Shoot The Crows

There is a famous pub in Sligo with this name. It’s a great pub, and a great name. I don’t know where it came from, but it has stuck.

I was reminded of it recently when listening to American financier and coach Jerry Colonna speak of the metaphorical crow most of us have on our shoulders.

Many of us will be able to recognise this crow. It sits on our shoulder and chirps away – telling us how crazy our ideas are, how bad our work is, and points out all the things that we are doing wrong.


However the motivation of the crow is an honourable one – it wants to ensure that we are loved, that we are safe and that we belong. A noble mission – however the problem is that the crow is so active and protective in this mission that it tries valiantly not to let us do anything that may jeopardise these aims in any way.

And so the song you have recorded but are scared to release doesn’t get heard, because the crow tells you that people might not like it. You don’t reach out to an old friend, because the crow tells you that you mightn’t get a response back. You didn’t put your heart and soul into your performance last night, because the crow told you that if you did – people might not like what they saw.

In fact I almost didn’t publish this blog, because the crow told me that it wasn’t good enough.

And then I read the title of the blog again.

I'm Kieran and I play piano. Actually I do a bit more than just playing - I teach others how to play, and I write music, arrange it and host/produce shows.

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