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Equal Time?

Equal Time?

If you take yourself to task nine times out of ten but do something really well on the tenth, do you pause, take a breath and let it in? Do you give equal time to savoring the good as well as attending to all that “needs improvement?”

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The Few… the Infinite

The Few… the Infinite

It’s cool to consider that musical scales typically have but eight intervals (and two of those are the same, just an octave apart). Every song ever written starts with the same limited palette, yet the possibilities are literally endless.

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Tell Me a Story

Tell Me a Story

Tell me something interesting. Something true. Tell me something I’ve never thought about before, Or haven’t remembered in a very long time. Take me away. Show me something new, or misplaced, or forgotten… Sing me a song.

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An Intention to Listen

An Intention to Listen

Ideas are everywhere, but why is it that some folks find them everywhere — and apparently effortlessly — while others of us struggle? And sometimes, even the most creative among us have a “dry spell” where nothing new, fresh, stimulating or hummable rolls along. What changed?

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Write it Down

Write it Down

Have you ever had an idea that was so cool you couldn’t possibly forget it… and then you did? The next platinum-Grammy winner. A phrase so profound, so powerful, so unforgettable… until it wasn’t. Ideas are capricious and fleeting gifts unless they are captured.

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