Launching My Legacy into 2012: The Choro Music Project

by Tom on December 28, 2011

Sunset over the water

As the sun sets on another year and 2011 comes to a close, I have had a lot of opportunities to do some soul searching. Lots of folks I’m following in the blogosphere are taking time to do annual reviews and goal setting for 2012. There have been plenty of things to reflect on in the past year.

2011 in Review

I really took my Brazilian music to a new level within the past year. This was manifested in the two new bands we formed, as well as some intimate learning opportunities in the company of greatness, both at home and abroad. My playing and enthusiasm for the music both seemed to hit a new high.

This was also the year where my health issues seemed to come to a head. The list of problems has been building over the last three years, starting with my sleep apnea diagnosis after our trip to Italy. Recently, it has been lack of energy, digestive issues, anxiety, and suspected food allergies. I have been seeing a naturopath to tackle these issues; it is a slow and steady process, one in which I need to keep taking two steps forward for every one step back.

Within the last three months of this year, this gnawing feeling has been growing inside of me. Could it be associated with those health problems above? Possibly. But more, it is a yearning for more in my life, something to satisfy a deep inner need to answer the question, “Is this really all there is?” Luckily for me I found Chris Guillebeau and the Art of Non-Conformity book. It has really served as a catalyst and wake up call to do something more with my life. Chris and his book and blog have led me to a whole new community of people who are taking charge of their lives and building their own Towers. I have been very grateful for them, and it is these people who have motivated me to launch my legacy project as we head into 2012.

Introducing: The Choro Music Project

The mission of the Choro Music Project (CMP) is to use the power of music to change the world, one grace note at a time.

I have had the great fortune to discover the world of microfinance and the non-profit organization Kiva, based in San Francisco, CA, thanks again to Chris. Starting with just a few $25 loans to rural and poor entrepreneurs in Paraguay, Nicaragua, and Chile, I realized the incredible opportunity I had to improve people’s lives all over the world. This planted the seed for the CMP.

Please visit the CMP page on my website to learn more about how music can truly change lives, give small businessmen and women a “hand up”, and make an investment that keeps on giving. The CMP will constantly be a work in progress that evolves over time. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the blog posts or the newsletter at right, by following me on Twitter, and by liking CMP on Facebook.

Thank you for helping inspire me to leave my legacy for the world.

Photo courtesy of Patrick Emerson.


I really enjoyed the AOC book as well! Hope your sleep apnea improves. I know many who have the same problem. Keep making great music in 2012!

Tom Pinit
Tom Pinit moderator

@Bennyhsu Hi Benny, thanks for the comment. I owe a lot to AONC for showing me the way to folks like yourself. Definitely need to be more consistent about getting sleep to improve my energy. Hope you have a great New Year! Thanks for stopping by.

Justin Mazza
Justin Mazza

Hi Tom,

Sleep apnea is something that many people have but do not even know that they have. I occasionally get sleep apnea these days but not as much as I used to.

Awesome to hear about the two bands that you formed. Keep on rockin in the free World!

Tom Pinit
Tom Pinit moderator

@Justin Mazza Hi Justin, I agree with your sleep apnea statement. I had been a snorer for a long time (as my wife can attest), but the whirlwind trip to Italy must have pushed me over the edge. I came back more tired than I had ever felt. The results of the sleep study indicated I was "waking" 30 times per hour. Not good for getting sound, restful sleep! Things are better now with the CPAP treatment.

Thanks for your kind words about my two bands. We hope to make 2012 a great year!

AdrienneSmith 1 Like

Hey Tom,

Wow, you are really moving along my friend and I'm so happy for you. I have a feeling that you are going to create huge strides with your CMP Plus I love that you are supporting KIVA as well. It's a fabulous organization and has helped so many people start building their own businesses in third world countries.

I'll look forward to seeing what you are up to next and where all this good will is leading you. I know that you will make 2012 one of your best years ever.

Happy New Year Tom!


Tom Pinit
Tom Pinit moderator

@AdrienneSmith Hi Adrienne, thanks so much for your kind words! I am really happy I found Kiva. It's given me a whole new outlook on helping others. Best to you and yours in 2012 as well. Thanks Adrienne!

Craig McBreen
Craig McBreen 1 Like


It's great that you're combining your love of music and Kiva to do something for the greater good. I'll be sure to check out the details on your CMP page and look forward to seeing how this all progresses. Very exciting!

Here's to success with all your endeavors in 2012!

Tom Pinit
Tom Pinit moderator

@Craig McBreen Hi Craig, thanks for stopping by. Told you that you'd be one of the first to hear about my legacy project :) I am very excited to get this out into the world. Thanks for the wishes, and all the best to you in the new year as well!


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