"Process is everything." - Mike Phillips
Legendary saxophonist and Nike musician, Mike Phillips, joins The Brink of Midnight Podcast. He talks about the importance of process in any endeavor in life and how music can be a unifying force in the world.
Mike Phillips is a guy after our own heart. The creative avenues of music and sport are constantly mixing and mingling in the venn diagram of his life. His unique gifts are recognized by legends and he's the only saxophone player to record and tour with the "Big Three" of American soul music: Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Michael Jackson. Nike also honored Mike's musical genius and signed him as the first non-athlete and musician to the Nike Jordan brand.
Early in life, Mike discovered the importance of taking chances, self-belief, and hard work. At age nine, the saxophone called him and sucked him into a world that he hasn't left. He developed a sense of joy in diving deep into his soul, but also that he had to take every shot that came his way. Whether it was sport or music, Mike jumped at the chance to fully inhabit his space and go for it. In high school, he'd play in every football game, finish up, grab his sax, and then rock out on the field with the band in his football uniform. That same spirit prompted him to take a risk and, while only a teenager (and underage), jump on stage without permission for an impromptu debut at famed Chaz and Wilson's in New York City. That bold performance set him on the path to become the musician he is today.
Teenage Mike and the Mike Phillips of today remind us to truly listen to what is calling us for that is the inner genius unique to us all. The great Pablo Picasso once said: "The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." Mike echoes that sentiment and says: "I have nothing to prove, but everything to share."
MIKE'S WORDS OF WISDOM
"Some things you don't choose. They choose you."
"Process is everything…you have to be fanatical about practice."
"You have these doors that open and close randomly. Preparation and timing allow you to get through that door."
"Being prepared isn't free."
"Everybody loves the end result, but nobody is relishing in the process."
"You as a human being are great out of the box, but process is something we have to sign up for. We have to get to work, roll up our sleeves, and get dirty with it."
"Your gift will always make room for you."
"I have nothing to prove, but everything to share."
MIKE'S PROJECTS + CHARITABLE WORK
Boys and Girls Club - Mike is also an alum and continues to mentor youth.
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Closing song, "What a Fool Believes" (Mike Phillips - from his forthcoming album)
To hear some more inspiration from talented musicians, check out our interviews with Joey McIntyre, Kate Voegele, and Chase Rice.
- JOEY MCINTYRE: New Kids on The Block, Solo Artist, Actor
- KATE VOEGELE: Singer Songwriter, Actress, We The Dreamers Lifestyle Company Founder
- CHASE RICE: Country Music Star; Chase's new album "Lambs and Lions" just dropped this week