned his head slightly, saying a€?What night was it?a€? encouraging audience response, and they didna€™t disappoint. Like any good spinner of contemporary tales, Anthony can move his audience with more serious material. The song depicts a grave situation during a€?The Troubles,a€? as the IRA fought the British in Northern Ireland, Anthonya€™s childhood home.
Even though his childhood was marred by the rending apart of the population, he managed to inject some humor into his repartee. When I asked how a€?The Troublesa€? affected him, he replied, a€?I was affected mostly by living in a society without any sense of real community or togetherness and I hated that. To the question of early musical influences, he answered, a€?My earliest feel for music came from the radio which was always on and the old record player which was always used in the house. There were obstacles, both financial and emotional, to overcome for Anthony in the process of becoming a performing songwriter.
Once Anthony gained the respect of others in the folk arena and the support of music business professionals, he was able to quit teaching and sing for a living.
One of the most rewarding ways to get acquainted with Anthony is to stream the instructional videos titled a€?Anthony John Clarke Songbooka€? on YouTube. Late Addendum: Unfortunately the show mentioned above has been cancelled due to a change in Anthonya€™s USA tour schedule. The first one I watched was a rendition of a€?Tuesday Night Is Always Karaoke,a€? perhaps his most requested song.
Let’s say, for example, that you are afraid of public speaking, and you need to get over that to succeed.
Failure then leads to decreased confidence, which leads to failure, which leads to… well you can see it’s a vicious circle.
You just need to succeed at something to start lifting yourself up, and break out of the failure->lack of confidence cycle. Whether you want to succeed in business, creative endeavors, fitness, weight loss, or family, you need to have confidence. While being held under house arrest there, Paul received a visitor named Onesimus, whose name meant profitable or advantage. We hadna€™t filled all of our slots for the unplugged afternoon showcases at our booth and were accepting suggestions for newcomers. Somewhere halfway through, an older balding gent resembling a Shakespearean actor began his set and got our riveting attention.
However, I knew Ia€™d earmarked September 2011 for Anthony and I knew it was for a very good reason. Another video, for a€?The Broken Years,a€? found him standing in front of a banner on which a€?Folk Cluba€? could be read on the right side. It focuses on the divided state of mind between Catholics and Protestants and a wish for a coming together, a communion of souls.
Over rolling fingerstyle guitar, he sarcastically recounted the remarks of North Irelanda€™s iron-willed leader, Ian Paisley about a€?sharing power with representatives of the south over a€?his dead body.a€™a€? Paisley, of course, would eventually capitulate and north and south Ireland would achieve a truce. He grew up in Belfast and was in school there from the start of the struggle between Northern and Southern Ireland.
I made the decision to leave Ireland in 1974 when there was a nationwide strike and no one trusted anybody. I remember Ray Charles, Jim Reeves and some classical stuff, old 78s like Phil Harrisa€™ a€?Woodman Spare That Treea€™ and fun stuff like that. As a teacher, it was possible for me to perform some evenings and still work in school during the day, but if one wants to expand and travel to shows, then it becomes too hard to do both. I got Songs for Anton from him when he played the Huntington Folk Festival and downloaded Sing A Chorus With Me from eMusic (the only one they had at the time). Sitting in what appears to be a room at home, with plants in the background, he affably expounds on the motivation behind his songs and demonstrates guitar chords and fingerings for anyone who wants to learn the songs. Over rolling fingerstyle guitar, he sarcastically recounted the remarksA  of North Irelanda€™s iron-willed leader, Ian Paisley about a€?sharing power with representatives of the south over a€?his dead body.a€™a€? Paisley, of course, would eventually capitulate and north and south Ireland would achieve a truce.


We got an email from Sibyl Moser of the Huntington Folk Society highly recommending someone who we thought was British, Anthony John Clarke.
A few clicks later I was looking at one of the many YouTube videos of Anthony and it all came back to me. A resounding a€?Tuesday night is always Karaoke!a€? burst forth.The Brits love their sing-alongs and they love their Anthony John Clarke. The left side was out of the camera frame, so we dona€™t know what town or organization it belonged to.
I wanted a guitar when I heard Barry Maguire singing a€?Eve of Destructiona€™ and I loved the seriousness of the lyrics without fully understanding what it was about. I played support tours and shows with names like the Dubliners, Fairport Convention and so on and learned the business over many years. I asked him why and he said he owned a factory and employed twenty women who gutted and cleaned out salmon and he liked to get them all the same thing as a gift. The latter contains all the audience favorites and was a great help in writing this article. The videos shift from a sepia-toned grayscale to full color during the instructional part, suggesting added updates.
You need to identify, however, the areas of life where you need to be confident in order to succeed.
If you lack confidence in cooking a good meal, that certainly won’t matter to your speaking ability.
This needs to be a goal that you cannot achieve at this time, but it also needs to be achievable with a little bit of work. Build on those successes and you will find yourself gaining confidence in all areas of your life.
Wea€™d just been introduced to the Irishman transplanted to British soil, Anthony John Clarke. Over and over, as often as they can get him a€” the folk clubs, the festivals and over the years, the pubs. So the protest element in that song and others by traditional singing groups like the Dubliners and the Clancys was highly influential to me and very important.
Also enormously helpful was a copy of Anthonya€™s songbook, An Acquaintance, containing 50 songs, loaned to me by Sibyl Moser.
Ita€™s an intimate house concert and I plan on being one of the lucky few to see him again. You need to identify where you need to gain confidence, and where lack of confidence doesn’t matter.
Once you have confidence and success, then you can start helping those who lack confidence themselves. When Onesimus ran away, he probably took with him money and goods which belonged to his master Philemon.
After our showcases ended, we had a brief chat and found that he intended to visit the States in the fall of 2011. No doubt, Anthony had been in front of them many times before or they had listened to his albums over and over.
Another six albums are out of print, but Anthony states on the website that he will provide copies upon request for a reduced price.
I left the guitar in the case and worked, played poker, tried squash and read the paper worrying about Thatcherism. Set yourself a realistic time frame, and then determine what you need to in order to succeed.
Then, with an assist from an inspired co-written add-on, things really spin out of control a€¦ She lifted up her skirt, she grabbed the nearest priest, she began to flirt a€¦She got on stage to strut her a€?Londonderry Aira€?a€¦ Therea€™s nothing like a little irreverence to reach the heart of a folk audience. We might envision the same thing happening over and over again in the many pubs throughout England.
I was at a frienda€™s house one evening and he put on Jackson Brownea€™s album The Pretender.
I had watched a lot of local acts in Belfast (and then Liverpool where I moved to) who I thought were not properly cooked [fully developed] and attempting to go too early into the paid shows.
He followed that with Russians and Americans, the Al Stewart masterpiece, and we finished the evening off with John Martyna€™s Solid Air, which to this day is still the greatest living collection of songs.
Paul, however, honored the social tie that bound a slave to his master and respected the duty Onesimus owed to Philemon, his master. Guided by the tenth commandment, which forbids coveting another man's worker, and by the law of love, Paul decided Onesimus should return to Philemon.


Paul was about to send Tychicus, a co-worker, to Colosse with a letter Paul had written to the church there. Tychicus' traveling to Colosse offered Paul the opportunity to send Onesimus with Tychicus to Philemon. Onesimus went willingly as a penitent Christian to seek his master's forgiveness and to return to his service in Philemon's household.
Rather, Paul commended Philemon for the loving compassion he showed to his fellow Christians and then interceded in Onesimus' behalf.
Slaves, such as Onesimus, who were brought back to their masters were often treated most harshly and under Roman law could be killed. Paul noted that Philemon was having Onesimus come back to him as more than a slave but as a brother in Christ and fellow believer. Since it was quite possible that Onesimus had wronged Philemon and was indebted to Philemon for what he had stolen, Paul even offered to have Philemon charge the debt to him so that Paul might repay him. In offering to repay Philemon for Onesimus' indebtedness, Paul reminded Philemon that he owed him his very life, for it appears that in some way as a result of Paul's gospel ministry Philemon had become a believer in Christ the Savior. In the course of his letter Paul hinted that he would very much like to have Onesimus back with him in Rome.
An automobile may be filled with enough fuel to drive a long distance, but it wona€™tA go anywhere until someone puts the key into the ignition and then turns the key. Even though Goda€™s Word says I have a sound mind, I continually feelA like I dona€™t have control of my thought life. And in spite of the fact the Bible says God has blessedA me with gifts and talents, I feel like a dope who has nothing to offer to this world. But for that potential in you to be released, you have to hold the right key in yourA hand.A Furthermore, it isna€™t enough for you to just possess the key.
You have to put that key into theA a€?ignitiona€? and turn it so the latent potential that resides inside you will be ignited. This is a person so sure of his information that when he speaks, he does so with confidence and boldness. You should study, read, listen to teaching material a€” inA other words, you should use every available resource to discover what Goda€™s Word says youa€™ve beenA given in Jesus Christ. The moment you open your mouth and start confessing the good things that are in you by Jesus Christ, a supernatural connection is made between your faith and allA that Jesus has deposited inside you.
At that moment, the gifts and treasures God has placed insideA you become supernaturally activated. Instead of speaking what God says about them, they ridicule themselves, put themselves down, and speak badly of themselves.
By acknowledging the basic truths of what you have been given in Jesus, you will release so much divine energy that it will radically transform your life. When I hear my own words, even I can tell ita€™s wrong for me to speak so lowly about myself. Forgive me for speaking so wrongly and for allowing myself to remain imprisoned in self-defeat. I am truly repentant for theseactions, and I ask You to forgive me and to give me the power to change my behavior. I agree with all that Goda€™s Word declares me to be, and I speak these truths about myself. Every dayA Iam getting more positive and more faith-filled, and my mouth is speaking what God says about me. Do you speak well of yourself, or do you find that you constantly criticize yourself and continually point out all your flaws? If you were to ask your friends what they hear you saying about yourself, would they say you speak positively or negatively?A 2.
What changes do you need to make in your life in order to change your confessions about yourself? Guided by the tenth commandment, which forbids coveting another man's worker, and by the law of love, Paul decided Onesimus should return to Philemon. Tychicus' traveling to Colosse offered Paul the opportunity to send Onesimus with Tychicus to Philemon.
Rather, Paul commended Philemon for the loving compassion he showed to his fellow Christians and then interceded in Onesimus' behalf.



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