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GRAVITAS ~ DM on Tone 



Morgan Freeman, my favorite actor, has a very distinctive speaking voice. He speaks with quiet confidence, calm reserve and comforting authority. There's compassion in his delivery and gravitas in his measured tones.

Mr. Freeman's voice is so compelling that anything he says rings true. And when he speaks, you cannot help but listen.

I want to play the flugelhorn
the way Morgan Freeman speaks.

AS ONCE THE WINGED ENERGY OF DELIGHT by Rainer Maria Rilke 



As once the winged energy of delight
carried you over childhood's dark abysses,
now beyond your own life build the great
arch of unimagined bridges.
 
Wonders happen if we can succeed
in passing through the harshest danger;
but only in a bright and purely granted
achievement can we realize the wonder.
 
To work with Things in the indescribable
relationship is not too hard for us;
the pattern grows more intricate and subtle,
and being swept along is not enough.
 
Take your practiced powers and stretch them out
until they span the chasm between two
contradictions ... For the god
wants to know himself in you.

BEGINNER'S MIND 



"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge."
~Charles Darwin

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure
and the intelligent are full of doubt."
~Bertrand Russell

"Being sure of yourself means you're a fool."
~Jenny Holzer

BEWARE ANALYSIS PARALYSIS 



“They aim for perfection, and end up going ready, aim, aim, aim.  They aren’t prepared to fire because they cannot be certain they will hit the target.  Sometimes you just have to fire: you might not hit the target, but you might find out where the target is.”
~Tom O'Toole

"I'll try to bring you down. You could get lucky. I might miss."
~Oliver Queen

"You make me pull, I'll put you down."
~Raylan Givens

IDENTITY 



"Identity is fluid because it changes according to the social context of the individual. Just as identity defines relationships, the nature of the set of social interactions in a person's life is what makes up that person's identity. Personal identity is composed essentially of social routines and protocols rather than personal characteristics. The question "who am I?" is answered ultimately not by looking within, but by taking into account the facts of relationships and actions."
~Michael Webb

"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself."
~Abraham Maslow

"It's not who I am underneath, but what I *do* that defines me."
~The Batman




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