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Derek Sivers is one of my favorite authors, though I’ve never actually finished one of his books. It’s incredible how well you can come to know somebody through listening to a few interviews and/or podcast. Thomas Frank is another writer that I like. I think of podcasters and content creators as writers. Even if their medium is not the typed… Read More »NOW Page

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2020 Movie Reviews

Warning! Controversial movie opinions are below. Crisara and I watch a lot of movies. Like, a lot of movies. In 2020 we watched 205 movies. That’s up from the 104 we watched in 2019. Plus we watched through all of Schitt’s Creek, Mandalorian, Clone Wars, (most of) Rebels, Dead to Me, and The Office (again). I guess we found ourselves… Read More »2020 Movie Reviews

Great Mental Models Volume 1

10 Lessons from “The Great Mental Models, Volume 1,” By Shane Parrish

I’ve been following Shane Parrish and Farnam Street for a while now. He does a fantastic job of collecting the ideas and lessons from books and thinkers across the world. This book is no exception. Some of these concepts are simple, some are not. Some I’d read about elsewhere, and others I’d never heard of. But what this book absolutely… Read More »10 Lessons from “The Great Mental Models, Volume 1,” By Shane Parrish

What I talk about when I talk about Running

10 lessons from “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running,” by Haruki Murakami

Hello, and welcome to the first installment of a new series that I’m running (hehe) about what I’m learning from the books I’m reading. This is partly to help give me some accountability on reading, partly to share what I’m reading and learning, but mostly to force me to define what I’ve actually learned from a book, to ensure that… Read More »10 lessons from “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running,” by Haruki Murakami

Hear the Performer

If you are hearing a piece for the first time you are primarily appreciating the composition: the composer, the notes that you hear, and your reactions to them. There’s a difference between the composition and the performance of that composition. Some argue that the “perfect” performance exists in idea only. Each performer has dedicated their entire life to performing, and… Read More »Hear the Performer

Be of Service to the Bigger Picture

No matter what function you are serving as a musician, put the larger picture before yourself. If you’re a soloist with an orchestra, play the concerto towards the goal of creating the best experience for the audience and heightening the entire evening, not by focusing on how you can look the best or promote yourself. If you’re a music director,… Read More »Be of Service to the Bigger Picture

In the Face of Uncertainty

In troubling and uncertain times, the best things that we can do are to look forward and find a vision of the future. It probably won’t be correct, but the exercise is the point. Identify what we do have control over in the present moment. We don’t have control now over when our gigs will return or how quickly others… Read More »In the Face of Uncertainty