About This Site

I love a fresh start - a clean sheet of paper.

I fell in love with this Squarespace template for its elegant design and the fact that the homepage allows me to build and showcase a collection of images for my 51_10 project.

In restarting my site, I leave behind some years’ worth of content on Wordpress' platform.  I was going to link back to a couple of articles that I thought worth remembering but today I discover that this new site has overwritten the legacy content (likely because the hosting is still provided through Wordpress).

One of the articles was my testament to Senegalese drummer Dou Dou N’Diaye Rose, written upon hearing of his departure from this world in 2015.  I wrote emotionally about his profound impact on me in the very few moments of his performance I witnessed by chance at the World Festival in Vancouver back in 1986 and the two concerts I was fortunate to attend many years later in Los Angeles.  I have managed to refind a link from that original post - “Doudou N’Diaye And Vieux Sing Faye:  Honoring Two Musical Giants Of Senegal.”  This beautiful article by Brendan Kibbee describes a culture of dignity and way of life that has now likely also departed this world.

The other writing that I hoped to link back to was my first post as I began the journey toward a Bachelor’s Degree in CIIS’ accelerated program.  I remember being so enchanted at the fact that my first teachers were a poet, a sculptor and a guy who introduced me to the term “post-modernity” and filled up an entire wall of blackboard with a history of capitalism.

I’m glad to have my degree now and I’m certainly grateful the opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful and very interesting people.  That being said, I also come away from the experience feeling that the social justice pillar of the curriculum leaves us collectively chasing our tail, simply swapping one fight for another.

New Guard & Old Guard - Twitter Lists

Working on building two Twitter Lists...

OLD GUARD:  On February 23, the White House convened a Corporate Executive Roundtable consisting of top manufacturing CEOs and Administration Cabinet Secretaries.  I thought it might be interesting to assemble all these voices into a single feed.

NEW GUARD:  For contrast, I'm assembling the set of voices that Jeremiah Owyang interviewed to assemble his Corporate Innovation Imperative Report.

Interestingly, Jeremiah defines corporate innovation as "doing something new that solves customer needs - even if it may be in conflict with your existing business."

I confine my editorialization on this topic to the naming convention I've chosen for these lists.

Sources:  Axios (Old Guard) and Jeremiah's weblog (New Guard).

 

"Prelude"

The seed melody to "Prelude," the first track on the "Mercy Springs Road Vol. 1" recording.

I'm looking for this to be stated as something that sounds like it came from Maynard Ferguson's trumpet section.

The notes are A#, C# and D# - predictably enough, those indigenous flutes of the pre– Incan shamanic lineage all seem tuned to the pentatonic scale.

The jazz ensemble arrangement:

> Intro

> Theme statement

> Solo(s)

> Bridge

> Solo(s)

> Fade

I am open to a B section of the theme.

The bridge will sound as if it has arrived from a different planet and will include some vocals.  I want to address this part after the initial concept begins to take shape.

In addition to voicings for a trumpet section, I am looking for a set of Bill Evans-style chord changes that resemble more the symbol for google (the numeral 8 rotated 90°) than a simple circle.

For all related posts:  #MercySpringsRoad

Twitter Strategy Reboot

After the Inauguration, I decided to stop the incoming flow of news.  No more Zero Hedge, etc.

Around the same time, perhaps not coincidentally, I also started reading Tools Of Titans by Tim Ferriss.   I had the idea to revamp my Twitter feed and have it reflect this group of "billionaires, icons, and world-class performers" that are profiled in the book.

Tools Of Titans is organized into three sections – Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.  In order to vary the flavors of the experience as I work my way through these profiles, I am going to use the alphabetical chronology listed in the On The Shoulders Of Giants section at the book's beginning.

Leonard Cohen

Originally posted on Facebook: 

Daughter gets in the car all like, "Wanna hear a new Leonard Cohen song?"  I honestly didn't know he had a new release.  Seems he saved the best for last.  I stopped counting how many times I said, "My God..." as we listened through all the tracks tonight.

With due respect to Mr. Bowie, my album of 2016 choice is this man's final offering.

Also from FB, in response to a friend's best music of 2016 solicitation:

Would have to say Leonard Cohen's "You Want It Darker."  I don't believe I've heard anything quite as impeccable, from start to finish, in my entire life.  I have always respected him but I'd never been a fan (until now).  I guess he saved his best for last and he got it *exactly* right.