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CAKE wants to share their honestly-earned wisdom with you, because it's worthless if we don't share it.
If we don't answer a personal question or concern of yours, surely your act of simply asking will send you closer to an answer.
New music will eventually be created, but in the meantime, we believe we can help answer questions of all angles.

*Submit your questions to: cakeadvice@yahoo.com (All questions cannot be answered, but all mail will be read).

Question:

Dear CAKE,

I am currently a third year undergraduate mechanical engineering student. I enjoy my field of study, but I don't necessarily feel like it's my passion. Engineering at times feels like a soulless pursuit. I long to be an artist of some sort, but I don't know what my medium would be. I envy people who can write books or music or create pieces of art that evoke a powerful response within the reader, listener or viewer. Certainly, my talents as an artist are slim at best, but to me, the pinnacle of achievement would be to create something that could leave an impression upon someone the way artists have left impressions upon me. Can you, as professional artists, give me any suggestions for ways to express myself artistically while pursuing a professional career in a totally unrelated field?

Thanks,

Paul

Answer

Dear Paul,

When the Pythagoreans invented math in the 6th century B.C., their creativity was way off the charts! To realize, in retrospect, the immense inspiration they must have experienced in order to create something so advanced and important for the advancement of human civilization, is difficult. As a message to the latent genius inside of you, please consider that from ancient times all the way through to the Middle Ages, bursts of mathematical creativity were often followed by centuries of stagnation. Were you were experiencing a lapse of inspiration when you wrote your letter to us? With experience and a hard-won shift of perspective, you will gain ingenuity and creativity that will generously integrate with the technical knowledge you have worked so hard to acquire.

Innovative technologies will continue to leave an impression on people to a much greater degree than a book or piece of music most often does. Keep on top of learning the basics. You will integrate your love of the arts with your mastery of science. Logic will serve your imagination. You will find that the field of mechanical engineering holds a great deal of allure.

Good Luck,

CAKE

Question:

Dear CAKE,

I've listened to and been a fan of your music for a very long time. There's just one thing I could never understand. That is why, in the song Satan Is My Motor did you use the lyric "internal combustion power" instead of "eternal combustion power"? In my opinion you're brilliant lyricists and surely the possibility occurred to you. So why didn't you use the latter? I've always been curious.

Thanks,

Josh

Answer

Dear Josh,

Using the word "internal" indicates an awareness of the present moment. The kinesthetic sense of one's soul being physically sentient, there is more power in this experience than the abstract ideology of "eternal" life.

Good Luck,

CAKE

Question:

Dear CAKE,

I guess this question would be for Mr. Di Fiore (or anyone else).

My eleven year-old daughter started the school band this year and decided to try the trumpet. When she listens to your music, she picks out the notes and tells me what they are. She can read the music but is having such a hard time making the sounds come out. She thought about switching instruments but said she couldn't give up on her horn because she was attached to it. She listens to your music and tries to play along with it. I have told her that it takes years of practice to become great and it will come to her in time. Most of the time she is in tears when she is done practicing. I hate to see her so defeated. Do you have any advice for her about when you first started? She respects your talent and would probably listen to you.

Thanks so much,

Hannah

Answer

Hannah,

Tell your daughter to go easy on herself. As a joke, I call the trumpet a medieval torture instrument. She should play some long tones. Nice and easy. Also, at times when she is watching T.V. or in the car (especially if there are no other siblings around), she can just play the mouthpiece. The feel and sound of that are not satisfying, but the more time on the mouthpiece, the faster the progress. Also, she should have fun in the school band, and progress slowly but surely with her skills.

Good Luck!

CAKE

Question:

Dear CAKE,

I have a 15 year-old daughter that was blessed with being beautiful. It is to the point of embarrassing out in public as she is stared at by all men. I am proud, but also get angry when they don't even care if I catch them. She seems to not care, but it bugs me to no end. Anything I could do to chill out?

Thanks.

Answer

Dear Sir,

We sympathize with your predicament. It is understandable that you feel uncomfortable with other men's behavior. Could the bar be raised on general rules of honor these days?

The truth is, it really doesn't matter what might be happening in someone else's brain. What matters is your own peace of mind. If it helps, just remind yourself that it is perfectly natural for the human eye to be drawn towards beauty. It's like a moth towards a light bulb. The moths, and the men, can't help it. It will ease your mind to notice that many women might also be admiring, with a purely aesthetic agenda, the allure your daughter possesses.

Attractiveness brings power, but you can facilitate your daughter's other talents and interests in order to ensure she is a well-balanced individual. The tragedy is when girls don't work towards becoming completely self-actualized because perhaps they learned at an early age the value that being a sex-object can bring.

She is fortunate to have a thoughtful father, and there is no reason to believe attention brought to her because of her appearance will hold her back from a happy and fulfilling life.

Hang in There,

CAKE