Mar 062015

This is from John E. Branzell, who posted this on the 48days web site. Profound stuff:

“My brain has become accustomed to the less than spectacular.​Can a man be born again​, I ask after he is done with his first career as a paramedic​, firefighter​, & dispatch​er​.​  Can ​I​ rise again to re-create from​ ​the ashes of ​complacency … I long to try​,  maybe I can fly​.  ​If I shoot for the moon maybe ​I will at least hit the stop sign​.”

Read the rest at

Aug 082013

C’mon Charles … quit pulling your punches. Tell us how you really feel without going all PC on me.

“I say, let my children have music … rid this society of some of the noise so that those who have ears will be able to use them someplace listening to good music.”

— Charles Mingus, from his liner notes for Let My Children Hear Music.


Oh, yeah. Vintage Mingus, for your listening pleasure:

Haitian Fight Song (That’s one scary album cover).


Tensions (He’d make coffee nervous).


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Jun 192013

I thought this was kind of interesting. Found it on Quora.

This great quote came from a conversation between Albert Einstein and music educator/historian Shinichi Suzuki, who founded the Suzuki method of teaching music:

“The theory of relativity occurred to me by intuition, and music is the driving force behind this intuition. My parents had me study the violin from the time I was six. My new discovery is the result of musical perception”

~Shinichi Suzuki, 1969, from ‘Nurtured by Love: A New Approach to Education.”

So you thought you were just a ne’er-do-well because you’re up playing that guitar at 3 a.m.? Guess again.

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Apr 162013

I like how multi-published author and Internet thought leader Guy Kawasaki described the process of writing a book. I don’t have the exact quote in front of me, but here’s the gist of what he said:

Writing a book can be compared to the process of vomiting: you spew out your book as fast as possible and then you spend the next 6 to 9 months refining your vomit trying to get to something that is beautiful.

OK, that’s kind of gross but it serves a purpose. It’s not just about writing a book, though. Any creative process involves purging and picking. Ain’t nothing pretty about it but the result.

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Note: To get the full interview (Kawasaki and Danny Iny of Firepole Marketing), check out this link here. It’s a goodish-sized sound file, about 23 minutes, so you’ll want to carve out some time for it.