FV2V #28 - VICTOR WOOTEN | VISIONARY WISDOM

 
If the world were to follow you today, where would you lead them?
— VW

This is a very special episode where I share a conversation I was blessed to have had with the one and only legend, Mr Victor Wooten.

If you're a music lover, you've probably heard of him. He's a musician, a bass player, magician, and natural philosopher. He’s simply a man of magnificence. His message is 100% in alignment with my mission - to raise the bar for humanity and recreating paradise for the whole life community. He’s all about helping to heal the world and so I support him in that.

I predicted he would be on this show and dreamed it into reality. This prediction was recorded on August 8th, and was a part of episode 23 Sophisticated Summer Vibes & All That Jazz. It was released on August 10th. He performed here on August 12th. Our conversation happened on the 13th. Listen to the trailer here for more info about Victor and this story.

Stream this episode through the player above and be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this page for all the sizzles.

Show Summary

  • Prelude (1:30)
  • Music interlude (8:05)
  • Prologue (9:00)
  • Music interlude (11:34)
  • Introduction (17:05)
  • Start conversation (19:45)
  • Influences 
  • Reflections on Jazz
  • Does it have soul?
  • Balancing our egos
  • Embracing the unique gift of life
  • Free agency and the will to choose
  • Yin Yang: the foundational principles of natural dichotomies
  • Observing the full spectrum reality of this three dimensional realm 
  • What would Victor wish to change?
  • Toxic negativity and manipulative propaganda portrayed in the old paradigm of corporate media
  • Honoring creative influencers and loved ones before they’re dead
  • Music can help heal the world Cupid Bomb
  • The powerful responsibility of being a musical influencer
  • The holy trinity: there’s always a third at play
  • Coltrane as a harmonic healer of humans
  • The curious procession of the human experience
  • Teachers students and mentorship
  • Soul food
  • Life is music
  • Artist of life
  • Simplicity: one of the core philosophies of Bruce Lee
  • Does Victor put chocolate into his music?
  • Mutually beneficial gift economy 
  • Find your WHY and start there
  • Martin Luther King knew how to lead with WHY
  • Victor’s upcoming books
  • Music in nature at Wooten Woods
  • Kids are mirroring what adults do
  • Tea time: a short story about Weather Report
  • Conversation closing 
  • Music interlude (1:34:30)
  • Epilogue
  • Music interlude (1:40:45)
  • Wooten knows WHY
  • I predict Simon Sinek will be a guest on my show
  • A challenge to YOU
  • Closing gratitude
  • Amazing Grace: live performance
I try to make my music stand for something positive, celebrate life, and give people something uplifting to think about.
— VW

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It’s a special gift to be human and I just want to embrace the full spectrum because it’s all a part of the genuine human experience.
— VW
The world needs more than just good musicians. We need good people.
— MAMA WOOTEN
 

In this wide ranging conversation, Victor and I talked in depth about two of our favorite influencers: Bruce Lee & John Coltrane. I wish to invite you to click through both the images below to listen to my profile tributes to these magnificent men. You'll understand how they relate to Victor and his life mission.

The beautiful music in this episode is provided courteously by my my main man, Mr Victor Wooten. I’m really honored by him for being so generous to with his musical talent to grace my podcast. Check him out and show some of your love and support for his art. You can find him and listen to more of his outstanding compositions through these following links ...

I recognize that life is designed to be a struggle, designed to have problems, to push you further, and you don’t get pushed further with just an easy road. But this is what makes life interesting, and us stronger
— VW

A BRIEF BIO

Victor Wooten was born on September 11, 1964. He was the youngest of five boys, who were master musicians, and he began learning to play music at age two. Now a five-time Grammy winner, he hit the worldwide scene in 1990 as a founding member of the super-group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Continuing to blaze a musical trail with the band, Victor has also become widely known for his own Grammy nominated solo recordings and tours.

He is a loving husband and father of four, a skilled naturalist and teacher, a published author, a magician and acrobat, and has won every major award given to a bass guitarist including being voted Bassist of the Year in Bass Player Magazine three times (the only person to win it more than once.) In 2011, Rolling Stone Magazine voted Victor one of the Top Ten Bassist of ALL TIME.

Victor has been heralded as "the Michael Jordan of the bass" and "one of the most fearless musicians on the planet."

Musicians wanting to learn Victor's unique style and elusive techniques began seeking him out for lessons and seminars at music stores and schools around the world. These workshops became the training ground that lead to the formation of his acclaimed Bass/Nature Camp in 2000, which eventually expanded into Victor Wooten's Center for Music and Nature.

"We give students the opportunity to completely let go and be themselves while congregating in a peaceful non-competitive manner on an equal playing ground with each other and their instructors. We've found this to be the best environment for learning."

Victor is the author of “The Music Lesson-A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music”, which is a self-published novel about Life and Music. The book is considered by many to be a "must-read" for musicians world-wide. Offering an intriguing story full of anecdotes and mysticism, The Music Lesson has helped free the minds of musicians worldwide. Now translated into multiple languages, The Music Lesson is currently used as required reading and part of curriculums in study groups, schools, and universities including the prestigious Berklee College of Music and Stanford.

His respected reputation as a teacher and speaker/lecturer on the subjects of both Music and Nature have garnered invitations for him to speak and teach at schools, universities, classes and spiritual centers around the world.

Victor also formed his own record label called Vix Records, Wooten's self-proclaimed "Label of Love" Wooten is always continuing to grow and is always willing to share his gifts with all who desire to learn. At the time of this recording, he’s about to release the sequel to The Music Lesson, and has at least three more books planned after this.