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Thoughts on Success

In my new journey of discovering and learning the upright bass, or string bass, or double bass, or bass fiddle, or whatever you want to call it, I came across a gentleman by the name of John Clayton.  John is a grammy nominated bassist, composer and conductor who as a teenager studied bass with the legendary Ray Brown.  On John’s website I discovered a booklet that he has made available called the “self management book”, which I think is awesome as I know that I need an ongoing dose of self-managment to keep me on track.  If you are interested you can download a copy of the booklet from John’s “Learn” page on his site.

The last page in the book, titled “Thoughts” contains a collection of many of those motivational quotes that I think we have all heard during our lives.  Because they are so good and deserve to be seen often I am republishing them below.

Thoughts

  • If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams and endeavors to lead a life which they have imagined, they will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. –THOREAU
  • The key to happiness is having dreams.  The key to success is making dreams come true.
  • DO IT NOW. You become successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal.
  • RISK. You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
  • Success is a journey, NOT a destination.
  • Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your mind off your goals.
  • ATTITUDE. If it is to be, it is up to me.
  • EXCELLENCE. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the little extra.
  • EXCELLENCE can be obtained if you…
    1. Risk more than others think is safe.
    2. Dream more than others think is practical.
    3. Expect more than others think is possible.
  • SUCCESS. The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.  –VINCE LOMBARDI
  • PERSISTENCE. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.        –CALVIN COOLIDGE

Puget Sound

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Here is one glimpse of why I am in love with Puget Sound.

FLAC and all that Jazz

I added some new information to my music store page explaining the lossless audio format that my songs are available in called FLAC.

If you are interested in FLAC, but don’t have a clue yet whether it is something fighter aircraft try to avoid or the latest Starbucks drink concoction, you can read all about FLAC at this Wikipedia article that explains everything you ever wanted to know about FLAC.  And, those nice wiki folks have even compiled a list of list of hardware and software that supports FLAC.

How to Open a CD Case in Three Easy Steps

Have you gotten frustrated trying to open a new CD?  Do you end up cracking the jewel case or leaving parts of the adhesive label on the case?  Here is how to open it up quickly and easily.

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Handel’s “Messiah”

We spent the afternoon today enjoying the wonderful sounds of George Fredric Handel’s “Messiah” filling the air of the Linda M. Byrnes Performing Arts Center in Arlington, Washington.  The chorus and the orchestra were led by Lyle Forde and composed of all volunteer community members.  Besides the community choir, the program features the Overman Family Musicians who also composed a large percentage of the orchestra with a family member in almost every section.  For a suggested admission fee of $5.00, we received a lot of bang (as in timpani) for the buck.  Besides the complete Messiah there were also performances […] Continue Reading…

6th String Root Jazz Chords

Continuing on from the last post, here are three Major 7 and Major 6 type chords with the root note on the 6th string, or low E string on the guitar.  Major 7 chords do have a distinctive “jazzy” sound, so they will make you sound cool instantly.  Be sure to notice that you must mute the 5th string with the tip of your first finger and the 1st string with either a finger or part of your hand .  The Major 6 chord requires that you bar the notes on the 4th and 5th strings with your 3rd finger.  And the […] Continue Reading…

Learning Some Jazz Chords

I’ve started trying to learn some jazz.  So here are a few jazz guitar chords that I have been working on this week.  Of course, the first major chord is not just a “jazz” chord, but is widely used, but for a basic major chord with a 6th string root, it seems to be about the only option.  I will post some more next week, assuming I survive this sinus infection that decided to make my head its home for the time being.  For now I am concentrating on chords with a root note on the 6th string (low […] Continue Reading…

President Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation (1863)

I believe Lincoln’s words speak for themselves.  Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
A PROCLAMATION.
The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil […] Continue Reading…

Farewell to Erin

Here is a track I recorded a little while back on guitar (okay, on electric guitar with drums too and a few other sounds for good measure) of an Irish fiddle tune that I found in a pile of my fiddle tune sheet music. In my fiddlers fakebook it is listed as an alternative title for Farewell to Ireland. But all of the recordings of Farewell to Ireland that I have heard are a different melody than this version of Farewell to Erin. At any rate they are both about bidding the green isle goodbye, as my ancestors, Bridget […] Continue Reading…

Samsung Making Parts for Apple

So now there’s going to be Samsung AP chips in iOS devices?  The Korea Times is reporting that Apple selected Samsung over TSMC.  How ironic after the global patent infringement wars that have gone on between Apple and Samsung.
Samsung Electronics agreed with Apple to produce application processors (APs) from next year for iPhones and iPads, sources said Monday.
Samsung has indicated that it will produce some sample 14 nm chips for an unidentified customer and they plan to produce the production quantities of the AP chips beginning next year. The Korean Times report says Samsung will start manufacturing the chips […] Continue Reading…