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“You will gain insight and inspiration from this important work.”

Yechiel Spero, Author

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This book is for the frontman, bandleader, or soloist. Someone who takes responsibility for the flow, pace, structure, material selection, engagement, and many dynamics relating to audience relationship. It addresses the need to be concerned with the way something is delivered as much as what and where it is being delivered.

 

I hope what I am offering helps answer a few things.

The development of ones craft over time, "the work of ones hands" (from music to plumbing) is the internal validation. The external validation feeds strongly into the act of giving. There is nothing makes a person happier than to give, commensurate with the degree of intimacy one can relate to (the content of a song).

The responsibility of the artist is to live out the songs in a way as to bring the blessing, to represent much, of what we may find hard to express because of a perhaps compromised position.

The artist, to be good, to make a creative contribution, has to live a less compromised life.

This is not achievable without aspiring to a connection with the prime Creator. Because helpful creativity is a byproduct of a healthy lack of compromise. And so; what "life" song do you want to sing, is a part of the question.

Once one sheds, through the development of ones craft (to a degree, we are not islands, we need people) the doubts as to weather one is; relevant, useful, functioning, employable, and all the millions of things like that - then you can choose to "give" you are no so caught up with the worries that it takes to get to that stage. And to be able to "choose to give" makes the giving even better.

Being an artist is being true to / connecting with yourself in your performance, how it suits you at the time, but entertaining is paying attention to the people in the room; giving to, and caring about them.

Paul

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“It’s so deep, informative, poetic and entertaining! It’s a masterpiece.

After reading the book, I would definitely feel more confident to get on that stage!”

Shani Teichman – pianist

"I am a frequent public speaker and found this book a reminder of things I thought I knew, as well as a source of new ideas. Highly recommended!”

I Cox, President/CEO Wheeltug PLC 

“What he has basically done is

 written a lab book of his experiences for people to use and share. It makes me wish I was a performer." 

Nathan Sobel, Accountant

“Tried and true nerve calmers, and methods to keep your audience hooked and happy."

Maddie Papesh

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The BOOK - Life is grand, baby!
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“An invaluable tool for anyone and everyone in the entertainment industry. Paul’s warmth and engaging personality shine forth as he takes us from the pre-gig preparation through the unforgettable performances. You will gain insight and inspiration from this important work.” 

Yechiel Spero, Author


"An instruction manual about how to do a good performance, it speaks to me. Very well written thoughtful stuff, fascinating.”

Avraham Rosenblum, The Diaspora Yeshiva band

 

“What he has basically done is written a lab book of his experiences for people to use and share. It makes me wish I was a performer." 

Nathan Sobel, Accountant  (Amazon review)


It’s so deep, informative, poetic, and entertaining! It’s a masterpiece. After reading the book, I would definitely feel more confident to get on that stage!

Shani, Pianist (Amazon review)

 

"To me its real value lies in the understanding that a great live performer - whether of music or dramatic reading or giving a speech - finds ways large and small to connect with the audience. And this book is full of goodies and tidbits that help make that possible. I am a frequent public speaker and I found this book a reminder of some things I thought I knew, as well as a source of new ideas and inspiration in how I can do an even better job. Highly recommended!”

I Cox, President/CEO Wheeltug PLC (Amazon review)

 

Everything you need to know. Tying in life experiences, tried and true nerve calmers, and methods to keep your audience hooked and happy, this book is a must for anyone looking to start a career in music/performing.

Maddie Papesh, (Amazon review)

 

“He is Beatles, U2, he’s Bob Dylan, he’s jazz, this style and that style, he has obviously been influenced by all the songs he has been playing through the years. The world would welcome something like this now with open arms”

Orna Wellman, drama and English teacher Canada

"Paul sets the standard when it comes to camaraderie, and healthy artistic sharing." 

Mesoud Benasuly, Guitarist and bassist N.Y.




“He sports a white fedora, speaks in a distinctive Scottish accent. With a friendly, bubbly personality that lights up the room and makes everyone feel welcome.”

Baltimore Jewish Times


“Bar sales are way up whenever Paul plays.

A real presence with a quality style.”

Andrew Hollett, GM Corus Hotel Hyde Park

“I wish I’d have met Paul Toshner 30 years ago, he has taught me many things about the world… about work, gals, money, investment, how to deal with people under any circumstance, fairness, kindness, hard work, consistency, the value of perseverance, the importance and the guts to destroy your own work, if necessary, in order to start up again from zero, just to upgrade that ‘little’ notch, the absolute always essential tool of not taking things too seriously, specially, and more particularly oneself!”

-Mesoud Benasuly. Guitarist N.Y.  

“The very embodiment of the term Crooner. Knows his way round the ivories better than most, with an unbeatable repertoire of originals Classics to keep you entertained."

-Alex Clare. Island Records artist. 

 

"Bar sales are way up on the previous years when Paul was not here. Please do not hesitate to contact me for a reference ” 

-Andrew Hollett. GM Corus Hotel Hyde Park.

 

"Paul has been performing for a number of years in various hotels in London I have been running. He is an all round entertainer, has shown great engagement and is willing to go that extra mile for customers and you as a client."

-Simon Mclaughlin. Operations Manager, Danubious Regents Park

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