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TECHNO-GRATITUDE 

Today I was able to re-connect with several clients and friends, learn Art Farmer's solo on "The Squirrel," check out Donny McCaslin's set @jazzbaltica, study a new twist on a favorite business practice, admire some beautiful photos, peruse the amazing reading list of @Art_Garfunkel, listen to a cool BBC interview with @Jimmy Cobb, read @JasonDCrane's latest poem, and watch a classic Star Trek episode -- all without leaving my solitary bunker in the lonesome desert. Thanks, Internet!

MUSIC 


"It is the very act of concentrating on writing music which makes it
difficult to do, since ideas normally arise when one is not focused
but when one is open in some way."
—Brian Eno

"Music should go right through you, leave some of itself
inside you, and take some of you with it when it leaves."
—Henry Threadgill

"The jukebox just played 'I'd like to settle down but they won't let me.'
Merle Haggard. It's always a bit like that. People don't want you
to be satisfied if you're a musician."
—Tom Waits

THE SOUND OF SILENCE 

"And they write innumerable books;
being too vain and distracted for silence:
seeking every one after his own elevation,
and dodging his emptiness."
—T. S. Eliot

"Every now and then, when you're on stage,
you hear the best sound a player can hear.
It is the sound of a wonderful, deep silence
that means you've hit them where they live."
—Shelley Winters

"Music is the silence between the notes."
—Claude Debussy

"Now all my teachers are dead except silence."
—W. S. Merwin

"Silence is a source of great strength."
—Lao Tzu

"There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time.
There is always something to see, something to hear.
In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot."
—John Cage

"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence."
—Ansel Adams

ON RECORDING 


"After two takes you're imitating yourself."
—Thelonious Monk

"If you're making a record, you're the one saying 'action', you're the one saying 'cut', and you have to be sure that the most interesting thing is not going on outside the frame. I try to pay attention to what people are doing from the moment they come into the room. If they're just goofing around before we begin, that may be the best thing they do all day. I have to be waiting."
—Tom Waits

"People don't understand the kind of fight it takes to record
what you want to record the way you want to record it."
—Billie Holiday

GO DEEPER 


"Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool
or you go out in the ocean."
—Christopher Reeve

"Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper. Down deep the fish are more powerful and more pure. They're huge and abstract. And they're very beautiful."
—David Lynch

"Why is it that Americans need to hear their happiness major and their tragedy minor, and as jazzy as they can handle is a seventh chord? Are they not experiencing complex emotions?"
—Joni Mitchell
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